Cleaning kitchen cabinets may not be included on your regular to-do list. You may only clean it when you see that it really needs to be cleaned up. Well, perhaps considering that cabinet is a huge feature of the room so cleaning it needs a huge determination as well.
You’re not wrong for that, but if you don’t clean your kitchen cabinet regularly, you need to deep clean it once you finally feel like you’re doing it. Deep-clean here means cleaning the cabinet in and out so you may need to know the right way to do it.
In this article, we share a simple tutorial on how to clean a kitchen cabinet that you can add to your list right away!
How to Clean a Kitchen Cabinet
When it comes to cleaning a kitchen cabinet, you will have to deal with grease, dirt, splatter, dust, and other kitchen residues. The longer they’re not cleaned, the stickier they will be.
Be careful, the build-up residues on your kitchen cabinet are not only about disturbing your sight but also can lead to a health risk. They may contain bacteria like Salmonella which can lead to severe diarrhea. Scary, right?
So, let’s just keep scrolling to find out what you need to prepare and the steps to clean up your dirty kitchen cabinet.
Prepare these materials:
- Warm water
- Liquid Dish soap
- Cabinet cleaner
- Baking soda, optional
- All-purpose cleaner, optional
Prepare these tools:
- Cleaning cloth
- Used toothbrush
- Lint-free cloth, optional
Follow these steps:
First, you will need to prepare the cleaning solution by simply mixing the dish soap and warm water. The mixture works well for all types of cabinets including solid wood, vinyl, plastic laminate, and metal.
All-purpose cleaner is another option that you can use to clean your kitchen cabinet. However, they may damage the finish of your cabinet, so you need to test it by dropping a small amount of the cleaner and see whether it works or not.
Empty the cabinet
Before starting to clean the cabinet, remove everything inside and around it. Vacuum the cabinet to remove dust or crumbs if necessary. To save time, you may do this step a day before cleaning the cabinet.
You can either spray the mixture of dish soap and warm water to the surface of the cabinet or to the cloth. Wipe the cabinet thoroughly, don’t miss its edges and sides.
Rinse and dry
Prepare another clean cloth to rinse the solution and dry it up with another clean cloth. Make sure that there’s no water left on the cabinet surface which may damage it over time.
Brush the hardware
Once you are done with the cabinet surface, then move to those knobs and pulls. To clean up this part, you need to use an old toothbrush and a mixture of vinegar and warm water with a 50/50 measurement. If the hardware is removable, it would be best if you can clean them unattached to the cabinet.
Clean the glass
If you have a cabinet with a glass feature, then you will need to keep following this tutorial. Prepare a lint-free cloth and glass cleaner then wet the cloth with the cleaner. Wipe the glass thoroughly. Do not spray the cleaner directly onto the glass since it may damage the finish of the cabinet.
Clean up the cabinet contents
While waiting for the cabinet to be perfectly ready, you can clean the canisters or food containers that were removed. Simply use the mixture of warm water and dish soap to clean them up. Dry all the cabinet contents before you get them back inside.
Tips to clean thick grease buildup
For you who find some grease buildups which are really hard to remove, you can follow these tips:
- You can use an orange oil cleaner, let some drops of the oil for several minutes until the grease can be removed. You may need to repeat the step two to four times.
- The second trick to try is to use baking soda which has been made into a paste. Simply mix baking soda with water until you get a paste texture. Use a soft-bristled brush to clean the grease with the paste.
- The last one is to use a magic eraser like the one from Mr. Clean. It’s actually a risky option that you can consider if the grease is extremely hard to remove. Magic eraser may damage the finish of your cabinet.