Cleaning a kitchen, no matter how big or small can be a tedious task since there are so many things to take care of. Not only do you need to wipe down the counter, but you also have to consider all of the appliances, from the microwave to the oven and stovetop. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make sure you don’t miss a spot the next time you clean your kitchen (which you should do every week or two).

Clear Clutter

First things first, take everything off of the countertops, so you can start with a clean slate: Put away clean dishes, add dirty ones to the dishwasher, and consider tossing anything you don’t need, like expired snacks or old sponges. Then, wipe down the counter using warm, soapy water or a cleaning product — just make sure any products you use are safe for the kitchen!

Dust Cabinet Tops

It’s easy to neglect the tops of your kitchen cabinets — out of sight, out of mind, right? But, dust can collect up there, so you should clean them every once in a while. You can just use a damp paper towel or a duster. Don’t forget to do the top of the fridge, too.

Wipe Down Appliances

This is time-consuming, but it’s a good idea to keep your kitchen appliances clean. Spilled food can accumulate fast, so regular cleaning will help reduce buildup. Make sure you get the microwave, oven, and stovetop. You might also want to show some love to small appliances, like a coffee pot or toaster.

Clean the Garbage Can

You might forget about cleaning your garbage can, but a dirty one can make your kitchen smell. Just dump out any crumbs, and then wipe it down with some disinfecting wipes. You can do the same with your recycling bin if you have one.

Freshen up the Fridge

Before you clean your fridge, make sure you get rid of any old or expired foods. You’ll want to wipe down the shelves and clean out the inside of the drawers, too. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can even organize everything inside.

Don’t Forget the Floor

After you’ve cleaned everything else in the kitchen, take care of any lingering crumbs, dirt, and dust by vacuuming, sweeping or mopping the kitchen floor. You might want to sweep or vacuum first, and then finish up with a quick mop.