In my household, garbage day is on Friday. So on Thursdays, I clean the kitchen since I am already in there discarding the grease container in the freezer, any food that has gone bad, and the Brillo pad I use each week to clean glass Pyrex and my stainless steel cookware. Continue reading for the tasks I recommend for cleaning your kitchen as quickly and efficiently as possible.
- Put away the previous day’s clean dishes.
- Wash dishes.
- Wipe all counters with cleaner.
- Clean the dining table with cleaner.
- Replace sponge.
- Clean any spots or spills on the stovetop or inside the oven before they “set.”
- Wipe the sink with cleaner.
Weekly Cleaning (30 minutes, one day each week)
- Discard full grease containers, rotten food, and rusting soap pads.
- Wipe all major appliance surfaces: dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator.
- Clean the sink and faucet.
- Wipe small appliances on the counters: crock pot, breadmaker, stand mixer, coffee maker, etc.
- Wipe down surfaces inside the refrigerator and freezer.
- Wipe walls.
- Wipe cabinets.
Monthly Cleaning (typically a separate task completed each week)
- Clean microwave interior including the microwave turntable.
- Vacuum the vent under the refrigerator.
- Remove and clean refrigerator and freezer shelves and drawers.
Bi-Annual Cleaning (Spring Cleaning and Holiday Cleaning)
- Move the stove, and clean the floor behind it. Also clean the sides of the stove.
- Clean the windows and window tracks.
- Clean the oven.
- Discard any frozen or refrigerated food past its prime. Donate any non-perishable food you haven’t eaten in a year.
- I keep a Dollar Tree spray bottle filled with vinegar beside the sink for daily cleaning of the counters, stove, and sink.
- I get quite a bit of help from my child, and her help makes tasks a lot quicker. For example, my four year old wipes down walls and cabinets.
What Do You Do?
How often do you clean your kitchen? Let me hear from you in the comments!