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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

November 8, 2003

Cleaning yellow stains on cabinets.If you leave the cabinet doors open when you wash dishes, etc. you won't be dripping water on the cabinets below. No matter how careful you are, water drips happen and it affects the cabinet finish.

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March 5, 2015

I have white cabinets in my kitchen that need cleaning. Can I clean my wood cabinets in the kitchen with ammonia mixed with water using a micro cloth and then drying them immediately?

By Janice F.

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December 3, 20170 found this helpful

This would be the best way to clean them. If they are really dirty you can use some steel wool to clean them. This can help to remove the grease on them and won't hurt the finish. After apply a nice coat of paste wax to the wood to restore the wood.

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March 15, 2017

I am looking for something to clean the kitchen cupboards.


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March 15, 20170 found this helpful

I'm assuming you are cleaning wood cabinet fronts? Use Murphy's oil soap.

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September 26, 2006

My kitchen cabinets are sticky and greasy. Nothing i've used will remove the sticky feeling. Any suggestions?

GMA from O'boro, KY

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By RANDA (Guest Post)
September 28, 20060 found this helpful

Try using Awsome for Dollar Tree it worked on a vent a hood and cleaned so well I was able to paint it
Randa

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By glinda (Guest Post)
September 28, 20060 found this helpful

Awesome is great, I use it on appliances, and wood cabinets. I also use it for spot removal on the carpets, and furniture in a spray bottle. (Dollar Tree).

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I've also cleaned my cabinets with hot water, with Murphy oil soap in it.

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September 28, 20060 found this helpful

I agree that Dollar Tree's Awesome Cleaner is the best product to use, however, I recommend that you spray it on a cloth or rag and not on the wood itself.
I usually dilute Awesome before use.

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September 29, 20060 found this helpful

A Degreaser called 'Greased Lightening' from Home Care Labs worked on my Mother-In-Law's cabinets. She also used a microfiber cloth.

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I've used this product on just about everything. You can buy it at any Grocery Store or Dept. Store

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August 10, 2010

How do you remove the gummy grease around cabinet knobs?

By Kelly from Woodstock, IL

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

I use a thin microfiber cloth soaked in water, can use soapy, wring out all the excess and scrub. My in-laws have white cabinets, they look new after I help clean them.

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August 13, 20100 found this helpful

Murphy's oil soap does it for me.

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August 16, 20100 found this helpful

Dollar stores sell a degrreaser caleed "Awesome" works great for me. You might want to rinse it off with a clean, wet rag. If you have wood cabinets. go with the Murphys Oil Soap.

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Another product that works well is Goo Gone.

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November 28, 2016

A year ago I covered my kitchen cabinet with a plastic cover, but when I removed it, I saw that the red color had transferred to the cabinet. I could not clean the color off. What can I do in this situation?


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August 10, 2016

I used a home remedy of vegetable oil and baking soda on my oak cupboards to remove funk and on a few of the drawer faces and doors it left a very unsightly dark stain. Help!

dark stains on cupboard door
 
Removing Dark Stains After Cleaning Cupboards
 

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September 10, 2013

Contrast between doors and cabinet color.Our wood base cabinets are original and approximately 13 years old. The doors and drawers are all bright white because they have a thin veneer that looks like wood, but is not wood. So, the cabinets look really bad. How do I get the yellowing stain out of the paint? I don't want to pay $800 to have the cabinets repainted.

By Ana B

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September 11, 20130 found this helpful

Try using Kilz, that should keep the yellowing from coming through. Then repaint with whatever color you want the moulding to be, a white to match the doors.

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January 13, 2010

How do you clean wooden kitchen cabinets? They are old and very dirty.

By Barbara from Bellport, NY

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

Murphy oil soap. If they are really old you might have to do it a couple of times but the stuff is amazing.

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January 17, 20101 found this helpful

For the old cabinets here, I have had excellent results using a handheld steam cleaner that I bought for about $43.00. It works very quickly & cleans so well. No scrubbing or struggling with the dirt, just aim, hold, wipe.

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October 31, 2006

I have foil wrapped kitchen cabinets, I am using dishwashing liquid to clean the surface as suggested by supplier, but i can still see the finger marks whatever I do. It is a new kitchen installed last year. I would appreciate if you can suggest some gentle products that does not reduce the cabinet's shine.



Farhana from Brighton

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By Carol in PA (Guest Post)
October 31, 20060 found this helpful

Dont forget that whenever you use dishwashing detergent, you need to rinse just like when washing dishes. I dont know what foil wrapped cabinets might be, but I love window cleaners like Windex for cleaning. Also, have you thought about a coat of paste wax? You might try the wax on an inconspicuous place first.

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By CheepieGal (Guest Post)
October 31, 20060 found this helpful

Try spraying a bit of WD40 onto a paper towel and going over one of your (dry) cabinet doors. It should remove all fingerprints and provide instant luster to the door. Do not breathe the fumes.

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October 28, 2016

I have seen a lot of suggestions for degreasing cabinets, but they involve some type of oil in them. What is the best degreaser for cabinets to prepare them for painting?


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We moved into a condo about 12 years ago that was built in the 80s. All of the kitchen cabinets were cleaned and papered top to bottom and have been changed twice.


When I open the drawers especially the silverware drawer, there is a sickening odor. It isn't sewage or dead smell, but more like old wood in an old rental or something. Just a month ago we totally cleaned with Clorox and rinsed thoroughly all of the inside cabinets. In the past we have used charcoal, Mold Rid, and various odor reducing products. After this last cleaning the smell was gone but only for about two weeks. Now when I open the drawer the smell is back.

Is it possible it is just the old laminate? Is there an expert who does these kinds of inspections? It can't be anything dead because the dividing walls of the fourplex are solid concrete. Help!

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December 6, 2010

Cleaning yellow stains on cabinets.I have white wood kitchen cabinets that are yellowing around the handles and cabinet edges. How do remove yellowing?

By Bonita from Flushing, MI

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December 7, 20100 found this helpful

It's most likely normal finger grime from opening and closing the cabinets and drawers so just clean with a soft plastic scrubber and simple soap and water or a baking soda and water paste.

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May 7, 2014

How do I remove yellow smoke stains on a few of the upper doors of my kitchen cabinets?

By J.C.


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April 26, 2014

I am having trouble cleaning installed white kitchen cabinets. The upper part of my cabinets have a yellow hue from kitchen smoke. Nothing I have used can get them white again.

By Julie

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