How to Clean Greasy Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Grease and dirt will build-up on wood kitchen cabinets if you do not take the time to clean them regularly. Grease stains will damage the wood overtime, and they make the cabinets look unpleasant. Instead of replacing your kitchen cabinets, you can make them look attractive again by removing the grease. Removing the grease will prolong the life of your wood cabinets.

Pour 2 tbsp of dish soap into a container filled with 1 qt. of warm water. Dip a sponge into the solution, and wring out the excess liquid. Scrub the wood kitchen cabinets with the grain of the wood.

Rinse the area with clean water. Dry the wood cabinets with a towel.

If you still have grease build-up on your cabinets, combine 1/2 cup of borax with 2 tsp of washing powderder and 1 tbsp of ammonia in a spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle with warm water, and spray the solution onto the wood cabinets.

Allow the solution to stay on the cabinets for 10 to 15 minutes. Wipe off the solution with a washcloth, and rinse the cabinets with water. Dry them thoroughly.

If you still have areas with tough grease, you can remove the grease with a baking soda and vinegar solution. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp washcloth. Combine an equal amount of white distilled vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray the cabinets with the solution, and then wipe them down with the baking soda washcloth. Replace the baking soda on the washcloth as needed as you scrub the cabinets.

Rinse the cabinets with water. Dry them with a towel.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp dish soap
  • Container
  • 1 qt. warm water
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 2 tsp washing powderder
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • 2 spray bottles
  • 2 washcloths
  • Baking soda
  • White distilled vinegar
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.