How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

how to clean kitchen cabinets

How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets – Cabinets are a big investment, and they’re the first thing people see when they enter your kitchen. Keeping your cabinets clean and free of dirt, stains and grease will help prolong the life of your cabinets. Here are some tips to clean your cabinets and keep your kitchen looking fantastic.

how to clean kitchen cabinets
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Let’s start off with some big “don’ts” when it comes to cleaning your cabinets.

  1. Don’t get the cabinets excessively wet.  Oversaturating will leave you with warped cabinets which is definitely not what you want.
  2. Don’t use abrasive cleaners.  This tip includes anything with bleach or ammonia, scouring soap or products that are solvent-based.
  3. Don’t use scouring pads, hard-bristle brushes or steel wool.
  4. Don’t use dishcloths as they may contain lingering traces of grease.

Now that you know some things not to do, let’s talk about what you should do to have sparkly, clean cabinets.


Before we jump in, it’s important to say that it’s always a good idea to test a cleaning method in an inconspicuous area before starting.  You don’t want to finish cleaning all of your beautiful cabinets only to find that the product you used caused damage.  Test first to be safe.


If your cabinets don’t have a lot of grease build-up, try wiping them down first with a soft cloth (an old t-shirt works great) and warm water.  After wiping with water, immediately grab another dry, soft cloth and wipe again to dry the cabinets.  Drying after wiping with water will help you avoid water damage.

Mild cleanser

If your cabinets need a little more cleaning power, use a mild cleanser combined with water.  Since kitchen cabinets are a prime spot for grease to build up, use a cleanser or detergent that will cut the grease.  Dishwashing soap, a wood cleaner such as Murphy’s Oil Soap or vinegar are all good choices.  Combine the cleanser with warm water and wipe the cabinets down.  If your cabinets are wood, follow the grain of the wood as you are wiping. Remember not to oversaturate your cabinets with water.  A little goes a long way in this instance.

Next, you will want to wipe the cabinets again with just water and a soft cloth to remove any residue left behind by the detergent.  Finally, take a third, dry cloth and wipe away any excess moisture.

Baking Soda

If you find that you still have some stubborn food stains or fingerprints, try using baking soda. Baking soda is not abrasive and works wonders removing stains.  Mix the baking soda with a small amount of water to create a paste. Then, use your finger or a very soft brush (like an old soft-bristled toothbrush) to rub the paste onto the stain. Wipe the paste off with a wet, soft cloth.  Rinse the cloth and wipe again if residue remains and as always, follow-up by wiping with another soft cloth to dry the surface.

Glass Doors

If you have cabinets with glass doors, clean the glass with glass cleaner. Spray the glass cleaner directly into a paper towel or soft cloth.  This will help you avoid getting glass cleaner on your cabinets. Wipe the glass until it sparkles.

Now that your cabinets are spotless, maintain the freshness by routinely spot cleaning with a soft cloth.   Keeping the fingerprints, food splatters and grease at bay will make your kitchen feel shiny and gleaming anytime.

[su_box title=”About the Author:” box_color=”#4180ee”]Written by Darla, a mother of four, fitness enthusiast, cookbook collector and freelance writer for Cabinet Coatings. Other writing topics include family finances, parenting and health.[/su_box]

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