If you are like most people, you like to make sure that everything in your house is clean on a regular basis. This includes things like the kitchen cabinets. The question is, how do you clean kitchen cabinets effectively and what should you be using to accomplish this goal? This might seem like a job that is too tough to tackle at first, but fortunately, it isn't that difficult at all. What you need to get the job done is a little elbow grease and a couple of good cleaning products.

First Things First


The first thing you need to do is decide if you want to clean only the exterior of the kitchen cabinets or if you would prefer to clean both the exterior and interior at the same time. If you decide to do the latter, you can save yourself some time by removing all of the dishes from those kitchen cabinets and setting them aside, so you don't end up getting cleaner on them. Next, take a damp cloth and simply wipe out the interior of the cabinets, being sure to allow the cabinets to dry completely before replacing the dishes. Once you get this task accomplished, you are ready to clean the exterior of the cabinets without having to worry about cleaning the interior or accidentally contaminating your dishes, which would naturally force you to wash them all before you could restock them.

Cleaning The Exterior

Chances are, the exterior of the kitchen cabinets will require a little more effort than simply using a damp rag. What you want to do is be sure that you are getting all of the oils from your skin, as well as debris from cooking and everything else, off of the cabinets. This involves using a cleaner that is designed for exactly this type of thing. You can choose to utilize a good wood polish if your cabinets are varnished or if they are natural wood but you need to utilize a wood cleanser first. If your cabinets are painted, you will still have to clean them, but there won't be any need to use some polish on them after the fact. Make sure that you are utilizing a cleanser that is designed to be used on kitchen cabinets like the ones you have. In other words, don't use a cleanser that is not designed for painted surfaces if your cabinets have been painted. By the same token, use caution not to utilize an everyday cleanser on varnished or natural wood, as it could do harm to the wood itself. Once you know which product to use, simply follow the directions on that particular product and you can enjoy clean kitchen cabinets after just a few hours worth of work.


When it comes to house cleaning, the kitchen cabinets are something that often gets overlooked. They are not typically included in your everyday touch-ups or even your weekly cleaning projects. However, you should take care to ensure that you clean your kitchen cabinets at least annually. Most people prefer to do it a couple of times a year to keep them in good shape and prevent too much build-up from forming on them. As long as you follow these simple steps, you should be able to get them clean without having any trouble. You should even be able to do it in a relatively short amount of time.