Cleaning Greasy Kitchen Cabinet
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Cleaning Greasy Kitchen Cabinets Effectively With Simple, Safe and Low Cost Ingredients.

Congratulation! You just moved into a new rented house. However, your excitement and joys almost faded when you see how greasy, grimy and sticky your kitchen cabinet. Cleaning greasy kitchen cabinets is not an easy tasks and it’s a big job. The kitchen cabinets turn black, nasty and grease when it’s have been neglected and not cleaned for too long.

Don’t fret, you do not have to replace the kitchen cabinet with a new one. It’s not easy to remove years of grease from cabinets and it’s need an intensive cleaning. You can still save the cabinet if you know the right way, right tools and use the right ingredients to cleaning it.

Follow these tips to scrub your kitchen cabinets and clean it’s with simple, safe and low cost ingredients. These cleaning methods works for many others but for old thick grease, you need to repeat the scrubbing every day to give the results you want.

This way, you can turn your nightmare looking kitchen into fresh, clean and safe place for preparing meals for your family.

 

Vinegar and Baking Soda for Tough Cleaning

The best low cost, simple and safe ingredients to use for tough cleaning tasks is vinegar. To prepare the cleaning paste, mix one part of vinegar with equal amount of baking soda to make a cleaning paste.

Since vinegar is acidic, it’s might caused discoloration or ruin your cabinet. To avoid your kitchen cabinet turns dull after cleaning, test it first at any hidden area. Leave for at least 5 minutes and see what happen to the test area. If after cleaning, the cabinet still in good condition, you can use the paste for the whole cabinet.

Step by step how to do the cleaning :

  1. Mix 1 part of baking soda with same amount of vinegar to form a paste.
  2. Rinse your cloth with warm water and use it to spread the paste on tough stain.
  3. Let it sit for few minutes and works it’s wonder
  4. Use sponge or wet cloths or soft brush to scrub the stain, until it comes off.
  5. Wipe clean with plenty of water and dry with clean cloth.

These cleaning method is only recommended for layer that is too tough and could not be remove with a simple wipe-down. During your first cleaning, you might need more extensive scrubbing, but do not use scouring pads or other abrasive cleaners to ensure they do not discolor or ruin your cabinetry finish. Be patient and repeat the cleaning every day with more mild cleaning agents. You are not advised to use this cleaning method for routine cleaning to keep the finishing of your cabinets in good conditions .

 

Baking Soda and Water

Mixing baking soda and water in a spray and use it to remove stains caused by coffee, tea and juices and also stubborn grease and oil residue. The dark from the old stains will become lighter with these cleaning solution and you also reduce the risk of damaging the cabinet finishing.

Step by step how to do the cleaning :

  1. Mix 1 part of baking soda with same amount of water to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste with a clean microfiber cloth on the cabinet surface.
  3. Let it sit for few minutes and allow to dry
  4. Use sponge or wet cloths to remove excess paste
  5. Wipe to dry with clean cloth

To keep the cabinet finishing, always wipe clean your cabinet in the direction of the grain on wood-finished cabinets. And completely dried the surfaces from any moisture to avoid water seep through to the wood itself and cause peeling of the finishing.

 

Routine Cleaning with Hot Water and Dish Soap

Kitchen cabinet is a natural hotspot for grease and oil spills and splash. You maintain the cleanliness and avoid sticky kitchen, always wipe clean with damp microfiber cloth every day after cooking. Every one or two weeks (depends on how frequently you frying), use non-toxic and mild cleaners to deep clean your kitchen.

Step by step how to do the cleaning :

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap in a bucket of hot water.
  2. Dunk you microfiber cloths or sponge in the bucket.
  3. Wring out the cloth and wipe down all the surfaces.
  4. Rinse with a damp cloth
  5. Wipe to dry with another clean cloth

Hot water helps to break down the dirt and melt the grease and made your cleaning easier. It’s also helps to disinfection your kitchen and remove bad odors from cooking. This cleaning method also an excellent way to remove fresh grease and should be used for weekly routine cleaning. It cleans very well and won’t dull the cabinet finishing.
 

Safe Way to Clean Your Kitchen Cabinets

First before choosing the right cleaning method for your kitchen cabinet, you need to consider few factors.
Material of cabinets – Each types of cabinet material such as wood, metal, laminate or glass could give different results to different cleaning solutions.
Cleaning Tools – avoid using harsh, abrasive brushes or scouring pads to scrub your cabinets to avoid ruining the surface of cabinet finishing.
Avoid harsh chemicals – The popular grease cleaning ammonia is toxic if inhale even diluted and it’s might harm your health. Choose the right and safe ingredients.

If your kitchen cabinets still require deep and high extensive cleaning, you can try the popular Murphy’s Oil Soap. It’s works wonder to remove tough stain and thick layers of grease.
 

Maintain Shining and Spotless Kitchen Cabinets

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Once you did with cleaning, you can keep your wood cabinet surface looking bright longer with polishing and waxing. It will give instant make over for your cabinet and it’s also provide good protection and resistant to oil, grease and dust.

You can also reduce oil splash near the cooker by reducing the fried foods (it’s good for your health and beauty too). If you still need to fry or use oils in your cooking, close the lid to keep your kitchen clean.

Do you have other methods to clean cooking grease from your kitchen cabinets?

10 Comments

  • Benji Wilkins

    Thanks for this really useful article! I imagine that cleaning a grimy kitchen cabinet must be one of the least exciting things to do when you’ve just moved into a new home, but you’ve really helped break down the process in an easy to understand way here! I’ve seen a lot of other people cite baking soda as great for cleaning, so there’s definitely something to it! In your opinion, which is better out of the two; baking soda with water and baking soda with vinegar? Thanks!

    • azaliha

      Hai Benji,

      Yes, cleaning is no fun if its too hard to remove and we could not get the results as expected. To choose which mixing is the best for your kitchen cabinet, you should look at how bad the stain. Use baking soda and vinegar only when the stain is too thick. If not, just mixed baking soda with hot water is enough. Thanks for reading. Have a nice day.

      Azaliha

  • Nathalie

    Wow! Azaliha, your blog is so beautiful! Very neat and uncluttered! 

    I completely agree with using natural ingredients for cleaning. I have been using vinegar and baking soda myself for several years for tough stains, and use hot water and soap for the rest. πŸ™‚ 

    I really like how to make everything sound so easy and how you give very clear instructions. Sometimes, I wonder if I am using the right proportions. I am going to try your proportions next time to see if it makes a difference, just for the fun of it. πŸ™‚ 

    • azaliha

      Hi Nathalie,
      You should try and share with us later on how its makes a difference. Love to hear your experience.
      Thanks for sharing with us.

      Azaliha

  • Margarette

    Thank you for this very helpful article.  As a mom and business owner, I’m always looking for simple yet effective cleaning solutions that gets the job done in as little time as possible, leaving me more time to focus on my kids and growing my business.  

    I’ve known about the benefits of mixing vinegar and baking soda as a cleansing mixture but I’ve just been winging it LOL.  Now thanks to your article I have the correct measurements that should be used.  Thanks again.  

    • azaliha

      Welcome Margarette. You made a right choice about life. Wish you happy family and successful business. Thanks for stopping by!

      Azaliha

  • Nic

    Great looking site,

    I love the information about cleaning the kitchen. My in laws are from the south and they have always used Murphy cleaning soap. It is funny to see someone suggesting the same. I have always used Murphys. I also use a commercial degreaser that  I get from a local convenient store. 

    Thanks for the insights!

    Nic

  • Nate Stone

    Hi Azaliha,

    Thanks for sharing these tips, I look at ways to reduce exposure to chemicals and other harmful ingredients.

    The great thing about cleaning with baking soda, water & vinegar is you don’t get exposed to these dangerous chemicals, it’s good to see someone else promoting these as cleaning options!

    • azaliha

      Thanks for the comments. We try our best to find alternative by replacing harmful chemical products in cleaning agents. Happy Cleaning!

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