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How to Deep-Clean Your Wooden Cabinets

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Your cabinets may look beautiful from far away, but do they still look that way when you get up close to them? Can you see grease, grime, and dust built up on your cabinets? Your cabinets can catch quite a bit of filth from your kitchen from everyday cooking, from the oils from your hands from opening and closing the doors (especially if you aren't opening and closing them using the handles), and from dust and dander in the air of your home. To get your cabinets beautiful again, you need to deep-clean them and keep them clean. See below for instructions on how to deep clean your cabinets and ways to help you keep them clean.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Clean microfiber cloths
  • Toothbrush
  • 2 tsp. dish soap (degreasing soap)
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup borax


  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Soak a clean cloth with the solution and wring it out. Begin wiping down your cabinets using the solution. Scrub the cabinets along the grain using the cloth. To get in deeper into the grooves of your cabinet, use the toothbrush to gently scrub these areas clean. The dish soap will help clean up the grease buildup, while the vinegar and borax will clean off any buildup of dirt and dust.
  3. Clean each cabinet door and drawer one at a time, drying each one with a clean, dry cloth before moving on to the next one.
  4. When you are finished deep-cleaning each cabinet front, wipe each one down using a small amount of lemon oil or mineral oil to bring back the shine to your cabinets.
  5. To clean the handles, wipe them down using the mixture above or remove each one and soak it in a solution of warm water and dish detergent. Wipe the handles dry and then replace them.

To help keep your cabinets clean, be sure to use the handles to open and close the doors and drawers rather than touch the cabinet itself. When cooking, be sure to use lids to help control grease splatters, and use the exhaust fan above your stovetop to help get rid of greasy steam (rather than allowing it to rise and stick to the cabinets above your stove). Give your cabinets a good wipe down at least once per week to help control the amount of dirt and dust built up on your cabinets.

Cleaning your cabinets helps to keep them looking like new. Wipe them down often to prevent a big buildup of grease and dust, which can damage the finish on your cabinets over time. Talk to a company like Logan Construction for more information.