The cabinet is one area that you often overlook when you are cleaning your house. When you have got a sink filled with dishes, pieces of furniture dirtied with pet hair, and a pile of laundry, your cabinets are possibly the last item on your head.

However, cabinets can quickly become covered with layers of grime, grease, and dirt from constant use. 

We have compiled a few of the best methods for tackling grime and grease buildup on your cabinets. We recommend trying out these to find out what works best to keep your cabinets clean.

  1. Exterior regular cleaning - A majority of cabinet types, including plastic laminate, metal, vinyl and wood cabinets, can be cleaned with a solution of warm water and liquid dish soap. This mild and simple solution is sufficient to get the mild grease, dust, food smudges build-up on your cabinets. Aside from working as a degreaser, dish soap can even get rid of some tough dirt on the exterior. Do not forget the sides and edges of your cabinets. Rinse carefully with another cloth, before wiping with a final piece cloth. You do not want your cabinets to be left a lot of water which can damage and discolor them. You can also use an all-purpose cleaner to clean cabinets too; however, it is of the essence to test cleaners on a hidden spot to ensure that they will not damage the finish of your cabinet.
  2. Exterior heavy duty cleaning - For heavy dust and grease build-ups, commercial cleaners should be your best bet. It is designed to be used for cleaning wood cabinets. These cleaners have a way of getting rid of the thick grease that tends to accumulate on the surfaces of cabinets. Make sure to go through the instructions before using, and test it in a hidden spot first. Start at the top, working your way down every cabinet. You can spray straight onto the surface of tough cabinets that are empty, else, spray onto a cloth, then wipe them down.
  3. Interior cleaning - Clear each cabinet, starting with the uppermost one. If necessary, remove any discolored or torn shelf lining. If your the interior of your cabinets have a lot of residue and crumbs, it might be a great idea to vacuum out the cabinets once they have been emptied, before you wipe them down. Clean the interiors using a mild detergent and warm water. Rinse with a clean damp cloth and then wipe dry using a new cloth to ensure no water is left to harm the surfaces of the cabinet. Repeat the process with every additional cabinet.
  4. Cleaning the contents of the cabinet - Wipe down dusty containers and cans with dish soap and warm water on a dampened cloth. Remove any expired items. Dry items well before placing them back in the cabinets. The cabinets should be left open for 2-3 hours to dry thoroughly, before putting the contents back in the cabinet.
  5. Removing thick grease buildup - Sometimes the grease buildup in your cabinet gets so thick that it cannot easily be removed despite seeing it easily. If a thick yellowish or orange sticky substance appears to be glued to your cabinet, you know what we are talking about. Using an orange oil cleaner can significantly help, more so if it is allowed to penetrate the grease after sitting for 2-4 minutes. You may need to repeat this several times, and you can also use baking soda, water paste, and a soft bristled brush to scrub the area gently. A magic eraser may be a great option depending on your cabinets’ finish. However, you need to test the magic eraser on a hidden spot on your cabinet as they can scrub out the finish of surfaces. Don’t scrape away the grime since this raises the likelihood that you will permanently damage the cabinets’ finish.


Now that understand how to clean cabinets, ensure to keep them protected from future dirt and stains. Mix vegetable vinegar and oil in equal portions and spray it lightly on the surfaces of your cabinets. Rub it in with a soft, clean cloth. Buff until it shines. This is way, your cabinets will always be clean and sparkling.  If you would like regular cleaning, contact us for regular house cleaning today.