How to Clean Grease From Kitchen Cabinets

Updated February 21, 2017

Kitchen cabinets situated near a stove often become greasy victims of fried food. This greasy mess is easily removed using everyday household items and without harsh chemicals.

Combine 3 tbsp baking soda with 1 cup hot water. Mix well.

Apply to greasy area with a warm sponge (hot water helps remove the grease). Rinse with a clean sponge and wipe dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Spray a citrus cleaner on the greasy mess, then wipe with the hot sponge until no grease remains. Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

Form a paste with white distilled vinegar and baking soda to cut grease without using a chemical-based cleaner. Combine 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup vinegar to form a paste, then rub on greasy cabinets and let sit for 20 minutes. Wipe clean with a warm sponge and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.


One alternative is to use a damp sponge that has been microwaved for 30 seconds. Handle the steaming sponge with rubber gloves, as it will be hot. If you have food caked on your cabinets, dampen with hot water and clean using one of the above methods. If it remains, use a butter knife to gently loosen the food, then repeat your cleaning method.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth or paper towels
  • Citrus-based cleaner
  • White distilled vinegar
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Tonya Goodspeed has written professionally since 2003 and specializes in articles on travel, weddings, invitations and home and garden topics. She also ghostwrites Web and blog content. She earned an English degree with a minor in French from the University of Virginia.