How to Remove Dried Milk From Kitchen Cabinets

You just noticed the stains, grease, and grime on your kitchen cabinets. You look closer and see the stains are dried milk. You are not only shocked, you can't believe you are just seeing these milk spots on your cabinets. Removing dried milk and food residue from your cabinets can be a bit challenging. You don't want to damage your cabinets with a harsh cleaner. By using a homemade solution, you can remove the dried milk from your cabinets in no time with a much safer cleaner.

Mix in a small bowl 1 tbsp. of warm water and 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands.

Stir the baking soda mixture with a spoon.

Rub the mixture onto the dried milk stains and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.

Use a damp clean rag or shop towel to wipe the baking soda mixture from the cabinet.

Repeat steps 3 and 4 to remove other dried milk stains.

Mix in a bucket a solution of ½ cup of borax, 2 tbsps. of laundry detergent soap flakes (or 2 tbsps. of liquid dishwashing soap) and 1 gal. of warm water.

Agitate the soap mixture by shaking the bucket gently.

Use a sponge soaked in the soap mixture to clean and remove any remaining dried milk from the cabinets.

Rinse the cabinets with a clean damp rag or shop towel.

Dry the kitchen cabinets with a clean soft dry rag or shop towel.

Things You Will Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Small bowl
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Spoon
  • Clean white rags or shop towels
  • Bucket
  • Borax
  • Laundry detergent soap flakes or liquid dishwashing soap
  • Sponge


  • To keep dried milk and other stains from building up on your kitchen cabinets, clean the cabinets at least once a month with the above method. Make sure you dry the kitchen cabinets immediately after cleaning them.

About the Author

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.