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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

Regularly clean out the inside of the cabinets. Spices and other foods you store in your cabinets are likely to spill sometimes, so keep the inside of your cabinets clean by wiping them out every few weeks. Remove everything from your cabinets, and wipe the cabinets out with a gentle vinegar or soap solution. Dry the cabinets with a clean towel, then put everything back on the shelves. If you deal with a lot of spilled food in your cabinets, you might want to invest in some good food storage containers. Using glass or metal jars to store spices and dry goods protects the food from bugs and keeps spills to a minimum. Cabinet liners can make cleaning the inside of your cabinets easy. Consider lining your cabinets with rubber liners; when it’s time to clean out your cabinets, you can just remove the liners, rinse and dry them, and put them back in the cabinets.
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

The distilled white version is the most-often vinegar used as a household cleaner, but, according to the Gerson Institute, the apple cider type works equally well. Both types are adept at killing germs, preventing the growth of bacteria and eliminating unpleasant odors in your kitchen cabinets. When using apple cider vinegar for cleaning, The Institute recommends diluting it with equal parts water to vinegar. Store it in a spray bottle to use as a quick and easy spritzer.
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

White or Apple Cider? The distilled white version is the most-often vinegar used as a household cleaner, but, according to the Gerson Institute, the apple cider type works equally well. Both types are adept at killing germs, preventing the growth of bacteria and eliminating unpleasant odors in your kitchen cabinets. When using apple cider vinegar for cleaning, The Institute recommends diluting it with equal parts water to vinegar. Store it in a spray bottle to use as a quick and easy spritzer.
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

Wipe the outside of the cabinets after cooking. Grease and food particles can accumulate on cabinet surfaces every time you cook. Wiping down your cabinets every time you cook will go a long way toward keeping them in good shape. Dip a clean washcloth or cleaning rag into the vinegar solution and use it to wipe down the cabinet doors and underneath the cabinets. You don’t want to get the cabinets soaking wet, because moisture may warp the wood. Wring out the cloth you’re using so that it’s damp, but not dripping. The vinegar smell will go away as soon as the cabinets dry.
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

To clean and polish stained wood cabinetry, mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and olive oil and buff it with a soft, clean cloth. The vinegar provides the gentle cleaning action, while the olive oil leaves behind a soft shine. If you have any left over, use it on wood floors, furniture, baseboards and more — anywhere you have a wood surface that needs cleaned and shined. Using vinegar mixed with olive oil to shine your wood surfaces eliminates the harsh petroleum distillates used in some furniture polishes — chemicals that can cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation.
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

Safe for Stained Wood? To clean and polish stained wood cabinetry, mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and olive oil and buff it with a soft, clean cloth. The vinegar provides the gentle cleaning action, while the olive oil leaves behind a soft shine. If you have any left over, use it on wood floors, furniture, baseboards and more — anywhere you have a wood surface that needs cleaned and shined. Using vinegar mixed with olive oil to shine your wood surfaces eliminates the harsh petroleum distillates used in some furniture polishes — chemicals that can cause respiratory, skin and eye irritation.
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

Another is, of course, vinegar and water. Just mix 1 part white or apple-cider vinegar with 2 parts water. Then clean as above. Vinegar is a must in every household, and I would not be without a jug in our kitchen. — Heloise
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Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets With Vinegar

The same homemade vinegar solution you use in the bath to clean the mirrors over your sink works wonders on glass-fronted cabinet doors in the kitchen. Simply combine equal parts of vinegar with warm water, pour it into a spray bottle and spritz your doors. Back in the day, moms washed off this solution using old sheets of newspaper that left virtually no lint behind. Some still use this method today, but removing it with paper towels or a soft, microfiber cleaning cloth also gives a low-lint, streak-free shine.

What About the Glass-Fronted Doors? The same homemade vinegar solution you use in the bath to clean the mirrors over your sink works wonders on glass-fronted cabinet doors in the kitchen. Simply combine equal parts of vinegar with warm water, pour it into a spray bottle and spritz your doors. Back in the day, moms washed off this solution using old sheets of newspaper that left virtually no lint behind. Some still use this method today, but removing it with paper towels or a soft, microfiber cleaning cloth also gives a low-lint, streak-free shine.
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According to the Vinegar Institute, mixing 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of baking soda and a gallon of water makes a cleaning solution perfect for taking grime off woodwork. Use this concoction on and inside wood cabinetry to clean and disinfect without damaging finishes or leaving streaks behind. Just be careful you have adequate ventilation when using this solution as the fumes from ammonia are quite strong.
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The Right Mix? According to the Vinegar Institute, mixing 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of baking soda and a gallon of water makes a cleaning solution perfect for taking grime off woodwork. Use this concoction on and inside wood cabinetry to clean and disinfect without damaging finishes or leaving streaks behind. Just be careful you have adequate ventilation when using this solution as the fumes from ammonia are quite strong.
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Kitchen cabinets undergo a lot of wear and tear. Grease, food particles and dust can build up on the cabinets and be difficult to remove, so it’s a good idea to clean your cabinets often. When you need to do a deep cleaning, using a natural cleanser like baking soda will prevent the varnish from coming off. Finish a thorough cleaning by polishing your wooden cabinets to make them look new again.
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