How to clean old grease stains off kitchen cabinets

Greasy cabinets are a problem that plagues even the most frequent of cleaners. Grease splatters off the stove, reaching cabinets above and near the stove. If you have cabinets over the sink, grease can even splash onto the doors when washing the dishes. Every time you touch the cabinets, you push the grease around and transfer it onto different areas of the cabinets. Cleaning the grease off the cabinets involves cleaning away the different layers of greasy build-up.

Mix 3 tbsp baking soda and 1 cup warm water in a small bowl. Stir the solution with a fork until the baking soda completely dissolves in the water.

Dip a sponge in the solution and squeeze out the excess water. Wipe the solution across the cabinets, applying an even coating of the solution to the cabinets. Wipe the solution off with a paper towel. Repeat on all areas of the cabinets.

Combine equal parts baking soda and distilled white vinegar, until they form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the cabinets with the sponge and wait 20 minutes. Wipe down the cabinets with a damp paper towel.

Run a soft cloth or dish towel under warm water and squeeze out the excess water. Sprinkle baking soda on the towel and wipe down the cabinets, adding more baking soda or water as needed. Use damp paper towels to rinse the baking soda off the cabinets.

Clean the cabinets with a citrus-based household cleaner or plain distilled vinegar. Wipe the cleaning solution across the cabinets, removing any grease that was left behind. Rub damp paper towels over the cabinets and dry with fresh paper towels.


If you don't like the smell of distilled white vinegar, add a few drops of citrus essential oil to the vinegar, which gives it a fresh and clean scent.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Warm water
  • Small bowl
  • Fork
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Damp cloth
  • Citrus-based cleaner
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Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.