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How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

It’d be nice if our kitchen cabinets stayed as shiny as they were the day we bought them, but let’s be real, we’re in our kitchens a lot. Whether you’re throwing a college kickback or you’re a cooking expert, your cabinets are bound to get dirty. I know as a child, I loved spending time in the kitchen, whether I was doing homework or baking brownies with my mom. As time progressed, I saw the cabinets go from pearly white to grungy gray. Cleanings were few and far between, and it was a struggle every time. It’s very important to keep clean your kitchen cabinets, it’s even more important to clean them properly.

Between grease stains and fingerprints, your cabinets no longer look as good as new. 

Although cleanings should take place every six months, we all know that life takes over, and it’s not always possible. Unfortunately, if you wait too long, the stains become very hard to remove, if not impossible. It is essential to regularly clean your cabinets as germs and other substances are continually building up. As time progresses, grease and dust build up on the cabinets, thus causing a gunky kind of feel on the cabinets.

We all know cleaning is a pain and not our favorite activity, but hiring a cleaning crew can potentially break the bank. 

Below is a quick and easy way to get the grime off of your cabinets, making them as good as new!

Time Required

It’s safe to say that if you plan on cleaning all of your cabinets, you shouldn’t make any significant commitments for that day, as cleaning takes anywhere from 2-4 hours. Some stains may even go as far back as a year, so it is crucial to maintain patience as some stubborn stains like grease won’t come out so easily.


The DIY method is always excellent if you’re trying to cut costs. With cleaning companies charging $200 upwards for a one-shot deal, purchasing your own supplies allows for multiple cleanings at a one-time price. The overall project would cost around $65, and though that may seem pricey to some, Amazon sells most of these products at a cheap price. Additionally, most of these products are sold in multiples, thus providing more bang for your buck!

Materials Needed

Alkaline Cleanser

Dishwashing detergent   

Bucket / Sink   

Oil soap solution

Microfiber cloth    

Step #1: Get Your Gloves On!

Cleaning a kitchen surface.

Start the process by preparing your surface. Wipe down the entire cabinets with the alkaline cleanser. According to www.pfonline.com, the alkaline cleaner breaks down the first layer of dirt and grime, which makes it easier to remove stains. Make sure to wipe down the cabinets thoroughly to ensure the deepest clean.

And while you’ve got those gloves on, how about cleaning your kitchen sink too?

Step #2: Mix it Up!

After applying the alkaline cleanser, let the surface dry before proceeding to step two. Mix your oil-soap solution and proceed to wipe down the cabinets once more. This solution works like ordinary dish soap, and the oil base gives it an extra boost which is an immense help when cleaning a kitchen cabinet.

Step #3: Ditch the Dirt

soap suds for cleaning cabinets

Make sure to remove dirty suds in between wipes. Wring out all of the filthy suds before proceeding with the cleansing. This avoids cross-contamination which will defeat the purpose of the overall process.

Step #4: Let it Shine

sparkling clean kitchen cabinets

Lastly, make sure to buff your clean kitchen cabinets after they’re dry. Buffing your cabinets after cleaning them is extremely important because it gives it a nice shine, which is the ultimate goal of this process. Be sure to buff with a microfiber cloth. A microfiber cloth is much more gentle on surfaces, which helps prevent surface chips. Another great alternative to paper towels that are not only environmentally friendly and non-toxic, these towels are an incredible tool for cleaning!

There you have it! This is a quick and easy way to take your cabinets from dingy to pretty! Happy cleaning!

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

How often should I clean my kitchen cabinets?

The more, the better. But at the very least, kitchen cabinets should be cleaned every six months.

How long should I wait in between steps?

You want to wait about 30 minutes so each product can do its job before applying the next product.

Can I swap out materials for something I may have at home?

Yes! You can always swap out the alkaline for a mixture of vinegar and baking soda.


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