Is Windex a Safe Solution for Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets?


NO! Windex – and any chemical based cleaner will damage your newly painted cabinets. 98% water + 2% dish soap only!

When most homeowners think of a kitchen tune up, they think of changing out the appliances, getting a new countertop and getting new cabinetry. All of these are great ideas, but these can be expensive ways to change the look of the kitchen. Rather than investing in new cabinetry, you could have the cabinets repainted to create a new look. Once this is done, you need to be sure you care for your new kitchen with proper cabinet cleaning in order to keep it looking its best.

Once your cabinets are painted and the panels and drawer covers installed, the paint will continue its curing process for the next 30 days. This means the paint on your cabinets will not be its hardest for a month. Try to use them gently and it is recommended that you wait at least 30 days before cleaning them.

Choose the Right Cleaning Products

Windex – or any chemicals to clean newly painted kitchen cabinets in NOT A GOOD IDEA. We do not recommend using any chemicals to clean your kitchen cabinetry. The paint experts and engineers at Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore recommend cleaning painted cabinets with a spray bottle containing 98% water and 2% dishwashing soap, like Dawn. 

Even if a lacquer has been used to paint kitchen cabinets to a new color or shine, anything other than the water/soap solution outlined above will damage painted cabinets. Be advised that the new shine of your cabinets will become dulled and discolored when using chemicals like:

  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar

You don’t want to inadvertently damage the appearance of your kitchen cabinet painting tune up so it’s better to mix your own solution of water & dishwashing soap.

Consider the Options


There are safe ways of cleaning off dirt and grime from your cabinetry – AFTER the 30 day curing process. First and foremost, wipe up any spills or splatters immediately after they occur. This can reduce stains from developing as the material hardens. Additionally, use a soft, microfiber or chamois cloth rather than a scouring pad or other harsh material. 

Get a Kitchen Tune-Up From the Pros

Cabinet Painting Guru is known for the professional way to paint kitchen cabinets and give your kitchen a complete transformation. Contact us at (215) 982-0131 to discuss color options and the most cost-effective update that we can make with your existing kitchen cabinets.