Do you want to know the best way to clean kitchen cabinets? It’s time to spring clean and I wanted to share how I clean my greasy kitchen cabinets. It is so easy and it’s the best way I have found for cleaning wood cabinets without using cleaning products with harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners. All you need is 1 key ingredient for success! Here is a step-by-step guide to clean wood kitchen cabinets. Just follow these simple steps to give your kitchen cabinets a deep cleaning.
Best Way To Clean Kitchen Cabinets: Quick and Easy Video
Best Way To Clean Kitchen Cabinets
With years of use, the surface of the cabinets in the kitchen collects cooking residues like food stains, grease particles, and greasy residue. In addition, there are hand prints, splatters, and more that just need to be cleaned up.
The key ingredient I use is Murphy’s Oil Soap. I have been using it for years, it’s a great all-purpose cleaner for wood surfaces. In fact, if I remember right my mom uses it and I learned from her.
You’ll follow the directions on the back to decide how much to use, but basically, it is 1/4 – 1/2 cup depending on how dirty or greasy your cabinets are. Place the desired amount in a 1-gallon bucket and fill it with warm water.
Use a clean cloth, sponge or any soft cloth (preferably a lint-free cloth), dip it in the mixture, ring out the excess moisture, and start wiping your cabinets. With this gentle cleaning solution, you don’t have to use a lot of elbow grease, that is the beauty. Pay extra attention to all the grooves and such where dust has collected over time as well. You can wipe the outside of the cabinet doors as well as the top of the cabinet, the cabinet interiors and the inside of the doors, basically all the cabinet surfaces.
Once you have cleaned all of your wood cabinets, you’re done. All the grease, dirt, and grime are gone! If you really want to go all out, you can clean your knobs, handles and drawer pulls as well so you also have clean cabinet hardware. You can also remove the dishes and bowls, vacuum up the crumbs and use the same solution to clean the shelves. Murphy’s Oil Soap is one of my favorite cleaning agents and the best part is it doesn’t take hard work to restore your cabinet’s finish.
I use Murphy’s Oil Soap and a little water. Cleans the grease right off.
The sticky residue you feel is the grease particles that float in the air while cooking and then attach to the cabinets. I use Murphy’s Oil Soap and a little water. Be careful not to rub too hard or you’ll rub off the finish.
I use Murphy’s Oil Soap and a wash cloth. Gently wash the cabinet but do not rub too hard. Getting the wood wet and scrubbing too hard is what removes the finish.
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Cabinet cleaning tips:
- Clean water and hot water is more effective to cut through grease stains. Just treat the affected areas.
- Old toothbrush for those tough corners
- Paper towels, washcloth, dry microfiber cloth, damp microfiber cloth, or clean towel
- Magic erasers for tough spots and stubborn stains
- It isn’t a great idea to use white vinegar as that can be very drying to cabinets which you don’t want.
- You also won’t want to use baking soda as it can be abrasive and scratch your cabinets.
- You can use this on many cabinet types including laminate cabinets.
- It’s a good idea to always test in an inconspicuous spot before doing the entire kitchen to make sure this is a good option for you.
- Murphy’s Oil Soap is an effective cleaner and is a 99% natural cleaner, and grease and food particles are the main culprits as to what is making your cabinets dirty.
- You can use a squirt of dish soap to make some soapy water, but be sure to rinse it off with a clean damp cloth afterward.
- You can moisturize your cabinets with olive oil.
- Never use steel wool, a soft-bristled brush, or strong detergents or they can scratch and ruin your finish.
When you get done cleaning the exterior of your kitchen cabinets, you’ll feel the clean finish and like you have a new kitchen. It’s a good idea to incorporate this into a regular weekly cleaning to help keep up and fight those tougher stains from happening.
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