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 !!!!

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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 an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.