Clean Kitchen Days: Clean All Woodwork (+ Natural Wood Cleaner Recipe)

This morning I spent some time cleaning all of the cabinets, woodwork and table and chairs in my kitchen.  It took me about an hour, but I think it was well worth the effort.

All of my cabinets are shining and there is no dust or grime to be found.  I usually only do this task once a year, but may need to consider doing it more frequently.  Here’s why.

Yeah.  Those are the lower cabinets near my sink.  I did not realize just how bad they were because I don’t get down on the floor much.  However, Janna must think I am not a very good housekeeper because this is her view all of the time.  :-)

I wanted to share a recipe for making a natural wood cleaner.  I quadrupled the recipe to clean all of the cabinets and woodwork in my kitchen this morning.  I think it worked very well.

Homemade Wood Cleaner

¼ Cup White Vinegar
½ teaspoon Olive Oil

Mix the ingredients in a bowl.  Dip a rag or sponge into the bowl and wring out.  Clean any wood surface with this mixture.

The vinegar cleans the dirt, dust and grime while the olive oil moisturizes the wood.

Tip:  Do you have holey socks?  Don’t throw them away, use them as cleaning rags.

How often do you clean your kitchen cabinets?  More than once a year?  😉

Tomorrow I will be cleaning my oven and toaster oven.

  • Melody

    They look wonderful! I am going to try this recipe on my woodwork…Thanks for sharing it!

    • Jackie

      Thanks, Melody!  I will warn you that your kitchen will smell strongly of vinegar for a little while, but it will dissipate.  :)

  • Kelley

    I just came upon your site. I just started to clean my furniture around the house with Olive Oil and lemon juice. I’m thinking about trying some mixture on my wooden cabinets instead of Murphys oil. Have you tried my combo at all? Any suggestions for the wood furniture or just your recipe. Thanks!!

    • Jackie

      I have heard of using olive oil and lemon juice, but I personally haven’t tried it. You may want to Google it and see what you find out. I would imagine it would have to be similar to my recipe in that the lemon juice would act similarly to the vinegar.

  • Carol Kennedy

    Could a large batch be made up and placed in a spray bottle?

    • Jackie

      Hi, Carol. While I haven’t used a spray bottle for this I think you could use one. Just shake the bottle well before each use. If you do give it a try, please let me know how it works for you. :)