The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Cabinets

When you think about cleaning cabinets, you probably think of cleaning out and organizing the things inside the cabinets—this is a common part of house cleaning. A less common part, however; is scrubbing dirt and grime off of the cabinets themselves, but it’s definitely important!

How can you clean your cabinets to keep them germ free and looking great? Here are a few tips:

Standard Cleaning

Use dish soap mixed with warm water and a soft, lint-free cloth to clean your cabinets about once every few weeks. Be careful not to use abrasive cleaners or you could scratch the paint and wood and leave it damaged and scratched.

For maintenance, dry up spills as soon as they happen to keep the water from ruining the wood.

Removing Permanent Marker & Crayon Marks

Some of the hardest stains to get out of wood is permanent marker and crayon, but there are a few ways to tackle them:

  • Toothpaste (regular, non-gel type)
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • WD-40

Regardless of what you use, the method will be the same:

  1. Apply the cleaner with a soft cloth in a circular motion.
  2. Wipe with a soft cloth in warm water.
  3. Wash any residue with dish soap and warm water.
  4. Dry thoroughly.

Remember to avoid abrasive, harsh scrubbing surfaces or products to protect the paint or finish of the cabinets, but when you’re done, the stain should be gone!

Cleaning cabinets takes just a little bit of work, but the result is worth it. When you walk into your kitchen and the cabinets look fresh and new, you’ll be glad you did.