The kitchen. The heart of the home. It’s one of the most used rooms of the house—and frankly, it’s probably crawling with more germs than any other space at home. It’s a relentless cycle: The kitchen gets used often to prepare food, so it gets dirtier than many other places in the house. And because it’s where we prepare our food, we want it to be the cleanest! So your approach to keeping the kitchen clean needs to be less whack-a-mole and more strategic.

Items to clean

These actions are commonplace for cooks and other kitchen staff. Often, they will have already subconsciously worked them into their schedule and will be able to get them done in a timely manner.

Brush grill between cooking red meat, poultry and fish
Wipe down the line and prep areas
Switch cutting boards
Change sanitizing water and cleaning rags
Empty trash bins

Daily basis
Wipe & spray

Spray and wipe the countertops and range top and dont' forget to clean off splatters from the vent hood, too.

Sweep floor

Sweep the floor and wipe up spills or the spills will take away the shine eventually.

Scrub sink

Scrub the sink with a general-purpose cleaner and wipe dry. If the stains will remain there for longer, it will only get harder to remove these stains later.

Deal with dishes

Unload clean dishes from the dishwasher and take care of hand-wash dishes as soon as possible.

Mop floor

You might need to mop more often if you have young children or pets in your household. Or messy cooks.

Clean appliances

That includes large appliances as well as small countertop appliances, such as coffee pots and toasters.

Polish the sink

Give a little extra attention to crevices and seams where gunk loves to hide. Once the sink is finished, clean the faucet, too.

Clean drawer and cabinets

Play close attention to doors and drawers you use frequently. Don’t forget about the cabinet boxes and drawer interiors.

Clean oven

If you're hesitant to use oven cleaner, try scrubbing the inside with a combination of baking soda and white vinegar.

Rinse out dividers

They're great for bringing order to your kitchen, but they are dirt and crumb magnets.

Give attention to toe-kick areas

Crumbs and dirt tend to migrate here and hide during daily sweeping and weekly mopping.

Clean dishwasher

Take a peek at the inside of your dishwasher, especially around the seal and filter, and wipe away any grime and water deposits.


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