How to Clean Grease Build Up on Kitchen Cabinets

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Many dish detergents are designed to break up grease, which comes in handy when you're trying to clean grease from cabinets.
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Have you ever wondered how it's possible to get so much grease and food on your cabinets? Even if you're not flipping food high into the air, you'll eventually get a greasy buildup on your cabinets. The best kitchen grease cleaner is one that's gentle on your cabinets without scratching the surface. Removing grease quickly prevents sticky buildup and makes the job easier.

Use Dish Soap

Many dish detergents are designed to break up grease, which comes in handy when you're trying to clean grease from cabinets. Dish soap is gentle enough to clean your cabinets without causing any damage.

Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water to create a soapy wash. Dip a soft sponge or microfiber cloth into the soapy water and wring it out. Rub the greasy cabinet surfaces with the sponge to remove buildup.

Once you remove the grease, dump your soapy water and get fresh water. Grab a clean cloth, dampen it with water and wipe the cabinet surfaces to remove the suds. Wipe the cabinets down with a dry towel to remove the moisture and prevent streaking.

Scrub With Baking Soda

Use the scouring power of baking soda to clean grease buildup from kitchen cabinets. The alkali nature of baking soda also dissolves the grease. Make a paste out of a 50/50 mix of baking soda and water. Add more water or baking soda as needed to get the right texture.

Rub the baking soda paste into the greasy spots in a circular motion using a soft cloth. Rinse the cloth as needed and continue cleaning the kitchen cabinets with baking soda until the grease is gone. Wipe the paste from the cabinets with a clean, damp cloth until all traces of the paste are gone.

Mix Vinegar and Water

Make your own kitchen grease cleaner product by pairing warm water and vinegar in equal parts. Pour it into a clean spray bottle and spritz it onto the greasy cabinet surfaces. Give it a couple of minutes to break up the grease. Wipe off the vinegar mix with a clean cloth.

If your cabinets need extra help, add a few drops of dishwashing detergent to the mix. The combination powers through the grease better than each by itself.

Commercial Kitchen Cabinet Grease Remover

Multipurpose cleaners are often effective as a kitchen cabinet grease remover, especially if they have citrus oil in them. Citrus oil helps break up the grease. Read the label of the cleaner first to make sure it's safe for the type of material of your cabinets. It's always best to test out the cleaner on a hidden area before using it on the visible cabinet surfaces.

Spray on the cleaner and give it a few minutes to break up the grease. Wipe away the cleaner using a damp cloth or sponge. Removing the cleaner is important for preventing streaky surfaces.

Clean Cabinet Hardware

Don't forget about the cabinet hardware when removing grease. You can use any of the same cleaners you use for the cabinets on the hardware. Use an old toothbrush or other small brush with soft bristles to clean the grooves and edges of the hardware.


Shelley Frost combines her love of DIY and writing in her freelance career. She has first-hand experience with tiling, painting, refinishing hardwood floors, installing lighting, roofing and many other home improvement projects. She keeps her DIY skills fresh with regular projects around the house and extensive writing work on the topic.

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