How Do I Clean Inside Wood Drawers?

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Wood drawers need to be cleaned inside ocasionally.
Wood drawers need to be cleaned inside ocasionally. (Image: drawer handles image by jovica antoski from Fotolia.com)

Since wood drawers are usually kept closed, they don’t get dirty as quickly inside as they do on the outside. Eventually dust, lint and other natural grime accumulate inside drawers, however. You should clean drawers out occasionally to prevent musty odors or, if you store food items in the drawers, to prevent insects from taking up residence.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum with attachments
  • White, clean cloths (terry or microfiber)
  • Wood cleaning spray
  • Cotton swabs

Remove all items from the drawers. Bring out your vacuum cleaner and attach the most narrow attachment it comes with.

Turn on the vacuum cleaner and vacuum out the inside of the wood drawers. Don’t forget the corners, where dirt collects.

Spray a clean white cloth with a wood cleaning spray (dusting sprays are fine). If you do not have wood cleaning spray on hand, you can make your own using a recipe provided by Dilla Services-- just place ½ cup of white vinegar and 1 tsp. of olive oil (light) in a spray bottle. Shake it well before using.

Wipe the interior walls of the drawer. Next, spray the cloth again and wipe the floor of the wood drawer. Repeat this with a fresh cloth each time until no more dirt shows up on the cloth.

Spray wood cleaner on cotton swabs. Use these to dab the corners to remove hard to reach dirt there.

Close the drawer and move on to the next one, cleaning it the same way. When you are finished with all the drawers, open them to let them air and dry completely before replacing any items.

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