How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets In 5 Easy Steps

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets often get overlooked when cleaning up after a meal. But your cabinets, especially those closest to your range or cooktop, can be magnets for grease, dust, and other contaminants. So when you’re done cleaning your granite countertops, follow these five simple steps to clean your kitchen cabinets.

Step 1. Create a mild cleaning solution

Wood cabinets are more delicate than most of the other surfaces in your kitchen. So you’ll want to avoid caustic cleaners. Instead, create a gentle cleaning solution by filling a spray bottle with ⅓ white vinegar and ⅔ hot water. Alternatively, you can use dish soap in place of the vinegar

Step 2. Dampen a soft cloth with the cleaning solution.

Rather than using an abrasive scrub brush, apply a spritz of your cleaning solution to a microfiber cloth. These cloths feature a dense lattice of fibers that make them perfect for cleaning. But any soft cloth will do if you don’t have microfiber ones on hand.

Excess moisture can harm painted wood cabinet surfaces. The same is true of the cabinet’s hinges. So be careful not to get your cloth overly wet. If it’s dripping water, ring it out over the sink.

Step 3. Use your cloth to wipe your kitchen cabinets from top to bottom.

The vertical motion prevents the cleaning solution from collecting on the cabinet door. Pay close attention to uneven surfaces like the molding or trim. Dust, dirt, and grease often build up in the crevices of these accents and may require a bit of extra elbow grease. If your cloth proves ineffective in cleaning these tight spots, try gently scrubbing them with an old toothbrush.

Step 4. Use your cloth to wipe the cabinet’s handles.

Although they may not look it, the handles are often the dirtiest part of your cabinet. Opening and closing the cabinets while cooking often results in grease stains on the handles. Thankfully, your gentle cleaner should be plenty strong enough to clean the greasy residue away.

Step 5. Wash away the cleaner.

After you’ve cleaned each cabinet, it’s important to remove any lingering cleaning solution from the cabinet surfaces. Grab a second cloth and spritz it with water then wipe away any residue left behind on the cabinets. Use the same top-to-bottom technique you did with the cleaner before moving on to the handles.


After completing these five simple steps, your kitchen cabinets should now look as good as new. But if your freshly cleaned cabinets still don’t look the way you’d like them to, you may want to consider replacing them.

Best Buy Interior Finishes specializes in custom kitchen cabinets in Naperville, IL and the surrounding areas. Give us a call at 630-791-5472 or stop by our showroom to learn about the different styles and finishes we have to offer.