How to Deep Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Prepare Your Cleaning Solution Most cabinet types, including metal, plastic laminate, painted wood, and vinyl cabinets, can be cleaned with a solution of liquid dish soap and warm water. This simple and mild solution is enough to get food smudges, dust, and mild grease build-up off of your cabinets. Dish soap works as a degreaser and can even remove some tough buildup on the exterior. An all-purpose cleaner can be used to clean cabinets too, but it's important to test cleaners in a hidden spot to make sure that they won't damage your cabinet's finish. Be sure to read the instructions before using, and test first in a hidden spot. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Work From the Top Down Begin at the top and work your way down each cabinet. For tough cabinets that are empty, you can spray directly onto the surface; otherwise, spray onto a cleaning cloth and then wipe the cabinets down. Don't forget the edges and sides of your cabinets. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Wipe off Cleaner Rinse thoroughly with another clean cloth, before drying with a final cloth. Water left sitting on your cabinets can discolor and damage them. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Clean Glass or Mirror Features Spray commercial glass cleaner onto a lint-free cloth or paper towel before wiping onto the glass or mirror insets of cabinets. Never spray the glass directly because the cleaner can seep into woodwork or other parts of the cabinet and cause discoloration. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Wipe Handles, Knobs, and Pulls For metal hardware on wood cabinets, dip a toothbrush in a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water and scrub the hardware, the surrounding wood, and the crevices of ornate trim. If possible, remove the hardware from the cabinets and drawers before cleaning. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Remove Thick Grease Buildup Sometimes the buildup of grease—an orange or yellowish sticky substance—on your kitchen cabinets is so thick that it can be seen but not easily removed. An orange oil cleaner can help, especially if it is allowed to sit and penetrate the grease for two to four minutes. This may need to be repeated a few times. You can also gently scrub the area with a paste of baking soda and water and a soft-bristled brush. Depending on the finish of your cabinets, a magic eraser might be a good option. Since magic erasers can scrub away the finish of surfaces, test it on a hidden spot on your cabinets first. Avoid trying to scrape away the grease since this increases the chance that you will damage the cabinets' finish. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Empty Each Cabinet Beginning with the highest cabinet, empty contents and remove any torn or discolored shelf lining if necessary. If the interior cabinets have a lot of crumbs and residue, it may be a good idea to vacuum the cabinets out after they've been emptied, before wiping them down. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Wash the Interior Wash the interior of the cabinets with warm water and a mild detergent. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

Rinse With a Damp Cloth Rinse with another clean damp cloth. Wipe dry with an additional cloth to make sure no standing water is left to damage the cabinet surfaces. The Spruce / Ana-Maria Stanciu

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