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How to Remove Grease From Kitchen Cabinets

Cooking can be a very pleasant and relaxing experience for some. But we can all agree, cleaning up afterwards is far less enjoyable. If you’re a messy cook, you’ve likely dealt with vegetable oil splatters quite a few times. Cooking grease and grime can get everywhere and are a pain to clean, especially if you let them sit too long. At this point, a simple wipe down may not do the trick.

One of the places where grease stains can accumulate is unfortunately often overlooked – your kitchen cabinets. Going to grab a teabag and touching greasy cabinets or grimy hinges is unpleasant, to say the least. So, make sure that they make it onto your kitchen cleaning checklist.

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So, if you:

  • Need to clean your kitchen cabinets;
  • Are left having to clean sticky grease off surfaces;
  • Want to know what effectively cuts through grease stains,

Then look no further, because we have the answers right here! Read on to find out how to clean greasy cabinets and tackle stubborn stains.

How to clean grease off kitchen cabinets

Your kitchen cabinets and drawers can become a magnet for all sorts of grease and grime, especially the ones closest to your cooker. So, to help you in your battle with this issue, we have compiled several methods that will get the sticky grease off kitchen cabinets easily and effectively. Cleaning grease from your cabinets is an important addition to a kitchen cleaning checklist, as grease and grime can easily build up over time.

No matter the cleaning method you choose, always test it on a small, inconspicuous area first. Some wooden cabinets have a delicate finish and require mild cleaning solutions.

Wearing rubber gloves is also a good idea to protect your hands while you’re trying to get the sticky grease off kitchen surfaces.

Vinegar and hot water

White vinegar is a great all-around cleaning agent, and it’s no surprise it can help clean sticky grease, too. So, here is how to remove grease from kitchen cabinets using vinegar:

  1. Create a cleaning solution.
    Mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle.
  2. Mist.
    Evenly mist the kitchen cabinet with the mixture, without drenching it.
  3. Let it sit.
    Let the solution sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wipe.
    Wipe the grease off with a clean, soft cloth.
  5. Rinse.
    To get rid of any leftover built-up grease or vinegar, rinse the cupboards with a fresh damp cloth.
  6. Dry.
    To avoid damage to the surface, thoroughly dry it with a clean, dry cloth.
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Dish soap and hot water

Most dishwashing detergents have great grease busting qualities. So, a simple mixture of grease-cutting dish soap and warm water can be all you need to clean greasy kitchen cabinets. This solution can also help you when you need to clean grime from your wood furniture.

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Create a dish soap solution.

    Mix warm water with a little dish soap, combining them well.

  2. Dampen cloth.

    Dip a clean, soft cloth in the solution and wring out any excess moisture.

  3. Wipe.

    Gently rub the surface with the cloth dipped in the dish soap mixture to remove grease.

  4. Rinse.

    Rinse the kitchen cabinets with another clean, damp cloth to wash away any soap residue.

  5. Dry.

    Thoroughly dry the surface with a dry microfibre cloth.

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Baking soda and water

Just like vinegar, baking soda can work wonders when it comes to household cleaning and is particularly great at dissolving grease. Grab your mixing bowl and let’s remove grease from your kitchen cupboards once and for all!

  1. Create a cleaning paste.
    Mix three parts baking soda and one part warm water to form a paste.
  2. Apply paste.
    Apply the baking soda paste to the cabinets, scrubbing in a circular motion with a cloth.
  3. Let it sit.
    Let the baking soda mixture sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wipe.
    Remove grease and excess paste with a damp cloth.
  5. Dry.
    With a microfibre cloth, dry the kitchen cabinet well.
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Citrus-based cleaners

Along with vinegar and baking soda, citrus oil is a natural degreaser that can easily handle any unsightly grease stains. So, if none of the other natural solutions have worked, you can resort to commercial citrus-based cleaners. Just make sure to always follow the instructions on the label.

  1. Spray.
    Spray the cleaner on the surface.
  2. Let it sit.
    Let the cleaner sit for a few minutes and work its magic.
  3. Wipe.
    Wipe the grease away with a clean cloth dipped in warm water.
  4. Dry.
    Dry the cabinets thoroughly with a dry cloth.

Homemade citrus cleaner

If you still want to go all-natural but want to enjoy the results of citrus-based cleaners, you can create your own at home! All you need is white vinegar and some citrus peels. However, keep in mind this mixture needs to steep for a while before you can use it to tackle tough grime.

  1. Fill a jar with the peels.
    Fill a jar ¾ full with citrus peels.
  2. Add vinegar.
    Top the citrus peels with some white vinegar until the jar is full.
  3. Let it sit.
    Let the mixture sit and steep for 2-3 weeks.
  4. Strain.
    Strain away the citrus peels and throw them out.
  5. Pour.
    Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  6. Use.
    Use the solution just like you’d use a commercial citrus-based cleaner.

Don’t feel like dealing with grease stains?

If you don’t have the time or the desire to clean your kitchen, why not let the professionals help?

The reliable, experienced cleaners at Fantastic Services have tackled many a kitchen cabinet with such stains and can make sure you’re left with a grease-free surface. Not only that – they can also clean any other area of your home and kitchen that needs attention. They will follow your cleaning list to make sure all your expectations are met, and your home is left spotless!

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  • Vinegar and baking soda are good all-around household cleaning agents.
  • Most dish soaps and citrus oil cut through grease effectively.
  • You can make your own citrus-based grease killing weapon at home.
  • No matter the cleaning method, always test it on an inconspicuous area first – especially if your wood cabinets have a delicate finish.


Did you find this post useful? Did you manage to tackle the grease on your kitchen cupboards? Let us know in the comments below!

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