Getting grime off of kitchen cabinets

How to Clean Greasy Kitchen Cabinets

by Dollar Stretcher Contributors

Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

What can I use to clean greasy kitchen cupboards? I'm tired of having them look and feel this way. I do a lot of cooking and our kitchen gets a lot of use.

Awesomely Clean Cupboards

Buy Awesome® at the Dollar Tree. Once I get them clean, I wipe them down weekly and then wipe them down with furniture polish, which seems to help keep grease from sticking.
Amy (via Facebook)

Make Cabinets Shine Like New

The best product I've ever used to clean cabinets (natural wood finish, not painted) is Liquid Gold. The cost is small, and the can lasts for years. It takes a bit of work, but my cabinets shine like new when I use it. Just follow the directions on the can carefully.

If you prefer, you can use plain old soap and water with a bit of ammonia in it. Rinse cabinets thoroughly after use. Dry and buff them.
Barbara in CT

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Make Sure to Have Outside-Vented Fan

We find that Zep® Citrus Cleaner (Home Depot is where we find it by the gallon) works well. If the grease is thick, the citrus cleaner straight with a good scrubber sponge should work, followed by a good rinse. You don't mention having an outside-vented fan over your stove, but it would be a good investment. Once we had one, it cut down the oily buildup on everything in our kitchen dramatically.
Elaine in NJ

Insider's Advice

My mother was a custodian after my dad passed away, and I was able to learn a lot of cleaning secrets. The best thing to cut dirt and grease is Murphy Oil Soap. Yes, I know the soap smells, but after you dry and buff those cabinets, it smells the best. Don't use oils and such as the grease will adhere to the residue. This seems to cut through to the basic wood and shines like it is brand new.
Holly in Indiana

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No More Greasy Kitchen Cabinets

Sounds like this reader does a lot of frying. To clean greasy kitchen cabinets, mix one tablespoon of Dawn® dish soap (the blue one) with 1/4 cup white vinegar in two gallons of very warm tap water. Scrub using a rag.

To keep cabinets clean in the future, turn on the stovetop hood, use a splatter screen when frying, and check out some other ways to cook.

Cleaning Greasy Kitchen Cabinets with Baking Soda

Just moisten baking soda with a little water, then apply to greasy kitchen cabinets with an old towel, and rub! It'll come right off!
Donna V.

Quick and Easy Solution

I put a half of a cup of ammonia and a squirt of Dawn® in a sink full of water. I use this for the cabinets, stovetop, and oven door (outside). I also find soaking the stove accessories makes for a quick degreasing solution!

White Vinegar as a Multi-Purpose Cleaner

I use white vinegar to clean greasy kitchen cabinets. I use two cups to a gallon of hot water. It is very thrifty as a gallon of white vinegar costs about $2. White vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner. It's also great for floors and windows. There is no need for all the expensive cleaners.

Reviewed October 2017

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