How to Clean Wood Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets get dirty, fast. You spatter grease on them when you cook. You spill everything from cake batter to olive oil on them. You can fight the grime, grease and grunge and make your cabinets look their best with this simple guide on how to clean wood cabinets.

Whatever cleaner you choose, the basic steps of how to clean wood kitchen cabinets are the same:

  • Use a soft cloth or sponge to wipe the cleaner on the outside of the cabinet doors and drawers. You may need to use a little elbow grease to remove heavy grease and grime buildup.
  • Wipe the cleaner on drawer pulls and door handles.
  • Use a toothbrush dipped in the cleaner to scrub the hardware, the wood around the hardware and the crevices of ornate trim.
  • Wipe the cleaner on the inside of the doors and drawers.
  • Use a second cloth or sponge dipped in clean water to remove the cleaner from all surfaces.
  • Dry all surfaces thoroughly with a clean towel.

Read more on what cleaners to use and some additional tips for cleaning wood cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom.