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Don't spend money on expensive de-greasers and don't inhale toxic ammonia. Take 1 part mineral or vegetable oil to 2 parts baking soda. This makes the perfect cleanser for greasy cupboards. With a little rubbing, this gets even the most gummy build-up. For greasy film on the oven hood, just drop some oil on a paper towel and wipe it clean.
This technique is so effective, I now keep a spray bottle with mineral oil to clean the gucky grease.
Bi-carb soda and hot water 25/75 mix. Lay it on, scrub it on and off with paper towels. No more sticky, spotty cupboards!
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Does it hurt to use Dawn dishwashing liquid on oak kitchen cabinets to remove grease build up?
By Sunny from KY
I like"Murphy's Oil Soap"best.It cleans very well and won't hurt the finish.
Murphy's Oil Soap is excellent; here is another recipe that I've used over the years....with just a little caution:
1 Qt. warm water
3 tbs Boiled Linseed oil
1 tbs Turpentine
Keep the mixture warm in a double boiler...rub the finish with a soft cloth dampened with it, then wipe the surface dry and polish with a clean, dry cloth.
In my rental duplex, the kitchen cabinets are really a mess. There is years of greasy build-up. I have tried scrubbing with scrubbers, brushes, pot scrubbers, and every cleaning product I can think of. Nothing helped. Any ideas on how to get to the base finish on these old wood doors? Thanks.
By K. H.
Good old bicarbonate of soda is always worth a try, it shifts most greasy stuff, just use it as a scouring powder with a damp cloth.
Ammonia has always amazed me with it's grease-cleaning capabilities. Dilute it, put some gloves on, open a window, and scrub away. Then rinse/wipe it off.
I'm looking for a good cleaning product to degrease a greasy kitchen. My kitchen cabinets are gooey.
Mixing up a solution of 1-1 parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle will clean the residue, and deodorise the area at the same time.
Vinegar mixed with water is a wonderful kitchen and bath cleaner that saves you a whopping lot of money, and doesn't have the unwanted chemicals that commercially available cleaning products have.
It deodorises, disinfects, kills mould safely (no chemical reaction between mould and bleach releasing into the air as a fume you do not want to be inhaling), and doesn't require rinsing.
if you can find it, Lloyds works super on kitchen and garage grease.
How do I remove years of grease from cabinets above the stove and also the microwave door above the stove?
By Mary A from Norcross, GA
I've used a boss sponge purchased on the internet and some dish soap or any other mild degreaser I have on hand. I mix the solution in a bowl and mildly scrub with the boss sponge, then let the solution sit on the surface for 5 minutes. I scrub again with just water and the grease comes off. On a rental unit I had to scrub twice but it came off easily. The boss sponge is gentle to my wood cabinets also.
What is a Boss Sponge?
What way is best to clean wood cabinets with grease buildup on them?
By Barbara from Taylorsville, MS
I would try Murphy's Oil Soap.
I just bought an older house and the wooden kitchen cabinets were filthy. I tried everything recommended but nothing worked. Then a friend of mine, who cleans college housing, told me to use amonia and hot water.
I bought a cheap jug of lemon ammonia at Wal-mart, mixed it strong with hot water, (wear a mask and gloves) and started wiping down cabinets and drawers. It was strong, but it worked and the wood looks beautiful. Hope this helps.
How do you remove years of grease build up on kitchen cabinets and walls?
By sickand tired from Towson, MD
Murpy's Oil Soap does a very good job on greasy kitchen cabinets. If they have been neglected too long, you may have to repeat the scrubbing, but you will be able to see, and even feel, the difference.
Harlean from Arkansas
Try a product called Grease Lightning. It's amazing.
I am talking about grease build up on kitchen cabinets. Does anyone know a long term solution to prevent the grease build up in the first place?
Clean them often. I just evicted filthy renters who left the entire kitchen coated in grease. In the home I live in, I wipe my cabinets down every other day and after being here 8 years, have no grease buildup. It takes me all of 5 minutes.
Also check your stove vent - is the vent clogged? If so, that will help with buildup. Also, how much food are you frying?? It isn't healthy to have a lot of fried foods. I only fry about once or twice a week. Sometimes on the stove, and sometimes in the fry daddy, and I make sure the lid stays on.
My kitchen doors are wooden chestnut, but are hard to clean. They keep on getting splashed near the cooker and the slightest grease mark shows up really badly. Over the years I have cleaned them with certain cleaners, but when the sun shines you can still see the marks. Is there a cleaner that is quick and safe to use on wooden unit doors. Help.
By R Farrow
A bottle of Lemon Oil will take care of that. Just use per directions on deep cleaning wood.
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I have chair railing on top of my cabinets. How do you get the sticky substances off of the wood on the chair railing? On top of the cabinets I lay newspapers and just change when needed, but I cannot do it with the chair railing.
My household, car, garage floor,and outdoor all time favorite degreaser and cleaner is Simple Green. It doesn't hurt septic or ground water and has so many uses. The least expense point of purchase is at shopping clubs like Sam's. (Lowes charges the highest!) Often when buying gallon size; a free sprayer bottle is attached. Mechanics wives: wash grease laden clothes on wash cycle w/ 1/2 cup or pretreat all areas with Simple Green and then rewash in regular clothing soap/fabric softener. Good luck.
Brenda (Alabama) (02/21/2011)
I use Murphy's Oil Soap to clean my natural Oak cabinets. Just follow the instructions on the bottle. I got this advice from a sister. She and her husband buy used campers, clean them up, and re-sell them. She uses Murphy Oil Soap when she cleans.
Harlean from Arkansas (02/22/2011)
Depending on what country you live in, Dawn liquid or fairy liquid for hand dishwashing is what I personally have found to be the best. Put a little on a damp sponge and wipe away! (02/23/2011)
What is good for cleaning greasy wood cabinets?
By Gail from Novi, MI
I have used a solution of Spic-n-Span and hot water to clean my wood cabinets in my kitchen. It gets the grease off and doesn't harm the wood. I would recommend trying it on a spot that can't be seen first just to make sure. (10/18/2010)
Try a product called "Dirtex". (10/20/2010)
I use 409 it works great on the cabinets and doesn't harm them. I also use it on the stove fan and it cuts right through the grease on it also. (10/20/2010)
What is the best thing to clean grease off of wood cupboards?
By Karen from Boswell, PA
My husband has this degreaser called "Super Clean", he uses in the garage. I needed something for my wood cabinets and it worked great! You can use it other household cleaning. You can find it in most auto sections in your favorite store. (09/16/2010)
What is the best product to use, when trying to clean kitchen cabinets (wood stained) with grease build up? I need something I can use without damaging stain finish or sealer on the cabinets.
By Regina from Riverside, CA
Scott's Liquid Gold works well to clean wood cabinets. Murphy's Oil soap is also good. (06/27/2010)
The best thing that I have ever used after many attempts using other stuff is normal hand dish washing soap and water. Try something like Fairy liquid or Dawn (depends on which country you live in). After I give them a good clean with a cloth, I wipe them down with a solution of vinegar and water, half and half, to remove any soapy residue. My cabinets are always clean and shiny, even the ones over the hob. as long as you do it regularly, say once a week, they should stay nice and clean. (06/30/2010)
Well, there are so many suggestions on how to get grease off of wooden kitchen cabinets, but keep in mind, different solutions will only work for different cabinets. Wooden cabinets is such a broad term. Some may be finished with a varnish, some with a lacquer, some with just a stain or no stain and some older cabinets may have been painted over and over many times. So be careful and make sure you know what your cabinets' finish is made of. Don't just spray 409 on a cherry cabinet that may not have a varnish over it. It may dull or remove the luster. Some of the harsh cleansers may be good for cabinets that have a thick lacquer or varnish because they will just remove the grease, film or residue and nothing else, which is good.
So, with that said, this is for those of you who have a newer model home and cabinets with a sealer or finish on them. I have red maple cabinets, the newer style, within a few years old, and they are finished with a permanent sealer. I use Pledge with lemon oil in the golden bronze can and it removed the grease, finger prints, residue, and everything else stuck on, but did not harm the finish and left a lustrous shine. Also, it smells great and left my kitchen fresh instead of smelling like furniture polish. I know I will someday need to re-stain or seal, but for now, I have managed to keep them looking new. This website is great for advice. I have used it many times. (07/12/2010)
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I am looking for the best solution for cleaning the outer part of the kitchen cabinets. Above the microwave cabinets are greasy, because of the exhaust fan.Thanks.
I live in a condo and unfortunately we don't have a kitchen exhaust to the outside so that when I cook, although the fumes go into my overhead hood, they end up in my kitchen.
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