How to Remove Grease from Kitchen Cabinets

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How to Remove Grease from Kitchen Cabinets

Joe Truini using hot sponge to clean grease off kitchen cabinets.

Joe Truini using hot sponge to clean grease off kitchen cabinets.

To cut through grease on kitchen cabinets without harsh cleaners:

  1. Heat a damp sponge in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.
  2. Spray the cabinet with a citrus based cleaner
  3. Wearing dishwashing gloves to avoid burning your hands, take the hot sponge out of the microwave, and use it to remove the grease.
  4. Wipe off any remaining residue with a paper towel.

The combination of the citrus cleaner and hot sponge will remove the grease in half the time without harmful chemicals.

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  1. Sue Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I tried everything I could (five different cleaning products with lots of elbow grease, vinegar, dish soap) and I was about ready to just strip the varnish and redo the cabinets, but then I found this idea. I have dark cherry wood cabinets and the grease is very noticeable, the vent doesn’t circulate the air well enough to get the grease into it, so the oils are just all over the top cabinets and this trick, with a moderate amount of elbow grease, just wiped away all the oil that had splattered and finally got my wood cleaner to the wood itself. The cabinets look new again, thank you so much for this tip!!!

  2. Official Comment:

    joe t. Says:
    January 22nd, 2010 at 10:12 am

    You’re very welcome, Sue. I’m glad this cabinet-cleaning tip worked for you. As I mentioned, I think it’s the combination of the hot, steamy sponge and citrus-based cleanser that cuts the grease–without harming the cabinet’s finish. Using just one or the other wouldn’t be nearly as effective. Thanks for writing and good luck!–JT

  3. m. smoot Says:
    June 30th, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Just wanted to say that the key is the ‘heat’. I’ve been cleaning for forty years and the combination of HOT & soapy (I used plain old dish soap) on a Dobie pad (i used the store brand) is the key. Soap up the Dobie then heat in microwave for 20 seconds. Don’t forget the gloves! Rinse with a warm rag. Dry with paper towels. If necessary repeat. Surface is grease free! :) THANKS!

  4. Chele Says:
    December 26th, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I watched the Dec. 26th show on moisture and mold. What was the name of the mold spray. I need help with mold in my bathroom and have tried sprays that have not worked. Your brand came off in a snap. Thank you.

  5. Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    December 27th, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Chele,
    The product we used to remove mold was Wet & Forget Indoor Mold+Mildew Disinfectant Cleaner. You can find out more in the episode article for the show at http://www.todayshomeowner.com/television/2015/10/11/861-battling-moisture-and-mold/

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