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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. Cooking grease and grime can get everywhere and are a pain to clean. One of the places where grease can accumulate is unfortunately often overlooked – your kitchen cabinets. 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;
  • Want to know what effectively cuts through grease;

Then look no further, because we have the answers right here!

How to clean grease off kitchen cabinets

Your kitchen cupboards 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 remove grease from kitchen cabinets.

No matter the cleaning method you choose, always test it on a small, inconspicuous area first. Some wood finishes are delicate and require mild cleaning solutions.

Vinegar and hot water

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

  1. Create a cleaning solution.
    Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
  2. Mist.
    Evenly mist the surface 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 cloth.
  5. Rinse.
    To get rid of any leftover solution or grease, rinse the cupboards with a damp cloth.
  6. Dry.
    To avoid damage to the surface, thoroughly dry it with a clean, dry, soft cloth.
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Dish soap and hot water

Most dishwashing detergents are made to cut through grease. So, a simple mixture of dish soap and warm water can be all you need to clean grease off kitchen cabinet doors.

  1. Create a soapy solution.

    Mix hot water with a couple of squirts of dish soap, combining them well.

  2. Dampen cloth.

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

  3. Wipe.

    Wipe the grease off with the cloth dipped in the mixture.

  4. Rinse.

    Rinse the cabinets with another clean, damp cloth.

  5. Dry.

    Thoroughly dry the surface with a dry cloth.

Baking soda and water

Just like vinegar, baking soda can work wonders when it comes to household cleaning. Grab your mixing bowl and let’s remove the grease from your kitchen cupboards!

  1. Create a cleaning paste.
    Mix baking soda and water to form a paste.
  2. Apply paste.
    Apply the paste to the cabinets, scrubbing in a circular motion with a cloth.
  3. Let it sit.
    Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Wipe.
    Wipe the paste and the grease away with a damp cloth.
  5. Dry.
    Thoroughly dry the cabinets with a clean, dry cloth.
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Citrus-based cleaners

Citrus oils cut through grease effectively. 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, damp cloth.
  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.

  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.

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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 can take care of that pesky grease on your kitchen cabinets. 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.
  • Dish soap and citrus oils cut through grease effectively.
  • You can make your own citrus-based cleaner 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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