Be sure to have rubber gloves ready before bleaching.
Bleach isn’t just for your whites anymore. The antidote to wood stains, bleach your cabinets to lighten their color and brighten a dull kitchen.
Before you begin to “undress” your cabinets, make sure you’re dressed for the part. Rubber gloves are a must, and goggles are a smart precaution. Put down a drop cloth or newspaper to protect the flooring from drips. Be sure to read and follow manufacturers directions carefully, and test a scrap or out-of-the-way spot (like the inside of a cabinet door) before you tackle the entire kitchen.
To select a bleach, choose either a commercial wood bleach (available at hardware stores or home centers) or make a solution with one part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water. Household bleaches are weaker and may require several treatments. The shock-treatments used for swimming pools have a higher concentration and can up the power a bit.
Apply the mixture and let stand for several minutes (the longer it stays on, the lighter it gets). Wash the wood thoroughly with water to neutralize the bleach.