How to Clean White Kitchen Cabinets

By Kelly Richardson
RefacingCabinet.com Columnist

If you're like most homeowners, you take great pride in your gleaming white kitchen cabinets. But what happens when grit and grime arrive to spoil the party? If you don't stay on top of the filth, your once-bright cabinets will turn dull and dingy in a matter of weeks. Here's how to clean white kitchen cabinets effectively using several commercial and homemade options.

Clean White Kitchen Cabinets Commercially

Of course, commercial cleansers are some of the toughest you can use. There are catch-all cleaners and some tailor-made for specific types of stains. Always test a commercial cleanser on an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn't damage the finish.

  • Dish Soap Liquid and Warm Water. The 'go-to' commercial cleanser for just about any stain you'll find on your white kitchen cabinets
  • Orange Oil. This acidic solution is ideal for excess grease that splashes from a stove top; sold under several different commercial names
  • Detergent. Perfect for stains that require scrubbing with a toothbrush or steel wool


Clean White Kitchen Cabinets Organically

If your eco-conscience won't allow you to clean commercially and sleep soundly at night, there are several organic substitutes that will give you very nearly the same results. These are time-tested solutions that have proven effective on white kitchen cabinets and beyond.

  • Vinegar. Mix a solution of half vinegar and half water; for more stubborn dirt and buildup, use straight vinegar
  • Baking Soda and Water. Makes a powerful scrub that helps to remove grime
  • Club Soda and Lemon Juice. The acidity in the lemon juice works in very much the same fashion as commercial grade orange oil

Know that you know how to clean kitchen cabinets, you can rest easy that your white kitchen cabinets will stay that way for a long time to come.

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WiseGeek • How do I Clean Kitchen Cabinets? • Dec 03, 2009 • http://www.wisegeek.comhttp://www.wisegeek.com/how-do-i-clean-kitchen-cabinets.htm • Conjecture Corporation

About The Author

Kelly C. Richardson, MEd is a freelance writer and manic do-it-yourselfer. He specializes in home improvement projects ranging from savvy landscaping to house repair and beyond. Find out more about him at kellyrichardsoncopywriting.com.