3 Tips for Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

Posted on: 22 March 2016

Keeping your kitchen clean is important to its overall appearance and maintenance, not to mention avoiding pests. Part of cleaning your kitchen includes the inside and outside of your kitchen cabinets. This area often goes overlooked until you find a trail of ants coming out of your cabinets. Avoid this by keeping them clean with the following tips.   

Remove Grease and Fingerprints With Detergent

You will likely have a lot of oil and grease on your cabinets, often from splatters that were not fully cleaned, so those need to be removed from the exterior cabinet doors. Regular dish detergent is best for these types of stains because dish detergent is already made to cut through grease. Add a small amount of the detergent to a spray bottle with warm water. Shake it for a few seconds, then spray it on the cabinets and wipe clean. Only use soft materials for wiping the cabinets, such as microfiber cloths or a soft sponge. Do not use the scrubbing side of the sponge on the cabinets. Make sure you rinse the cabinets after washing them.

Do Routine Cleaning With All-Purpose Cleaners

For regular cleaning, an all-purpose cleaner is often safe to use on the kitchen cabinets. When you are wiping down the countertops and stove with an all-purpose spray, go ahead and use it on the outside of the kitchen cabinets as well. This keeps them clean and free of debris and grease, while using something that should be safe for the surface. This type of cleaner is safe for most surfaces, with the exception of some types of natural stone and stainless steel. Using an all-purpose cleaner with natural, non-toxic ingredients is always a plus.

Use Baking Soda For Buildup and Stains

You may also have some stains and buildup that regular detergent or all-purpose cleaners have a hard time tackling. This is the only time you should use baking soda on your kitchen cabinets. You don't want to use it for regular, everyday cleaning, since it is abrasive and can scratch some cabinets. However, when you have tough stains that are difficult to remove, it can be very useful. Make a paste of the baking soda with either water or vinegar. Use a soft sponge to apply it to the stains and scrub them gently to remove any debris or buildup. Rinse the cabinets clean. The baking soda cleaner also works very well inside the cabinets with food and liquid debris from the food being stored there.

For further information or replacements, contact a local outlet, such as DM Cabinets.