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How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets to Remove Stickiness & Grease

From food splatters to fingerprints, your kitchen cabinets can get a little grimy from time to time. See our easy tips for how to clean cabinets.

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By Joanne Howard

Whether you’ve just had a colorful pizza toss competition in your kitchen or you’re noticing a lot of oily fingerprints on the silverware drawer, your kitchen cabinets can surprisingly take a beating from busy daily life. Fortunately, Clorox has the solution.

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Steps to clean & disinfect hard, nonporous cabinets

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    Wipe cabinet surfaces with a wet sponge. For stubborn grease or food stains, clean with Clorox® Scentiva® Disinfecting Multi-Surface Cleaner and rinse with a wet sponge. 

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    Use the gallon bucket and measuring cup to mix 1/3 cup of Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach with 1 gallon of water.

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    Use the sponge to thoroughly wipe the surface with the bleach solution. 

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    Wait 6 minutes for disinfecting. To keep the surface visibly wet for the entire wait time, reapply bleach solution as needed 

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    Rinse with warm water.

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    Let air dry.

Keeping your kitchen cabinets clean is simple with the above steps but picking up a few routine habits can help minimize the mess. If you have cabinets near your stovetop, try to cook with a lid or grease splash guard whenever possible. You can also do a quick and easy sweep of high-touch surfaces like handles or pull-tabs with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes

It’s important to note that this method is only suitable for hard, non-porous surfaces such as sealed or painted wood.  

Frequently asked questions

What does hard, nonporous surface mean?

Hard, nonporous surfaces are impermeable and without pores. Common examples of hard, non-porous cabinet surfaces can include latex enamel painted woodwork, stainless steel, plastic, glass and sealed solid surfaces.  

What if I don’t know what material my cabinets are made of?

If you don’t know what material they are, test the steps above on a non-conspicuous area like inside the door.