One thing you might have noticed about cooking is that one of the key places that truly gets dirty is your cabinetry. It’s not just dust collecting on the doors and on the inner shelves. Even if you have an exhaust fan for pulling heat, oily steam and odours out of the kitchen, the kitchen cupboards that surround the cooking area are bound to get greasy.
This can be a problem, particularly if the cupboards are varnished, which they most likely are. If it’s a particularly lovely shade that you adore, and there’s a buildup of grease, you’re not likely to want to strip the varnish off. So how to get that disgusting grease off and have your cupboards looking like new again?
Here are some helpful tips to get—and keep—your cupboards clean.
1) Wood Cleaner. If your cupboard doors are truly grime and grease-covered, then get a solution that’s intended for cleaning wood, and make sure it won’t remove varnish or paint. Use either kitchen roll or a soft cloth, depending on how much grease needs removing, and spray the cleaner onto the cloth, not the wood. As effective as the wood cleaner is, you don’t want it sitting on the wood for a long time.
2) Light Cleaning. For a lighter task, plain hot water and a mild soap will do. Alternately, warm water and vinegar will do the trick nicely. If the smell of vinegar bothers you, consider adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Otherwise open the windows to help ventilate.
3) Catch Drips & Spills. Say you’ve just moved into your new residence and the cabinetry is sparkling clean. You obviously want to keep it that way. Every time you cook, wipe off any drips or spills, or any potential moist grease on cabinets above the hob. It may be cliché to say, but an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.
4) Use Wax Paper. If you have cupboards above the hob that are some distance away from the ceiling, tear off some wax paper and lay it on the top. This way, any dust, grease, etc will collect on the wax paper, and you can just toss it in the bin and replace it. This, in addition to wiping off the fronts of your cupboards after you’re done cooking, will help cut down on all the extra cleaning you’d have to do otherwise.
It’s true that not everyone’s the perfect housekeeper. After all, we’re only human. Messes happen. That’s why there are tips like these to help you manage the household cleaning and stress a bit less.