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How to Clean Wooden Cabinets

How to Clean Wooden Cabinets
How to clean wooden cabinets

The inside of your kitchen cabinets contains all types of things. From canned soups to spices, cabinets are a staple in any and every kitchen. Do you really want the staple of your kitchen covered in grease and fingerprints? Though the inside may contain ingredients that lead to a glamorous gourmet meal, the outside may say otherwise, which is why it is essential to thoroughly clean your wooden cabinets.

Let’s face it; your kitchen cabinets are bound to get dirty. Whether you’re a fast and sometimes messy cooker like me or have little helpers that are super fascinated and want to touch everything, your cabinets will suffer from some wear and tear. 

Although wooden cabinets are very pleasing to the eye, they come with some challenges regarding their upkeep. Factors such as light, oxidation, and kitchen moisture can quickly damage the cabinet’s shiny finish.

Unfortunately, if you do not keep up your cabinet’s maintenance, you will be looking for replacements as often as every 20 years. These replacements cost anywhere from $14,000 to $17,000, putting a massive dent in your bank account. However, if maintained properly, your wooden cabinets can potentially last you 50 years! (That’s right, 50 years!)

Now you may be wondering, “What makes the process of cleaning wooden cabinets much different from other materials?” The truth is, your most common cabinet cleaners can do the most damage to your wooden cabinets.

According to Jmwoodworks.com, the beauty of wood comes from its unique characteristics as it is a product of natural growth. This makes the process of cleaning wooden cabinets much different than the rest.

Surprisingly enough, a different process does not mean long hours or a massive dent in your wallet! 

Below is a simple method to get those wooden cabinets clean and shining like new!

Wooden cabinets

Time Required

Depending on how large, how many, and how dirty your cabinets are, clean wooden cabinets can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. It’s perfect for a quick Sunday morning chore or a whole house deep clean.


All of these products should cost no more than $65, and can be used multiple times making the slightly expensive price tag worth it!

Materials Required

Due to the fact that wooden cabinets are naturally grown, harsh chemical cleaners can actually do more harm than good; therefore, it is recommended that you use natural products. The best part is that you may already have these products at home!

Step #1: Get Prepped!

Cleaning cabinets

Make sure you have all of your materials set and ready to go. The last thing you want is to have dish soap all over your wooden cabinets, and your microfiber cloths are nowhere to be found, so you end up using paper towels, which will diminish the shine you’re aiming towards.

Step #2: Lift Layer One

Dip your microfiber cloth in your mixture of dish soap and water. This mixture should be 2 parts water to 1 part soap. Wring out the fabric then, gently rub this mixture all over your wooden cabinets, be sure to get the handles as well! This step is imperative as it removes the first and easiest layer of dirt from the cabinets. More importantly, it preps your surface for a deeper clean. After your surfaces have been wiped with soap, be sure to wipe it off before proceeding to step #3.

Step #3: Get Deep!

Using a new microfiber cloth (to prevent cross-contamination), dip it into your vinegar solution. Your solution should be one cup of white vinegar to two parts of hot water. Wipe down your cabinets the same way you did in step #2, this disinfects and removes some of the tougher stains. If there are some really resistant stains, add a little more vinegar and focus on that spot before moving on.

Step 4: Wipe Down!

Once again, with a new microfiber cloth, dip it in warm water and proceed to wipe off the excess vinegar. This ensures that your surface has been cleaned thoroughly and also removes any extra traces of vinegar. Let’s be real, who wants the sour smell of vinegar lingering in their homes?

Step #5: Just Dry!

You guessed it! With a new cloth, wipe down all of the clean wooden cabinets as they may still be moist. As mentioned earlier, moisture in wood can lead to eventual damage; therefore, this step is crucial.

Step #6: Polish Pretty!

Lastly, using your wood polisher, wipe your clean wooden cabinets with this solution. Though the solutions used in prior steps help bring out the cabinets’ shininess, utilizing a wood polisher gives your surfaces an extra boost and makes them look as good as new.

Clean wooden cabinets

There you have it! If you follow these steps correctly, you can maintain your cabinet’s sleek look at a low cost for up to 50 years! Happy cleaning!

Frequently Asked Questions: How to Clean Wooden Cabinets

How often should I clean my wooden cabinets?

Subtle dustings and soap wipe downs should occur no less than once every two weeks, deeper cleaning should take place no less than once a month.

Can I use any type of vinegar?

No, it is recommended that you only use white vinegar, as other types can cause significant harm to your wooden cabinets.

What are some products I should avoid?

You should avoid harsh products such as olive oil and baking soda, which will strip away the unique properties of wood.


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