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The Best Way to Clean your Kitchen Cabinets
Spring is finally in full swing and the nice weather always puts me in the mood for spring cleaning. I don’t know about you, but I get a strange satisfaction from deep cleaning some of the messier areas of the house like the kitchen and bathroom. One area of my kitchen that I always procrastinate cleaning and organizing is the cabinets and the pantry area. Even though the act of cleaning out those messy spaces isn’t much fun, the results are always worth it. Today I am going to show you the best way to clean your kitchen cabinets.
Take Everything Out
Start with the inside of the cabinets. Pull the entire contents out of the cabinet and place it on the counter. Then, go through the dishes and containers and set aside any chipped or cracked dishes to give away or throw out.
If the items that are left aren’t squeaky clean and have some dust or grease residue on them, run them through the dishwasher while the rest of the cabinet is being cleaned.
Try a Homemade De-greaser
Once the cabinet is empty, wipe down the interior with an all-purpose kitchen cleaner, or try my homemade kitchen de-greaser recipe:
Mix 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoons of baking soda, and 20 drops of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray on grease and wipe away with a damp towel. You can also use lemon juice instead of essential oil.
Simply spray and wipe down the interior of the cabinets. If some of the cabinets have food crumbs or other large bits of dust or grime, vacuum them out before you wipe them down.
After the inside of the cabinet is clean its time to wipe down the doors and handles.
My kitchen cabinets are white, which means every little stain or drip of food shows up. The kitchen cabinets also seem to be prone to greasy residue because of grease splashing around the kitchen from cooking.
Spray down the cabinet doors and handles and let the cleaning solution sit for a few minutes to help break down the grease.
Use Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths for Stubborn Messes
The next step is my latest best-kept cleaning secret, Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths.
I recently picked up a few on a shopping trip at Fred Meyer and they are my new favorite cleaning tool. The dish cloths will not scratch any surface, the scrubbing dots give you non-scratch scrubbing power with the wiping and drying functions of a dishcloth. They are fully washable, reusable and sturdy.
The scrubbing dots on the one side of the dish cloth allow you to take on tough messes in the sink and across a variety of surfaces, like your kitchen cabinets. Use the dish cloths to wipe down your cabinets and remove those yucky stuck-on messes that you usually have to use a finger nail or knife to scrape off.
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When you are wiping down the outside of the cabinets make sure you give special attention to the handle and the area directly around it that is prone to messy fingerprints.
Once your cabinets are sparkling clean place your dishes back inside and enjoy the feeling of satisfaction knowing you won’t have to worry about cups and containers falling out on you every time you open the cupboard door.
What are your best tips for cleaning the kitchen cabinets? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to pick up the new Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dishcloths on your next trip to Fred Meyer.