How to Put the Shine Back in Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are subject to grease, dirty fingerprints, dust and other stain-causing substances. As they build up on the face of your cabinets, a dull, discoloured appearance can take over a previously shiny surface. To put the shine back in your kitchen cabinets, you must remove the grease and grime that's covering it. While commercial products effectively clean your cabinets, you can use supplies found around the home to accomplish the task without introducing chemicals into the air.

Pour 1/4 cup baking soda into a bucket. Stir in 1 quart warm water with a wooden spoon until the baking soda is dissolved.

Soak a clean sponge in the all-purpose baking soda cleanser. Wring out the excess moisture and scrub the surface of your kitchen cabinets to remove grease, grime and dirt. Rinse your sponge frequently and continue to wash off all cabinet surfaces.

Dampen a clean cloth with water and wipe down the cabinet surfaces to remove the baking soda cleanser. Dry with a clean cloth.

Fill a spray bottle halfway with white vinegar then add water to fill the rest of the bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the grease-cutting solution. Spray remaining grease stains with the vinegar spray and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.

Mix two capfuls saddle soap with 1 gallon warm water. Wet a clean cloth with the mild soap solution and wash down the kitchen cabinets to remove the last of the dirt and stains. Rinse with a clean cloth and dry with another cloth.

Buff the cabinets with a dry cloth to enhance the natural shine.


Substitute commercial all-purpose cleaning spray for the homemade all-purpose cleaner, if desired. Wipe off your kitchen cabinets after frying foods. Grease splatters that build up act as dirt magnets.

Things You'll Need

  • 1-gallon bucket
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sponge
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Saddle soap
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.