How to Clean A Kitchen Like A Professional

How to Clean A Kitchen Like A Professional

A clean kitchen is one of life’s most satisfying accomplishments. Shiny appliances, clutter-free counters, and spotless floors can’t help but bring a smile to our faces! However, those moments of joy can be few and far between for those with busy lifestyles.  

Sure, we can clean up after we cook and run the dishwasher, but there’s often time for little else. For too many of us, weekends are about the only time we can give our kitchens a deep cleaning. Imagine reclaiming your weekends and enjoying a sparkling clean kitchen more often. 

Learn how to clean your kitchen like the pros and clean less often in less time. 

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Why a Clean Kitchen is Essential

Our kitchens are where we cook, eat, and enjoy time with family and friends. When the kitchen is clean, bright, and smelling fresh, it’s a natural focal point for gathering. When it smells greasy and looks tired and dull, we don’t even want to cook, much less hang out! A clean kitchen makes preparing meals more enjoyable and creates a safer and healthier environment. 

A dirty kitchen can be an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and mildew. Raw meats can contaminate utensils, cutting boards, countertops, and other surfaces. Cross-contamination via hands, dishcloths, and surfaces can include E. coli, Salmonella, and microorganisms that cause illness. Plus, food and grease buildup can start a fire in a dirty oven or on a grill top.

Damp or filthy sponges and scrubbers promote mold and mildew growth that can become airborne. Dirty kitchens can attract pests like rodents and roaches that can contaminate food and surfaces and spread disease. A clean kitchen makes us smile and keeps harmful germs and other nasties at bay for better health.

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Must-Have Kitchen Cleaning Gear

The right tools, cleaning products, and preparation are critical if you want to clean like the pros. Fortunately, other than commercial equipment, professional cleaners rely on tried and true cleaning supplies and tools. 

  • Scrub brush
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cleaning sponge
  • Non-abrasive scrub pads
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic scraper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Disinfectant
  • Mop
  • Broom

If you are sensitive to commercial cleaners or want to be eco-friendly, you can use many natural cleaning ingredients. Baking soda, white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice are some of the most safe and effective household products. 

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Step-by-Step Professional Kitchen Cleaning 

Most professional house cleaners follow a proven kitchen cleaning strategy to ensure they don’t miss a thing. They rely on field-tested cleaning methods like cleaning from high to low and other time-saving practices. Here is a step-by-step cleaning strategy that delivers professional results every time. 


Clear countertops of unnecessary items and purge cabinets and drawers. Discard expired dry goods, freezer content, and refrigerated items. If you have small appliances on your counters, clean them and put them away for now.  

Clean the Freezer and Fridge

Take all the food out of your freezer and refrigerator. Remove the racks, shelves, and bins. Scrub the inside of the appliance and door with soapy water and a non-abrasive scrubber. Wash the parts in the sink with hot, soapy water and a scrubber. 

Degrease and Clean the Stove

Put removable parts like grates and burners in the sink with hot, soapy water. Degrease the stovetop with a multi-purpose cleaner or vinegar, then rinse and dry. Scrub the parts in the sink with a scrubber. 

Clean Your Garbage Disposal and Drain

Pour boiling water and a cup of baking soda into the garbage disposal. Let it sit for 30 minutes to break down the buildup, then rinse with hot water. Pour a few ounces of lemon juice or vinegar down the drain to control odors. 

Scrub the Sink

Use an all-purpose cleaner or baking soda and a non-abrasive sponge to scrub your sink in a circular motion. Rinse the sink, wash it with soapy water, and rinse again. For stainless steel sinks, dry after cleaning and apply a thin layer of olive oil for protection.  

Clean the Countertops

Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines if your countertops are granite or another natural material. Hot, soapy water and a sponge will clean most other countertop materials. Use a plastic scraper to remove buildup, then scrub away. Rinse, dry, and buff to a shine.

Scrub Cabinets

A cleaning cloth and hot, soapy water will clean most cabinet doors. For wood cabinets, use vinegar to remove greasy residue first. For painted cabinet doors, use baking soda for stains and buildup before cleaning. Wipe off the soap residue and leave the doors open to air dry. 

Clean and Sanitize Cutting Boards

Clean cutting boards with a scrubber and baking soda, then rinse off the residue. Use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the cutting board, then rinse and dry.

Wash and Disinfect the Trash Can

Wash the inside and outside of your trash can with soap and water, rinse, and let it air dry. When dry, spray the bottom and inside with an EPA-approved disinfectant before replacing the trash bag.  

Shine the Floors

Sweep the kitchen floor, working from the corners to the center. Mop the floor and baseboards with soapy water. Rinse the mop and use hot, clean water to remove the dirt and soapy residue. 

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Habits to Remember

Once your kitchen has that professional shine and smell, routine maintenance will help keep it cleaner longer. Adopting a clean-as-you-go approach goes a long way toward a consistently clean kitchen. As you prepare and cook meals, get in the habit of loading the dishwasher, cleaning up spills, and doing other quick chores. A simple and short daily routine will minimize buildup, germs, and dirt to make deep cleanings faster and easier. 

Now that you know how to clean your kitchen like a pro, make the job easier with a team cleaning approach. Get your family to clean up their messes daily and sign them up when it’s time for a deep cleaning. Play upbeat music, put out snacks and drinks, and assign!

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