The kitchen cabinet is one of the most used spaces in your home and they can easily become stained and coated with a layer of grease, dirt, and grime from constant use and cooking.
However, during home cleaning, it’s a shame that the kitchen cabinet is one area that often gets overlooked. When you have a pile of laundry, a sink full of dishes and a few pieces of furniture covered in pet hair, it is understandable that your cabinetry is the last thing that would be on your mind.
If you want to know how to clean your kitchen cabinetry, journey with us as we’ve compiled a few of the exciting tips, and methods you can use to clean your kitchen cabinets.
A Little Dusting Goes A Long Way
Dusting is one simple cleaning method that will minimize the frequency in which intensive cleaning is needed.
Now, while it may seem quite counterintuitive to dust vertical surfaces, dust usually accumulates on cupboard exteriors-especially if you happen to do a lot of frying in your kitchen.
Fine particles of oil will usually settle on all the surfaces of your cabinetry, including the vertical ones, and they act as a magnet to attract dust.
Regular dusting with a lint-free cloth or duster is an incredible way to prevent this combination of oil and dust from forming that sticky, hard-to-remove residue, which, when left undisturbed, can attract even more dust.
Most of the spots and smears appearing on your cabinetry exteriors daily can be handled simply with a soft cloth and soapy water.
Here, you’ll simply need to soak your cloth in water mixed with soap or a mild detergent, and wring the cloth. Wipe down all the surfaces gently while paying special attention to the handles, hinges, and any surfaces that form design details.
Once you’re done, rinse the doors and sideboards with a soft cloth and clear, warm water, then wipe up the remaining moisture with another dry, soft cloth.
Tough, Stick Grime
However, if you have tough stains and built-up accumulations of grease and grime, you’ll need a bit of extra elbow grease.
Here, a solution of white vinegar and hot water is an inexpensive and natural solution that will deliver incredible results.
Mix a cup of vinegar to two cups of water. Soak a clean cloth in the solution, then wring out the moisture and wipe down your greasy kitchen cabinets.
If any sticky spot remains, dampen your cloth with undiluted white vinegar, and give your cabinets another wipe-down, applying a bit of pressure if needed.
Obstinate Grease and Grime
For the more stubborn grime, make a paste of white vinegar and baking powder.
However, before using it, test the paste on the inside of the cupboard first, to ensure it doesn’t mar the finish.
Rinse your cloth with warm water, wring out the excess moisture, and pick up some paste. Dab the paste on wherever is needed and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
Rub the spots gently with a damp cloth or the textured side of a sponge to lift the grime, or use a soft-bristled brush, before rinsing with clear water and dry with a clean cloth.
While at it, ensure that you avoid using anything that will scratch or dull the surface of your cupboard and cabinet finishes. This will include strong detergents, abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, and harsh dirt-cutting chemicals.