The Best Way to Clean Your Cabinets

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29 Jun The Best Way to Clean Your Cabinets

Cabinets, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, absorb oil from messy hands, grease, steam, dirt, and bacteria very quickly.

Regular maintenance doesn’t require too much effort and will help your cabinets last much longer. The following cleaning solutions will cut through grime and grease without damaging the finish on your wood cabinets:


Make your own cleaning solution.

  • Try mixing 1 part dish soap or laundry detergent with 2 parts warm water for a gentle solution. 
  • Combine vinegar and water. This solution is very effective for removing greasy residue. 
  • Mix baking soda and water to form a paste. This can be used to scrub tough stains.

With each of these solutions, apply to your cabinets with a microfiber cloth or sponge. Gently scrub the cabinets, rinsing the cloth between uses. Be sure to wipe with the grain of the wood. Let the solution sit for several minutes, then wipe it away. Water can ruin your cabinet finish, so make sure you wipe them down with a dry cloth after.


Buy a cabinet/wood cleaner.

You can also try one of the many varieties of commercial wood cabinet cleaning solutions. A regular all-purpose cleaning solution works well too.


Scrub stains, hardware, and corners with a small scrub brush.

A toothbrush is very effective at removing hard, crusty build up. Try this with the baking soda solution mentioned above.


Get in the habit of wiping down cabinets daily, especially after meals.

This will keep tough grease buildup from forming and make cleaning easier for you in the long run.


Don’t leave your cabinets soaking wet.

Too much water can cause warping, cracking, peeling, and damage to the wood stain. When cleaning, use a damp rag and be sure to dry your cabinets after. Keep this in mind with steam from a shower or dishwasher as well. Wipe down cabinets with a dry towel when necessary.


Polish cabinets with wax or furniture polish.

Make sure your cabinets are clean first to avoid scratching the wood with dirt and other particles. You shouldn’t need to polish cabinets often, maybe once a year.


We’d love to see before and afters of your shiny, clean cabinets after trying these tips!

Knotty Alder Cabinets proudly offers durable RTA cabinets in a variety of colors for both the bathroom and kitchen. Download our catalog to see more!

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