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How to Clean Kitchen Cupboards

Kitchen cupboards and fingerprints go hand in hand, so you need a quick & easy way to clean them! Here are a few steps to clean your kitchen cupboards thoroughly.


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From throwing away old ingredients to wiping greasy handles, kitchen cupboards need regular attention in order to keep them clean and tidy. However, alongside all the other kitchen chores that need to be done, this is easily forgotten resulting in the need for a deeper clean every now and then.

If you’re looking for advice on cleaning cupboards, our easy guide is here to help. From how to clean laminate cupboards to methods on storage and organization – read on to find out how to get your kitchen cabinets spotless (and keep them that way).

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 Kitchen Cupboards – What You’ll Need

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

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

How to Clean Kitchen Cupboards ­– Exteriors

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


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Step 1:

First, get a microfiber cloth and wet it in a bucket of warm water before ringing out.

Step 2:

Apply a small amount of cleaner such as Cif Cream Lemon to the damp cloth and wipe it across the surface of the cupboards, making sure you cover the area evenly and pay particular attention to tougher stains. Its zingy scent will provide a fresh finish to your clean kitchen cupboards.

Step 3:

Always follow the instructions on any cleaning product and only use products that state they are suitable for the surface material.

Step 4:

Rinse the cloth in the warm water again and wring it out.

Step 5:

Wipe over the cupboards again to remove any cleaning residue.

Step 6:

Wipe with the dry cloth to absorb any excess water or lingering dirt. A microfiber cloth is ideal here, as its material is highly effective at buffing surfaces dry.

Remember: Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning kitchen cupboards. The method below is suitable if you want to know how to clean laminate kitchen cupboards – their plastic surface means that stains should be simple to remove – but for more delicate kitchen cupboard surfaces, like wood, the manufacturer may recommend using a specialist wood cleaner.

How to Clean Kitchen Cupboards – Interiors

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

Step 1:

Empty the kitchen cupboard of its contents. (Do this one cupboard at a time; otherwise, your kitchen will become too chaotic!)

Step 2:

Brush inside the cupboard to remove loose dirt then use a little Cif on a damp microfiber cloth to wipe away any dirt, dust or other marks. Remember to rinse the cloth after use and wipe the cupboards again to remove any cleaning residue and dry with a fresh cloth.

Step 3:

Sort through the emptied contents and set aside any items to throw away or recycle.

Step 4:

Put everything back in an organized 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.

Key Steps

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

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