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How To Deep Clean Your Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

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Your kitchen gets a lot of use. Think about how often you open and close your cabinet doors and drawers each and every day. Do you always only touch the knobs or do you touch the wood as well? How often do you cook in your kitchen? Grease and other oils from the food you cook can settle onto your cabinets, in addition to the other surfaces of your kitchen. This, in addition to the oils on your hands, can build up on your cabinets and look a little grimy after awhile. It can be very difficult to remove all of that grease and grime, but it can be done. See below for instructions on how to deep clean your wooden kitchen cabinets.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • 2 Tbsp. dish soap (degreasing soap)
  • 2 Cups warm water
  • Clean rags


  1. Mix the ingredients together and then gently scrub the cabinets using the mixture and a clean rag. Wipe along the grain of your cabinets so you get deeper into the grain. 
  2. Wipe the soap away and allow your cabinets to dry thoroughly.

This is a very gentle solution, so if it didn't get the job done, move to a more aggressive solution below.

  • Add 2 cups of white vinegar to the solution above and again gently scrub your cabinets along the grain. If this still did not get the job done, add a 1/2 cup of borax to the dish soap, water, and vinegar solution. Once clean, wipe your cabinets dry with a clean, dry cloth.

You can follow up the cleaning process by adding orange, lemon or mineral oil to restore the shine to your cabinets and to give them a wonderful fresh scent.

When scrubbing your cabinets, be sure to pay special attention to the nooks and crannies around your cabinets, especially if your cabinets have a lot of detailing. Work from the top of the cabinets to the bottom and change your cleaning solution when it gets really dirty (this way you aren't just spreading filthy water all over your cabinets). Also pay attention to the areas you touch the most, such as near the handles. To really get this area clean, you may want to remove the handles. Scrub the exterior of your cabinets and the insides as well.

While cleaning your cabinets, it's a good time to check hinges. Tighten any that are loose to prevent cabinet doors from falling off, and tighten drawer slide mounts as well.

Years of grime may be on your cabinets, but you can clean them off with the cleaning solutions above. If you need professional help with repairing or replacing your cabinets, contact a company like Logan Construction.