How to Clean and Sanitize the Kitchen

Cleaning and sanitizing your kitchen is easy, effective, and inexpensive, because everything you need is likely in your kitchen!

You will need

  • Sponges
  • Soapy water
  • Bleach
  • A towel
  • Vinegar or hydrogen peroxide
  • A microwave oven
  • A dishwasher (optional)

Step 1 Put things away Put away all food, dishes, silverware, and small appliances.

Step 2 Remove all food and soil particles Remove all food particles and other soil types that are visible on surfaces using a sponge, soap, and warm water.

Step 3 Clean handles Wipe down all cupboard knobs, refrigerator door handles, and stove handles with fresh soapy water.

Step 4 Re-wipe with bleach Wipe down the same surfaces, this time with one capful of household bleach in a gallon of clean, lukewarm water.

Step 5 Wipe dry Allow all food contact surfaces to dry, or dry them with a clean, dry towel.

Step 6 Clean cutting boards Clean and sanitize plastic cutting boards in a dishwasher or with soapy water, and then sanitize with straight vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

Step 7 Clean sponges Clean sponges by wetting them and putting them in a microwave for one minute or running them through a dishwasher cycle. Never microwave a dry sponge.