Looks Matter – Keep the Grease Away!

April 16, 2016

Cabinets are a major focal point of any kitchen – they take up a lot of space, are usually the first thing people see, and are used on a daily basis.  With this, however comes exposure to greasy hands and even the smallest amounts of grease from your cooking.  Over time, if not dealt with, this grease can begin to build up on your kitchen cabinets, which could lead to sticky and hard-to-remove stains on your cabinet surfaces.

Keep your kitchen cabinets clean and grease-free with these simple tips:

Before Starting

Make sure to consider these factors related to your cabinets before starting your fight against grease:

  • Make sure to dry your cabinets really well after cleaning, particularly if your cabinets are lower quality melamine, as leaving them damp could damage the seams or edges.
  • After cleaning, preserve your wood cabinets by applying a coat of drying oil such as lemon, wood or tung oils every couple of months.  This can go a long way in preventing future grease buildup.
  • Your range-hood is a powerful tool in your kitchen.  Turn it on when cooking to draw steam and grease away from your kitchen cabinets.

Water and Oil Don’t Mix

Bet that’s not the first time you’ve read that, and it’s no different with kitchen cabinets.  Skip the water! The best way to fight grease is with grease – clean grease that is.  

Mix vegetable oil with 2-parts baking soda and dab on a paper towel or soft cloth.  Begin rubbing your cabinets and you’ll notice a difference right away.  Stains begin to soften and lift instantly.  Wash your cabinets with warm water and a bit of dish soap.  Rinse and dry.

Vinegar…A Natural Solution

This is one of the oldest tricks in the home cleaning books.  

What you need: undiluted white vinegar, dry cloth, and a bit of elbow grease, (the best kind of grease).

Dampen the cloth with the vinegar and wipe down your cabinets, making sure to get those particularly stubborn sticky spots.  To finish, rinse the cloth with warm water, wring it out and wipe the cabinets.  Dry surface with a paper towel.

Dish Soap is Not Just for Dishes

The cleanest dishes are usually washed with dish soap and hot water, and this same method can be used for your kitchen cabinets.  

Fill your sink or a bucket half full with hot tap water and add 1-2 tablespoons of dish soap.  Using a sponge with a heavy-duty scrubber attached dipped in the soapy hot water, scrub your cabinets in a circular motion with enough pressure to get rid of the pesky grease but not enough to remove your cupboard’s finish.  Rinse and dry your cabinets, and voila!

To get the best results, get the water as hot as you can handle so wear rubber gloves and change the water as it cools.


The video below provides a great visual to accompany the information in this post. Be sure to take a look!

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer is a member of the Seine River Cabinets content team. She focuses her time on creating informative and engaging content in the area of interior design/home decor.

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