Cleaning Wood Cabinets

cleaning wood cabinets

Happy Fall, all!

I got a great question from one of my YouTube subscribers (love them).  It pertains to cleaning wood kitchen cabinets.  I thought it was pretty helpful and that others may be wondering the same thing, so here we go!

Here’s the question from my inbox:


Im doing Fall cleaning and i have to wash wooden cabinets, I was wondering would you use Murphy Oil Soap on it ? and what would be the best way to go about cleaning them ?

Hope you had a grate Thanksgiving !!!!

your friend that stuck out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean 🙂

And here’s my reply!

Hi – sorry it’s taken me so long to reply.

If you are going to clean wood cabinets (I am assuming they are not painted), you can do so with a treatment of warm, soapy water and a soft sponge. Dry well so that no warping of the wood doors happens. If you want to have them shine nicely, you can use a touch of lemon oil on a rag and polish them afterward (if they are indeed wood). Keep in mind this can pose a challenge if you ever want to re-varnish them though!  If they are laminated wood, no need to do anything. I think the less product, the better!

Good luck!


Have you done this, what has your experience been with cleaning wood cabinets?

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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!