While preparing all those hurried breakfasts to weeknight meals, it’s hard to keep kitchens free of mess. Kitchens accumulate germs faster, which makes them common breeding grounds for disease-causing bacteria. A regular and quick cleaning routine can keep the place tidy throughout the day and also make weekly or monthly kitchen cleaning less overwhelming. Use our cleaning checklist to clean and maintain your kitchenette all year long.
Cleaning the kitchenette for a few minutes every day will prevent you from carrying out deep-cleaning at the end of the week or month. For daily cleaning, you need to:
- Sweep and mop the floor.
- Wipe the cooktops, countertops, shelves, vent hoods, cabinets, and other solid surfaces. Wipe spills immediately. Dust the appliances and wipe their interiors after every usage.
- Deal with dirty dishes after every single meal. Empty your dishwasher and drainer after doing the dishes.
- If you use the sink for washing the dishes, wash and dry it out after using it.
- Empty garbage bin at the end of the day.
- Put the dirty kitchen rags in the laundry and replace them with fresh ones.
Take out some time during the weekend to carry out the cleaning tasks you haven’t been doing during the week.
- Take out any stale food from the refrigerator or containers and throw them—de-clutter old items, broken appliances, unused bottles, etc.
- Wipe the top, interior, and exterior of the refrigerator. Clean the interiors of other appliances, including blender, oven, toaster, dishwasher, etc.
- Disinfect the garbage bin by washing it with detergent or dish soap.
- Clean and polish faucets and disinfect the sink. Sanitize dish sponges.
- If you find fingerprints on cabinets and drawers, clean them. However, this is less likely to happen if you wipe them daily.
- Wash kitchen rags and rugs.
- Deep clean your garbage disposal.
If you have been strictly following daily and weekly cleaning, you won’t be left with much to do at the end of the month.
- Spot-clean the kitchen tiles and grout.
- Clean the drawer dividers and beneath the cabinets.
- Remove items from the cabinets, including dinnerware, cookware, etc. and wipe them.
- Wash empty containers and fill them with fresh pantry items.
- Dust light fixtures.
- Clean oven racks.
- Inspect your appliances and see if any part needs replacement.
- Clean refrigerator coils and kitchen exhaust vent. You may need to hire a professional for exhaust vent cleaning.
Best Cleaning Tips
- Take a printout of this checklist and stick it on the refrigerator so as to stay committed to cleaning.
- Handle spills as they happen.
- Know beforehand which cleaning solutions are good for your kitchenette floors, countertops, appliances, and so on.
- Keep an all-purpose cleaner handy to carryout quick cleanup.
- De-clutter frequently and keep your kitchen organized.
- Use a good odor remover to get rid of unpleasant odors. You can banish odors by spraying a vinegar-water solution or by using a readymade product.