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.
This technique is so effective, I now keep a spray bottle with mineral oil to clean the gucky grease.
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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.
We just had that same problem and used Simple Green non-diluted from the bottle. our cabinets look great.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.