How to Clean Kitchen Wood Cabinets

When you walk into a kitchen one of the first things you notice are the cabinets. Dirty wood cabinets are unsightly and diminish the appearance of the entire kitchen. Grease, food splatters, dust and dirt build up on wood kitchen cabinets over time. Cleaning kitchen cabinets frequently will remove build-up from the surface of the wood. It is important to use the appropriate products for cleaning wooden cabinets so the wood does not become damaged.

Fill the kitchen sink half full with lukewarm water. Add a squirt of mild dish soap and use your hands to mix the soap and water.

Dip a soft sponge into the soapy water. Wring out the sponge well to remove as much water as possible.

Wash the wood cabinets with the sponge and soapy water. Make sure to clean the hardware on the cabinets, in addition to the surface of the cabinets. Rinse and wring out the sponge often while cleaning.

Go over the cabinets with a dry, soft rag to remove any residue.

Combine equal parts vinegar and lukewarm water in the kitchen sink if the cabinets are especially dirty or did not come clean with soap and water. Wash the cabinets with a sponge dampened in this solution. Dry the cabinets thoroughly after cleaning.


Do not use abrasive cleaning products or abrasive sponges or cleaning pads on wooden cabinets.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft sponge
  • Soft rags
  • White vinegar
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.