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How to Clean Grime Off the Top of Kitchen Cabinets

Updated April 17, 2017

While a great meal is cooking, grease and grime float through the air and settle on top of the kitchen cabinets. It is important to periodically tackle the job of scouring and scrubbing to make your kitchen clean as a whistle. Grab scouring materials and the right cleaning products to enjoy a kitchen that looks and smells fresh.

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  1. Choose chemical or natural cleaning products. Dissolve grime with dish detergent or a commercial degreaser. Utilise household solutions of vinegar and water or baking soda paste, as recommended by cleaning guru, Shannon Lush. Fill the spray bottle with your cleaning product of choice. Household ingredients are equally as effective as commercial cleaners for a fraction of the cost.

  2. Remove decorative items from top of cabinets. Clean off dust and grime; dry them to a shine. Set them aside until cleaning is completed.

  3. Fill a bucket with water. Arrange your step ladder under the dirty cabinet. Place supplies within easy reach. Transfer items up and down with the help of a friend.

  4. Spritz cleaning solution over the top surface of the cabinet and allow it to stand for ten minutes.

  5. Scour away grime with clean cloths. Use grade 00 steel wool for stubborn areas.

  6. Wipe the are clean with a clean cloth. Dry the surface thoroughly. Rehydrate wood with oil to rehydrate dried-out wood surfaces. Complete the job by replacing decorative items above the cabinets.

  7. Tip

    Ask someone to assist you in transferring items and cleaning supplies from the ground up. Use a sturdy ladder to avoid spills and falls. Opt for natural cleaning products that are environmentally safe as opposed to chemically laden commercial cleaners. Allow yourself plenty of time to complete the task. Wipe grime from walls and ceilings at the same time.


    Check your balance while standing on ladders and counter tops. Use oils specially formulated for wood. Apply mineral oil sparingly, as recommended by Homemade Cleaners, as it is flammable. Protect counter and floor surfaces from cleaning drips and spills.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Commercial degreaser
  • Dish detergent
  • Grade 00 steel wool
  • Baking soda
  • Clean cloths
  • Rubber gloves
  • Spray bottle
  • Step ladder

About the Author

Toni Hoy has written articles on child welfare for “Rise Magazine.” She has made presentations to state departments, legislators, and advocacy groups on mental health care. Her video, "He's My Son" is gaining national attention. She holds a B.A. degree in communications from Thomas Edison State College.

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