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Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Maintaining a clean kitchen is easy with our step-by-step checklist.

Follow our recommended cleaning guidelines for a kitchen that's always sparkling clean.

To Do Daily

  1. Spray and wipe the countertops, range top, and vent hood.
  2. Sweep the floor.
  3. Scrub the sink with a general-purpose cleaner. Then, wipe dry.

To Do Weekly

  1. Mop the floor. (You may need to mop more often if young children or pets are in your household.)
  2. Clean the exteriors of appliances.
  3. Wipe the refrigerator door.
  4. Scour and polish the sink.

Tips and Tricks:

Watch: Sink Cleaning Made Easy

Whole-House Weekly Cleaning

To Do Monthly

  1. Wipe off the cabinet doors
  2. Clean the oven.
  3. Clean the refrigerator and sanitize the refrigerator drip pan. 

Tips and Tricks:

Watch: Cabinet Cleaning Tricks

The Best Way to Clean a Refrgerator

Quick-Cleaning Tips

  1. Keep a spray bottle with a solution of 1 part bleach to 4 parts water or an all-purpose spray cleaner in the kitchen for quick cleanup.
  2. Keep a broom and dustpan in the kitchen for sweeping after meals.

Watch the videos below for even more kitchen cleaning tips.


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