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Kitchen cabinets can go through a lot of wear and tear. Grease, food particles, and dust can build upon our cabinets and can look ugly. In addition, this gunk can be so difficult to clean especially if it is not cleaned every so often.

The best way to keep this grease build-up to a very minimal level is to clean and polish it at least once every two weeks. The amount of cleaning necessary depends on how often you use your kitchen to cook, the type of foods you cook and the method of cooking you undertake each time.

With that said it is easy to understand that any form of frying will cause a higher concentration of grease in the kitchen. It is important to note that grease also builds upon kitchen walls and ceilings.

To save your pride and sanity!!!

We want to prevent visitors, neighbors, and in-laws from wondering what happened to your wooden cabinets (even though….ehem! it’s none of their business).

If it looks shabby, discolored, full of scratches, or has patches where the sheen is damaged- it will not go unnoticed and can cause a distraction. Do not get mad if they steer- sometimes they can’t help it!

Importantly- Do NOT put vinegar or olive oil on your wooden cabinet!

There is a popular two-ingredient wood cleaning recipe on Pinterest that uses olive oil and baking soda to remove gunk from kitchen cabinets. It was tried out and after a few days, the cabinet had a stinky scent.

After speaking to a woodworker this is what was discovered:

Oils on wood

Oils do have a way of breaking up other oils and that is no exception when you apply it to your cabinets to remove buildup grease. However, there are two types of oils we should know about before we approach our wooden surfaces.

These are Drying oils and non-drying oils.

Drying oils will harden and dry out when exposed to light and air. When Drying oils are applied to the wood they form a hard protective layer.

Olive oil which is a non-drying oil when it’s applied to the wood, stays liquid and spoils, which will eventually hit up a stench, and attract noxious bacteria.

Some non-drying oils include; Babassu oil, Baobab Oil, Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, Macadamia oil, Nahar Seed oil, Mineral oil, Olive oil, and Peanut oil.

Drying oils are a key component of oil paint and some varnishes. Some commonly used drying oils include linseed oil, orange oil, tung oil, poppy seed oil, perilla oil, and walnut oil.

Vinegar is a wonderful natural cleaner and a good disinfectant but its acidity can ruin the nice finish of your wooden surfaces.


Here Is How To Remove The Grease From Your Cabinets

A few things you may need to get you going are in the picture below.

Use mild dish soap: Dissolve a teaspoon of mild dish soap in a cup of warm water. Dip a soft scouring sponge or rag into the solution and gently but firmly rub on the greasy areas.

The sponge will help keep in some moisture and cause foaming action so that the grease will strip off more easily.


Do not use all-purpose cleaners or any solution containing vinegar. This will only ruin your nice wood finish and the idea is to have your cabinets looking better after cleaning and not worse.

You may use a damped cloth to wipe away all the soap and then use a microfiber cloth to dry your cabinets off properly.

For tougher grease purchase one of these:

Oil Soap Wood Cleaner: This can be found in most stores in the laundry section and is also available online. They are available in a concentrated form which is thick and looks like yellow liquid soap.  It is a good solution for your wooden cabinet.

It was specially made for wood surfaces with mild enough ingredients that can cut away grease and still keep your wooden surfaces in tip-top condition.

Just wet a sponge with water and squeeze out excess water from it.

Then add half of a teaspoon of the oil soap wood cleaner to the sponge and rub onto the greasy surface without applying too much force. A toothbrush can be used to get into the hard-to-reach areas and remove all that gunk.

Wipe away with a soft dry microfiber cloth.


Oil soap wood cleaner is also available in a spray bottle which has a diluted solution that was pre-mixed and ready to be used on the wood surfaces as is. However, this still should not be taken for granted.

Test by spraying a little of the spray solution in an inconspicuous spot. If the spot becomes white or looks cloudy – do not use it on your cabinet surface.

Different types of finishes are placed on wooden surfaces so the test will show you whether or not your cabinet surface can work with that particular solution.

To clean off grease using this solution simply spray it onto greasy areas and use a soft cloth to rub the area in a circular motion until the grease is stripped off the cabinet surface.

Wipe away all of the residues with a soft dry cloth.

For thick caked-on food particles

Use baking soda mixed with dish soap in the form of a paste, it acts as a mild abrasive that will soften and help to break down food particles that may have been dried up for a long time. It also acts as a good grease stripper.

Just make a paste with baking soda and water. Use a piece of cloth to apply the paste to the areas where the caked-on particles are. Wait fifteen minutes and rub it off using a wet scouring pad, then dry it with a soft cloth.


Some finer details are placed here!

Attention should be paid to scratches and causes of scratches such as fingernail marks while opening and closing cabinet doors, a pen in hand or a shirt or pants pocket, buttons on our clothes, jewelry, hairpieces, pots, jars, and pans that can rub against the cabinet surfaces while moving them to or from the cabinet.

If you have pets, they can cause some scratches too. To remedy minor scratches use felt tip markers. Find the shade that best fits your cabinet’s color.

Mark it in the scratched area only and quickly wipe away any excess before it dries up. Detailing takes some skill but you will get the hang of it. At the end of the day, you want your cabinet to look good as new.

Advice: Ensure that the cloth that you are using to dry your cabinets does not hold any other particles. It may cause scratches or smears on your cabinet surfaces.

Scouring Sponges: These come in all sorts and forms. They are very handy in helping to get things clean. However, they have some disadvantages. 

They have a way of trapping lots of microparticles from food and holding them in hard-to-reach and unreachable areas.

This causes the massive growth of all sorts of harmful micro-organisms such as bacteria, yeast, and mold. The best recommendation for handling this issue is to throw away the sponge immediately after use.

But I will NOT do that!!! Some persons like myself may be thinking that they need to get more uses out of the scouring sponge so they might wash and keep the used ones in a vinegar and salt solution in an airtight container.

Or throw it into the microwave for a minute and that’s it – clean!

Toothbrush: Can be used to get into some hard-to-reach areas. If soap gets into some nooks and crannies and the cloth cannot be used to reach them, use the toothbrush. Rub into the areas properly to remove all possible grease.

But after the grease is removed do not let the soap stay in those areas. Rinse the same toothbrush and use it to dig out all the soap. Repeat the process until you are sure that the soap is completely out. This is how we protect the wood from every crevice and corner.


When you are finished cleaning the wood surface, give it some comfort – you may spray on a bit of WD-40 and buff the surface with a dry microfiber cloth.

This will leave the wood looking so slick and shiny! Like a brand new Bently!

How to Clean Greasy Kitchen Cabinets Without Damaging Wood Surfaces

How to Clean Greasy Kitchen Cabinets Without Damaging Wood Surfaces

Discover the best solutions for cleaning your greasy kitchen cabinets with ease. Learn how to keep your cabinets looking pristine without causing any damage.


  • Oil Soap Wood Cleaner
  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Soap
  • WD-40


  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Very Soft Scouring pad
  • Sponge
  • Toothbrush


  1. Understanding Grease Build-Up:
    Kitchen cabinets endure a lot of wear and tear, accumulating grease, food particles, and dust over time. Regular cleaning is essential to maintain their appearance and functionality.
  2. Importance of Regular Cleaning:
    Cleaning and polishing your cabinets at least once every two weeks helps minimize grease build-up. Factors such as cooking frequency, types of food cooked, and cooking methods influence cleaning frequency.
  3. Risks of Using Vinegar and Olive Oil:
    Avoid using vinegar or olive oil on wooden cabinets, as they can damage the finish and attract bacteria. Understanding the difference between drying and non-drying oils is crucial for effective cleaning.
  4. Safe Cleaning Solutions:
    Use mild dish soap diluted in warm water to gently remove grease from cabinets. Avoid all-purpose cleaners or solutions containing vinegar, as they can harm the wood finish.
  5. Recommended Cleaning Products:
    a. Oil Soap Wood Cleaner:
  6. Ideal for cutting through grease without damaging wood surfaces.
  7. Apply a small amount to a sponge and gently rub onto greasy areas.
  8. Wipe clean with a dry microfiber cloth for best results.

b. Baking Soda Paste:

  • Create a paste with baking soda and water to tackle tough, caked-on grease.
  • Apply the paste to affected areas, let it sit for fifteen minutes, then scrub with a wet scouring pad.
  • Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth to prevent water damage.

Addressing Scratches and Damage:

Minor scratches can be remedied with felt tip markers matched to the cabinet color.

Use caution to prevent further damage from everyday wear and tear, such as fingernail marks and pet scratches.

Cleaning Tools and Maintenance:

Replace scouring sponges regularly to prevent bacterial growth.

Utilize a toothbrush for hard-to-reach areas, ensuring thorough cleaning and rinsing to remove all soap residue.

Final Touches:

After cleaning, spray a small amount of WD-40 on the surface and buff it with a dry microfiber cloth for a shiny finish.

Maintaining clean and grease-free kitchen cabinets is essential for preserving their appearance and longevity. By following these tips and using the right cleaning products, you can keep your cabinets looking brand new without causing any damage to the wood surfaces.

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