Cabinets are one of the first things that people notice when walking into a kitchen. If you’ve ever watched a home improvement show like Fixer Upper or Property Brothers, the first part of the kitchen that gets an upgrade or a facelift are – the cabinets! So it would only make sense to keep them looking as beautiful as possible.
No matter what material your cabinets are made of – these 6 tips will have them looking spick-and-span and sparkling like new.
Remove fingerprints, grime, stuck-on food, and dust with these surprisingly simple hacks.
1. Dish soap
Many people often overlook the power of dish soap for cleaning other items in their house – like cabinets, for example. Dish soap is great for cleaning all types of cabinets including metal, plastic laminate, vinyl, or painted wood. All you need to do is dampen a soft cloth with warm water and a touch of dish soap and give the cabinets a wipe. It will remove fingerprints, grease stains, and food smudges in a breeze.
SF Gate has this incredible trick to remove hard, dried-on food. “Remove dried gooey materials such as maple syrup, chocolate or honey with a few ice cubes placed in a zippered sandwich bag. Hold the bag of ice over the problem spot for several minutes or until the substance hardens. Scrape the substance away with the edge of a plastic knife, back of a plastic spoon, or a piece of cardstock.”
Of course, good old-fashioned bleach is always a great go to when you’re looking for a deep, disinfecting type of cleaning. First, prep your cabinet surfaces by wiping with a wet sponge. Next, mix 1/2 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water. Wipe your cabinets with the bleach solution and allow to disinfect for 5 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and you’re done!
If you’re looking for more of a non-toxic option for cleaning your cabinets, vinegar is essentially the ‘bleach of the non-toxic world.’ It’s seriously amazing. All you need to do is make a simple 50/50 mixture of vinegar and warm water, put it in a spray bottle, mist, then wipe. Easy as that! DIY Network has a full tutorial.
5. Oil soap
Oil soap (such as Murphy’s) is another excellent option for removing fingerprint and grease stains from your kitchen cabinets. Depending on how grimy your cabinets are, you’ll just need to mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oil soap in a gallon of warm water. Use a soft cloth to buff the surface of your cabinet, then a second cloth with water to rinse any excess product.
6. Baking soda and coconut oil
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One Good Thing by Jillee came up with this awesome trick for shining up those dirty kitchen cabinets. Simply mix one part coconut oil with two parts baking soda until it becomes a paste. Apply the mixture to your cabinets and work it into all the grooves and corners. Wipe off, and your cabinets will look fabulous! Check out her blog for the step-by-step instructions.