My Kitchen Detail Cleaning Checklist will help you get your kitchen ready for the Fall cooking season and anytime your kitchen needs a deep cleaning.
It’s amazing how much grease and grime build up in a busy kitchen, isn’t it? We know you won’t have a lot of free time during the busy fall cooking season. My Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist will help you get ready ahead of time. Grab the free printable checklist at the bottom of this article.
We love to work smarter, not harder and we know you do too so I’m including 12 Things in the Kitchen You Can Put in the Dishwasher to save you lots of time!
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Kitchen Cleaning Supplies
Begin the deep cleaning process by gathering your kitchen cleaning supplies.
- Oven cleaner
- All-purpose disinfectant, I use this one or this one
- Dish detergent, this is my favorite brand
- Soft Scrub gel cleanser, for sink and stove-top
- Reusable Rubber Cleaning Gloves, like these
- Non-scratch scrub sponges, like these
- Cleaning cloths
How To Deep Clean The Kitchen
Start at the top and work your way down so do the cobwebs on the ceiling and wall corners first.
Let the dishwasher do part of the work
Next, go ahead and gather up all the things you can put in the dishwasher. This will include your light fixture covers which are on the ceiling so still work from the top down.
You want to go ahead and run the dishwasher so that it will be done when you are. You can put all of those things back where they belong before leaving this kitchen cleaning project.
12 Things in the kitchen you can put in the dishwasher
Back to the old saying “Work smarter, not harder”. Let’s put the dishwasher to work for us. Load it with any or all of these things to save yourself some time.
- Switch plate cover & Outlet covers
- Vent hood filters & covers (check your manufacturer’s directions first)
- Stove-top drip pans
- Glass canisters (not the rubber gaskets)
- Coffee carafe (top rack)
- Glass lighting globes/covers
- Salt & Pepper shakers (dry completely before use)
- Trash can lid
- Floor vent grate
- Dish scrubbers
- Sink stoppers
- Stove knobs (I put them in the silverware tray)
Some of these items will need to go on the top rack in the dishwasher, light switch plates and light globes.
The major appliances include the stove with oven cleaning, and cleaning the refrigerator inside and out.
You may choose to do the major appliances all in one day. I’m not such a glutton for punishment so I do the stove one Saturday and the refrigerator/freezer the next.
When you get to the counters, start on the left of the stove and work your way around the room.
Pull everything away from the walls and clean behind those things. For instance, move the Air Fryer away from the wall to clean under and behind it. Then wipe down the outside of the small appliance and put it back into place.
Don’t forget to wash anything and everything you keep sitting out on your counters such as canisters, picture frames, lamps, small appliances, etc.
Check each completed task off the list as you go! There is a certain amount of satisfaction to be derived from checking items off a list!
Print the kitchen cleaning checklist pdf using the button below.
Now that you have our easy kitchen detail cleaning checklist, you can make plans to get your kitchen ready for the busy fall cooking season! I’m making plans now to tackle the oven and detail the stove!
Be sure to print our Spring Cleaning Checklist if you are brave enough to give the whole house a thorough cleaning before the holiday season!
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Originally published Oct. 2015. Updated Nov. 1, 2022