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remove grease from wooden cabinets

Kitchen cabinets can go through a lot of wear and tear. Grease, food particles and dust can build upon our cabinets and can look really ugly and in addition, this gunk can be so difficult to clean especially if it is not cleaned every so often. The best way to keep this grease build up to a very minimal level is to clean and polish at least once every two weeks. The amount of cleaning necessary depends on how often you use your kitchen to cook, the type of foods you cook and the method of cooking you undertake each time. With that said it is easy to understand that any form of frying will cause a higher concentration of crease in the kitchen. It is important to note that grease also builds upon kitchen walls and ceilings.

To save your pride and sanity!!!

We want to prevent visitors, neighbors and in-laws from wondering what happened to your wooden cabinets (even though….ehem! it’s none of their business). If it looks shabby, discolored, full of scratches or has patches where the sheen is damaged- it will not go unnoticed and can cause a distraction. Do not get mad if they steer- sometimes they can’t help it!

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Importantly- Do NOT put vinegar or olive oil on your wooden cabinet!

There is a popular two-ingredient wood cleaning recipe on Pinterest that uses olive oil and baking soda to remove gunk from kitchen cabinets. It was tried out and after a few days, the cabinet had a stinky scent.

After speaking to a woodworker this is what was discovered:

Oils on wood

Oils do have a way of breaking up other oils and that is no exception when you apply it to your cabinets to remove buildup grease. However, there are two types of oils we should know about before we approach our wooden surfaces- Drying oils and non-drying. Drying oils will harden and dry out when exposed to light and air. When Drying oils are applied to wood they form a hard protective layer. Olive oil which is a non-drying oil when it’s applied to the wood, it stays liquid and spoils, which will eventually hit up a stench, and attract noxious bacteria. Some non-drying oils include; Babassu oil, Baobab Oil, Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, Macadamia oil, Nahar Seed oil, Mineral oil, Olive oil and Peanut oil.

Drying oils are a key component of oil paint and some varnishes. Some commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, orange oil, tung oil, poppy seed oil, perilla oil, and walnut oil.

Vinegar is a wonderful natural cleaner and a good disinfectant but its acidity can ruin the nice finish of your wooden surfaces.

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  1. Thanks for the olive oil information. I had actually used it after seeing it probably on YouTube. (I was trying it to get rid of white water stains in those places in the kitchen where you forget to wipe up any water after doing dishes) Then one day, I got it in my head about coconut oil. It has been great for getting moisture back into some vintage furniture too. Plus it smells great!

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      You are welcome Barb! Thank you for your kindness also!

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      I would not do that. Mineral oil is a better choice in my opinion.

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