Aim to give cabinet fronts a wipe down with a damp cloth every week or so, but if you spot a spill or splash, tackle it immediately. A more thorough, deep clean can be done once or twice a year, or you may prefer to tackle one cupboard at a time throughout the year.
To keep the top of your kitchen cabinets (and tall armoires, bookcases and storage units) clean, simply tear a sheet the same depth as the cabinet and let it sit. It will collect the greasy, dusty goo that collects and then every few months you can change it out and ditch the collected junk. Easy peasy!
Kitchen cabinets, thanks to their close proximity to the stovetop, are natural hotspots for grease. Ideally, you're cleaning your cabinet fronts at least every other week using a damp cloth followed by a dry one, but we've all had to deal with a layer that's too tough to remove with a simple wipe-down.
Keep Them Clean
Once you've got the tops of your cabinets clean, there's a cheap kitchen staple you can use to keep them that way: wax paper! “Wax paper is a fantastic solution because it collects the grease, allowing you to simply remove the paper, throw it away, and replace,” says Napelbaum.
Create a cleaning solution with 1-part baking soda, 2 parts warm water and the lemon juice. Add the solution to a spray bottle and spray the liquid onto the kitchen cabinets. Leave for 2-3 minutes, allowing the baking soda to work its magic. Use the soft sponge to gently scrub the grease away.
The sticky residue found on your kitchen cupboards is usually caused by cooking grease and dirt, but it may also be the residues left by some cleaners. No matter what its source, a sticky residue is unappealing and damaging to your kitchen cabinets.
After wetting your brush with warm water, add a little baking soda, then scrub away on the cabinets. Follow with a damp, warm cloth to remove the residue. Not only will the baking soda cut through the grease, but it's also non-abrasive, so it won't harm your wooden cabinets.
The greasy in the kitchen comes from the oil you use for cooking. Animal fat released from the food you cooked, especially high animal fat content like fatty cuts of beef, pork, lamb, or butter, then a lot of the animal fat will melt into the pan, heat up and evaporate and stick to the surface.
Use 50% water and 50% distilled vinegar for a streak-free look. If your kitchen glass cabinet has wooden mullions, then do not spray the distilled vinegar directly on the surface. Instead, spray onto a cloth and gently wipe.
Mix one part of any vegetable oil to two parts of baking soda. Apply this oily paste to dirty areas using a soft cloth or paper towel. That ugly, greasy, dirty build-up on cabinets will begin to soften and start to disappear. Wipe clean and buff with a soft cloth.
Murphy® Oil Soap gets deep into grime to break up dirt particles and it's safe to use on wood products like cabinets.
Don't Use Vinegar and Water
Vinegar is acidic and will damage your wood cabinets. While it is true that if heavily diluted, vinegar will lose much of its acidity, but when diluted it will also lose much of its properties that make it an effective cleaner. Diluted vinegar is no more effective than dish soap.
Vinegar is the go-to natural cleaner when faced greasy cabinets. Mix a 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water and pour it into a spray bottle. Mist on cabinets, let sit for a minute or two and then wipe clean with a soft cloth.
Fingerprints: The oily residue on fingers can leave behind unsightly marks on cabinet doors and hardware. Cleaning kitchen cabinets with vinegar will easily remove fingerprints. Dampen a cloth in a 50-50 solution of water and vinegar, apply to the prints, and buff clean with a polishing cloth.
For a wood coated with a hard surface, like wooden furniture, Windex is completely harmless. If it is sprayed on and kept dry, it will leave a water spot, which could be cleaned off. It won't damage your furniture when used as a cleaner.
The answer: A DIY solution of white distilled vinegar, water, and a hint of dish detergent inside of a spray bottle paired with a clean microfiber cloth.
A mix of equal parts washing up liquid and warm water will do the trick for removing any recent food splatters and greasy fingerprints. For a much deeper clean, use a diluted mix of equal parts vinegar and warm water with a sponge to lift off any baked-in food and oil marks.