How to Clean Sticky Grease Off Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen cabinets are common problem areas for kitchen sanitation since they are near stovetops and ovens, making them susceptible to grease and splatter. They also require careful cleaning and maintenance because using the wrong cleaner can damage your cabinet surfaces, causing discoloration, watermarks, and reduced shine.

Therefore, your kitchen cleaning routine should include good knowledge of how to clean sticky grease off kitchen cabinets efficiently.

How To Clean Wood Kitchen Cabinets?

It’s essential to regularly clean greasy cabinets in the kitchen because it can eventually become grime, making it more challenging to clean your cabinets. Germs and bacteria thrive in greasy and dirty areas, posing health hazards to you or your family when food and utensils become contaminated.

Here are the top five ways to clean kitchen cabinets grease easily. These methods are budget-friendly and easy to incorporate into your regular cleaning routine.

Method 1: Dish Soap Cleaner

This dish soap and water cleaner is a straightforward method for cleaning kitchen grease. A small bottle of liquid dish soap can go a long way with this method and doesn’t require much preparation or mixing, making it suitable for everyday use.

  • Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap in a container of (preferably) warm water. You can use room temperature water but never cold water since grease will compact further.
  • Dip a cleaning sponge or washcloth into the soap-water solution, but ensure it’s not soaking wet.
  • Scrub the soapy sponge or washcloth onto your kitchen cabinet, especially the greasy areas.
  • Use another clean sponge or wash cloth soaked in plain water to wipe off the soap and grime.
  • Finally, wipe your kitchen cabinet dry using a clean, dry towel.

Method 2: Citrus-based Cleaner

A citrus-based cleaner keeps your kitchen cabinets clean and germ-free, adding a sweet-smelling, zesty scent to your kitchen. This is a practically non-toxic cleaner since you only use all-natural ingredients.

It can require a longer preparation time, but it’s a good option if you want a toxic-free, naturally-scented cleaner. Here’s a simple way to make your citrus-based cleaner.

  • Fill three-quarters of a glass canning jar or mason jar with citrus peels (e.g., lemon peel, orange peel).
  • Pour white vinegar into the jar, filling it until half an inch from the lid to submerge the peels completely.
  • Steep the citrus peels in the vinegar for two to three weeks.
  • Strain the peels through a sieve or colander. Throw away the peels, and pour the liquid into a spray bottle or container.
  • You can use this liquid as it is to clean your kitchen cabinets or add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to achieve suds.
  • Spray the solution onto your kitchen cabinets. Then, scrub the greasy areas with a sponge or washcloth.
  • Rinse using a clean sponge or washcloth to wipe off the grease.
  • Wipe cabinets dry with a towel.

Method 3: Baking Soda Cleaner

Baking soda is an effective heavy-duty cleaner for tough compacted grime and excessive grease. Its gritty texture and alkaline nature dissolve grease and hardened grime efficiently, which milder cleaners may not easily remove.

  • Mix water and baking soda (fifty-fifty solution) to form a paste.
  • Apply the paste to the dirtiest areas first. Then, apply circular motions onto the area with a microfiber cloth or towel.
  • Rinse the microfiber cloth or towel once it has become soiled, and repeat the procedure until the grease has been fully dissolved.
  • Remove the baking soda and water residues using a damp washcloth.
  • Finally, use a dry towel to wipe your wood kitchen cabinets dry. Ensure to completely wipe away any residual moisture because it can leave watermarks on your wood kitchen cabinet if not thoroughly wiped.

Method 4: White Vinegar Cleaner

Due to its natural acidity, white vinegar also makes for an excellent degreaser. Suitable for daily use. It’s also very affordable, easy to use, and non-toxic.

  • Mix white vinegar with equal parts of warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well before use.
  • Spray the solution onto your kitchen cabinets, and leave for two to three minutes.
  • Use a towel or microfiber cloth dipped in warm water to scrub off grease. Don’t use cold water, as it could damage your furniture when using a vinegar-based cleaner.
  • Dry off your kitchen cabinets with a dry towel or microfiber cloth.

Method 5: Baking Soda and Lemon Cleaner

This method combines the grime-dissolving power of baking soda and lemon’s germ-busting, sweet-smelling properties. It’s excellent for medium to heavy-duty cleaning.

  • Mix one part baking soda and two parts warm water with a few teaspoons of lemon juice into a spray bottle. Shake thoroughly to combine all ingredients.
  • Spray the solution onto your kitchen cabinets, especially problem areas, then leave for two to three minutes.
  • Scrub off grease using a wet sponge or washcloth. Repeat the procedure until the grease is eliminated. Rinse the sponge or washcloth once it has been soiled.
  • Dry your cabinets with a towel or microfiber cloth.

Important Reminder

Do a test cleaning on a small corner of your wood kitchen cabinet to ensure it won’t be damaged. Your kitchen cabinet’s material may react differently to various cleaners. Determine which cleaner works best for your kitchen cabinet with a test clean.

Don’t forget to add extra polish to your wood kitchen cabinets after cleaning them to preserve sheen.


Cleaning your wood cabinets is integral to maintaining kitchen and household cleanliness. Thankfully, keeping your kitchen cabinets clean and beautiful need not be complicated or tiresome.

You also don’t need to buy expensive toxic cleaning products to keep your kitchen cabinets clean. Many of these cleaning methods use cheap, everyday household items. Use these easy, stress-free cleaning routines to save your time and budget.

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