Ultimate Kitchen Cleaning Guide

Given the size of the average kitchen, it’s a good idea to divide cleaning tasks into sections so that you can clean one spot or area at a time. It will keep clutter at bay and ensure that every square inch of your home is cleaned during your cleaning session.

Cabinets & Benchtops

image of a kitchen benchtop

  • Take everything out of your cabinets and counters. Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean the inside of your cabinets, or use a cleaner if you prefer. After you’ve taken everything out of the cabinets, give them a good scrub to remove any grime and grease that has accumulated.

 

  • Then wipe down your counters, replacing items as you go to avoid cluttering up the kitchen while they dry.

Kitchen Hood & Fan

 

woman cleaning kitchen hood

  • Unplug the hood or fan and thoroughly clean it with warm, soapy water. To remove any grease that has clung to the metal, use an all-purpose cleaner. Wipe down the exhaust vents at the top of your hood, paying close attention to any grease or grime that may be trapped inside. This will aid in the prevention of unpleasant odours.
  • Before replacing the filters, clean all surfaces of your kitchen hood (if you have removable ones). Before reinstalling them, make sure they’re completely dry. Wipe down any light fixtures on top of your kitchen hood as well, being careful not to leave any streaks or dust behind.

Stove & Cooktops

Stove which was just cleaned

Stove tops are a hazard because they collect burnt-on food, grease splatter, and spills.

  • Fill the sink with warm soapy water, then add your prefered cleaner to make a mixture that will cut through dirt and grease. Allow the stovetop to soak for 10 minutes before scrubbing away tough crusty food residue
  • To quickly remove any hardened on food or oil, use an SOS pad or metal mesh scrubbing pad soaked in the soapy solution. Just be careful not to scratch your stove’s surface.
  • Once all areas have been scrubbed, thoroughly rinse them with hot water before wiping dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
  • Now, the next time you cook, keep those burners clean by placing a sheet of aluminium foil on the stovetop to catch any drippings.

Microwave

Warm water, baking soda, and liquid hand soap should be used to clean the inside and outside of all kitchen appliances, including microwaves.

  • Mix 2 tablespoons baking soda into a bottle of liquid hand soap before adding warm water to make a thick paste (you can always add more or less solution depending on the size).
  • Scrub away any dirt that has become stuck on appliances or hinges with an old toothbrush soaked in the solution.
  • Once you’ve removed any buildup, thoroughly rinse your appliance with hot water and dry it with paper towels.

Oven

Oven which was just cleaned

  • Before you begin cleaning, remove any loose food particles from the trays and racks.
  • In a bucket or bowl, combine warm water, liquid hand soap, and baking soda, then scrub your oven with an old toothbrush.
  • To clean spills along the bottom edge of the oven door, leave it slightly open so that any remaining moisture can be absorbed with paper towels. After it has dried, simply wipe down your oven with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. If you don’t wipe away anything sticky right away, it will make your job much more difficult if it dries on its own.
  • All you have to do now is line your tray and racks with aluminium foil to keep your oven clean while you cook.

Kitchen Sink

A clean kitchen sink

 

  • Place a few drops of dish soap in a bucket, then fill it with hot water, swish the mixture around to mix in the soap, and scrub the sink with a sponge.
  • To remove stains from around your faucet, squirt some toothpaste onto a cloth or paper towel and rub it into the tough stains; let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Baking soda can also be used to remove stains and odours.
  • When you’re finished, rinse your sink with hot water and dry it with paper towels or a microfiber cloth before rearranging your dishes.

Refrigerator

A clean and well organised refrigerator

  • Begin by cleaning the visible surfaces of your fridge – using a mixture of warm water, liquid hand soap, and baking soda, wipe down any dirt or spills that are easily accessible
  • Mix 2 tablespoons baking soda into a bottle of liquid hand soap before adding warm water to make a thick paste (you can always add more or less solution depending on the size)
  • Scrub away any dirt that has become stuck on appliances or hinges with an old toothbrush soaked in the solution.
  • Once you’ve removed any buildup, thoroughly rinse your appliance with hot water and dry it with paper towels.
  • Now, if there are any tough stains inside the fridge, place some ice cubes inside a resealable bag and seal it before shaking it around. The ice will aid in the breakdown of any dirt, allowing your fridge to shine when you’re finished.

Dishwasher

A dirty dishwasher
  • Place a cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher and run it on the heavy cycle.

 

  • Fill half the sink with hot soapy water – you can use your favourite dish washing soap or a mixture of baking soda and liquid hand soap before scrubbing down any dirty areas. After that, thoroughly rinse all surfaces with hot water and dry them with paper towels.

Floors

  • Before you begin mopping, sweep the floor and collect all loose dirt with a dustpan – this will make everything much easier.

 

  • To clean your floor, fill a bucket or bowl with hot water, then add your favourite dish washing soap before rinsing and mopping from one end of the room to the other. Finish by blotting up any remaining moisture on the floor with paper towels.