Cleaning Tip: How To Keep the Tops of Your Cabinets Clean

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Do your cabinets go all the way to the ceiling, or do you have a space at top like I do? If you do, you know how much dust collects up there. It’s pretty gross, and I used to dread cleaning up there. Not anymore! Today I’m going to share a tip with you on how to keep the top of your cabinets clean!
Tip for keeping the top of your cabinets clean.

It’s really simple. First give the whole space a good scrub down. I use TSP, it’s a fabulous de-greaser. Cuts right through the disgusting greasy dust that accumulates on kitchen cabinets. Blech!

After everything is good and clean, just line the top of the cabinets with waxed paper.
Cleaning Tip- How to keep the top of your cabinets clean. Make sure you cover every inch. I like to overlap my pieces a bit.
Cleaning Tip- How to keep the top of your cabinets clean and never have to dust them again!

That’s it! Now when it’s time to clean the cabinet tops, all you have to do is wad up the dirty waxed paper, toss it, and re-line the cabinet with fresh waxed paper. No scrubbing required. Hooray!!

If you can’t find TSP, you can buy it on Amazon. It not only works great for cleaning greasy kitchen cabinets, it is the perfect way to prep walls for new paint!


  1. SelenaCBK says:

    My Hubby wants to add decor to the space on top of the kitchen cabinets. My concern is how to keep the decor items clean and from becoming ruined grease magnets. Any suggestions??

  2. I go to the local dollar store and buy poster board cut to the size needed to cover area. I use tacks to hold it all down, then trow away when needed! Stays in place!

  3. I love the idea, it’s so simple and saves so much time! Thanks for sharing, I will definitely try it out at my kitchen. Cleaning the top of the kitchen cabinets is the most unpleasant task for me, because I’m quite short, and my thoughtful hubby mounted them very close to the sealing, which means that if I want to reach something on the top shelf, I have to get a chair or something. And when it’s time to clean the space up there, I basically turn into a climber or something.

  4. Dear Kara, I just discovered your blog this morning while searching for an easy biscuit recipe. I found your recipe for using melted butter and tried it; I will definitely be using it often!

    So I’ve been looking around your blog and keep finding easy, helpful, ‘how did I live without this’ ideas! I really like this post’s idea in particular, as cleaning the tops of my cupboards is a task I dread.

    I’m on my way again to peruse your lovely blog but I just had to tell you how much I appreciate what you’re doing!

  5. I just replaced my paper and what a mess I don’t have to clean – just throw away the used and replace with new. How can such a simple trick makes such a big difference? This is one of my favorites for sure!

  6. What a great tip!

  7. I just did this and I feel I deserve a gold star. What a chore, but so rewarding after its done. Thanks for the tip!

  8. I use foil then put a string of clear christmas lights up there. It looks like I have over the cabinet lighting. The foil helps reflect the light. I buy the foil at the dollar store then recycle it when it is dirty.

  9. Jan Stephens says:

    I use old newspapers x

  10. Amanda Murray says:

    I do this also but I use paper towels instead. Much cheaper 🙂

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