Grease is sneaky! Unless you are very careful while cooking, after countless meals, you look at your cabinets, and you realise they are covered with dark and sticky dirt! Cabinet doors are a magnet for grease from your stovetop, grubby fingers, and drops of oil while moving pots. On top of that, surfaces covered with grime give an unpleasant, stinky smell.

Wondering what you can do about it? Unfortunately, it is too tough to remove with a simple wipe-down. Fortunately, certain products have active ingredients that are well-suited to cut through the grime.

But instead of using a chemical cleaning product that might damage the finish on your cabinets, you can use a more gentle and natural approach to cleaning your kitchen. Most of those products you can find even in your own cabinets! We from Cleandy have a few tips on how to clean greasy cabinets successfully:

Soap and Water

Dish soap was designed to cut through grease, right? So, use it! Most greasy areas will only need soap mixed up with warm water. Use a sponge, toothbrush or any other kind of small scrub brush, or even microfiber cloth, damp with the magical liquid, and then gently rub it into the grime spots. To avoid leftovers, finish by using clean water and a towel to remove the soap and dry the cabinet.

Baking Soda

For older or more stubborn stains, a slightly more abrasive cleaner might be necessary. Mix up some baking soda with warm water (50/50). When it has a paste texture, put it on a brush, and start scrubbing away until you have a grease-free surface. As a mild alkali, baking soda is good for dissolving grease in water.

Once again, finish the cleaning by using a fresh damp cloth to remove excess paste and a dry cloth to remove the moisture. This is a significant step, and you should be careful not to leave any moisture as it can work its way into the finish of your cabinets and resolve visible damage.

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Distilled White Vinegar

Another trusted kitchen cleaner is the well-known white vinegar. As a natural acid, it has grease-busting qualities without leaving residue behind. Be careful and follow our rules on how to use it.
Firstly dampen a clean, dry cloth or towel with undiluted white vinegar. Wipe down the greasy spots on your cabinetry, and leave the vinegar for 10 or 15 minutes. And the last but essential step – dry the damp surfaces with a clean paper towel. If any still-sticky spots need a do-over, don’t hesitate to repeat.

Citrus-Based Multipurpose Cleaner

Citrus oil is also known as a natural degreaser, and it can be the thing you need to cut through layers of tough grime. You can find it in any online and brick and mortar store.
Prefer to DIY the liquid? Here is how! Fill a clean jar with three-quarters full of citrus peels and top it off with white vinegar. Leave it for two-three weeks. When the time passes, just take out the peels and pour the liquid into a clean spray bottle.
Use it in a few simple steps starting with spraying a multipurpose cleaner containing citrus oil onto the kitchen surface. Wait for it to do the magic for a few minutes. Then use a brush, sponge or microfiber cloth dampened with warm water and gently remove the grease. Once again, finish with wiping off with a clean cloth and dry thoroughly.


Toothpaste isn’t just for brushing your teeth, we can use it on many different occasions, and it can remove grease too. Mix it with baking soda – all you need is 1 teaspoon of white toothpaste, 1 cup of warm water, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Dip a sponge in the mixture and scrub down the dirt on the cabinets.

Oil Fighting Oil

A well-known secret is to fight oil with oil. We suggest vegetable oil as it has the ability to soften and lift such stains. For good results, mix it with 2-parts baking soda and rub in the paste with a soft clean cloth. Use that paste to shine up grimy hinges, handles and pulls, wash the cabinets with warm water and dish soap and let them dry.
Job well done! But once the sticky residue is removed, keep it off by regularly wiping your cabinets down with a mild soap and water solution.

NOTE: Please, always try out those methods in an inconspicuous spot before going to larger areas to ensure they do not dull or discolour your cabinetry finish!
Sounds like too much work that it doesn’t pay off the risk of ruining the surface of your cabinets? You can always hire a professional cleaning service to finish this work for you! With ease, you will have a kitchen looking as if it belongs to someone who doesn’t even cook! Meanwhile, you can finish other highly important tasks or just relax and enjoy your day.

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