How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets and most Forgotten Areas

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets efficiently without creating a bacteria heaven? Even if you are are having the cabinet cleaning set on your regular schedule, there is a great chance that dirt can accumulate in certain areas.

Of course, we cannot forget the overall look to make the kitchen cabinets shiny from the outside. As you do a lot of cooking, fat splashes around, and your dirty hands also take part in getting the cabinets dirty regularly.

Maybe you know the saying” Outside hooey, inside phooey,” which means do not judge the book by its cover only. What I am trying to say it that it is vital to clean the kitchen cabinet’s front, but do not forget the inside. Our cleaning expert Lisa T. will explain how to best clean wooden, plastic, and high gloss kitchen cabinets plus tell you hidden secrets of the most forgotten areas.


Before cleaning the inside of the cabinets, it is recommended to get the outside surfaces taken care of first. Afterward, you can worry about the inside, but we explain it later on in this post.

You might ask how often the kitchen cabinets should be cleaned: Lisa recommends that after cooking, grease splashes around, you should clean it right away and every 3-4 weeks a thorough cleaning to keep the kitchen in a top condition.


As the kitchen fronts come in all forms of different material, it is the most important to know what cleaners you can use for what surface. If you choose the wrong cleaner, your expensive kitchen can have a disastrous look. Cleaning expert Lisa told us that she had experienced many times in her career situations where the homeowner was using wrong cleaners, making the surfaces incredibly dull and bad looking.

Please pay attention, as some cleaners are not suitable for some surfaces. Also, harsh solvent-based cleaners that have scrubbing features are not recommended. Save yourself some money and avoid the costly kitchen polishes and waxes as they are usually not necessary when you follow Lisa’s cleaning advice.

TIP: Under no circumstances, use a steam cleaner – it will destroy your whole kitchen cabinets!

1. Cleaning Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

 Cleaning Wooden Kitchen Cabinets

Wooden cabinets look very sophisticated and are relatively easy to clean. Typically, just a wet microfiber cloth is enough to clean the wooden surface. Please make sure that you always wipe into the directions of the wood fibers as otherwise, the dirt will penetrate deeper into the wood.

From the manufacturer, all the wood cabinets in the kitchen are water-sealed by default. However, it would be best if you only use a damp cloth that is not overly wet as the seal could get damaged letting the cabinets start to swell. On the other hand, excessively dry air enables the wood to shrink and also damages the cabinets.

Expert TIP: Always turn on the hood while cooking so that not much moisture can accumulate in the kitchen. As you might know, extensive moisture will attack and damage any wood.

2. Cleaning Plastic Kitchen Cabinets

Cleaning Plastic Kitchen Cabinets

The plastic cabinets are also straightforward to clean. Get a damp fiberglass cloth to clean the fronts of the cabinets. In case there are some very stubborn spots to be taken care of, Lisa recommends a special kitchen cabinet cleaner for plastic.

3. Cleaning High-Gloss Kitchen Cabinets

Cleaning High-Gloss Kitchen Cabinets

No doubt, high-gloss cabinets look very nice but do get easily dirty. Even just one touch with a dirty finger, it will show right away. As of this reason, more frequent cleaning is a must to let the high-gloss shine day in and day out.

Never clean the surface with a dry cloth as it will scratch it. A good microfiber cloth, which is slightly damp with a suitable high-gloss kitchen cleaner, will do its job very well. In the end, use a second cloth to wipe dry the surface.

Expert TIP: Only use a special microfiber cloth for windows only. The other kinds will scratch your surface!

Cleaning Mat-lacquered Kitchen Cabinets

Cleaning  Mat-lacquered Kitchen Cabinets

A mat-lacquered kitchen cabinet gets even quicker dirty as the high-gloss version. The reason lies in surface consistency as the substance has many open pores. The dirt easily sticks in these open pores and can become very stubborn overtime to remove. Therefore, Lisa, our cleaning expert, highly recommends cleaning grease or fat right away. The best way to clean the surface is with diluted soapy water and a microfiber cloth.

Expert TIP: Extreme fat splashes should be removed with a dish-washing brush and a 3:1 water/soap solution.

How to clean greasy fingerprints on cabinets

An insider secret is to use glass cleaner to wipe clean any grease spots from the cabinets. However, a regular all-purpose cleaner can also help as well. Please make sure that the cleaner you are using is suitable and fat-dissolving. For the wooden surface, a 50-50 mix of water and vinegar is perfect to grease away everything.



Congratulations, now that the outside fronts of your kitchen cabinets are sparkling clean, it is time for you to move to the interior. As cleaning the inside is more time consuming, please do not rush as everything should be 100%:

  1. Altogether remove everything inside the cabinets and place them nearby in a clean area.
  2. Also remove all the paper or inserts inside the drawers
  3. Remove dirt first with the vacuum cleaner. Vacuum the inside doors, hinges, side- and back-walls, and finally the bottom part.
  4. Mix one teaspoon of vinegar with one liter of warm water inside a small bucket
  5. Now clean with a microfiber cloth the vinegar/water solution all areas on the inside of the cabinets and drawers.
  6. For very stubborn grease or fat: Two spoons of baking soda, vinegar, fresh lemon with 1/2 liter of warm water. Add the mix into a spray bottle and spray it on the areas. Let it soak for 15 minutes and wipe clean
  7. Finally, dry the inside of the cabinets very thoroughly before putting everything back inside. We recommend leaving the doors open at least an hour.

Don’t forget our other Tips: Best ways for cleaning kitchen tiles



98% of people overlook these bacteria heaven areas for cleaning. Yes, you should be aware of it and implement these areas in your regular cleaning routine. Let take a look:

1. Clean the Cutlery/Utensil Trays

Clean the Cutlery/Utensil Trays

The cutlery/utensil trays are the most overlooked places when it comes to regular kitchen cabinet cleaning. As overtime crumbs and dust collects on the bottom of the trays, it is essential to clean them probably to avoid bacteria growth. Most of the time, you might only use the knives or spoons which are on top, but never touch the cutlery which is below.

Also a must: 6 Legendary Tips for a dust free house

Once it is time for the drawer cleaning, take out all the cutlery/utensils and wipe the tray thoroughly until it is dry. At the same token, wash all the cutlery with clear water and a cloth. Doing this will keep your silverware shiny and clean at the same time.

2. Clean Freezer/Fridge Coils

kitchen cleaning fridge coils

Ok, we admit, the fridge is not part of the kitchen cabinet cleaning, but we feel we should mention it here as well. On the backside of the fridge/freezer are the coils which cool and condense. If the coils are cloaked with a lot of dust, the fridge cannot release its heat. What does it do?

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It will take the fridge more energy to keep everything cool, and the refrigerator might even overheat and break down. Both will cost you a lot of money, and a simple vacuum of the dust at the backside of the fridge is all that it is needed to avoid these two issues. .

3. Clean Cutting Board with Salt/Lemon

kitchen cleaning cutting board

Clean your cutting board inside the cabinets only with salt and lemon. Put some salt on a half sliced lemon and rub clean the board. It is healthier this way as a lot of food prep is happening on these boards. Once you wipe it dry, put the cutting boards back into the kitchen cabinets.


Yes, it is very time consuming, but a clean kitchen environment is essential for the health of all household members. Especially, kids and the elderly do have a weaker immune system. Therefore, do it right and have a beautiful sparkling kitchen to show off to friends and family!

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