The Ultimate Kitchen Deep Cleaning Checklist

Have you ever walked into a restaurant and seen a sanitation grade that made you cringe? Sometimes you wonder if the place should even be in business with a score that low. After all, an 89 is pretty bad!

But, what if the health inspector came to your kitchen? Do you feel confident you’d receive a high score? 

Even though the kitchen is an essential part of our lives, we often neglect to clean it thoroughly. The result of this is worse health and sanitation for our food.

That’s why you need a kitchen deep clean! If you don’t know how to deep clean a kitchen, don’t worry. We’ll provide a kitchen deep cleaning checklist and other tips in the guide below!

Gather Your Kitchen Deep Clean Supplies

Before you get started, it helps to gather all of your cleaning supplies in one place. First, gather trash bags to throw away your waste and expired products. You may also want to grab trash bags for food donations. 

Next, we recommend using microfiber cleaning cloths for almost any surface. They have a smooth surface that just glides along whatever you’re cleaning. 

Finally, gather your cleaning solutions. Some people may use more organic materials like white vinegar mixtures, while others may use mass-manufactured products. Whatever it is, place it somewhere accessible!

Once you have all your materials assembled, you’re ready to start! So, let’s move to phase one: cleaning the pantry.

Cleaning the Pantry

One of the differences between regular cleaning vs. deep cleaning is the scope of the task. Regular cleaning usually involves wiping off the counters, rubbing the stove down, etc. 

Deep cleaning gets rid of any excess product or waste in the kitchen. Think about those groceries you bought six months ago that still take up space in the pantry. What are the chances you’ll use them anytime soon?

So, let’s start with the basics. First, clear everything out of the pantry. 

Once everything’s out, go through and find expired products. Also, look for anything that’s still good but that your household won’t use. You can use these products as donations

Next, wipe down your pantry shelves with a good scrub. It’s amazing how much dust and gunk can build on these!

As you clean, you may see that your shelf liners need replacing. Go ahead and replace these if you can. These items protect your shelves from the usual scratches, stains, and other marks that can build over time. 

Finally, group items together when you place them back in the pantry. This way, your pantry is more neatly organized after you wrap up.

Deep Cleaning the Refrigerator and Freezer

Once again, start by pulling everything out of the unit. This step helps you see what you have on hand and free up space for cleaning.

Next, clean the shelves and the drawers. Once you clean the drawers, it often helps to line them with a clean cloth or paper towel. Doing so can absorb moisture or catch spills if an accident happens. 

From there, wipe out your ice cube trays. The last thing you want is for any gunk to make its way into your drink!

Next, put the food back into the fridge and freezer. We recommend grouping similar items together as you did for the pantry. 

Once you’ve done the heavy lifting inside the fridge, focus on the outside. Wipe down the top, sides, and front of the refrigerator. It may help to use a vacuum cleaner to get the largest dust clumps first, then wipe the surface down.

Deep Clean Your Oven and Stovetop

Once you’ve done the heavy lifting inside the fridge, focus on the outside. Wipe down the top, sides, and front of the refrigerator. It may help to use a vacuum cleaner to get the largest dust clumps first, then wipe the surface down.

However, more modern electric ovens are much safer to clean. To get started, remove the racks from the inside. Then, use baking soda and vinegar to wipe the grime inside thoroughly. 

Cleaning your oven door can be a challenge. However, several kits online can simplify the job. Browse around to find kits that meet your budget!

Finally, wipe down your stovetop. Once again, cleaning kits exist specifically for this surface. They often include razor scrapers and scrubbers that help remove any stains. 

Deep Clean the Sink and Dishwasher

Think about all the stuff you’ve put in your sink. Since you use it to clean so many items, it can rapidly accumulate grime. 

Fortunately, there are ways to clean them. Start by emptying your drains and running the garbage disposal. If necessary, use natural drain cleaner solutions to break up any buildup on the pipes.

Mass-produced cleaners often use harsh chemicals that wear down the pipes. Avoid these at all costs, even if it means calling professionals. 

Next, use a mixture of baking soda and dish soap to scrub the sink and drain areas. You’d be amazed at the results this can yield!

Once you’ve scrubbed the interior, use a clean cloth to wipe the faucet and knobs. This step gives the sink an all-around sparkling look. 

If you use a dish drying rack, take this opportunity to clean it. A clean cloth can do the job here, too. 

Then, you can move on to the dishwasher. Start by wiping down the exterior and interior with a cleaning solution.

Next, run a dishwasher cycle on a bowl or large cup filled with two cups of white vinegar. This step will clean your dishwasher and deodorize it!

Find a Deep Cleaning Service 

As spring cleaning approaches, you may notice signs you need a kitchen deep clean soon. But, what if you’re too busy to deep clean? After all, plenty of people live fast-paced lifestyles.

In that case, don’t worry! You can find professional deep cleaning services to help clean your kitchen. 

If you like in New Hampshire, try out our services! We clean several spaces, ranging from home kitchens to office buildings. Book our cleaning teams today!

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