Kitchen cleaning schedule

Kitchen cleaning is easy with a kitchen cleaning schedule! Read on for great ideas for making a kitchen cleaning checklist.

Updated July 29, 2019

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Keeping your kitchen clean can seem like a full-time job unless you keep organised with a kitchen cleaning checklist! Read on to find out more.

The hub for where you prepare all your food needs to be kept clean in order to avoid food contamination or bug infestations. Family life can be chaotic, making it hard to keep your kitchen spotless. To make cleaning easier follow this checklist for hassle free ways on how to clean a kitchen. If you don’t have time for a big clean up, don’t worry – there are simple daily tasks you can do to keep things in order.

Then when there’s more time for a deep clean you can tick off our monthly cleaning tips for the kitchen. The ‘how to clean a kitchen’ checklist is also great to spread chores out between the family. Designate tasks to each family member and keep an eye out for them getting done!

Your essential product for cleaning the kitchen is a top quality multipurpose cleaner like HANDY ANDY – this is great for tackling dirt and grease on any surface all month long, so be sure to stock up! 

How to Clean a Kitchen: A Checklist

Follow each section of cleaning tips for the kitchen to maintain a clean kitchen all month long.


  • Wipe down worktops
  • Keep clean as you cook
  • Wipe spills from work surfaces, floors, and appliances
  • Empty the bin
  • Wash the dishes or run the dishwasher
  • Sweep the floor


  • Fridge inventory – Throw away any spoiled or out-of-date food items along with empty containers.
  • Clean small appliances such as the microwave, toaster, mixer, kettle – Wipe with a multi-surface cleaner such as products by HANDY ANDY to remove any stains, smudges or fingerprints. Don’t forget to lift up the appliances to wipe away any crumbs or dirt that have collected under them.
  • Scour the stovetop – Scrub and remove any stuck on spills with a cloth and an appropriate cleaning product.
  • Thoroughly disinfect the sink and drying board – Clean the dish drainer also.
  • Wash the bins – Keep your bins smelling fresh with a weekly spray down. Spray with an anti bacterial cleaner and wipe the exterior and interior. Dry with paper towels before putting in a new bin liner.
  • Mop floors – This will give your floors a thorough clean and help to lift stains before they become deeply embedded.
  • Replace tea towels with clean ones – Wash the old towels to make sure they’re ready to be used again next week.


  • Freezer inventory – Throw away any items that are passed a usable condition and take note of frozen food that needs to be eaten soon.
  • Clean out the fridge – Wipe down shelves and drawers. Hoover behind and underneath.
  • Clean the dishwasher – Scrub the insides and run a cycle using only dishwasher detergent in an empty machine for an extra fresh smelling dishwasher.
  • Deep clean the oven – Use a strong oven cleaner to make your oven sparkle. Sweep out any ash, scrub the racks, and wipe the exterior.
  • Sort out the cupboards – Remove items from the cupboards and wipe inside surfaces. Throw away any stale items before re-organising cupboards neatly.
  • Tidy the drawers – Sort out any items in drawers including cooking utensils, pans, and so on. Throw away or donate any unneeded or broken items. Wipe inside drawers and rearrange contents in an organised fashion.
Originally published September 13, 2018