Asked on Mar 28, 2018

What's the best way to clean older cabinets and tile counter tops?

Adele DuranGOJaniceNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I am getting ready to move into a new house. It is older. The kitchen cabinets and bathroom cabinets really need to be cleaned. What is the best way to do that? Also they have counter tops that are tiled. Not my favorite, but what is the best way to clean them?

3 answers
  • For cabinets, I like Murphy's Oil Soap. For counter tops and almost anything else, vinegar and baking soda will do the trick. Stock up on white vinegar, Sam's Club and Costco and most restaurant supply houses sell for around $2 a gallon, far less expensive than chemical filled cleaners.
  • Janice
    on Mar 28, 2018

    These two recipes for cleaning cabinets came from Everyday Cheapskate site to remove years of built-up gunk and grime.

    Recipe #1: In a 16-oz spray bottle mix 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 tablespoons white vinegar and enough warm water to fill the bottle (about 2 cups). Shake to mix then spray on one door or drawer front at a time. Scrub with a soft cloth to remove any dirt, then buff to a beautiful shine. Before each spray, give the bottle a shake to keep the oil mixed in.
    Recipe #2: In a small bowl, measure out 1 part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda (for example 2 tablespoons oil and 4 tablespoons baking soda—or 1 cup oil to 2 cups baking soda depending on the size of your job).
    Using your fingers, mix this into a thick paste. Smoosh this a little bit at a time into the surface of that grimy cabinet, being particularly mindful of the areas close to the handles that receive so much handling and human contact. It is a bit abrasive but should not scratch your wood.

    And here's a link with info about cleaning the tile and grout.
    Hope this information will be useful to you.
  • Adele DuranGO
    on Mar 29, 2018

    I invested in a steamer and am SOOO happy I finally did. Have renovated many old homes. You can see some of my posts about renewing cabinets, windows, etc. But now I do this FIRST! (and the rest of the reno may not need to be done.)
    At least 3 times as fast, and chemical free: 25 years of grime are coming off all my cabinets, counters and wood work, trim, floors, grout, windows. You can use steaming vinegar to get the hardened water stains in the bath too. (Spray with scrubber, and get out of the way -- stinks as it loosens stains)

    You do not need to buy the top of the line $200 one (I got mine on an open box $130 special) But if you have a lot of work to be done... cars and garage too.... it's worth it!
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