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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets
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It’s time to spring clean and I wanted to share how I clean my kitchen cabinets.  It is so easy and you only need 1 key ingredient for success!

Over time our cabinets collect grease particles from all of our cooking. In addition to that 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, 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.  You’ll place your desired amount in a 1 gallon bucket and fill it with warm water.

Use a rag or washcloth, dip it in the mixture, ring it out, and start wiping your cabinets.  You don’t have to scrub hard, that is the beauty.  Be sure to get all the grooves and such where dust has collected over time as well.  You can wipe the outside, top, inside, etc of the whole cabinet.

Once you have cleaned all of your cabinets, you’re done.  All the grease, dirt, and grime are gone!

To watch my video demo – click on the photo below

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Comments (30)

  • Hey Chas, Before we painted our dark walnut cabinets white, I used to use Murphy’s Oil Soap all the time. It always was my go to for cabinet cleaning. I also would finish it with Liquid Gold at least twice a year. Murphy’s Oil Soap and Scott’s Liquid Gold have been around for generations and I still think they are the best for wood cabinets! Great tutorial. 🙂

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    • Thank you Linda, and thank you for sharing your experience with these products and adding the Liquid Gold. I will look into that one 🙂

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  • I love clean cabinets. I have dark wood non painted cabinets where I am moving too in a couple of months. I am so going to do this as one of my first things! So glad to find your blog at the create with me monday party!

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  • Love using Murphy oil soap for cleaning. Found you on Over the Moon link party.

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  • I’m going to have to try that with ours! I have never found anything that really cleans the grooves in our cabinets well. Pinned.

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  • Murphy’s oil soap is fantastic for cupboards, it’s a wonderful product. On a side note, I was glad to see you have kept the colour of your cabinets. We recently refurbished ours but I love that particular colour so we kept it as well.

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    • Thank you Leanna, I’m so pleased you like Murphy’s Oil Soap too. Thank you on our cabinets as well. We get asked a lot if we would consider painting them with the latest trends, but I truly like them just the way they are 🙂

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  • I’m going to have to try this – my cabinets are filthy. Time for some spring cleaning! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! Can’t wait to see what you link up next week! Roseann from This Autoimmune Life

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  • Thank you Roseann, I totally know what you mean about spring cleaning time! I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me.

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  • My grandma used Murphy’s on her farmhouse cabinets back in the day and whenever I use it, my mom says it makes her feel like home. 🙂

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  • I have these exact cupboards! And they need a good cleaning! I’m really glad I read your tutorial. Thank you, I’m going to do this this week!

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  • This post was just what I needed to get me going on my spring cleaning! Thanks for the inspiration. Pinning.

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  • Does this work on cabinets that are full of grease and smoke?

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    • Hi Kathy, in my experience it does take the grease off. As for the smoke do you just mean smoke that comes from while you are cooking? I guess I haven’t had any heavy cooking smoke on my cabinets that I could see easily, but it does clean everything off of them that I can tell.

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  • I’ve used Murphy’s Soap for years – it does an excellent job! Thanks for sharing with Party in Your PJs!

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  • After cleaning with Murphy Oil Soap, do you have to dry them with a clean cloth? Or they don’t need to be dried?

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    • Hi Toni, I ring my cloth out so it isn’t soaking. I wipe them down good and let them air dry. If they need a second round because there is oils and such, I’ll get a clean rag and if needed a fresh bucket of water and repeat. Thanks for asking 🙂

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  • I can agree with you that the kitchen cabinets collect grease from the cooking and sooner or later, they will have to be cleaned off. That is one of the things that we never really paid attention to and now the kitchen cabinets are dirty beyond cleaning. Mom decided that we should just replace them. Anyway, I will keep this in mind so that the new set will not have to suffer the same fate. Thank you for sharing.

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  • You were right when you said that the cabinets need TLC while being cleaned and that the person does not need to scrub hard if they are using a rag or washcloth. I will keep this in mind because the previous cabinet was actually damaged because of too much cleaning. Now I need to install a new set. I will see to it that, this time, I follow your tip so that I do not damage it again.

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  • Love Murphy’s oil soap, have used it for years. thanks

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