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How to Remove Grease and Dirt From Kitchen Cabinets

If you love to cook, you know that cleaning the kitchen requires lots of time and perseverance. Many times, if you fry food or if you happen to touch the kitchen cabinets with dirty hands, they can get stained with grease.

5-Minute Crafts wants to show you some methods that will help you remove the grease accumulated on the surface of your kitchen cabinets. Try to put them into practice every 2 weeks so you can keep them squeaky clean.


1. Carefully empty the insides of the cabinets. If you have plates, cups, or glasses, put them in a place in the kitchen where you can avoid the danger of dropping them.

2. Next, vacuum or remove dust and surface dirt with a microfiber cloth.

3. Add equal parts vinegar and warm water to a spray bottle. Spray the inside of the cabinets and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Use a circular motion.

Allow the area to dry thoroughly before replacing what you previously removed.


Method 1: castile soap + hot water

1. In a spray bottle, mix half a liter of hot water with 3 tablespoons of castile soap and 20 drops of tea tree oil. Seal the bottle with its sprayer and shake well.

2. Spray the liquid on a microfiber cloth, moisten it, and vigorously wipe the doors and kitchen furniture surfaces with circular movements.

3. Take another soft cloth and dry each of the areas you cleaned thoroughly. It’s very important that you don’t leave any liquid on them, as moisture can stain or damage the material.

Method 2: oil + baking soda

1. In a bowl, combine 2 parts baking soda with 1 part vegetable oil until a thick paste forms. Apply the paste to a cloth and softly rub the cabinets with it.

2. Before rinsing and drying the cabinets, you can wash them with a little warm water and soap.

3. Use a soft cloth to rub the paste on the surface of the shelves. Be sure to cover the corners, grooves, and crevices of the doors, especially those on the cabinets installed around the stove and oven.

4. Rinse the cloth with clean water, wring it out, and remove the paste you put on it. To finish, dry the area you cleaned.

Method 3: citrus-based cleaner

1. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, place citrus peels (from oranges, tangerines, or lemons) and fill it with white vinegar. Let this mixture sit for 2 to 3 weeks. Then remove the peels and transfer the liquid to a spray bottle.

2. Spray the mix on the surface of your kitchen cabinets. Allow the liquid to act for 5 to 10 minutes.

3. Use a sponge or microfiber cloth dampened with warm water to remove the grease. You will notice that it comes off without much effort. In case you find that the grease is stuck, pour the liquid again on that area and wait for 5 to 10 minutes more.

4. Dry the surface well where you applied the liquid with the help of a clean microfiber cloth. In this way, you avoid humidity damaging the material of your kitchen furniture.

A few extra tips

  • Wash your hands frequently while cooking. This will prevent grease from your hands from sticking to handles and doors.
  • To avoid grease buildup on kitchen cabinets, clean them weekly. Use a cloth or sponge dampened with a degreaser to remove fingerprints and food residue.
  • Remove splashes or spills with a cloth or sponge dampened with warm water as soon as possible. The longer a substance remains on the surface of your cabinets, the more difficult it will be to remove stains.
  • Keep heat-generating appliances, such as coffee makers and toasters, away from the interior or surface of the cabinets; excess heat and moisture can permanently damage them.
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