Cleaning Cabinet Doors: Spring Cleaning

Last week I shared my silverware drawer dirt and this week I’m talking about cleaning cabinet doors.

My cabinet doors seem to get very dirty. Either the kids spill something and it splashes on the cabinets, or the blender explodes, or the doors just get greasy and dirty from food prep. How they get dirty isn’t really important, but keeping them clean and in good condition is.

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Kitchen cabinets are expensive to replace, so keep your current ones in good condition so they last a long time.

Here are a few techniques for keeping them clean.

Dish Soap

Dish soap is a great cabinet cleaner. Fill the sink with warm water and a squirt of dish soap then use a sponge or rag to wipe down the cabinets. Doing this every month or so is a great way to keep kitchen cabinet doors clean. It is also a great cleaning project for younger kids.


If your cabinets are extra dirty or greasy try using a sponge and cleaning with borax. Remember to rub with the grain of your cabinets and rinse with water when finished.


Make a solution of one cup of vinegar to two cups of water, and use a spray bottle and rag to wipe down the cabinets. Warning- your kitchen will smell like a pickle. 

Don’t Forget the Handles

The best way to clean the handles is to remove them and soak them, but if you can’t do that, wipe them thoroughly with an anti-bacterial cleaner. Gluten Free Homemaker recommends using a toothpick to remove all the little dirt and crumbs from your cabinet handles.

Remember to test a small section of your cabinets to make sure your cleaning solution doesn’t damage your cabinets. 

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  1. Thanks for the borax tip. I have painted white cabinets and one is very stained (coffee I think) I have used baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap on different occasions but they don’t take the stain out. Tomorrow I am going to try your borax tip and see if that works.

  2. If you let orange peels sit in vinegar for a couple of weeks and then use the vinegar as suggested above, your kitchen will smell of citrus instead of pickle.

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