Summer is here, the kids are home and likely more time will be spent outdoors. While June will find us entertaining outdoors we will still be spending a lot of time in the heart of the home- the kitchen. That is why this Kitchen Cleaning Checklist is so helpful. The kitchen is where we store and prep for indoor and outdoor entertaining so let’s give it a thorough cleaning to get ready!
Take it one small task at a time throughout the year with our series and you can tackle it all easily! We want to help you clean and organize your home the way that works best for you! Tackling these kitchen cleaning tasks now with the kitchen cleaning checklist will help you year round. Less clutter means less to clean. This makes your life easier and who doesn’t want that?!
Most tasks in the kitchen cleaning checklist should take 15 – 30 minutes. If it works for you do each task on the corresponding date, if not just use it as a list of tasks, some days you may get more than one done. You may wish to take off the weekend and double up on weekdays or vice versa. I want you to be successful so do what works best for you. We only gave you 26 tasks this month so you can catch up if need be. We know June is a busy month and we want you to be able to finish all the tasks and enjoy your summer!
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Kitchen Cleaning Checklist
Sanitize dishwasher, refill rinse aid- Run an empty load with 1 cup of baking soda, then a second with vinegar. Refill the rinse aid cup with store bought rinse aid or plain vinegar.
Spend 10 minutes removing clutter from the counters- The kitchen is a hot spot for clutter, piles of bills, mismatched plastic containers, jackets, homework…Grab everything you can in 10 minutes and return it to its home or toss it in the trash.
Descale your coffee pot- Run 2 cups of vinegar through your coffee pot, and follow up with 2-3 cups of water to rinse clean. Wipe down the outside. You will be amazed how much better your coffee will taste and making coffee at home can really save you money!
Clean and degrease cabinets- Cooking, over time, leaves a residue of grease and dirt on your cabinets. Mix 1 cup hot water with ¼ cup of Dawn and ¼ cup of vinegar, soak a rag in the mixture or spray on cabinets and wipe down. I am always shocked how after I do this how much better my cabinets look.
Scrub around faucet and knobs- Grab an old toothbrush and scrub around the faucet and knobs of the sink, use a little damp baking soda for scrubbing power.
Declutter the outside of the refrigerator- Remove old paperwork and drawings, rotate new photos on the fridge, and toss out excess magnets to give your refrigerator a more tidy look.
Slide out the fridge, sweep and mop underneath- Clean up all those magnets, papers, small toys, and dried pasta that end up under the fridge with the broom and leave it fresh and clean with a swipe or two from the mop.
Go through food containers- Throw away those without a match, or the ones that are heavily stained or smelly. Evaluate the kids’ lunch containers for next year and toss the ones that don’t make the cut. I am a huge fan of moving to glass containers for leftovers. I have this set of Pyrex glass bowls and tops that I almost exclusively use and love.
Remove stove hood vent filter and clean- If your vent fan has one they are usually easy to slip out. Soak in a sink of hot water with a teaspoon or two of borax, rinse clean.
Wipe down backsplash with a degreaser– Whether you have wood, tile, or paint behind your stove it takes a beating from steam, frying, food splatter and heat in general. Give it a thorough cleaning
Clean crumbs out of toaster, wipe down sides well- Toasters and toaster ovens quickly build up a collection of crumbs that become burnt over time. A clean out will curb that burnt smell but also make your toaster safer to use.
Defrost and clean out freezer- Make way for summer popsicles and ice cream by tossing out that old freezer burnt chili from last year.
Replace ac filter- Make a note to change it again next month on your calendar, add a few drops of an essential oil like lavender to the filter before you place it in.
Wipe down wooden bowls and utensils with olive or coconut oil- Over time heat from cooking and washing dries your wood out, this will give them new life and durability.
Sort and purge cookbooks- Over time this is something we just seem to acquire and often they end up just being part of the decor. Rarely used cookbooks just add to the clutter, toss these in your donation box.
Go through condiments in refrigerator door- Toss out any that are expired, wipe them down with a wet cloth wipe off the door shelves as you go.
Give all the light switches in the kitchen a wipe down- A slightly damp cloth with a sanitizer/disinfectant will do the trick to kill the germs on these areas that get a lot of hands on activity by family and friends.
Grab bag or donation box and add 10 items- Take the box to thrift store if it’s full.
Sanitize and deodorize kitchen trash can- Spray inside and outside well with all purpose cleaner, leave upside down to drain/dry. Before placing it back inside drop a cotton ball soaked in tea tree oil in the bottom to combat odor and bacteria. I love the scents of these Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner Sprays.
Sanitize sponges- Either by washing in the hottest cycle in the dishwasher, or heating wet sponges in microwave for 2 minutes. If your sponges are on their last legs you can replace them instead. You can get a pack of sponges delivered right to you.
Swap out the box of baking soda in the fridge- Or if you haven’t had one in there in awhile place a fresh box in the refrigerator and the freezer to keep odors down.
Wash kitchen rugs, air dry outdoors- If you haven’t done so lately this will make a big difference in the overall appearance of your newly clean kitchen! Then you will bring in the fresh smell of the outdoors.
Remove curtains, wash windows- If you have curtains hanging in your kitchen toss them in the wash, air dry, and run over them with an iron quick to freshen them up. Wash the window on the inside while the curtains are being washed.
Wipe down lighting fixtures, change bulbs if needed- Give your chandelier, globe, or other hanging light fixtures a dusting, remove glass and soak in a sink of hot soapy water. If you have cloth shades use a lint roller and a slightly damp cloth to clean.
Give small appliances on the counter a good wipe down- Use sanitizing wipes and give your pressure cooker, blender, stand mixer,etc… a good cleaning to remove dust.
Run a damp cloth over molding- Swipe both the top and bottom if you have it to remove dust and dirt, you will be surprised what a difference a quick swab will make in making your kitchen sparkle.
That is it! I hope this Kitchen Cleaning checklist helped make a difference in your home.
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