A clean office pantry makes the employees healthier, hygienically sound, and productive as it prevents the spread of diseases, germs, and dullness. The pantry should be washed out to a tea level at least once a week or, at any rate, not more than once a month. Below is a list of tasks to do when cleaning the office pantry.

Empty the Pantry

The first step in cleaning it is emptying the pantry and clearing out all its contents.

This includes:

– Packaged/canned food items

– Dishes and utensils

– Devices such as the microwave, the coffee machine, toaster, etc. 

– Shelves, cupboards, drawers, cabinets, pots and pans holder, food processor, refrigerator, microwave oven, toaster, can opener, utensils holder, pot and pan holder, kitchen or pantry organizers and bins.

Wipe Down Surfaces

Next, wipe down all the surfaces – shelves, drawers, countertops, etc.

You will need:

– Cleaning solution effective for a wide variety of surfaces

– Paper towels

– Disinfecting wipes

Use the all-purpose cleaner to wet a paper towel, and then wipe all the areas spoiled by dirt or other stains. It is essential to devote most of your efforts to cleaning handles, knobs, and other corners that get dirty quickly. 

It is recommended to use disinfecting wipes on frequently touched items such as handles on faucets, the buttons of the appliances, door knobs, handles of the drawers, etc, to get rid of germs and cut down the chances of spread of diseases.

Clean Inside Microwave

The microwave should be cleaned inside out, and disassembled in case of difficult to remove stains.


To do this:

– Take out objects such as turntables, racks, etc.

– In a bowl that is microwave-safe, pour warm water and some bath soap.

– Place the bowl into the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

– Slowly and gently lift the hot bowl (use gloves).

– Wash the inner walls and other parts inside the fridge using a soft sponge.

– Don’t forget under the microwave and the door when cleaning.  

This steam helps to remove tough deposits of food particles on utensils. With any burnt-on food, use a plastic spatula and try to scrape gently. Do not use corrosive substances within the microwave since this may bring about the formation of dangerous fumes.

Wash Dishes and Utensils 

The plates, spoons, and other utensils used in the pantry should be cleaned meticulously. This makes it impossible for bacteria to accumulate over time and this might lead to the development of diseases.

– Look at all cups, mugs, plates, bowls, cutleries, appliances, and all other objects used in a kitchen.

– This product should also be washed in hot, soapy water 

Cleaning food debris using a brush if it is stuck on the surface.

– Rinse and then expect the item to dry on its own.

Also, check all surfaces and leave no stone unturned and any item with cracks, chips, or any signs of damage, then discard. Broken items have germs since the fractured parts are hard to clean thoroughly.

Clean Appliances

Follow manufacturer’s instructions and clean appliances like:

Coffee Machine:

– Rinse to reduce calcium buildup 

– Clean it with vinegar or citric acid

– Wipe down exterior

– Wash removable parts

Clean Appliances


– Empty crumb tray

– To remove the crumbs, one should blow compressed air on the surface of the circuit boards.

– Clean trays and racks

– Wipe down exterior

For wooden organizers or trays, use the suitable wood cleaning polish or cleaner for wooden items. Make sure that, when putting items back into any bin or basket, the bins or baskets themselves are not damaged. Replace if necessary or if the value equals to zero.

Sweep and Mop Floors

This is because once everything has been placed inside the pantry, one can quickly sweep and mop the ground effectively. 

– Sweep floor to clear off any droppings and dust.

– They should fill a bucket with hot water and mix it with the floor cleaner.

– Submerge the mop into water and squeeze it to eliminate the extra water.

– Divide the tasks into parts so that it covers all the floor area to be mopped.

– It should always be allowed to air dry completely before you walk over it.

Clean for any spills that may have hardened underneath appliances, and use an old toothbrush or a small brush to scrub them and then mop.

Sweep and Mop Floors

Take Out Trash

– Replace trash bags

– Empty the trash and take it out to the designated bins outside.

They also clean the dust bins before installing new dust bin bags as well. Shut the lids to avoid stray insects from getting into the container.

Restock Items 

The last of the steps is cleaning the area and returning all the things into their respective places. 

– Check labels and expiration dates on the foods

– Any product or item which has crossed its date line should be rejected.

– Clean the respective containers before replacing them on the shelves.

– It is equally important to make sure that there are some gaps between the items.

– Check to make sure all appliances have been plugged back correctly

– Store cleaning accessories within easy reach in case of required spot cleaning during the performance.

If these items will be checked off from this list of office pantry cleaning frequently it will just be a quick job. They also help enhance the cleanliness of the work environment, especially within a pantry area that is crucial for the employees.