The ultimate kitchen-cleaning plan

If food is the language of love, a clean kitchen is like doing tongue twisters before your big romantic speech

A girl helping her mother in the kitchen loading or unloading the dishwasher

Your kitchen is the hub of your home, but with all that activity comes the need for regular kitchen cleaning. It’s a space where the everyone likes to spend time, so everyone should be involved in keeping it clean and hygienic. This guide will show you how to clean kitchen floors, surfaces and cabinets, with kitchen-cleaning tips for getting everyone in the house involved.

1. Gather your kitchen-cleaning supplies

Before you dive into the kitchen cleaning, make sure you’ve got everything you need. Gather your cleaning fluids, mops, brushes and kitchen paper together, clear your work surfaces and fill a sink with hot, soapy water for soaking anything that needs it. This is also a good time to spray your oven and hob with cleaner and leave it to work while you get on with other jobs.

2. Start high

One of the best kitchen-cleaning tips is to start high and work down. Wiping and dusting the higher cabinets can nudge debris onto the lower surfaces, but you’re going to be cleaning them later, so that’s ok. Start off dusting and then use a multi-purpose cleaner to wipe down the cabinets.

3. How to clean the kitchen cupboards

Knowing how to clean kitchen cupboards efficiently is all about delegation. Empty the contents onto the kitchen table and get your partner, housemates or kids to wipe them down (especially sticky jars) with moistened kitchen paper. Meanwhile, you can get to work wiping the cupboard shelves.


The easiest way to keep the kitchen hygienic between cleans is to spot clean as you go, so keep a roll of kitchen paper, like Plenty Original, handy. It’s extra absorbent, so it’s ideal for soaking up spills.

4. Clean out the fridge

Next, it’s time to clean your fridge. Throw away any old food and empty the remaining contents onto the kitchen table. Meanwhile, use kitchen roll to wipe down the sides, top, bottom, doors, shelves and drawers, ensuring that you remove all spills and marks, before replacing the clean fridge contents.

5. How to clean the kitchen surfaces

Once you know how to clean kitchen surfaces, it becomes very easy and quick. Just make sure you’ve got a cleaner that suits your worktop surfaces (you can test it on a small area first), spray it on and use a gentle scourer or a piece of wet kitchen paper in circular motions to remove the grime. Simple!

6. Clean lower cabinets 

Now it’s time to clean the lower cabinets. Simply follow the same process as the upper cabinets and sweep all debris out onto the floor. Any unused or broken pots and pans can either be disposed of or given away.

7. Finish your hob and oven

Now that the cabinets, fridge and surfaces are clean, your kitchen cleaning is almost finished – all that’s left is to finish off cleaning the oven and hob. The cleaner should have completed most of the work for you, but a little extra scrubbing on stubborn marks should get the rest sparkling.


Germs love clinging to cloths and sponges, so when wiping around germy areas, use a fresh sheet of strong kitchen paper, like Plenty and pop it in the bin afterwards. That way, you’ll avoid transferring germs to other surfaces.

8. Drain the sink

Nearly there now. Before you clean the floor, you should empty the sink and give it a good scrub. Give the taps and bowl (if you have one) a polish too.

9. Sweep the floor

Finally, it’s time to clean the floor. Sweep or vacuum up all of the debris that has been collected during the kitchen-cleaning process and then use an appropriate floor cleaner to finish the job.

Kitchen cleaning: how often?

The above plan details a full clean. Here is a breakdown for how often individual kitchen cleaning tasks should be carried out.

  • Daily. Wiping counter tops, scrubbing the sink and sweeping the floor
  • Weekly. Clearing out the fridge, cleaning the floor, polishing the sink and scrubbing the hob
  • Monthly. Oven cleaning, wiping cabinets and complete cleaning of the fridge

Once you know how to clean the kitchen and approach it in an organised way, the task becomes a lot easier – it’s all about dividing and conquering! Get everyone involved with these kitchen-cleaning tips and you’ll get things done much more quickly and efficiently.

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