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Kitchen Detail Cleaning Checklist & 12 Things in the Kitchen You Can Put in the Dishwasher

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.

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.

  1. Switch plate cover & Outlet covers
  2. Vent hood filters & covers (check your manufacturer’s directions first)
  3. Stove-top drip pans
  4. Glass canisters (not the rubber gaskets)
  5. Coffee carafe (top rack)
  6. Glass lighting globes/covers
  7. Salt & Pepper shakers (dry completely before use)
  8. Trash can lid
  9. Floor vent grate
  10. Dish scrubbers
  11. Sink stoppers
  12. 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.

cleaning the oven

Major appliances

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.

Kitchen counters

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.

Kitchen deep cleaning checklist
Kitchen Detail Cleaning Checklist, printable

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!

Our 35 Crockpot Recipes With 5 Ingredients or Less collection can also help you get through any busy season!

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Originally published Oct. 2015. Updated Nov. 1, 2022

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  1. This is a great list and I had never thought to put so many little things in the dishwasher. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  2. This is a great list! What would make it even better is if I had a dish washer to use to clean all the things instead of doing it by hand 🙁 I am going to have to use this list when I do my deep cleaning this fall! Thank you for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday we hope to see you again this week!

  3. This is full of great tips for tasks that sometimes can seem daunting. I’m a big list maker,too and checking things off as I go does give a sense of accomplishment. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle.

  4. Hi Shirley,

    Great list. You make it all seem so do-able! It’s funny how it never occurred to me that you can put other things in the dishwasher. (smack on head) Thanks for linking up to our Tips & Tricks this week. I know you will be helping a lot of people with this info.

  5. Great list! One time-saver tip I have is regarding the top of your cabinets (if your cabinets don’t go all the way to the ceiling). It can get really grimy up there! I used to use brown paper I picked up at Lowes in a 12″ roll to line the top of the cabinets. When detail cleaning time comes around I’d just toss that wipe down the edges and put down fresh paper. Now I use some old placemats which I just wash and put back in place. Either works great.

    I put all kinds of things in the dishwasher – candle holders, toothbrush holders, soap dishes, the shower caddy, the laundry detergent scoop, any glass (not china) decorative containers that will fit, etc.

    Thanks for your extensive list!

    1. LOVE that idea of putting the paper on the top of the cabinets! It does get grimy up there too.
      I put things from all over the house in my dishwasher too, including the toothbrush holders!

  6. A comprehensive list – when can you come to my house LOL:) Thank you for sharing and linking up with us at #WednesdaysWisdom.

  7. Oh this is great and just what I need to do some Spring Cleaning as it is Springtime where I live. You have inspired me to clean! Thanks for sharing with us at #AnythingGoes link up.

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