How Do I Clean Grease From Wood Cabinet Doors?


Whether your wood cabinets are in the bathroom, kitchen or garage, keeping them clean and grease-free is important to maintaining a hygienic living environment as well as making the cabinets look better. Cabinet doors are especially prone to accumulating grease as they most exposed to the surrounding environment--not to mention being the part of the cabinet that is most regularly touched. Harsh abrasives and scrubbers shouldn't be used with wood cabinets. If you use the right cleaning agents, a soft cloth or sponge will suffice for the task.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Old towel/clean rag
  • Toothbrush
  • Mix a paste of baking soda and water and apply this to the cabinet doors with the sponge. Wipe off the grease, going with the grain of the wood.

  • Rinse with water and check to see if all the grease is removed. If there are still traces, apply white vinegar with the sponge and wipe over the grease patches.

  • Rinse with water and dry with the old towel or rag. Do not let the cabinet doors drip-dry, as the water can leach into the wood and spoil the finish.

  • Apply the paste of baking soda and water to the door handles if they are greasy. Use a toothbrush to scrub the handles and any other hardware on the cabinet doors. Rinse with water and towel dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Painted wood cabinets are usually easy to clean with warm water and mild detergent. Avoid harsh abrasives, as this can damage the paintwork.
  • Consider applying a sealant to the cabinets to protect them from dirt and make cleaning even easier.
  • Take off the cabinet doors and clean them all together in the laundry or even outside--it's much easier than reaching up to clean high-set cabinets or corner cabinets in awkward positions.
  • Do not use the toothbrush you used for the cabinet handles for cleaning teeth.

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