Kitchen Cleaning Ideas

How to clean your Kitchen?

Here is a complete checklist on how to clean your kitchen.

kithen tools sampleAre you planning on cleaning your kitchen? Here is a step by step guide. We all know Cleanliness is next to godliness.  (Yes, clichéd.) We will hold your hand through this journey.

We swear by the uses of lemon, vinegar and baking powder. If you’re looking for natural cleansing, make sure you have these ingredients.

Table of Contents

Get rid of junk

kitchen junk sampleStart with getting rid of junk. Junk includes waste items like utensils which are useless and have rust on them (– you do not necessarily need to get rid of them since we mention ahead on how to get rid of rust on kitchen appliances and utensils), appliances that do not work anymore, broken containers, expired products, etc

According to reader’s digest’s post –

You need to get rid of  that scratched up cutting board, that over frozen food, scratched non stick pans, old spices, plastic cutlery, old plastic storage containers, Chipped plates, bowls, mugs; The junk drawer; Extra cups and mugs

Empty the kitchen

kitchen empty sample

After you are done with throwing the unnecessary things, empty the kitchen. You may do it one by one for e.g.

  • Empty one of the storage place like the shelves; cabinets; pantry; fridge; kitchen island; kitchen top; working areas; etc. start with emptying one of them and get to cleaning as mentioned below.
  • Or you could simply empty the whole kitchen in one time.

The choice depends on how much time and energy you have.

How to clean the kitchen chimney

The Chimney should be cleaned at least once a month. Clean the filters with whatever detergent or soap suits you best, an article we found extremely helpful was this –

This article discussed detailed ways to clean the chimney including natural ways like baking soda, caustic soda, dishwashing soap, etc.

Chimneys need proper cleaning since all the soot hardens and gets difficult to clean later on.

Do not forget to clean the outside too. Regular spray cleaner like Colin will work well for cleaning outside the chimney.

How to clean the kitchen stove

kitchen spray sampleNext, let’s come to the stove.

First, wash it with warm water. Then scrub with whatever you prefer, soap; liquid soap; detergent; colin like sprays; or any natural ingredient.

You may make a paste of baking soda; vinegar; lemon juice; etc

If you’re doing it with any of the above, if it is not too harsh, before scrubbing vigorously, leave it on for some time so that whatever hard substances are stuck there, they can soften.

Then scrub and rinse thoroughly.

You may end with spraying a Colin like spray. Especially if your stove has a glass top.

How to clean a kitchen top

Let’s come to the kitchen top Do a general dusting first. The next step should be to spray soap and leave it there. Then scrub and get rid of the dirt.

You may then simply pour water and use a mini viper. Mini Viper is a must for kitchens these days. Good job if you already own one. If you do not go to the nearest store (or shop online) and get one as it will be of great use.

Then wipe out the excess moisture, or you could let it dry on its own.

Kitchen Island has a similar procedure. Dusting should be your first step. Then spay and scrub. Then comes the mini viper to the rescue.

How to clean kitchen cabinets

Now we jump into the cabinets. As said earlier, empty them completely. Then do the dusting. Then depending on the material of your cabinets, clean them.

If they’re polished and made of wood, you can generously spray colin or you could scrub them too depending on the level of dirt they contain.

Watch this video if you want a detailed description of how to clean wood kitchen cabinets –

this post also shows some good ways to clean cabinets –

it shows the use of blue dawn, vinegar, kitchen gunk remover, soap thinner, paint thinner, wood and polish conditioner.

You may get to the next step by even getting the cabinets painted. This will not only give them a new look, it will also be a fresh change.

How to clean kitchen containers?

Under the cabinets, we will also cover how to clean containers. You could simply empty them and pop them in the dishwasher. Or you may empty them and clean them by hand using dish cleaning soap.

How to clean kitchen baskets?

Next, we discuss how to clean kitchen baskets. If they are plastic baskets, you can go for dusting and then cleaning them with soap. If they are made of jute or some other similar material, be careful with what quality soap you are using. We highly recommend not using harsh detergents for the safety of your baskets.

How to clean the kitchen sink

how to clean kitchen sink? step by stepLet’s come to the sink next.

Wash with warm water then let the soap/ detergent sit there. Scrub the dirt away and rinse it all!

If you’re using some market product then go as their instructions say. If you want to go natural we present some DIYs for you


Taking help from this video of how to clean the sink-

  • Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Let it sit for some time before rinsing it. Then instead of colin like sprays, you can spray a mixture of vinegar and water. 
  • Spray the mixture of vinegar and water over the sink, let it sit. Next step is to sprinkle baking powder over it then scrub it out and rinse. Voila!
  • You may scrub with a paste of dish-soap and baking powder if there are any hard to remove spots.
  • She talks of a beautiful way of how to clean sink traps. If you can open its parts then leave it overnight in soapy water and baking soda. Rinse in the morning and then replace.
  • Shining the sink – rubbing alcohol.

Extra tip- if you wanna go extensive cleaning mode- use a toothbrush to scrub.

How to clean kitchen faucets?

how to clean kitchen faucets - step by stepLet’s come on to cleaning the taps next. This needs to be done carefully depending on the material. Some faucets can be cleaned by soaps and some can not or otherwise they will lose colour. Know what kind of taps you own and clean them up.


This video has us covered again it tells which kind of taps need to be cleaned with what kind of chemicals.

chrome and nickel faucet she tells us to spray a mixture of vinegar and water. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Copper or stainless steel or bronze faucets – it is good to use dish soap or something else which the manufacturer recommends. 

Best out of waste for getting rid of odour

You should store the ends of lemons which you do not use and store them into the fridge. Then you can keep them overnight in your sink or drain to get rid of the odour.

How to clean the sink drain or pipes?

There are products in the market but if you want to do DIY style,


Pour a generous amount of baking soda into the drain and leave it overnight. Next morning, boil vinegar and pour it through the drain. This will unclog as well as clean the drain.

You can visit this link-

It shows the perfect recipe using ingredients like hydrogen peroxide, salt, baking soda, vinegar,  enzyme powder or liquid.

How to clean exhaust fan?

It will be far better if you could get it out of its place and separate the parts. If you can do that, follow the following steps –

Soak the parts in detergent over night. If your exhaust fan is extremely dirty, then you will have to scrub very nicely with a harsher detergent.

You may use baking soda, vinegar or baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda for the process.

If you cannot detach it, spray the harsh detergent over it and leave it there so that the dirt softens, you might have to repeat this a lot.

Then scrub and wash.

Be careful about not letting the water into the motor. Check if it will stop working if water gets in.

You might even need a steel scrub for the job.

How to clean kitchen trolleys?

To get to the harder to reach areas, keep an old tooth brush handy.

You may use anything from the wide range- vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, detergent, dish soap, etc.

Leave it there and scrub. Then rinse.

You may go for just Colin depending on the intensity of dirt and material.

How to clean the walls?

How to clean the walls?​ step by stepStart by scrubbing with a mixture of warm water and detergent.

Then go for mixtures of baking soda, vinegar or baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar and baking soda. And scrub. Leave it there and rinse thoroughly.

For getting into the in-between parts, use a toothbrush for optimal coverage. Dip it in detergent or the vinegar + baking soda + lemon juice mixture and scrub it out.

How to clean kitchen grease?

How to clean kitchen grease?​ step by stepIf the grease is of next level stubbornness, then first introduce a liquid which is of the same nature as it. Scrub with oil first. The oil will work better in removing stubborn grease stains that require double the hard work with soaps. Once you are successful in removing them with oil, only then, sprinkle detergent generously. Then with the help of hot water, scrub it vigorously. The detergent will now be able to take away the grease with the oil. Giving you a cleaner kitchen with lesser hard work

Then go for another round, working only with detergent and hot water this time.

Rinse properly and you’re good to go.

How to clean a fridge?

Empty it firstly. Make sure you have switched it off, we do not want to waste electricity or get a shock.

After emptying, take out all the trays and boxes.

Clean all the trays and boxes individually but before that, soak them in soapy water for some time.

You may scrub them with any detergent or soap.

Or you may simply spray a cleaner and wipe it out.

Clean the insides of the fridge too by scrubbing the dirt out and then rinsing.

How to clean kitchen oily windows?

How to clean kitchen oily windows?​ step by stepIf the junk is stubborn go for the oil method mentioned above. Which is –

If the grease is of next level stubbornness, then first introduce a liquid which is of the same nature as it. Scrub with oil first. The oil will work better in removing stubborn grease stains that require double the hard work with soaps. Once you are successful in removing them with oil, only then, sprinkle detergent generously. Then with the help of hot water, scrub it vigorously. The detergent will now be able to take away the grease with the oil. Giving you a cleaner kitchen with lesser hard work

Then go for another round, working only with detergent and hot water this time.

Rinse properly and you’re good to go.

Steel windows

If the windows are made of steel mesh, be generous with a harsh detergent, sprinkle it over the windows.

Then using hot water – scrub + scrub + scrub.

You may use specialized products that come for this task. They are available online and in the market. Experiment with products and see for yourself, the ones you like the most.

Glass windows

If they’re glass windows, go directly for scrubbing with any detergent.

How to clean kitchen cupboard?

Empty it first.

Then scrub with whatever detergent you prefer. You may use any other product also follow its instructions then.

You may go to this link

to see a few uses including use of blue dawn.

How to clean kitchen slab?

DIY cleaners

DIY cleaners - step by stepThis is a video in Hindi that shows cheap DIY ways to make your own, organic cleaners. If you are not comfortable with Hindi, we have provided an English translation below.

How to make a floor cleaner?

How to make a  floor cleaner?​ - step by stepI have taken a regular fridge bottle. I have added water but not filled it to the top because we will be adding some things. It has a capacity of 1 litre.

Firstly I am adding a few camphor balls you can get it from any nearby departmental store. It acts as a disinfectant. It keeps mosquitoes and flies away. You may crush and add them

Then we add around 3-4 tablespoon salt. This also works as a disinfectant and keeps insects away.

Then we are adding alum. It cleans the water.

You may add essential oils for fragrance. It is optional.

Leave this mixture for one night. You may use it even if the camphor and alum are not fully dissolved.

All around 500 ml in 2-3 litre water when mopping the floor.

You need to make sure that you keep this away from children. Keep it safely labelled in a place where your children can not access it.


How to make a Kitchen cleaner?

We’re taking some water in a mug. Around ½ litre.

I’m adding 100 ml vinegar into it.

Then we are adding 2 teaspoons baking soda. The foam is temporary. It will settle soon.

Then add any dish wash soap 3-4 drops. They are not very harsh.

Then I’m adding essential oil.

You can add it daily on the basis of your mood. You may add it immediately while using for a new fragrance every day. Add 10-15 drops.

Use a spray bottle, fill it with the mix.

I’m adding extra virgin olive oil. This makes it useful for furniture especially wooden.

You need not add olive oil if you will use it for kitchen purpose only.

How to clean kitchen appliances?

We need to clean the appliances too, like the dishwasher, oven, etc.

If dirt and gooey things are stuck in them, then baking soda is our saviour.

Apply a paste of baking soda and vinegar/ baking soda and lemon juice and let it sit. Then scrub it out.

Do a second round of scrubbing with detergent. Then rinse thoroughly to get the perfect finish.

Make sure you get the appliances frequently serviced.

How to clean kitchen utensils?

How to clean kitchen utensils?​ step by stepEven if you use a dishwasher, you should wash your utensils by hand also sometimes. Dishwashers tend to leave certain difficult spots.

If you see white stains on your dishes when they come straight out of your dishwasher, or any other chemical stains or odours, make sure you get your dishwasher regularly serviced because otherwise, it leaves it is salt and dish shiner stains on the utensils. This can be harmful because their detergent salts and shining liquid chemicals could end up in your stomach through your food. And all this could be prevented by just the regular servicing of your dishwasher.

You should clean your safely kept crockery also in order to keep them shining new and in a good condition. Make it a rule to clean that fancy cutlery when you are giving your kitchen a makeover.

Get all those glasses and fancy china out and give them a bath.

How to clean kitchen brushes?

Your brushes that clean bottles also need cleaning.

Leave them in warm water containing either a mild soap or baking soda or salt. This will soften its bristles and will also disinfect it.

After leaving it overnight, wash with mild soap and run through warm water thoroughly.

If your brush is too difficult, the market also has some smaller brushes that are meant to clean larger brushes. Shop online or in your local market. 

How to clean kitchen drawers?

If your drawers are wooden, you may use the cleaning spray we displayed in the DIY section. Start with dusting them properly, then depending on the material, give them a wash with a suitable chemical. 

To keep them cleaner, you can simply put newspaper ( a cheap alternative ) as shelf covers. You might be wondering what its use will be. Next time when you decide on cleaning your drawers, you could just pull out your newspaper and all the dust will be out because it was on it.

If you do not like the idea of putting newspapers, you can buy shelf covers.

You may refer to the link –


So this was our guide to getting your kitchen clean.

Make sure to spray love while cleaning!