Here Is How To Remove The Grease From Your Cabinets

Use mild dish soap: Dissolve a teaspoon of mild dish soap in a cup of warm water. Dip a soft scouring pad that has a sponge attached to it into the solution and gently but firmly rub on the greasy areas. The sponge will help the scouring pad to keep moist and foam more so that the grease will strip off easier. Do not use all-purpose cleaners or any solution containing vinegar. This will only ruin your nice wood finish and the idea is to have your cabinets looking better after cleaning and not worst. You may use a damped cloth to wipe away all the soap and then use a microfiber cloth to dry your cabinets off properly.

For tougher grease purchase one of these:

Oil Soap Wood cleaner: This can be found in most stores in the laundry section and is also available online.They are available in a concentrated form which is thick and looks like yellow liquid soap.  It is a good solution for your wooden cabinet. It was specially made for wood surfaces with mild enough ingredients that can cut away grease and still keep your wooden surfaces in tip-top condition. Just wet a soft scouring pad which is attached to a sponge with water and squeeze out excess water from it. Then add half of a teaspoon of the oil soap wood cleaner to the scouring pad and rub onto the greasy surface without applying too much force. A toothbrush can be used to get into the hard to reach areas and remove all that gunk. Wipe away with a soft dry microfiber cloth or rag.

Oil soap wood cleaner is also available in a spray bottle which has a diluted solution that was pre-mixed and ready to be used on the wood surfaces as is. However, this still should not be taken for granted. Test by spraying a little of the spray solution in an inconspicuous spot. If the spot becomes white or looks hazey – do not use it on your cabinet surface. There are different types of finishes that are placed on wooden surfaces so the test will show you whether or not your cabinet surface can work with that particular solution. To clean off grease using this solution simply spray it onto greasy areas and use a soft cloth to rub the area in a circular motion until the grease is stripped off the cabinet surface. Wipe away all of the residues with a soft dry cloth.

For thick caked on food particles: use baking soda, it acts as a mild abrasive that will soften and help to break down food particles that may have been dried up for a long time. It also acts as a good grease stripper. Just make a paste with baking soda and water. Use a piece of cloth to apply the paste to the areas where the caked on particles are. Wait fifteen minutes and rub it off using a wet scouring pad, then dry with a soft cloth.


Some finer details are placed here!

Attention should be paid to scratches and causes of scratches such as fingernail marks while opening and closing cabinet doors, a pen in hand or in a shirt or pants pocket, buttons on our clothes, jewelry, hair pieces, pots, jars and pans that can rub against the cabinet surfaces while moving them to or from the cabinet. If you have pets, they can cause some scratches also. To remedy minor scratches use felt tip markers. Find the shade that best fits your cabinet’s color. Mark it in the scratched area only and quickly wipe away any excess before it dries up. Detailing takes some skill but you will get the hang of it. At the end of the day, you want your cabinet to look good as new.

Advice: ensure that the cloth that you are using to dry your cabinets are not holding any other particles. It may cause scratches or smear on your cabinet surfaces.

Scouring Pads: Scouring pads come in all sorts and forms. They are very handy in helping to get things clean. However, they have some disadvantages especially the ones attached to the sponge. They have a way of trapping lots of microparticles from food and holding them in hard to reach and unreachable areas. This causes a massive growth of all sorts of harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeast, and mold. The best recommendation for handling this issue is to throw away the scouring pad immediately after use. Some persons may be thinking that they need to get more uses out of the scouring pad so they might wash and keep the used ones in a vinegar and salt solution in an air tight container.

Toothbrush: Can be used to get into some hard to reach areas. It Soap gets into some nooks and crannies and the cloth cannot be used to reach them, use the toothbrush. Rub into the areas properly to remove all possible grease. But after the grease is removed do not let the soap stay in those areas. Rinse the same toothbrush and use it to dig out all the soap. Repeat the process until you are sure that the soap is completely out.

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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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