You probably haven't considered cleaning the inside of your cabinets, but here's why you should.

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The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” probably applies to what is going on inside your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. The goods that they are storing usually hold more significance than the cabinets themselves. But you might want to push those goods aside and look at the other things your cabinets are hiding away from sight.

Over time, the insides of our kitchen cabinets can collect dust or bits of food that could attract unwanted critters. And our bathroom cabinets might be subjected to dampness and makeup or body product spills. Cabinets that hide sink drainage pipes could potentially house mold, so it’s important to frequently check for dampness or leaks under the sink.

Joey Hunter from Two Maids & A Mop told us that “the inside of your cabinets should be wiped out and cleaned (use an all-purpose wipe or cleaner with cloth) every couple of months.”

If you have an open-shelving system, these shelves will acquire dust more frequently, so wiping them down once a month might be a better routine. For closed cabinets, let the insides dry out completely before restocking them and closing up the doors. Dampness and darkness is never a good combo—bacteria and mold love to grow in dark, damp spaces.

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To protect the surfaces of the inside of your cabinets and drawers, you can line them with adhesive, rubber, cork, felt, or cedar liners. Natural cedar liners will repel moths and insects.

The inside of your cabinets may not collect as much grime as other kitchen or bathroom surfaces, but they still deserve the same amount of care and love when it comes to keeping them clean.