- Long-handled duster
- Step stool
- Microfiber cloth
- Baking soda
- All-purpose Cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Mop + bucket
Pro Tip: Always work from top to bottom so that you aren’t getting food particles, dust and dirt from your cabinets onto your already-clean countertops
Start with your long-handled duster and dust your light fixtures and fan grates. We recommend using a microfiber cloth as well to remove any grease that inevitably settles on all your kitchen surfaces.
Dust your top shelves, window sills, the top of your refrigerator, top of your cabinets (if they don’t reach to the ceiling), and your cabinet door fronts. Remove any cobwebs from high-hung decor and ceiling corners. Then, wipe down any art work and decorations with a damp microfiber cloth. Use glass cleaner for picture frames to remove layers of grease and grime.
Cabinets and Drawers:
One cabinet at a time, remove all contents. Using the hose attachment, vacuum inside your drawers and wipe down all cabinet shelves. Be sure to wipe down all handles and hinges too!
Begin organizing your dishes and other contents from your cabinets. Group like items on the kitchen floor. Discard any junk items, such as a lid without a matching container or pot. Wipe down any glasses or bowls that don’t get much use – as those collect dust over time – and place anything you want to donate or sell in those boxes we mentioned earlier. Begin restocking your cabinets, assigning space within reach for everyday items.
Remove all the contents of your refrigerator. Check dates and labels, and throw away any expired items. Begin wiping down all shelves and drawers with warm soapy water or all-purpose cleaner, including the shelving inside the fridge door. Place all food back in an organized fashion, putting things that will expire soon towards the front.
Repeat this process with your freezer.
*Please note, organizing your pantry can take up a whole day by itself, especially if you tend to stack items on top of each other until high heaven.
Remove all pantry contents. Again, check labels and expiration dates. If you have multiple packages of the same thing, consolidate them into one bag or container. Make sure that any chips or crackers are not stale.
Again using the hose attachment, vacuum and wipe down the pantry shelves to remove any excess crumbs and wrapper fragments.
Counters and Countertop Appliances:
Scrub down the inside of your sink so it is clean, and fill it with warm, soapy water. Begin taking everything off your countertops. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe down your counters with warm, soapy water. For surfaces around your stove top, use an all-purpose cleaner that will cut grease. Likewise, wipe down any and all countertop appliances with the warm, soapy water. Use the all-purpose cleaner to get grease splatter off of appliances and accessories like toasters and utensil holders.
Pro tip: Scrub any tough stains or food spill off your counter by mixing in some baking soda with your warm water to create a stain-fighting paste.
With your countertops and storage cabinets clean and organized, proceed to sweep and mop your floors. We recommend stepping outside to shake out your floor mats before you ever begin sweeping. And while we love the convenience of a Swiffer-style mop, nothing cleans your floors like a good old-fashioned mop and bucket.
Now that your kitchen is as clean as they day you moved in, sit back, relax and admire a job well done… and probably go out to dinner so you can keep it clean for at least 24 hours!
Click HERE to download your free spring cleaning checklist, so you can work step-by-step when cleaning your kitchen!