The Best Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist For You (Printable)

This is the best kitchen deep cleaning checklist. The kitchen can be the most overwhelming area of the house to deep clean, but don't sweat it!


This checklist will break down the process into manageable tasks.

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It may take some time, and there will likely be moments when it feels overwhelming.

In those moments, remember the feeling of accomplishment when you finally finish!

To make this process less daunting, I've batched the tasks into categories and divided them across several days. 

This way, you won't feel rushed and can do a much deeper clean than if you were to tackle everything in one go.

There's something undeniably comforting about a sparkling clean kitchen, and we all deserve to experience that feeling.

Here are the different categories we will cover:

Day

Category

Tasks

1

Storage Areas

This covers cabinets, drawers and the pantry. It can take two days depending on when you last decluttered/ organised it.

2

Appliances

Your refrigerator, oven, hob/stovetop, microwave and toaster all fall in this category

3

Surfaces

Countertops, walls, baseboards/ skirting boards, sinks, floors, backsplash will be in this category

4

Additional Areas

Windows, light fixtures, doors, and any remaining areas.

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Day #1: Deep Clean Your Storage Areas

Organise Your Kitchen Pantry

If you haven't done this in a while. It can take a really long time.


Mine took three full days and this is what my kitchen looked like when I did it. 

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This clutter came from my pantry. unbelievable!

So it's a good idea to start with decluttering or cleaning out your pantry. Get rid of expired goods and plan out the pantry space if you haven't done so before.

Here's a list of everything you need to do to deep clean your pantry.

  • Remove everything from the pantry: If you haven't organised your pantry in over six months, remove everything. Food items, baskets, appliances, and any thing else you store in your pantry. If you have recently decluttered your pantry, you can move on to the next step.
  • Declutter and get rid of expired or unwanted items: Keep two bin bags nearby, one for donations and one to throw away. Anything that's past its expiration date or damaged needs to go. Be ruthless about this! If it's an item that's no longer used, you can add to the donation bag which you can give to friends or family. The non perishable items can be donated to a charity shop.
  • Wipe down shelves: Use a damp microfibre cloth and cleaner of your choice to wipe down the shelves, walls, and door of the pantry. Pay attention to corners and crevices where crumbs and dust can accumulate.
  • Clean organisers and containers: Wash any baskets, bins, or containers used in the pantry with warm soapy water. Dry with a clean microfibre towel to prevent any water spots from forming.
  • Replace shelf liners (optional): If you use shelf liners, consider replacing them with new ones.
  • Organise your pantry: Group similar items together (e.g., baking supplies, canned items, snacks) and arrange them in a way that makes sense for you.

Approximate Time: 1- 4 hours (Depending on size of kitchen. Mine took 3 days)


Deep Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets

I write this with a lot of guilt because I noticed crumbs in my cutlery drawer.

I say that because our cabinets can easily be ignored during a deep clean. Open up those cabinets and let's get to work. 

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  • Empty the cabinets: Starting from left to right or right to left (whatever makes sense for your space). Remove dishes, utensils, and other contents from the cabinet, one cabinet at a time. Don't forget the upper cabinets.
  • Sort through items: Get rid of unwanted or unused items. Consider donating unopened non-perishable items. 
  • Vacuum: Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dirt and crumbs from inside the cabinets.
  • Wash or replace drawer liners: If you use plastic drawer liners, remove them and wash them with warm water and soap. If they are no longer in good condition, replace them.
  • Clean the drawer: Wipe down the drawer with a damp cloth and cleaner of your choice. Don't forget the corners.
  • Reorganise: Put items back in the cabinets in a way that makes sense for you. Consider using drawer dividers or organisers to keep items contained.
  • Clean handles: Don't forget to wipe and clean the handles.

That's one cabinet done, now repeat for all the other cabinets


Approximate Time: 2-6 hours (Depending on kitchen size)


Day #2: Deep Clean Your Appliances

Deep cleaning appliances is not on my list of favourite things to do but it has to get done.

Here's a checklist for most of the appliances in your kitchen. 

Deep Clean Your Hob/ Stove top

  • Remove the grates and burner rings and caps: Skip if you have an electric hob/ stovetop. 
  • Soak: Add soda crystals and dish soap to a large bowl or sink and leave to soak for 2-3 hours. Soak the burner rings in hot soapy water, not soda crystals to avoid dulling the finish.
  • Scrape: Scrape off any set stains with an oven scraper.
  • Clean: Spray a degreaser in the 'burn circles' (not sure what to call it) and let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Use a pointed brush to get in there and remove any set stains. Wipe with a paper towel. 
  • Remove the knobs and use a brush to clean around the controls. Replace the knobs
  • Spray your favourite surface cleaner and wipe clean with a damp cloth followed by a dry cloth.
  • Once the grates/caps are soaked, scrub them with a sponge or brush.
  • Use steel wool to remove stains from burner rings
  • Dry and place back on hob/ stovetop

Approximate Time: 45 minutes - 2 hours (depending on how dirty it is)


Deep Clean Your Extractor/ Range Hood

  • Remove filters: Remove all the filters, Mine is hidden behind a panel so be sure to check.
  • Soak the filters: Soak in a bowl of hot water, dish soap and soda crystals. Let it sit for 1-2 hours. You can also put it in the dishwasher.
  • Spray degreaser: Whilst the filters are soaking spray the entire extractor surface with a degreaser spray. Let it sit for 15 minutes and wipe with a paper towel. 
  • Clean: Use a brush or sponge to clean the filters and wipe or leave them to dry
  • Wipe: Clean the entire surface of the extractor/ range hood with a damp cloth.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes


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Oven Deep Cleaning Checklist

  • Remove the oven racks and any trays: Place them in a sink filled with hot, soapy water and soda crystals.
  • Scrub the walls of the oven with an oven cleaner or baking soda and water paste.
  • Remove the glass (check manufacturer's instruction) and clean all side. (be careful, I almost broke mine)
  • Wipe oven with a damp cloth, followed by a dry cloth
  • Wash the oven racks and trays. Dry them completely and place back in the oven.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes - 1 hour


Deep Clean Your Dishwasher

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  • Empty the dishwasher 
  • Locate the dishwasher filter and give it a good scrub in some warm soapy water
  • Remove the spray arm and use toothpick to check for blockage
  • Top up the salt and rinse aid
  • Wipe the sides and clean rubber seal
  • Use dishwasher cleaner of choice and run on a hot water cycle.

Approximate Time: 25 minutes


Checklist To Deep Clean Your Refrigerator

  • Turn off refrigerator and empty the content on your kitchen counter
  • Remove all the shelves and drawers. Wash them with warm, soapy water and dry with a dry cloth.
  • Wipe down the inside of the refrigerator 
  • Clean the door gasket 
  • Vacuum the refrigerator coils located at the back
  • Replace drawers and shelves, plug it back in and restock with food.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes


Deep Clean Your Washing Machine

  • Remove the soap dispenser and clean thoroughly.
  • Clean soap dispenser gap as well.
  • Open the rubber seal and give it a good cleaning.
  • Remove hard water stains from inner glass door. I find it easier to use a metal scrubber for this.
  • Check the filter and drain the water into a container. Wash with warm soap water and a brush.
  • Run a hot water cycle with washing machine cleaner or white vinegar. 
  • Once it's done, leave the washing machine door open to allow it to air dry completely.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes


Deep Clean Your Microwave

  • Fill a mug 3/4 of the way with water and white vinegar.
  • Place in the microwave and let it run on high power for 5 minutes, or until the water boils and steams. This will loosen any stuck-on food particles.
  • Remove the mug and wipe down the inside of the microwave with a damp cloth. 
  • If your microwave has a turntable, remove that and wash in warm soapy water.
  • You can also use a baking soda paste to scrub any stubborn stains. 
  • Don't forget to clean the top of the microwave.
  • Dry with a dry microfibre cloth.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes


Checklist To Deep Clean Other Kitchen Appliances

There are so many large and small appliances that require cleaning and I may not be able to cover them all. But remember the tips:

  • Remove any parts that are removable and clean in soapy water
  • Use toothpick and a paper towel to reach crevices and clean them thoroughly.
  • Clean your blender with a mix of vinegar, water and dish soap and blend it for 1minute.
  • Don't forget to clean behind and under your appliances.

Day #3: Deep Clean Your Kitchen Surfaces

You have done the difficult bit. It gets so much easier from here. 

Your kitchen surfaces include your countertops, backsplash, sink, floors and walls.

Remember to dust and remove cobwebs before cleaning to avoid re-cleaning.

Clean Counters and Backsplash:

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  • Clear the kitchen counters completely.
  • Remove any set stains or hard water stains.
  • Use a brush and spray to remove any stains from grout lines on backsplash if any.
  • Wipe down with an all purpose spray.

Approximate Time: 10 minutes


Clean the Kitchen Sink:

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  • Clear the sink of any dishes.
  • Treat any stains in the sink.
  • Use vinegar or limescale remover around tap/faucet and aerator.
  • Unscrew drain cover and clean inside. Replace after cleaning.
  • Wash and rinse sink thoroughly.
  • Clean garbage disposal (if you have one).
  • Treat with a drain un-blocker or soda crystals and boiling water.
  • Wipe with a clean dry cloth.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes


Clean the Floors:

  • Pick up any loose items from the kitchen floor.
  • Sweep or vacuum the entire floor.
  • Mop the floor.

Approximate Time: 15 minutes


Clean the Walls:


Approximate Time: 15 minutes


Day #4: Other Areas

On day 4, we are focusing on the windows, rubbish bin/trash can, door knobs and any other areas of our kitchen.

Clean Windows:

  • Clean blinds or curtains.
  • Clean window with all-purpose cleaner or soapy water, use squeegee to remove excess water.
  • Wipe with microfibre cloth.
  • Buff and dry with a glass microfibre cloth to remove streaks.
  • Clean the window sills and frames with the cleaning solution, brush and a damp cloth.

Approximate Time: 20- 30 minutes depending on size of windows (Mine can take up to an hour as they are bifold doors)


Clean Rubbish Bin/Trash Can:

  • Empty the bin.
  • Take outside and hose down.
  • Scrub with dish soap but pay attention to the rim and lid.
  • Leave out to dry or wipe to dry.
  • Double line the bin and pour bin powder to absorb unpleasant odours.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes


Cleaning Checklists For Other Areas/ Things:

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  • Spray disinfectant spray or use to wipe down door handles and knobs, as well as the surrounding area.
  • Wash your oven mittens and dish cloths.
  • Wipe down any chair/ furniture.
  • Clean light fixtures and switches.

Additional Tips For Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen

Here are some tips that will help whilst deep cleaning your kitchen.

  • Work from top to bottom: This is to avoid having to reto avoid re-cleaning areas.
  • Gather all of your cleaning supplies: Before you start, put all the cleaning supplies you need in a cleaning caddy so that the cleaning process is a lot quicker.
  • Don't forget to clean behind: It's so easy to forget this but clean behind and under all your appliances.
  • Clean regularly: Deep cleaning tasks are so much easier when you create a schedule for your regular cleaning routine. It's important to have weekly tasks to keep on top of everything.
  • Reward yourself: Deep cleaning a kitchen is hard work so don't forget to reward yourself for a job well done!

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Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!