How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets: Make them Look New Again


Kitchens are the hub of the home, and they get a lot of traffic. With every meal, grease spatters and floats through the air. When was the last time you took a close look at your kitchen cabinets? No matter how clean or careful you are, given enough time, smudges, grime, and fingerprints build on your cabinets, especially the ones that are near your stove.

Because you use them every day, it’s easy to overlook the appearance of your kitchen cabinets and not realize how dirty they look. Dirty cabinets won’t make a good impression on your guests. More importantly, it’s not sanitary to leave your kitchen cabinets covered in grease and grime.

With the right cleaning supplies and the right cleaning methods, you can restore your kitchen cabinets to their original sheen and color inside and out.

Clean cabinets create a refreshing environment where are your family and friends will enjoy hanging out and sharing food. That’s the best reason to do it right.

How to Clean Cabinets: Tackling the Exterior

The exterior of your cabinets will always look and smell clean when you take a few minutes every 1-2 weeks to clean and decrease your cabinets.

You probably have some of those supplies on hand.

Here’s what you need to get the job done:

  • Clean, soft cleaning cloths
  • Dish soap with grease-cutting ingredients
  • All-purpose cleaning solution
  • White vinegar

Don’t forget to clean windows and glass-front cabinets with glass cleaner. As a helpful tip, a cleanser with orange oil will leave your kitchen smelling fresh and fragrant.

With the right cleaning materials in tow, here is a step-by-step process for the best way to clean kitchen cabinets.

  1. Fill up a bucket with warm water and add 1-2 squirts of dish soap. Dip your cloth into it, and ring it out. Wipe down the entire front of your cabinets, and give a bit of extra attention to greasy spots and areas of grimy buildup. If your cabinets only need a light cleaning, you can use an all-purpose household cleaner instead. In that case, spray it onto a cleaning cloth rather than on your cabinet fronts.
  2. Citrus oil contains natural decreasing qualities, which makes it a fantastic degreaser for tough grease stains. Unless you’ve used it successfully before, it’s best to test a small inconspicuous area to be sure it won’t damage the finish on your cabinets.
  3. When your cabinets are clean, wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
  4. Grab a dry cloth and wipe them dry.
  5. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water. Use another plain cloth to wipe down handles and knobs.

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets on the Inside

The inside of your cabinets also needs a bit of attention every few months. Take a few minutes a few times a year to clean and organize the inside of your cabinets.

You’ll need the following supplies for cleaning cabinets on the interior:

  • A vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Mild dishwashing liquid or household cleaner

When you’re ready to go, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Remove everything from the cabinets and discard food items that are past the expiration date. Get rid of any cooking equipment you no longer use.
  2. Using one of the vacuum attachments, vacuum the inside of the cabinet from top to bottom.
  3. Wet your cleaning cloth in warm soapy water and wipe down the inside of your cabinets.
  4. Wipe them down with a clean dry cloth before putting everything away.

When you have the right supplies, and you know the right way to clean your kitchen cabinets, it barely takes any time to get them clean and looking like new. Carve out time on your calendar for regular kitchen cleaning and don’t put it off. A clean, sparkling kitchen is an enjoyable kitchen.

Perhaps, even a few minutes is more time than you want to spend cleaning your kitchen cabinets on a regular basis. Our expert cleaners at DLL Cleaning Services are at your disposal to handle your cleaning tasks whether they are large or small. Give us a call for a quote today!

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