How to Clean Under Kitchen Cabinets

You probably clean your kitchen floors pretty often. It’s obvious when your floors are dirty–they look gross, and they might even feel sticky. If you’re like me, you probably take a Swiffer Wetjet or mop to them at least a few times per week.

While you may be keeping up with the dirt and grime on your kitchen floors, you may be forgetting one crucial area – the space underneath your cabinets. Dust and debris can accumulate in this area over time, and it can be tricky to clean.

Here’s a video that I made to demonstrate my process for cleaning those forgotten spaces under your kitchen cabinets.

Get the Dust First

To begin, I use a Swiffer Heavy Duty Cloth to collect the dust and dirt that has built up underneath my cabinets. The cloth is quite fluffy and has a lot of surface area, making it perfect for this job.

It’s important to get the dust first, because if you use liquid on dusty cabinets, the dust will just ball up and become even harder to remove. An electrostatically-charged dry cloth like the Swiffer cloth grabs it and pulls it away instead.

You can also use a microfiber cloth for the same reason.

After you have collected the dust, it’s time to move onto the next step.

Use a Swiffer cloth to grab dust first

Break Out the Magic Eraser

Next, I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Kitchen version to clean off the streaks and splashes that have built up in the area. These are cool because they have a slightly abrasive surface, so they’re good at getting rid of messes that have been on your cabinets for a while.

They also have a mild, kitchen-friendly cleaner built in, so you don’t need to use separate soap and water.

Make sure to wet the eraser before you start – it doesn’t take much water to get the job done. You may need to angle the eraser in order to reach the tops of the insides of the cabinets. After you have finished with the eraser, take a dry cloth and wipe down the area.


The result is a much cleaner space underneath your cabinets. Not only will it be free of dust and grime, but it won’t attract bugs either. I sometimes get ant infestations, and I find that this process for cleaning helps a lot in preventing them. It’s an easy process that you can do quickly and without much effort.

So if you want to keep your kitchen looking and feeling its best, don’t forget to clean the space underneath your cabinets. It’s probably not the first cleaning chore that you’d think of doing, but it’s a good idea to do every 3-6 months.