Cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets with home products that don’t harm the finish!

by Anjelina

Unfortunately, cooking involves grease splatters and fumes that accumulate on surfaces in our kitchens. This results in a sticky layer that immediately attracts dust. Surely you know what we’re talking about! Even if you constantly wipe down all kitchen surfaces, it’s not always enough, and the dirt eventually builds up. Fortunately, cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets is no longer a hard task, and in today’s article, you’ll find out which are the most effective means of cleaning and protecting the finish of your kitchen cabinets.

Cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets without removing the finish: Important recommendations

how to clean greasy cabinets soft microfiber cloth gloves

Homemade cleaners are the best possible way to remove grease from kitchen cabinets. Why is that? Well, for several reasons: they may not be the quickest method, but they are perfectly safe for your health and also protect the finish of your kitchen cabinets. Another plus is that they are a cheap alternative, and can be found in every home.

cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets without removing the finish


Follow a few important recommendations when cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets to avoid damaging their finish:

  • Forget the steel wool scrubbers and only clean grease off kitchen cabinets with soft materials to avoid scratching surfaces. Microfiber and soft cloths are more suitable.
  • It is best to wear gloves when cleaning. This applies to the use of household chemicals as well as homemade cleaners.
  • Be patient with very dirty surfaces because they will need to be cleaned in several stages, and don’t worry if some stains cannot be removed on the first attempt.
  • It is a very good idea before using a cleaning solution to test it on a small area of the cabinet first and wait to make sure it will not damage the finish or cause discoloration.
  • After each cleaning, run a wet cloth over the cabinets to remove any residue from the cleaning solution. And then immediately dry them with a clean soft cloth to prevent them from absorbing moisture, which can also damage the finish.

Which natural cleaning products don’t harm the finish of kitchen cabinets?

natural cleaning products don't harm the finish of kitchen cabinets

It is always better to use natural cleaning products rather than the harsh ones that are sold on the market. Homemade solutions are safe to use on kitchen cabinets and do not damage their finish. Let us now take a look at a few options that you can use:

Vinegar and water

vinegar and water solution natural degreaser

Vinegar is a natural degreaser. If regular table vinegar is diluted with water in a 1:1 ratio, you will get a pretty good agent that can remove dirt. Mix them in a spray bottle to make application easier. If you find the vinegar smell too pungent and unpleasant, then you can use apple cider vinegar. Moisten the surface with the solution, let it sit for a few minutes. Then remove the grease with the help of a soft sponge. The method requires patience, and you may need to repeat it once or twice more until the kitchen cabinets are clean.

Baking soda and vegetable oil

baking soda and vegetable oil homemade cleaning solution

If you are looking for an effective and safe method to remove grease from kitchen cabinets without damaging the surface (including wood), this is it. Mix baking soda and vegetable oil in a 2:1 ratio. You should end up with a thick paste. Apply the mixture to the areas that need cleaning and rub lightly with a soft sponge, but don’t overdo it. Let the paste sit for about 20-30 minutes, then wipe it off with a damp cloth. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to remove oily particles. If not all the grease is removed, you can repeat the process.

Lemon juice and olive oil solution

homemade grease cleaner lemon juice and olive oil mixture cleaning grease off kitchen cabinets

Use lemon juice to clean the grease from your kitchen cabinets. Apart from doing a great job with dirt, a pleasant citrus aroma will linger in the kitchen for long. Olive oil, on the other hand, helps moisturize and protect the surfaces. Mix lemon juice and olive oil in a 1:2 ratio. Take a soft cloth and apply from the solution. Wipe the cabinets.

If the dirt is not very stubborn, you can also use just a slice of lemon. Scrub the dirty surface thoroughly with it so that the juice runs out. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes and then remove it with a sponge soaked in warm water. Finally, all you have to do is wipe the furniture dry with a paper towel.

A solution of castile soap and water

solution of castile soap and water for cleaning kitchen cabinets

Castile soap is a biodegradable cleaning product that is made from vegetable oils. It is far from being gentle on dirt and is an excellent home cleaner. Take an empty spray bottle and mix a few drops of castile soap with warm water. Spray the solution on the kitchen cabinets and wipe with a soft cloth or sponge. Castile soap is a natural, gentle cleaner that removes dirt and grime from cabinets without damaging the finish.

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