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Cleaning Grease from Kitchen Cabinets

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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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By 2 found this helpful
December 1, 2015

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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May 31, 20161 found this helpful

OMG this is wonderful. I am using the mineral oil to clean everything. Thank you so much

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August 2, 20160 found this helpful

Hello, I have tried everything everyone suggested, but nothing have worked. But your solution is one I haven't tried. "Grease on Grease," really? But my question is, "will this solution work great on glossy or oil painted walls and cabinets?" Thanks

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By 1 found this helpful
August 12, 2013

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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By 1 found this helpful
June 15, 2011

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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June 16, 20110 found this helpful
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I like"Murphy's Oil Soap"best.It cleans very well and won't hurt the finish.

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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June 19, 20110 found this helpful
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We just had that same problem and used Simple Green non-diluted from the bottle. our cabinets look great.

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Anonymous
November 4, 20151 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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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

That is what I am suggesting as well b/c Murphy's Oil Soap is safe for wood. :)

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June 16, 20110 found this helpful

Dawn Dish liquid is fine. Wash rinse and then dry the cabinets and Orange Glo makes cabinets look great after they are clean!

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June 17, 20110 found this helpful

Murphy's Oil Soap does a great job but if you ever plan on refinishing the surface the oil will have soaked in and you may have to do some sanding to get the paint to stick. I would use the Dawn but be sure to rinse it good.

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June 17, 20110 found this helpful

I would use the Dawn; it isn't as if you are soaking the wood with this, just washing off the grease. I personally wouldn't do anything else. Just my opinion, I am not an expert on wood finishes. I do know that many products that are supposedly for wood just make it oily and gum up the surface.

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June 18, 20110 found this helpful

I have used both and do a good bit of wood refinishing and like Wee Wilie says if you plan on ever refinishing them be careful of the Murphys oil soap. If the dawn doesn't do the job you want then use the Murphy's oil soap and followup with dawn. You can even start with this. Just be sure not to try to do all the cabinets at one time, do a section, rinse,dry and so on till you're finished.

If there is a finish on your cabinets the Murphy's oil soap won't soak into the wood and you can skip the rest. The more you buff with a dry rag the shinier the finish with Murphy's oil soap. Dawn will leave the finish dull.

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July 16, 20110 found this helpful

I am having this same issue with cabinets. Neither Murphy's, Dawn, or Simple Green budged it. They were like this at move-in, and I don't really care about the finish because I would probably do something new with that anyway. I am at a loss. Thanks everyone.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 15, 2011

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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July 16, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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July 16, 20110 found this helpful
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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.

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

Another wonderful product is TSP...tri sodium phosphate. It's what you use when you want to get rid of nicotine buildup, and that is way worse than grease. You can get it in powder or liquid form. Good Luck!

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

Have you tried paint thinner? After all that it would be worth a shot use it with a 000 steel wool you get in paint dept and it should come on off. won't leave a greasy film that paint won't adhere or stain either. You also might want to try the helpful folks at Lowe's or Homedepot.

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July 18, 20110 found this helpful

I use Sun and Earth cleaner in my kitchen. It's all natural (citrus oils) so you don't have to worry about it getting on surfaces where food is prepared. It is excellent at cutting through grease and it smells like fresh juicy oranges!

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July 19, 20110 found this helpful

Oven cleaner-like EZ Off. Wear gloves and have plenty of ventilation. Do a small section at a time. This will take a lot of elbow grease.

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July 20, 20110 found this helpful

What you might have, instead of greasy cabinets, is the finish is "melting." If there is varnish on the cabinets, it eventually starts to degrade from the dirt, grime and grease, that has been left on the cabinets.

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April 24, 20130 found this helpful

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 29, 20130 found this helpful
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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.

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April 30, 20130 found this helpful
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if you can find it, Lloyds works super on kitchen and garage grease.

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March 20, 20140 found this helpful

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
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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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By 6 found this helpful
March 19, 2011

What way is best to clean wood cabinets with grease buildup on them?

By Barbara from Taylorsville, MS

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful
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I would try Murphy's Oil Soap.

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By 0 found this helpful
September 22, 2010

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 23, 20100 found this helpful
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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

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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Try a product called Grease Lightning. It's amazing.

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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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November 17, 20140 found this helpful

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
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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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By 0 found this helpful
April 4, 2017

What can I use to degrease my old white painted kitchen cabinets? I need something that doesn't take a lot of scrubbing. I'm just to old for that, also I need a recommendation for an oven cleaner with no fumes.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 1, 2012

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

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March 19, 20110 found this helpful

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, 20110 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

What is the best thing to clean grease off of wood cupboards?

By Karen from Boswell, PA

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Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

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, 20100 found this helpful

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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Cleaning Grease Off Wood Cabinets

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)

By tercarr0l

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June 26, 20100 found this helpful

I have greasy and sticky finger stains on wood cabinets.

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January 20, 20100 found this helpful

How do I get grease off old, stained wood kitchen cabinets?

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November 23, 20090 found this helpful

How do you clean grease off of oak kitchen cabinets?

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful

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, 20090 found this helpful

How do you remove old hard grease splatters from kitchen cabinets. They are maple hardwood.

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September 20, 20060 found this helpful

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, 20060 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

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, 20100 found this helpful

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, 20090 found this helpful

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, 20060 found this helpful

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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