How to Clean Grease From Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Grease stains have a tendency to go unnoticed, allowing them to build up to seemingly impossible proportions. This grime can damage the wood of your cabinets if allowed to remain for a long period of time. However, as unpleasant as these stains may seem, they are easily remedied. Try the most gentle method first and if necessary, move to more aggressive solutions until you find the best formula for your situation.

Clean away the grime.
Clean away the grime. (Debbie Williams)
Try the Easiest Solution First

Mix 2 tablespoons of Dawn dish soap with 2 cups of warm water and scrub the cabinet with a clean cloth, following the grain of the wood. Rinse the area clean with a sponge, and dry it with a clean towel.

Dish soap is mild and effective.
Dish soap is mild and effective. (Debbie Williams)
Bring Out the Good Old Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda onto a clean damp cloth and scrub the cabinet. Rinse with a clean sponge, and dry the area with a clean dry towel.

Baking soda will not scratch the cabinets.
Baking soda will not scratch the cabinets. (Debbie Williams)
White Vinegar is an Effective All Purpose Cleaner

Add 1 cup white vinegar to the Dawn dish soap and water mixture. The solution is now 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1 cup white vinegar.

White vinegar is a household wonder cleaner.
White vinegar is a household wonder cleaner. (Debbie Williams)
Old Fashioned Borax Can Often Save the Day

If you need to be still more aggressive, add half a cup of borax to the dish soap, vinegar and water mix. Repeat the scrubbing action with a soft cloth and wipe with a dry cloth.

You might need to add more warm water to dissolve the borax.
You might need to add more warm water to dissolve the borax. (Debbie Williams)
A Final Coat of Oil Will Make the Cabinets Gleam

Finish by wiping the cabinets down with a small amount of orange oil, lemon oil or even mineral oil.

Just a light sheen makes all the difference.
Just a light sheen makes all the difference. (Debbie Williams)
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