Cleaning your kitchen cabinets

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You probably wipe down your kitchen after every meal prep, and hopefully more cthoroughly once a week. You want to make sure your kitchen looks nice, but you also want to make sure that are no foodborne illness (e.g. salmonella) that might harm you and your loved ones. However, when cleaning the kitchen it is normal to clean countertops, sinks and surfaces, but there is one area that most folks overlook, and that is their kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets tend to collect a lot of dust, dirt, grease, and various cooking residues. Overtime this will make cabinet surfaces feel like glue that is exceedingly difficult to remove without damaging your cabinets78. With that being said, you need to do a regular cleaning maintenance, not only because it looks nice and its healthy, but it can also expand the life expectancy of your cabinets!


When cleaning the exterior of your cabinets, you should do it weekly. However, every few months, you will need to clean the interior of your cabinets. For this to happen, make sure you have enough empty space to place the items you have stored in your cabinets, so you can have easy access without breaking a dish, or your great, great, great mother’s porcelain! Start cleaning one cabinet at a time, and then place your items back in the clean cabinet.

The tools and process

When cleaning the interior of your cabinets make sure you have a vacuum and warm water with soap and white vinegar to kill bacteria. Also, it is nice to keep handy some baking soda because some cabinets that store food can build up some odor, and baking soda is great removing odors. In addition, if you are concerned about viruses, germs, and bacteria, make sure after you used your warm water, to use a disinfectant, wait few minutes for the dwelling process (most disinfectants require 10 minutes dwelling time), and then wipe down and place your items in the cabinets. This is not necessary, but I highly recommend this. Before you place your items in your cabinet, make sure you place a liner or paper towel because it will absorb things as they fall, preserving the life expectancy of your cabinets. This should also keep them cleaner, which would require less work next time you decide to clean the interior of your cabinets. Next step is to clean the exterior of your cabinets and handles, with your warm water solution. If there is buildup on your cabinet handles, use an old toothbrush with some baking soda to scrub down the grime. Make sure you wipe the interior and exterior of your cabinets with a clean and dry cloth. Give special attention to exterior of cabinets that are above your stove. This is where you will find various cooking residue, as well as dust and dirt. Finally, if you have wooden cabinets and you need to polish them, mix in a spray bottle ¾ cups of olive oil and ¼ cup of lemon juice, and spray on the exterior of your kitchen cabinets. This will polish your wooden cabinets and keep their brightness.

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Keeping your kitchen clean is not an easy task especially when you are taking on many roles in your daily life. However, having a reference point of how to plan and start cleaning the exterior of your cabinets, can help you complete the tasks confidently, efficient and in a timely manner. Hopefully, this cleaning tip can help you maintain your kitchen clean and healthy properly. But, if you are terribly busy, and you don’t have the time, or you just need to have some time for yourself, give us a call to help you keep your kitchen maintained.