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Clean and Maintain Your Kitchen Cabinets

Why Do This?

Are your kitchen cabinets getting a little slippery? That slimy buildup comes from grease flying off your pans and onto the walls, floor and cabinets of your kitchen. Besides being a little nasty, leaving that residue will deteriorate the finish on your cabinets and make them harder to paint. Clean the outside of your cabinets and, while you’re at it, spruce up the inside as well.

Difficulty:
Time: 30 minutes

What You'll Need

  • 3 soft rags or cloths
  • liquid dish soap
  • baking soda
  • vacuum (optional)
  • shelf lining (optional)

How To:

  1. 1

    Clean exterior with dish soap. If you clean your cabinets regularly, or just don’t accumulate much grease, a simple solution of dish soap and warm water will get the job done. Wet your rag in warm water and add a few drops of dish soap. Scrub in a circular motion and be sure to rinse your rag often to avoid just spreading grease around. Dry with a clean rag.

  2. 2

    For heavy grease: Clean with baking soda. Cooking a lot of bacon, are we? Then, dish soap might not do the job completely. If you have grease left over after step 1, wash off your rag and pour about a teaspoon of baking soda on it. Wipe your cabinet down again. You will likely need to rinse your rag and add more baking soda frequently. When done, rinse the cabinet with warm water and dry with a clean rag to remove any baking soda residue.

  3. 3

    Empty your cabinets. Remove all items from your cabinets and set them aside. Also remove cabinet lining if you have it. If you’re doing drawers at the same time, they might be easier to clean if they are entirely removed from the frame. If you’re cabinets have a lot crumbs or other solid debris, consider vacuuming them as well.

  4. 4

    Wipe your interiors with dish soap. Same process as exterior cleaning. Rinse your rag in warm water, add dish soap and scrub. You won’t need to rinse your rag between scrubs as frequently as you did for exteriors (unless you cook with your cabinets open for some reason). Dry your cabinets with a clean rag once you’re finished.

  5. 5

    Let your cabinets dry. Leave all cabinet doors open for about an hour so everything dries. This is a good time to throw away any expired items you may have removed from your cabinets!

  6. 6

    Add cabinet lining. This is optional, but helpful. Lining will help protect your cabinets from water damage and prevent glassware from being chipped when put away. Cabinet lining is available at your local hardware store. For more tips on taking care of glassware, read: Proper Care For Your Barware.

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