Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets the Easy Way!

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
2 Materials
2 Minutes
A Hometalker recently told me that the best way to clean grimy cabinets is to put some dishwashing powder on a damp cloth and wipe off all the grime. In my house, we have a toddler and a preschooler (if you're wondering how this cabinet got so dirty, that's how!) so our cabinets get pretty grimy pretty fast. I tried out this cleaning tip and, I have to say, it was amazing!

Isn't that magic? So, back to how it all started...
Yep, I told you they were bad! Never underestimate the havoc two little girls can wreak on wooden cabinets. Anyway, here's what I did... Step 1: Gather Your Materials

I used a paper towel and some dishwashing powder. Whatever powder you have should work well enough to cut the grease. Step 2: Dampen a Cloth or Paper Towel
I held my paper towel under the faucet and added a little bit a water until it was nice and damp. Step 3: Sprinkle Powder on Your Paper Towel
Then, I scooped up some dishwashing powder and brought it on over to my paper towel.
I sprinkled on just a bit of dishwashing powder -- not even half a teaspoon is needed. Step 4: Wipe Your Dirty Surface
Next, I got to work cleaning. I say work, but the coarse texture of the dishwashing powder did all the scrubbing for me. After a quick wipe, all I had to do was brush off some loose powder.
Aaand that's it! After this little trick, my cabinets were amazingly clean and there were signs of little messy monsters.
The best part? You can actually use this trick on many different surfaces. I think I just found my new all-around degreaser!

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  • Patrae Patrae on Mar 10, 2021

    I have wood cabinets just a year old. I notice a film on them from steaming, boiling etc. I don't use powdered soaps. Is there another mixture that I can apply perhaps with a Swiffer rod? I am in my 70's and will not chance ladders of any kind Thank you. I love all the great ideas on this site.

  • Lea Williams Lea Williams on Sep 25, 2021

    How do I remove grease stains from chalk painted kitchen cabinets that have been waxed?

  • Autumn Casper Autumn Casper on Mar 02, 2022

    Would using Barkeeper's Friend do about the same thing as powder dish detergent?

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  • Doug Ice Doug Ice on Apr 20, 2019

    Both dishwashing power & liquid has sand in them. I would not recommend this unless you want to ruin the finish.

  • Autumn Casper Autumn Casper on Mar 02, 2022

    I'm not sure about using dishwasher powered with the added bleach and Oxi in them nowadays, but Barkeeper's Friend would be worth a try!