Disinfecting kitchen cabinets is one of those jobs that everyone needs to do periodically. The trick is making sure the kitchen cabinets are properly clean so that all the little nooks and crannies are sparkling. That takes some work. However, given that some of the kitchen cabinets hold foodstuffs, it’s worth every minute. No one wants things growing in the kitchen cabinets.
1. What To Use
A mild solution of one part bleach and and nine parts water should be fine for kitchen cabinets. To apply it, use an old towel or clean rag. Wear rubber gloves and make sure that the kitchen is well ventilated. Wring out the cloth and rub it over the shelves in the kitchen cabinets. Soak and wring out very often. This will remove the dirt and make sure you’re applying a good solution to the shelves. If you have very dirty kitchen cabinets you’ll need to pour out the solution and replace it several times during the job.
Once you’ve applied the solution, you should have clean water and a fresh cloth to use for rinsing the shelves of the kitchen cabinets. Once again, wring out the cloth and wipe over the shelves, then let them dry.
Where the shelves meet the kitchen cabinets there will be edges that the cloth cannot reach properly. These need to be disinfected, too. To do this, take an old toothbrush, dip it into the bleach solution and work the bristles into those edges. There will be plenty of dirt and debris there for you to pull out. Once you’ve cleaned an area, rinse with the cold water and cloth to remove everything.
4. Outside the Cabinets
It’s not just the inside of kitchen cabinets that need to be disinfected. The part of the cabinet that’s handled first is the door. Look carefully and you’ll probably see that areas of the door are discolored. This can be from hands or where liquid has dripped. Disinfecting these is a priority.
Use the bleach solution, although you should test on a small area of the wood or veneer first to ensure that the bleach doesn’t cause discoloration. If it does you can use a solution of vinegar and water, remaining aware that you will need to scrub with a sponge or synthetic brush to remove some of the dirt. Keep working until the front and sides of the kitchen cabinets are clean. Rinse with a cloth that’s been wrung out in clean water.
Most kitchen cabinets have drawers too. Don’t ignore these when disinfecting kitchen cabinets. Remove the drawers from the unit and use the bleach solution inside the drawer, scrubbing with a toothbrush at the edges. Rinse the drawers and leave them upside down to dry before replacing.
One way to help keep both drawers and kitchen cabinets cleaner in the future is to use contact paper on the shelves and in the drawer. This does add a protective layer, but remember that this paper needs to be replaced or cleaned regularly and the cabinets need to be wiped down as well.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology