How to Remove Grease From Cabinet Doors

Grease splatters from cooking and oil sprays can accumulate on your cabinet doors, especially those located around or above the stove. Over time, grease can harden on cabinet doors and become very difficult to remove. Prompt cleaning of grease splatters should be considered routine maintenance for cabinets. Fortunately, there are ways to remove hardened, tough grease stains economically at home without damaging your cabinet doors.

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Remove Grease From Cabinet Doors

Step 1

Wipe fresh grease from cabinet doors with a damp sponge and grease-cutting dish liquid solution. Rinse with a clean, damp sponge, and dry with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 2

Remove thicker grease from cabinet doors by spreading a solution of baking soda and warm water (1 cup warm water and 3 tbsp. baking soda) over the grease with a sponge, and gently agitating it. Wipe cabinet doors with a damp sponge, and dry with a clean, absorbent towel.

Step 3

Clean older grease buildup by applying white vinegar or spraying Fantastik or Formula 409 on the grease and wiping with a paper towel. Rinse cabinet doors with a damp sponge, and dry with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 4

Rub Murphy's Oil Soap on stubborn, hardened grease with a clean cloth, and wipe with a damp sponge. Dry with an absorbent cloth or paper towel.

Step 5

Remove long-standing, hardened grease (that does not respond to the steps above) with a solvent such as mineral spirits, lemon oil or turpentine. Open nearby windows for ventilation and dab solvent sparingly onto grease with paper towels until almost removed. Do not allow solvent to directly contact wood surfaces because it can remove finishes. Repeat Step 4 above to completely remove remainder of grease from cabinet doors.