This Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist will help you get through deep cleaning your kitchen in no time!
This weekend I finally had time to start on my Spring cleaning. For me the difference in Spring cleaning and all of the other cleaning I do throughout the year is the level of cleaning. When I Spring clean it is a deep cleaning, and sometimes reorganization, that gets all of the built of grit and grime from the long winter months and lets me start over again with a clean slate (pun intended!).
You may have noticed by now that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Not only is it the center of all of our family activity, lunch, breakfast, dinner, snacks, homework, playdough, painting, etc., it is also where Kat and I do all of our recipes for the blog. Needless to say come Spring it most definitely needs a deep cleaning. So, today I wanted to share with you my Spring cleaning checklist and how I deep clean my kitchen top to bottom, along with a few tips to make it a little easier.
Let’s start with supplies. I shared my recipes for DIY wipes with you a few weeks ago. These are so simple to make with just a few common household products and Viva® paper towels. They handle almost all of my cleaning needs but sometimes I need something a little to cut through grease and grime. Here’s a list of supplies I have on hand for Spring Cleaning:
- Viva® Towels and Viva® Vantage®
- DIY Wipes in three recipes (glass, bleach, non-bleach)
- Ceramic Cooktop cleaner
- Dish Soap
- Spray bottle
- Vacuum cleaner
- Trash Bags
I have Viva® at the top of the list and I list both types because they are what I use to get most of the cleaning done. I like using paper towels because when I’m deep cleaning there is a lot of dirt and grime I’m wiping up and I like being able to just throw the paper towel in the trash afterwards rather than dealing with a gross sponge. I like Viva® because they are strong like a cloth so I can get a lot of cleaning done before I need a new one. They also come in two types, Viva® Towels which are smooth and Viva® Vantage® which are just as strong but have a scrubby texture like terry cloth. These are great for getting up stubborn dirt! Between the two of them Viva® has my cleaning needs covered.
Once you have all of your supplies gather it is time to get down to work. I use this deep cleaning checklist because it keeps me focused. The mess in my kitchen can feel overwhelming, and I rarely get all of my cleaning done in one day, so the checklist breaks things down into different areas. I can start in one spot and go through my entire list and then move on without worrying about being interrupted and forgetting what I’ve done and what I still need to do. I also happen to love lists so checking off the things I’ve accomplished totally makes my day :).
Let’s get started!
- Empty Sink – Wash dishes/Load dishwasher
- Clean off Countertops – All of the papers and other things that gravitate to your counters and just sit there need to be cleared out.
Cabinets and Drawers
- Remove cabinet contents and wipe down the inside shelves, inside of the door, and the outside of the cabinet. You’ll be surprised how dirty your paper towel is at the end of this! TIP: I use my non-bleach DIY wipes for this or I put the same formula in a spray bottle and spray it on the cabinet and wipe them down with Viva® Towels.
- Replace contents getting rid of anything you don’t use anymore. If you’re like me this means throwing away all of those mismatched lids and bowls! As you put things back in organize them in the way that makes the most sense for you and your family.
- Remove all items from the pantry and throw away anything that is expired or that you no longer want.
- Wipe down shelves.
- Sweep/Vacuum/Mop bottom of pantry.
- Put everything back in the pantry organizing as you go.
- Remove all of the food from your refrigerator throwing away anything that is expired/moldy, or that you just aren’t going to use.
- Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator including the rubber gasket running around the edge of the door. Lots of nasty stuff gets caught in there. TIP: The bleach DIY wipes are great for this. If you need a little extra scrubbing power you can use the Viva® Vantage®.
- Put everything back in the refrigerator neatly.
- Repeat these steps for the freezer.
- outside of the cabinet. (including the top!).
- Go through the papers and throw away the ones you don’t need any more. Only replace the magnets and papers you use daily.
- Pull the fridge out from the wall and vacuum/mop behind/under it. If your fridge has coils vacuum those too. Then push it back into place.
- Remove the rotating plate from the microwave and wash it with soap and water.
- Clean the inside of the microwave. TIP: Place a solution of 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar in a microwave safe dish in the microwave and microwave on high for 10 minutes. This will fill the microwave with steam and loosen any baked on food making it easy to wipe out with a Viva® Vantage®.
- Wipe down the outside of the microwave.
- Wipe down your stove. Remove coils and clean beneath them if that applies to your stove.
- Clean the oven. You can use the self cleaning function of your oven or oven cleaner if needed. I use the self cleaning function and then wipe out the inside of the oven with Viva® Vantage®.
- Clean your oven racks.
- Clean drawer under oven. If you oven has a drawer at the bottom pull that out, remove everything in it and wipe it clean. Then neatly place everything back inside.
- Move everything off of the surface of the counters and wipe them down.
- Wipe down the back splash.
- Wipe out the sink and polish the fixtures.
- As you put the items back on your counters wipe the items off to remove in dust or grease. If you are no longer using that item consider throwing it away or storing it somewhere else.
- Clean the glass.
- Open window and clean tracks/window sill
- Vacuum dust from curtains/blinds
- Dust/Polish all light fixtures
- Get everything up off of the floors, including the trash can and chairs.
- Vacuum or sweep to get up the big stuff.
- Mop, paying special attention to high traffic areas, and those places where you might not normally clean (like under the cabinets!)
- As you put your table and chairs back wipe them down.
- Wipe down baseboards
Trash – The very last thing I do is take out the trash. I usually have a pretty big bag between emptying the fridge and throwing all of my mismatched containers away. I take the whole trashcan outside and put my trash bag in the big trash can and then spray my indoor trashcan down with bleach, let it sit for 5 minutes and then hose it off.
Like I said, sometimes it takes more than just a day but in the end my kitchen is sparkling and it is totally worth it! If you’re ready to get started you can download your own Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist HERE.
Viva® not only helps me clean my kitchen top to bottom it is also giving back to the community. Viva® teamed up with Hollywood actress and home/ DIY expert, Monica Potter, to host a dramatic clean-up benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Ventura. Together they helped 22 families in need by giving them more than 50 newly cleaned household goods for their homes (see it here). Through their partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Viva® will supply 14 other Boys & Girls Club Thrift Store locations across the country with cleaning product and a year’s supply of paper towels inspiring them to host clean up events in their community, benefiting additional local Clubs.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.