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Cooking grease seems to cling everywhere in the kitchen, especially on your cabinets. This is a guide about cleaning grease from kitchen cabinets.

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December 1, 2015 Flag
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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.

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    June 15, 2011 Flag
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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

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    November 4, 20150 found this helpful

    I use awesome spray cleaner from the dollar store for most heavy cleaning jobs. It's great! If you use it full strength, it will clean anything. JUst be careful using full strength on painted surfaces because it will remove lacquers and polyurethanes. I also use it in showers,tubs refrigerator, on glass etc. There is a chart on the side of the bottle that gives dilution strengths, but usually I use it straight from the bottle. You can't beat this cleaner for a dollar a bottle. I buy four at a time.

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    July 15, 2011 Flag
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    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.

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    June 19, 20160 found this helpful

    Wow! I never knew this Sharon and I have worked a Paint Department for thirty five years. Sounds logical to me.

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    November 17, 2014 Flag
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    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

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    December 22, 20140 found this helpful

    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.

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    April 24, 2013 Flag
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    I'm looking for a good cleaning product to degrease a greasy kitchen. My kitchen cabinets are gooey.

    By OK

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    April 30, 20130 found this helpful

    if you can find it, Lloyds works super on kitchen and garage grease.

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    March 19, 2011 Flag
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    What way is best to clean wood cabinets with grease buildup on them?

    By Barbara from Taylorsville, MS

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    June 2, 20130 found this helpful

    The advice given by SeptBlueMusic was spot on! Not only did it work quickly, but wow, the oak cabinets at last had no greasy film on them whatsoever...it even removed the accumulated grease from the handles and hardware. I took her advice and wore a mask and gloves, and also did the work outside. Now, onto sanding and restaining them! Thank you, thank you, thank you SeptBlueMusic!

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    March 20, 2014 Flag
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    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?

    By madeiracake

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    March 22, 20140 found this helpful

    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.

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    September 22, 2010 Flag
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    How do you remove years of grease build up on kitchen cabinets and walls?

    By sickand tired from Towson, MD

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    September 24, 20100 found this helpful

    A hand held steam cleaner will do it fast. If you don't own one or don't want to buy one you can rent one I am sure.

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    August 12, 2013 Flag
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    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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      February 1, 2012 Flag
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      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

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      February 20, 20120 found this helpful

      A bottle of Lemon Oil will take care of that. Just use per directions on deep cleaning wood.

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      March 19, 2011 Flag
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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.

      By Pat

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      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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)

      By vet75fem

      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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)

      By Harlean from Arkansas

      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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)

      By cett

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      February 20, 2011 Flag
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      What is good for cleaning greasy wood cabinets?

      By Gail from Novi, MI

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      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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)

      By moseley3

      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      Try a product called "Dirtex". (10/20/2010)

      By Laniegirl

      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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)

      By xintexas

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      October 18, 2010 Flag
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      What is the best thing to clean grease off of wood cupboards?

      By Karen from Boswell, PA

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      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)

      By sunspot

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      September 15, 2010 Flag
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      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

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      Scott's Liquid Gold works well to clean wood cabinets. Murphy's Oil soap is also good. (06/27/2010)

      By OliveOyl

      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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)

      By cett

      Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

      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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      June 26, 2010 Flag
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      I have greasy and sticky finger stains on wood cabinets.

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      January 20, 2010 Flag
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      How do I get grease off old, stained wood kitchen cabinets?

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      November 23, 2009 Flag
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      How do you clean grease off of oak kitchen cabinets?

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      September 18, 2009 Flag
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      I have a vent hood and a kitchen full of wood cabinets and drawers that have polyurethane on them. The grease has accumulated over the years and I searched here for answers.

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      June 15, 2009 Flag
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      How do you remove old hard grease splatters from kitchen cabinets. They are maple hardwood.

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      September 20, 2006 Flag
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      Can anyone tell me how to get grease off wood cabinets and stainless steel? Also, how to clean hardwood kitchen flooring?

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      February 23, 2006 Flag
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      I'm trying to clean the grease off my wooden kitchen cabinets, what can i use that won't harm the wood.

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      September 22, 2010 Flag
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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.

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      January 8, 2010 Flag
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      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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      April 14, 2009 Flag
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      What can I buy or use to remove grease buildup on my kitchen cabinets and appliances? I have tried Pine Sol and hot water but it isn't going well.

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      November 29, 2006 Flag
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      I have some kitchen cabinets that have oil and grease built up on them. My house is a rental, so it has been abused in the past.

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