3 Ways to Clean Shelf Liners

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There are some kitchen necessities that you just cannot overlook. Shelf liners are one of these necessities. If you want your kitchen cabinets to be clean and last longer, you should make sure that you clean shelf liner from time to time.

The cleaning method of different shelf liners depends on types of shelf liners. The basic cleaning method is the same but you might have to improvise based on which kind of shelf liner you are using in your kitchen.

Which Supplies are required?

 Shelf liners are not made of very strong material so you should not use strong cleaning solutions on them. These can damage the shelf liners over time. The basic supplies that you need for cleaning are:

  • Water
  • Mild detergent
  • A cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Cleaning brush

Keep all these supplies in one place and then start cleaning the shelf liners. Do not clean shelf liners while they are in the cabinet. Before cleaning, you must remove the shelf liners and keep them in the kitchen sink.

How to Clean Shelf Liners?

You can use different ways to clean the shelf liners, depending on how dirty they are and what material they are made of. If the mess is due to dead insects and food crumbs only, you can just go in with a cleaning brush and clean the shelf liner while it is on the shelf.

Using a Detergent

Make a washing solution using a mild detergent and water. Soak a cloth in it and then clean the shelf liner with this cloth. Rub gently or you will end up tearing the shelf liner.

If there are any stubborn marks or spots on the shelf liner, use a toothbrush and scrub them away. After you have cleaned the shelf liner, let it air-dry.

Using a Washing Machine

Some shelf liners are machine-washable. You should read the description before buying any shelf liner. If your shelf liner can be washed in the machine, you just need to remove the shelf liners and toss them in the washing machine at medium settings.

DIY Cleaning Solution

You can also use a homemade cleaning solution. Make one by adding four parts water to one part vinegar to make a diluted cleaning solution. You can soak the cloth or cleaning towels in this solution and use it to clean shelf liners.

These are the three methods that you can use for cleaning most shelf liners. Some shelf liners, such as foam liners, cannot be cleaned like this. They are almost disposable and should be removed whenever they get dirty.

Lastly, it is important that you do not use shelf liners for too long. Even the best shelf liners do not last forever. If they have gotten permanent spots on them or they are starting to give off a nasty smell, you should get rid of them.


These are our cleaning tips for keeping your shelf liners clean. If you have any tips of your own, leave them in the comment section below.

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Buried in his toolshed, pulling an appliance or two apart, is where you’re likely to find Oscar on most days. Ever since his brother introduced him to the world of tinkering and repairing, Oscar has been obsessed with his craft and especially loves taking appliances around the house apart and then putting them back together. He’s definitely the quirkiest among the team, and loves explaining in detail how one appliance is different from the other and how each of them works (after having taken them apart and satisfied his curiosity of course).

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