How to whiten yellowed kitchen cabinets

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How to whiten yellowed kitchen cabinets
Yellow cabinets are great if they're meant to be yellow. If not, clean them up. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

While cooking and trying your best not to make a huge mess in the kitchen, grease spatters end up in places one might not readily notice at first. Cabinets tend to get overlooked while cleaning up, and over time these tiny grease spatters can accumulate into a yellow film over your cabinets. Smoking in the home can also cause a stubborn yellow discolouration on surfaces such as cabinets. You can quickly return your cabinets to the white colour they once were.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Grease-cutting washing up liquid
  • Clean cloth or sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Clean dry towel
  • Baking soda

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of grease-cutting washing up liquid into 240 ml (8 fl oz) of warm water.

  2. 2

    Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and wring it out.

  3. 3

    Scrub the yellowed area of the cabinet with the cloth or sponge dipped into the warm, soapy water.

  4. 4

    Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water.

  5. 5

    Dip a second clean cloth or sponge into the solution and use it to rinse the cabinets. The vinegar will help to eliminate any residual grease or soap.

  6. 6

    Wipe the cabinet dry with a soft, clean, dry cloth to eliminate excess moisture.

  1. 1

    Mix 240 ml (8 fl oz) of white vinegar into 480 ml (16 fl oz) of warm water.

  2. 2

    Add 120 ml (4 fl oz) of baking soda. This will cause the solution to fizz, so make sure the container has plenty of room left at the top so it doesn't overflow.

  3. 3

    Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the solution and wring it out.

  4. 4

    Scrub cabinets with the solution to remove the discolouration. This will also help get rid of any lingering odour.

  5. 5

    Wipe the cabinet dry with a soft, clean, dry towel once to remove excess moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to use a commercial cleaner to eliminate grease build-up, read and follow the directions for use.
  • Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives that can scratch and damage your cabinets.

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