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When you're going about your kitchen cabinet cleaning, you may notice odors from food or cooking. You'll want to neutralize these odors before they're passed on to the food and dishes that reside in those cabinets. To do so, begin by removing everything from the cupboards and carefully place open bowls of household bleach or white vinegar throughout the cabinet. Leave them there for about a week, then carefully remove. This should leave them smelling fresh. If your cupboards are porous, such as those that are unpainted wood on the insides, the musty smell may be coming from inside the wood, and will likely continue to return, unless you replace the wood.
I'm supposed to take everything out of my cabinets and leave it out for a week? That's practical advice.
I agree fully with deb !
Wouldn't plain old baking soda do just as good a job? Just open a couple of boxes and set them in your cabinets.
No need to replace wood. After cleaning and dry, apply a spit coat of shellac if you have bare wood. Other clear-finish choices may produce a (never-ending) odor.
Odors can be an indicator of a more serious problem. Make sure you are not dealing with plumbing leaks or condensation issues.
If the smell was bad enough I would do it in a heartbeat. What is MORE practical advice??? Replacing all the cabinets? That's costly and you STILL have to empty your exsiting cabinets. I would try this in heartbeat. I would do sections at a time if I couldn't remove everything at once due to space limitations, etc. If you have a pet stain, Nature's Miracle tells you to drench it with their product, cover it with tinfoil and leave it that way for 2 weeks! The smells and stains are not the fault of the people suggesting the removal process.
Yeah, this person obviously doesn't use his/her kitchen very often! hahhaa