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Steps to Clean and Remove Grease from Kitchen Cabinets — 24 Comments

  1. That’s an excellent idea. Now that it’s clean, fold newspaper to fit on top. Cleaning next time will be easier. All the gunk settles on the paper so you simply toss and clean the edges. I’m glad you didn’t see paper when I cleaned them recently. YUK

    • I think that you might be a little bit better off with plain old parchment paper or even plain paper towels simply because when the grease and humidity kick in, the newsprint will transfer to the cabinet.

  2. They may not have discovered a cure for the common cold, but I found something almost as good. My kitchen cabinets are finally clean and it didn’t take me half a day to accomplish this feat. All it took was a cup of vinegar and one half cup Borax mixed in to a gallon or so of water. Thank you for this fabulous idea. You got my new year off to a good start. I will be checking for further tips. Thanks once again.

  3. Thank you for making my MONTH- I’m leaving to visit family in a week, and have been considering calling Merry Maids first….looking @ referrals, called 1 cleaner who said we can do everything, but first I’ll visit and give you an estimate of hours/staff needed…freaked me out!! Want to do this before I leave , and come home to CLEAN!! Will let you know outcome!!

  4. Can this mixture of vinegar & Borax be used on the outside of real wood cabinets or should I use some other natural cleaner? Can you send me a email with an answer.

  5. I hope you are right. I am in the process of renting a new apartment. I have to admit I am a clean freak. While looking over the kitchen I notice the cupboards were rather dirty. I touched a couple of places and I was wrong. They are not dirty. They are FILTHY. They are sticky to the touch. At 71 I am not thrilled to be cleaning cupboards (that feel like they have not been cleaned since installation) that have been neglected for a long a long time. I start cleaning next week. I´m sure yours weren´t that bad, but if you know someone who came across a similar problem, please let me know if it worked for them. I would appreciate any feedback before I start. Will let you know if I clean them or set fire to them. Thanks for the advice. B. Karr

    • HI Barbara,

      I could not stand cleaning mine with toxic chemicals that did not cut the grease. This is by far the most fantastic way to get the grease off. Literally, mix up the solution and wipe off with a cloth. You will see. I can’t wait to hear how it works for you. Thanks for the comment. Jen

  6. I cannot believe how bad I let my cabinets get. We cook with a lot of oil and the cabinet above the stove was really disgusting. I saw your post and and decided to mix up a batch and just see if it really worked – and it did! I just want to thank you. Leah.

  7. Trying this mixture in the morning on my cabinets, would you put the mix in a spray bottle, or just using a scrubby or washcloth to wipe the cabinets down? Also does it work with decreasing the cabinet hinges?

    • Hey Jessica,

      I have never used it in a squirt bottle. I typically just fill up my sink and use a washcloth to wipe everything down. Now you are doing a few firsts for me. Such as the squirt bottle and hinges. I would love to know if both work well. I was thinking that if the borax is not completely dissolved it may in fact clog up the spray bottle. Just a thought. Please let me know how it all works out for you. Best of Luck.

  8. I follow advise from another site on my oak cabinets and it was a mistake. I used baking soda to clean 2 cabinets and I did the whole door. Now I cannot get the baking soda out of the groves in the oak. Is their anything I can do? I did this last year.

    • Oh wow… I am sorry to hear that. I would suggest grabbing an old toothbrush, saturating it with clean water and scrubbing the little corners until the baking soda starts to dissolve. It sounds like it have been there for a while. You may just have to take your time with each one. Getting the water in those little edges with some movement from the bristles will be key. Good Luck. I would to hear a follow up 🙂

  9. Did you wipe down the fronts or just the top? I want something safe for wood that has been stained and I think it has a polyurethane coating. Your top looks great!

    • Hi Ann, At first I only attempted with the tops. I too was a little nervous. But I wiped down the fronts with no problems at all. In fact, it wiped down just as easy. I am always recommending this mixture to my friends. I can’t wait to hear how your cabinets turn out. Best of luck

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