How to Clean Grease From Kitchen Cabinet Doors

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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.

For more simple and easy home cleaning tips such as How to Clean Oven Racks, How to Clean Wood Floors Properly, Combat Grease and Dirt With This Super DIY Multi-Purpose Cleaner, and DIY Beeswax Wood Treatment Recipe, scroll to the end of this article.

Clean away the grime.
Clean away the grime. (Image: 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. (Image: 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. (Image: 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. (Image: 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. (Image: 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. (Image: Debbie Williams)

More Home Cleaning Tips: DIY Cleaners

Save money and get a natural clean with these fantastic solutions you can easily make on your own:

The Best Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipe

How to Make DIY Laundry Pods

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaning Solution

Combat Grease and Dirt With This Super Multi-Purpose Cleaner

DIY Beeswax Wood Treatment Recipe

DIY Natural Beeswax Wood Cleaner
DIY Natural Beeswax Wood Cleaner (Image: Stephanie Gerber)

More Home Cleaning Tips: How-Tos

Now that you're armed with those great DIY cleaners, here are ways to clean oft-used items and places in your home:

How to Clean Inside a Dishwasher

How to Clean Oven Racks

How to Clean an Iron

How to Clean Wood Floors Properly

How to Naturally Clean a Smelly Drain

How to use natural ingredients to clean a bad-smelling drain.
How to use natural ingredients to clean a bad-smelling drain. (Image: Michele Andersen)

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