With warmer weather comes that itch to clean the heck out of your kitchen! And no wonder — after months of nesting, cooking heavy foods, and eating every meal indoors, there's a buildup of grime that the brighter sun can't help but illuminate. If you're wondering where to start (or what really needs to get done) try this comprehensive A-to-Z Spring Cleaning Checklist.
Don't worry — you don't have to do everything on this list (that would take forever!), but it should help you see what needs to get done.
We'll get to the big stuff (mainly, your oven and fridge) later. In the meantime, consider wiping down and cleaning your small appliances.
Some Small Appliances You Could Clean
Blackened dough you didn't quite scrub off? After a season of cookie-baking, now's the time to get scrubbing. Use baking soda to help gently lift old stains and stuck-on bits.
If you're serious about spring cleaning, now's the time to take everything out of your cabinets, wipe them down, refresh the shelf paper (if you use it), and neatly put it all back.
Same as cabinets: Take everything out, wipe out with water and soap, and put it all back in — neatly.
Try this: How To Build a Diagonal Drawer Organizer
Another spot that gets dusty and dirty without us realizing it! Unplug your appliances and wipe these down with a damp microfiber cloth.
And steal this hack: This Brilliant Hack Fixes the Only Problem of Owning a Stand Mixer
If you're not typically a mopper, now's the time!
This spot is often full of germs and can smell bad, too! Give it a thorough flush with hot water, ice cubes, and lemon peels.
Cabinet knobs and drawer pulls get dirty over time. Tackle them with soap, hot water, and a scrubby sponge.
Over time, mineral deposits can build up in your ice maker (and ice). So carefully take the ice maker apart, clean all the pieces, let it dry, and reinstall it.
If organizing is part of your spring cleaning game, target this zone first to start fresh.
Even if you clean your sink regularly, you might not be getting into all the gunky crevices. Grab your toothbrush, butter knife, and more to tackle this spot.
More on Cleaning the Kitchen Sink
You probably launder your dish towels and napkins regularly, but other kitchen textiles, like runners, oven mitts, and aprons, rarely see the washing machine.
The inside of your microwave gets dirty with splatters and splashes — give it a scrub with a lemon for a natural refresh.
Nooks & crannies
One spot that gets neglected in my house: the baseboard molding. Any little nooks and crannies in your woodwork, whether it's walls or cabinets, can use a dusting or a swipe with a damp sponge.
The interior of your oven is probably filthy — and imparting weird tastes on your food. Baking soda and vinegar can spiff it back up.
Get the steps: How To Clean an Oven with Baking Soda & Vinegar
Pots and pans
In addition to cleaning the insides of your pots and pans, you have to clean the outsides and bottoms! I clean then regularly when I wash dishes, but I also love to tackle them once in a while with Bar Keeper's Friend.
As in, your countertops. Take everything off to make sure you clean under the oil bottles and appliances that you rarely clean under.
Get the directions: The Best Way to Clean Any Kitchen Countertop
Have you wiped down your shelves recently? Now's the time! Empty the fridge (put the food in a cooler), take out the shelves, and tackle this spot.
See more: How To Clean the Refrigerator
If you have open shelving and haven't cleaned them recently, take everything off, wipe down the shelves and the items on top, and replace it all.
Another spot where crumbs and spills slowly start to congeal.
See more: How To Clean a Kitchen Trash Can
If you can, pull out your refrigerator and stove and clean behind and underneath them. Treasures await!
It's amazing how dirty these get! Often you can run them through the dishwasher, but if you don't have one, a scrub with dish soap should do.
See more: How To Clean a Greasy Range Hood Filter
Over time, grease builds up on your windows — clean them with vinegar to let the sun shine in!
Get the steps: How To Use Vinegar to Clean Your Kitchen Windows
As you're pulling things out of your cabinets and fridge to clean them, take a quick look at the expiration dates to toss anything that's been there for too long.
Yesterday's junk mail
It's easy to let magazines, catalogs, and envelopes pile up on your kitchen counter. Go through it all now and also try our tip for preventing it from getting out of hand in the future.
I could made this "z is for zester" but instead, I've decided you've done a great job and have earned a rest!
Which items on this list are you planning on tackling? Anything on your list that's not on ours?