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Of all the areas of our homes, the kitchen is by far the most dirt prone area. This is due to the fact that food preparation and storage is done in the kitchen.
If you have kids they will be in and out, opening and closing your kitchen cabinet doors.
You also have the likes of oil stains, tomato sauce stains, curry stains, fruit stains, vegetable stains, and so much more to contend with as it relates to foods. It does not stop there because insects, possibly rodents and microorganisms are also lurking around for a bit of your food.
With all the above in mind, every time cooking is done or is about to take place, we have to do some form of cleaning. The cabinet may not be one of those things we clean on a regular basis, so it develops grease and dirt over time based on some of the things mentioned above.
How to Clean Wooden Cabinets
As a general rule, it is recommended that you test alternative products on a small area of your cabinet a few hours before and see how it turns out just so you do not ruin your beautiful finish or painted surface.
The best way to clean wood cabinets is by purchasing an awesome wood cleaning solution called an oil-soap wood cleaner. It was specially formulated to clean wooden surfaces. You can find this at affordable prices at your local hardware stores.
Alternatively, you can use everyday home ingredients that may be available pretty much all the time such as dish soap, baking soda, and sometimes WD-40.
Here is a cleaning solution
Combine a solution of 1 cup of water, 1 teaspoon toothpaste and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Use a sponge or cloth to dip into the solution and use it to scrub the dirty areas of the cabinet.
To Remove Grease
1). Place about 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap or oil soap wood cleaner on the scouring sponge.
Wet the sponge slightly and gently scrub the cabinet allowing it to form a lather. Wipe with a slightly wet cloth with fresh water in it. Then dry it with a microfiber cloth.
2). Make a paste with baking soda and water, apply it to the creasy areas by rubbing it on in a circular motion, slightly press it into the grease to use the abrasiveness of the baking soda to lift the surface grease and leave it to soak for ten 10 minutes.
Using a damped piece of clean cloth, remove the baking soda paste by wiping it off.
3). After you have cleaned the surface of the cabinet, spray on some WD-40 and buff the surface with a microfiber cloth. This will leave it with a nice sheen and a sort of protective coating for the surface.
No vinegar for this purpose!
Why not vinegar? You may be wondering.
Vinegar is a paint stripper, varnish remover and can destroy the coatings on many other surfaces. Each time it is used, it creates a thinner surface by slowly melting away your furniture finishes.
Olive oil is not to be applied to your wood because it may spoil and cause a scent to develop in the wood surface. This is due to the fact that olive oil is classified as a non-drying oil.
A non-drying oil is one that does not get hard when it is exposed to air. examples: coconut oil, almond oil, babassu oil, cocoa butter, macadamia oil, olive oil, peanut oil, and Nahar Seed oil.
On the other hand, drying oils will harden completely when exposed to air. Example: linseed oil, poppy oil, walnut oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are known as the typical drying oils.