How to clean kitchen cabinets, and keep them that way

Kitchen cabinets looking a bit drab? Spruce yours up with these effective techniques for cleaning kitchen cupboards inside and out. Read on for tips!

Updated 28 June 2019

kitchen cabinet with white shelves full of tins and jars of dry food

Key Steps:

  • Use microfibre cloths to remove dirt easily
  • Clean both inside and outside of kitchen cupboards
  • Throw away old or unused ingredients while cleaning

From throwing away old ingredients to wiping greasy handles, kitchen cupboards need regular attention in order to keep them clean and tidy. Unfortunately, alongside all the other kitchen chores than need to be done, they’re easy to forget about, resulting in the need for a deeper clean every now and again.

If you’re looking for advice on cleaning cupboards, our easy guide is here to help. From how to clean wooden kitchen cabinets to tips on storage and organisation – read on to find out how to get your kitchen cabinets spotless (and keep them that way). And if you want to go one step further, we can even help you learn how to paint your kitchen cupboards for a fresh look!

Use an all-purpose product such as Cif Cream Lemon when cleaning kitchen cupboards as it can be used on a variety of surfaces. Don’t forget to read the instructions beforehand.

Cleaning Cupboards – What You’ll Need

Before you begin, make sure you have the following products handy:

  • 2 microfibre (or good quality) cloths
  • A washing up liquid
  • A multipurpose cleaning product like Cif Cream
  • A bucket of water, or nearby access to a sink

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets ­– Exterior

From greasy fingerprints to splashes from the frying pan, cupboard doors can quickly get dirty. For clean kitchen cupboards in a flash, follow these easy steps:

  • First, mix together washing up liquid in a bucket or sink of warm water. Most dishwashing products are mild enough to be used on wood, laminate, and various other common surfaces yet is still effective for cutting through grease.
  • Soak a cloth in the water and ring out the excess. Use to wipe over the kitchen cupboards.
  • Use a dry cloth to absorb excess water and lingering dirt. A microfibre cloth is ideal here, as its material is highly effective at buffing surfaces dry.
  • For extra clean kitchen cupboards, repeat the previous steps using a good quality surface cleaner like Cif Cream Lemon. Its zingy scent will provide a fresh finish. Remember to follow the instructions and only use products suitable for the surface material.

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets – Interior

We’re all guilty of keeping out-of-date ingredients or unnecessary items in cupboards. For organised and clean kitchen cupboards, do the following!

We’re all guilty of keeping out-of-date ingredients or unnecessary items in cupboards. For organised and clean kitchen cupboards, do the following!

  • Empty the kitchen cupboard of its contents. Do this one cupboard at a time; otherwise your kitchen will become too chaotic.
  • Vacuum inside the cupboard, before using Cif on a microfiber cloth to wipe away any dirt or dust lingering in corners.
  • Sort through the emptied contents and set aside any items to throw away or recycle.
  • Put everything back in an organised manner, with larger, lesser-used item at the back and smaller, commonly used items at the front.

Cleaning kitchen cupboards doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore – don’t forget to regularly wipe down inside and out to keep them clean, fresh, and spotless at all times. When you're finished, read our article on how to organise your kitchen to get the most from your newly-cleaned space.

Originally published 19 July 2018