If you use your kitchen at all, your cabinets are going to get dirty, especially around the handles. A sticky, gunky coating that is so hard to remove.
Shooting videos in my kitchen, with the bright lights shining directly on my wooden cabinets revealed those dingy areas on camera that you may not see on a day to day basis. It just builds up over time. So I’ve scrubbed with wood cleaners, special sponges, whatever…to try and remove those slick, coated, dirty areas. Charlie even brought it up the other day. “If you’re going to the store, see if you can find something to work on the cabinets,” he said. But you have to be careful not to use something too strong that will remove the stain or the finish on the cabinets.
Well, yesterday, I found something that worked for my cabinets–thanks to One Good Thing by Jillee. I saw her post about a natural 2-ingredient mixture that she used on her wood cabinets. I quickly mixed some up and went to work. Within minutes, I had new looking, ungunked cabinets with beautiful, clean, wood shining through. For the record, this is not TV magic. No lighting tricks or camera angles–this was me in my kitchen with the camera and a rag. Plus, I’m not selling anything-this is stuff you have on hand so give it a shot!
Here ya go–the 2 ingredients–baking soda and vegetable oil! Yep, that’s it. Baking soda is a multi-purpose natural cleaner for many things from sink stains to teeth stains, but I’d never heard of these 2 together for wooden cabinets.
Mix 2 parts baking soda to 1 part vegetable oil in a small bowl and mix well with a spoon. I applied the paste with my hands and worked it into the wood that way, concentrating on the really dirty areas. If you have a soft, small brush to really get the crevices, give that a try. And I even noticed that my hardware (the handles and pulls) got clean too! Though this is natural and was easy and effective on my cabinets, do check with your manufacture to make sure it is safe for your cabinet’s finish. And test out a small, unseen area of your cabinets before trying all over just to be sure.
Easy, simple, ingredients that you have on hand. Natural, no fumes, no chemicals and clean cabinets in the end.