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How To Remove Stains From Kitchen Cabinets


Anyone who has tried to deep clean a kitchen will know that it can be a daunting task. No matter how much you try, there always seems to be a stain on the surface of your cabinets. And no matter what you do, those stains never seem to go away. But don’t worry! This article includes a list of different methods for removing these stubborn stains from your cabinets and will go over each one in detail so that you can pick the method best suited for your needs!

Water And Vinegar

This is perhaps the easiest method available. All you need to do is mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a bowl. Apply this mixture to your cabinets with a cloth or sponge, wait 5 minutes, then wipe clean. This should remove any surface stains on your cabinets, but for tougher stains, it may be helpful to let the mixture sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing it off with a sponge. This method works great for cabinets with a relatively smooth surface, but if you have cabinets with many nooks and crannies, this method may not work well for you.

Baking Soda And Water

This is an excellent method for removing stains from your cabinets. To use this method, mix equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl until you have a paste-like consistency. Apply the mixture to your cabinets with a sponge or cloth, then let it sit for 10 minutes. After letting it sit for 10 minutes, wipe off any excess baking soda with a sponge, rinse your cloth/sponge, and wipe clean. If there are any stains left over after this method, try repeating the steps. This method works best on cabinets with fairly smooth surfaces but will still work pretty well on other types of cabinets as long as you’re careful not to let the baking soda sit for too long.

Diluted Ammonia

Although not the best smelling option, diluted ammonia is excellent for cabinet stains. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind and works well on wood and laminate cabinets. All you have to do is mix equal parts of ammonia and water in a bowl to use this method. Then, apply the mixture to your cabinets with a cloth or sponge and wipe clean. This method is great for cabinets with grooves and ridges (laminate) or wooden cabinets. If the stains on your cabinets are particularly tough, you may need to let the ammonia sit for up to an hour before wiping it off with a cloth or sponge.

Lemon Juice And Salt

This is a great option for removing stains from laminate cabinets. Combine lemon juice and salt in a bowl until evenly mixed, then apply the mixture to your cabinets with a cloth or sponge. After letting it sit for 10 minutes, wipe clean with a cloth or sponge and rinse any leftover residue off with warm water. This method will remove the tough stains you might find on your cabinets. This method is important to do first if you have a lot of stains, as it will remove more minor stains to make way for other methods.

Oil Soap

You can clean stains and polish your cabinets with oil soap, a non-abrasive cleanser that makes your cabinets look new while causing no damage. When cleaning wood cabinets using this method, use damp, not soaked, cloths to avoid damage. If you over-saturate the liquid, it will harm the wood. Buff and polish the cabinets with a dry microfiber cloth once you’re done cleaning. Applying this method and using too much liquid may leave a film behind on the cabinets. If you find that your cabinets have a shiny surface after using oil soap, dry them with an absorbent cloth or towel so that they don’t get slippery.

Mineral Spirits Or Rubbing Alcohol

If you would like to remove stains from cabinets with a rough surface, mineral spices or rubbing alcohol will help remove tough stains. If your cabinet has an intricate design and is made out of wood, using this method may cause damage to it, so take caution while using these methods. To use mineral spirits, pour a small amount on a dry cloth and wipe the surface of your cabinets down.

Apply this method in circular motions to remove any tough stains. Make sure you aren’t putting too much pressure on your cabinets when applying this method because it can damage them if applied too roughly. If you prefer using rubbing alcohol, simply add to a spray bottle and spray the surface of your cabinets and wipe clean. If you find that your cabinet has a shiny surface after using this method, use mineral spirits to dull it down before applying oil soap for polishing again. Mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol will give you great results if used correctly; however, they can remove some wood finishes if applied incorrectly.


Cleaning your kitchen cabinets can give them a fresh new look. After the stains are gone, you may want to re-paint your cabinets or apply a new finish. All of these options will allow for newer-looking cabinets that will brighten up your kitchen without spending too much! Follow these steps to remove tough stains from kitchen cabinets. Hopefully, whichever method you prefer does wonders for your stain removing process!