As the days get longer, the extra hours of daylight illuminate the dust flecks and window smudges more and more each day. While I’d love to say I’m motivated to dive into spring cleaning by the season’s spirit of renewal, the truth is mother nature browbeats me into it by taunting me with hours of sunshine beaming like a spotlight upon my household grime.
I know you have seen spring cleaning checklists before or perhaps you freewheel it and just do a more thorough version of your regular cleaning. I, however, enjoy the satisfaction of checking completed tasks off of a list so I’ve spent a lot of time looking for the perfect spring cleaning checklist. After a lot of searching, I came up empty-handed since most were either too vague, incomplete, or ordered incorrectly (you should always clean top to bottom). So, I made my own.
Spring cleaning is a pretty intense event for me so I like to break it down into several smaller projects. Today we’re going to tackle the kitchen. Here is a printable Kitchen Cleaning Checklist. I tried to make it as thorough as I could while still fitting it on one page. Feel free to cross off items you don’t want to do. No one’s grading you on your spring cleaning, after all. I just wanted to make sure you didn’t have to pencil anything in. Before you get started, check out “Ease Into Spring Cleaning By Doing It In Your Sleep” for some deep cleaning tips that will spare you some elbow grease. Then, gather your materials (see below) and tackle the rest of the list.
- Rubber Gloves
- Vacuum With Attachments
- Microfiber Cloths
- Shelf Paper or Non-Stick Liners
- Old Toothbrush (for scrubbing small spaces)
- All Purpose Cleaner: I like Clorox Green Works because it doesn’t have harsh chemicals, smells good, and gets things clean.
- Disinfectant: After cleaning surfaces, I like to go over them again with a Clorox or Lysol wipe.
- Oven Cleaner
- Window Cleaner
- Floor Cleaner
- For wood floors I like Murphy’s Oil Soap and Bona Floor Cleaner
- For ceramic tile, water alone is fine but you can mix in Oxi-Clean if the tiles or grout is stained
- For laminate floors, you should damp mop (NOT wet mop) with water and 2-4 ounces of ammonia
- For vinyl floors, spray with Windex then damp mop
- Magic Eraser: Great for de-greasing surfaces and removing stubborn smudges from walls.
- All-Purpose: Baking soda and damp sponge or microfiber cloth, use to clean countertops, sink, refrigerator, cutting boards, and stovetop.
- Disinfectant: 2 cups water + 3 tablespoons liquid soap + 25 drops of tea tree oil OR use a solution that is 1 part water + 1 part white vinegar (add lemon juice for scent if desired).
- Window Cleaner: 2 tablespoons of white vinegar + 1 gallon of water, use newspaper instead of paper towels to wipe.
- Oven Cleaner: Make a paste of baking soda and water and coat the interior of the oven; leave the paste on overnight; scrape off with plastic spatula and wipe down with paper towels.
- Stainless Steel Cleaner: Add a few drops of water to 1 tablespoon cream of tartar, rub onto stainless steel with a sponge or microfiber cloth, wipe clean with a paper towel.
- Floor Cleaner: 1 cup of white vinegar + 1 gallon of water is safe for most floors, for grout stains combine 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 1 part water.
Next in my Spring Cleaning series is the bathroom. Yes, I chose the two hardest rooms first on purpose. By part 3 of the series, it will feel like you’re on vacation!