How do you clean kitchen cabinets?


Quick Answer

Clean kitchen cabinets by emptying them, wiping the interiors with soapy water, rinsing and drying. Clean the exteriors by treating especially soiled spots with a cleaner that contains orange oil, wiping the exteriors down with soapy water, rinsing and drying.

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  1. Empty the cabinets

    Remove everything from the cabinets.

  2. Wipe the interiors with a sponge wet with warm, soapy water

    Fill a sink or bucket with warm water, and add a teaspoon of dish liquid. Wet a sponge in the solution, and wipe out the cupboards.

  3. Rinse the interior of the cupboards

    Wet a fresh sponge with clean water. Wipe the cupboards out to remove soap residue.

  4. Dry the interior of the cupboards

    Run a soft, dry cloth over the interior surfaces to remove any moisture.

  5. Treat heavily soiled areas on the exteriors with an orange oil cleaner

    Spray a wood-safe orange oil cleaner on the portions of the cabinet exteriors with dirt buildup or grease spots. Let the cleaner sit for a minute to loosen the dirt and grease.

  6. Wipe the exteriors with warm, soapy water

    Rinse the sponge. Wet it in the detergent-water solution, and wipe the exterior of the cabinets. Focus on the areas around the handles and other heavily soiled spots.

  7. Rinse the exteriors

    Wipe the exteriors down with a clean sponge moistened with warm water.

  8. Dry the exteriors

    Rub the exteriors with a soft cloth to remove moisture. Buff with a circular motion to give the exteriors a lustrous shine.

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