Best Way To Clean Wood Cabinets
A kitchen cabinet is an invaluable piece of furniture. In fact, it’s a must-have in your kitchen. It makes your kitchen look tidy, organized, and beautiful. You do not only need it, but you also need it in good condition. It should maintain that new look it had when you first installed it.
So, how do you make your kitchen cabinet continue to look as good as new and last for long? Here are invaluable tips on how to.
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The First Thing You Should Do Before Deep-Cleaning Your Cabinets
Before you ever take a sponge to your cabinets, there is one thing you should do first. When deep cleaning, start by emptying out your cabinets, tossing out any old or expired food, and setting everything else aside. This allows you to easily clean both inside and outside of your cabinets without any food in the way. Then, once everything is clean and dry, you can put back your cabinet goods in a neat and organized fashion.
What Cleaning Supplies Do You Need To Clean Kitchen Cabinets?
Some cleaning supplies you need to deep clean your cabinets:
• Rubber gloves—these allow you to use hot water to clean cabinets without scalding your fingers
• Bucket filled with hot water, or you can use your sink basin
• Murphy’s oil, or other non-toxic cleaning supply safe for use on wood
• Toothbrush, or some sort of soft-bristled brush for stubborn stains and extra grimy spots
• Sponges and clean rags to thoroughly wipe down cabinets before and dry cabinets afterward
Great Non-Toxic Cleaners For Wooden Cabinets
When it comes to cleaning products, your wood cabinets require extra special care. Not to mention, you are cleaning in the kitchen where you source all of your food. So skip out on the toxic cleaners, which are bad for you and your cabinets, and stick to non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.
Murphy’s Oil Soap
This non-toxic cleaner is strong enough to battle away dirt and grime but gentle enough to leave your wood cabinets unharmed. You can mix Murphy’s oil with a dash of paint thinner and equal parts water, mix until you have a milky-looking appearance, then get ready to clean! Murphy’s oil soap is perfect for cleaning stubborn, sticky stains from kitchen cabinets.
Liquid Dish Detergent
For regular cabinet wipe downs, liquid dish detergent offers the perfect solution. Squirt some detergent into a bucket or in the plugged sink, fill with water and grab a clean rag to soak in the soapy water. Use this rag to wipe your kitchen cabinets. Dish detergent is not going to be as strong as other cleaners, which is why it’s recommended for regular cleaning, not necessarily deep cleaning.
Homemade Kitchen Gunk Remover
Use at-home kitchen products to create your own cleaner capable of removing stubborn built-on gunk. Simply combine 1-part vegetable oil and 2-parts baking soda. Gently scrub with a soft cloth and watch gunky build-ups disappear! Mixing together baking soda and water will also help remove stubborn stains, sans vegetable oil.
After cleaning your cabinets you can apply a coat of Beeswax polish to help them retain a youthful shine. This coating also helps protect against future grime and grease clinging to cabinets, at least temporarily.
Don’t Forget The ‘Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind’ Locations
The very top of your cabinets often goes ignored simply because no one under 8-feet tall can see up there. The top of your cabinets hosts some of the worst dust bunnies though. Clean the top of your cabinets carefully with a sponge, and dustpan if necessary. You want to make sure you don’t drop any of the dust and dirt from up here down onto your stove or countertops.