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How to Clean Sticky Grease Off Kitchen Cabinets

When you’re doing a proper deep clean of the kitchen those layers of grease on kitchen cabinets can seem like an unsurmountable obstacle.

However, there are a few methods to quickly tackle that greasy mess!

Sticky grease can be very stubborn to clean and it may feel like a lot of work scrubbing greasy tiles and cabinets.

Here are some easy methods to make removing grease easier, using products that you’re likely to already have in your kitchen cabinets.


1. Dishwashing Liquid

cleaning kitchen cabinet with dishwashing liquid

The best method to try before all the others is dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water.

If the greasy patches have not been on the cabinets for too long and haven’t had time to really sink into the surface, then soap and water should make quick work of that sticky, oily build-up.

For best results, dip a clean cloth or even a scrubbing brush into the warm, soapy water and then work the soap carefully into the grease.

Once the grease has been eradicated, wipe the surface down with a clean damp cloth to make sure there are no oily patches left behind.


2. Vinegar

cleaning kitchen cabinet with vinegar

Despite being acidic, white vinegar usually doesn’t cause much damage to the surfaces it is put on. As with any other cleaning product, it should not be left for too long on the wood, but if used properly it will be an excellent de-greaser.

Vinegar can be used directly on your kitchen cabinets, and you can use a cloth to properly spread the liquid over the surfaces properly.

Once the surface is damp with the vinegar, leave it to soak into the grease for around 10 minutes.

Once the vinegar has worked through the grease, use a cloth soaked in warm soapy water to wipe down the surfaces and remove that oily, greasy mess.


3. Bicarbonate of Soda

cleaning kitchen cabinet with baking soda paste

Bicarbonate of soda is an efficient household cleaning product for almost any cleaning situation.

It works best when it is turned into a paste, as it can stick to the surface that it needs to clean, and get into the smaller, more textured spaces.

Mix some bicarbonate of soda with warm water until you have enough paste to cover the entirety of your cabinet surfaces.

Use the paste to properly scrub the greasy surface and work through those extra sticky patches.

Once the paste has had some time to work its magic, mix some warm water with some dishwashing soap.

Then wet a clean cloth in this mixture and use it to wash the paste off of the cabinets and wipe away any greasy patches that may be more stubborn.


4. Vegetable Oil

It may seem counterproductive to tackle oil-based greasy stains with even more oil, but vegetable oil is surprisingly effective in working through sticky grease.

You can mix one part oil with two parts bicarbonate of soda to ensure that the mixture turns into a paste, which you can then spread all over the sticky cabinets.

Ensure that the paste covers the worst of the greasy patches, including handles and even hinges.

Once the paste has had a moment to work through the grease, wash it all off with some warm water that has some dishwashing liquid mixed in.


5. Professional Wood Cleaner Product

cleaning kitchen cabinet with wood cleaner product

If none of the methods mentioned above work when it comes to tackling the greasy patches on your cabinets, then it may be time to invest in either a professional wood cleaning product.

Wood cleaners can be bought in most supermarkets or online and there is often an affordable option.

If you still don’t see results, then your final option would be to hire a team of cleaners to come in and deep clean the space for you.



Removing that stubborn sticky grease from your kitchen cabinets is not always a fun task but using the methods on this list will help you get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you won’t have to worry about it again until your next deep clean.