Angie's How To How To deep clean your kitchen

Date Published: Aug. 29, 2014

Time: 2 Hours

It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays.
If you have the added pressure of hosting a party or Thanksgiving dinner, highly rated housecleaners say it’s a good idea to have a cleaned and organized kitchen, especially if you plan on cooking a lot.
One of the best ways to knock out germs, dirt and fingerprints is through a deep cleaning.
Indianapolis-area housecleaners say they receive many of their calls for deep cleanings in the fall, leading up to the holidays.
“The purpose of deep cleaning your kitchen is to remove buildup that tends to accumulate on surfaces, keep your kitchen healthy and, simply, to make your kitchen look great,” says Becky Bremer, owner of highly rated Becky’s Cleaning Service in Indianapolis.
Highly rated local housecleaners offer tips on how to do a DIY deep clean in your kitchen.

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Tools & Materials Needed 
Plenty of rags and warm water
Common household cleaners
Scraper for oven and caked-on food
Steamer for floor
Thoroughly cleaning you oven is an essential part to every kitchen deep clean. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
1The Oven

Because the oven is typically used so much, it can be one of the grimiest areas of your kitchen. It’s important to follow the oven manufacturer’s owner’s manual before cleaning it.
Bremer recommends using a specialized oven cleaning solution and letting it sit for a few minutes before wiping it down.
Ken Leffel, owner of highly rated Home Cleaning Centers of America in Indianapolis, also uses a regular oven cleaner and a scraper or putty knife for any caked-on material.

A regular cleaning solution works well to clean a stovetop. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

For most of us, spills occur frequently on the stovetop. Leffel recommends using a cleaning solution on the stovetop and scrubbing the range tops in the sink.
Not all types of stovetops should be cleaned the same way, Leffel says. With a gas burner, a simple degreaser works well on the grates and range top. For electric coil stoves, Leffel recommends soaking the drip pans in hot water and using an all-purpose cleaner to loosen the residue. Afterwards, Leffel recommends scrubbing with a two-sided sponge. For glass-top stoves, a regular glass range top cleaner usually will suffice.
It’s also important to clean the inside of the range as well, where food and grease can fall and splatter. Lift the top of the stove to access this area.
Bremer says a degreaser is helpful for the stovetop and areas around the stove that typically see a buildup.

3Kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink is one of the germiest areas of your kitchen, area cleaning pros say. During a deep clean, Leffel uses bleach to kill bacteria.
Homeowners can use an appliance polish to shine up metal fixtures on the sink.
Don’t forget to clean and wash the dish rack, another germ-filled area!


Remove everything from the cabinets and wipe the shelves off with a rag and warm water. Do the same for the outside of the cabinets.
“I remove all of the contents and thoroughly wipe the cabinets out,” Bremer says.


Take everything out of the refrigerator. Use warm water and a rag to clean the inside of the refrigerator.
Bremer uses warm, soapy water on the inside of the fridge and the shelves and drawers, which she removes during cleaning. Jim Alford, owner of highly rated Mr. Clean Cleaning Service in Indianapolis, uses Lysol on the inside of fridges.
Experts recommend wiping down the outside of the refrigerator to clear off germs and fingerprints.


Experts recommend sweeping floors almost daily and mopping weekly.
But during a deep clean, a steam clean is in order, Leffel says.
“We use a steam clean with a hot water extraction,” he says. “And then we use a brush to get out all of the discoloration in the grout.”
Bremer says steam cleaners can be rented or bought, usually for under $200. Make sure a steam cleaner is appropriate for your flooring first.

7Countertops and pantry

Remove all the objects on the countertops and wipe the counters down completely before spraying with a disinfectant.
For the pantry, remove all the food and clean the shelving.

8Hard-to-reach areas

A deep clean should consist of cleaning those hard-to-reach areas.
This includes moving the stove and refrigerator and mopping and sweeping behind them. Wipe down the sides and backs of the oven and refrigerator and clean the refrigerator coils.

9Doors, etc.

Clean off any tables, chairs, light fixtures, doorknobs and door frames. Wipe down walls and trim.
Bremer also cleans cobwebs from her customers’ ceilings.


The microwave needs a good cleaning, inside and out. Look for other appliances, such as toasters and blenders, that may need a good wipe down.

11The dishwasher

Wipe down the front of the dishwasher. To clean the inside, Leffel recommends pouring in a cup of vinegar and running the dishwasher empty on a low cycle.