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Tips for Cleaning Food Grease from Wood Cabinets

Removing Greasy Grime on Kitchen Cabinets

Greasy dirt attached to cupboards is one of the most difficult cleaning jobs there is, and the problem is almost inevitable in kitchen environments. Especially if you prefer non-toxic cleaning agents, it may seem like nothing will work to drain the dirt.


Methods to Avoid

There are a number of natural, self-cleaning cleaning solutions that should clean cabinet grease, but two don’t really work and can even damage your cabinets:


Olive oil and baking soda: This popular online remedy proved to be worse than useless in our tests. Olive oil is a non-drying oil that stays soft on your cupboards, where the dust will attract and eventually spoil. According to woodworking experts, only drying oils such as orange, walnut and linseed oil may be used to clean wood. When these oils dry, they form a hard protective layer on the wood.

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Vinegar:Although vinegar is a fantastic natural disinfectant, it is also an acid. When used undiluted or mixed with water, it can ruin the finish of a wood on contact.


Effective Ways to Clean Grease from Cabinets

But there are some very effective ways to remove greasy earth from cupboards:

Goo Gone:Make sure you wear rubber gloves, then apply a commercial Goo Gone cleaner to the grease and let it sit for a minute or two. Heat a damp micro-cloth in a microwave for 35 seconds, then use it to wipe away the fat layer quickly. Finally, clean the area with mild soap and water and then dry it completely.

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All-purpose orange oil cleaner :If your cabinets are really dirty, let the robot sit for 10 minutes after spraying. Afterwards, wipe the cleaner with a warm, damp micro-cloth.


A wood cleaner containing Brazilian carnauba wax:Carnauba wax is an ingredient that is typically found in high-quality wood cleaners and polishes. An excellent product, called Magic Cabinet and Wood Cleaner, is a spray pump application.

Hot water and dish soap:Dishwashing detergent is an alkaline product that effectively lets fat through, especially when mixed in hot water. Mix a dash or two of grease-cutting dish soap in a bucket of very hot water (as hot as you can stand), and use a nylon scouring pad to attack grease in the cupboard. Keep the water warm and use light pressure on the nylon pad to prevent scratching the surface. Rinse and dry the cupboards when you’re done.

Removing Pen Marks and Other Stubborn Food Stains

You can use a Magic Eraser or household salt to remove stubborn marks, paint stains or rock hard food splashes from wooden cabinets. But remember that both are abrasives, so you must work carefully to remove only the stain and not the wood finish.

With a Magic Eraser (the more abrasive product), you first have to test in a small hidden place, especially on dark colored wood.

To use baking soda, mix two parts of baking soda with one part of water. Apply the paste to the stain and rub gently until it disappears.

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