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This Game-Changing Cleaner Made My Filthy Kitchen Cabinets Look Brand New (and It’s on Sale!)

updated May 28, 2022
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Last October, I moved in with friends in New York City. The apartment has been within our friend group for almost six years, with a rotating roster of people calling it home at one point or another. Needless to say, with so many different tenants and without ever having a deep clean between leases, there’s been time for a lot of grime to build up over the years. And the room that was hurting the most? The kitchen. When I moved in, I wiped cabinets, laid shelf liner, scrubbed the stove, and cleaned out the under-the-sink area, but there was one factor I’d missed until recently: my wood cabinet doors.

As with any NYC apartment, our outdated kitchen is nothing to write home about. And because the doors regularly fall off the hinges and don’t close properly, I hadn’t put much thought into cleaning the cabinets. That is, until I came across the Therapy Clean Furniture Polish & Wood Cleaner Kit that gave cabinets a much-needed refresh.

You can also test it out now at a special price as part of the Therapy Clean Memorial Day sale. Starting today, May 26, until May 30, simply use the code CLEAN15 at checkout to take 15 percent off your entire order. And while you’re at it, check out the Stainless Steel Cleaner which took years of smudges off my fridge!

Therapy Clean intrigued me because all of the company’s cleaners are made with plant-based, cruelty-free formulas, eliminating the often-overwhelming smell that often comes from harsher cleaners. Yup, this polish and wood cabinet cleaner has just 10 ingredients, including vegetable oil and mineral oil (not beeswax or oils that can leave a sticky surface behind). As soon as I opened the bottle, I smelled the sweet, inviting aroma of almond oil. It actually smelled (and looked!) like body lotion rather than a cleaning solution, which immediately scored points in my book.

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I liked the creamy formula from the start, and since the kit comes with a handy microfiber cloth, I was able to get to work right away. In addition to water streaks and stains, I noticed several spots on my cabinets that looked dry. With the Therapy cleaner, it didn’t take much elbow grease to wipe the spots away, leaving a shiny, clean surface behind. When I was done, the polish gave my cabinet doors a glossy (yet not greasy!) finish that I love.

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And after reading reviews, I saw that I wasn’t alone in using this wonder cleaner to revitalize my cabinets. Several people with cabinets over 20 or 30 years old rave about how well this product works, especially when tackling cooking oil stains and scratches. Many even speak to using this polish to hydrate and brighten their antique furniture. 

As for me, this creamy wood polish and cleaner is exactly what I needed to brighten up my kitchen cabinets. It’s an easy addition to my cleaning routine that, from now on, I plan to use at least once a month to keep my dull, old kitchen looking shiny and new.

Buy: Therapy Clean Wood & Cabinet Cleaner Kit, $14.41 (normally $16.95)