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Step 1: Organize Yourself
When cleaning the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen, make sure you do so in an orderly fashion so that you don’t forget to clean one. I suggest starting on your left side and going all the way around the kitchen until they are all cleaned. Once you have found the order in which you want to proceed, empty the first cabinet you will clean. Make sure to set all the items of this cabinet neatly out of the way. Avoid setting items down on the countertops near the cabinet you are cleaning so that the crumbs and dirt don’t fall on them.
Step 2: Cleaning the Cabinet Exterior
Clean the exterior of the cabinets with a strong degreaser, see our list of approved degreasers HERE to make sure you are using the right product for your cabinets. Focus your attention where hands would touch, such as around the handles and the bottom edge. The cabinets above the stove tend to be very greasy, you will want to use a magic eraser on it. When you are dealing with thick stubborn grease, you will want to let your degreaser sit on the cabinet surface for a few minutes. Once the grease and dirt has been loosened, use a magic eraser and a toothbrush to perfectly remove the leftover grease. This process gets much easier if you maintain your cabinets clean regularly, see our home cleaning checklist HERE for more information.
PRO TIP: Implement a regular cleaning routine to avoid long deep cleaning days. 15 minutes wiping down “hot spots” every day will avoid hours of scrubbing in the long run.
Step 3: Cleaning the Cabinet Interior
Using your degreaser of choice, spray down the inside of your cabinet doors and dry off with a rag. Use your toothbrush to finesse any ledge or corner. To clean inside the cabinet, put a rag on your finger and reach corner to corner to remove all crumbs, then wipe the whole shelf thoroughly, repeat for all the shelves. Don’t use too much cleaning product as it will only make the hair and dust stick to the surface. Use a clean dry rag to give your drawer a once over and a good dry. Look over your work as you go, the inside of the cabinets should be perfectly cleaned.
Maintain the same focus and quality on every cabinet, if you learn and stick to a routine you will make less mistakes.
Step 4: Reach the top of cabinets
If your cabinets do not reach all the way to the ceiling, odds are that a lot of dust and grease has been gathering up there. Use a step ladder to reach the top of the cabinets. Using a dry rag, remove as much as the loose dust as you can. Do not skip this step because once you apply your degreaser, the dust will double down on its stubbornness. Once you apply the degreaser, let it sit for a good minute so the grease starts to loosen. When needed, use a magic eraser and a toothbrush to save yourself some effort.
PRO TIP: Give your degreaser time to loosen up the dirt. It will save you time and effort rather than using all your might to scrub the dirt up.
Once your cabinet is cleaned, replace your items inside the cabinet neatly. You will then repeat steps 1 to 3 for each cabinet. The advantage of piecing it this way is that it allows you to stop at any point and have a fully functioning kitchen or bathroom until you have time to get back to cleaning again.