You have been cooking in your kitchen and notice that your kitchen cabinets have become greasy. It happens regardless how clean or well ventilated your kitchen is. Now you might be wondering how to clean greasy kitchen cabinets?
All you need is two items for the job regardless of what material your cabinets are made out of. It could be any kind wood or metal. It could be painted, brushed, or glossed, enameled, or even bare.The material does not matter.
All you need is a (non metal) scouring sponge or a kitchen rag and some mild dish soap. No kidding.
Yes it is that simple.
Science at it’s finest.
Why mild dish soap? It does not destroy the material or any layer of material painted, brushed, or enameled on top of it. Even if the cabinets are left bare, using dish soap is still going to be the best option.
The soap and water will combat any grease viciously without the use of abrasion or scratching. It’s all in the molecules and wiping. If you want to know the exacts WorldOfMolcules covers the science behind it.
No Cheating as Easy as it is.
It could end up costing you.
Trust me this is one of those things where cutting corners is going to clamp you back. There are a couple of products out there that can achieve the same results visually. However said products will usually indicate what surfaces it can be used on.
Any type of wood which is what most kitchen cabinets are made out of, will be out of the question along with any material that can not be hit with abrasion even if it is coming from micro-scrubbers. Why? Due to the simple fact of design. They were not designed for such said products.
A magic eraser for example can cut through grease and grim. The only problem is they are designed for a small selection of surfaces.
It simply is not recommended for high gloss, polished dark, brushed, satin, faux, bare polished wood, copper, stainless steel, non-stick coating, or vehicle body. That’s a lot of surfaces.
Most abrasives or harsh abrasives would destroy any of the materials mentioned above.
It is worth noting.
Most manufacturers of kitchen cabinets will recommend using soap and water. This is because of how soap and water reacts to oil and dirt.
Normally water and oil do not mix. The soap will act as a middleman that makes the two mix at a molecular level.
No need to get involved with micro scrubbers or harsh abrasives.
Wipe That Mess Away!
Easily with simple ingredients.
Mix the water and soap. Wet your sponge or rag. Start wiping away. It is that easy. Worst case scenario you end up having to put some extra elbow grease in it.
This method is a no brainer and it comes at a fraction of the cost compared to using a dedicated cleaning solution for the job.
Not trying to blow smoke on those products but that is simply another spray bottle or bottle occupying space when you can just use what you already have in the kitchen. No need to make a trip to the store.
What’s needed for the task.
Not much in the roster.
The required tools for the job:
- A bowl or two
- Couple drops of dish soap
- Some warm water
- Rags or sponges (preferably a soft sponge)
- Paper Towels
- Some elbow grease (yes some effort is required)
- Take the bowl and add some drops of your preferred dish soap in.
- Add warm water into the bowl
- Mix warm water and soap
- Wet the rag or sponge until suds are visible when you squeeze
- Test, test, test I cannot emphasize that enough
On a hard to see area test the solution prior to doing all of the cabinets. Be keen on any adverse effects. There are not many surfaces that dish soap cannot be used on in the kitchen but it is better to be sure than winging it.
If the test wipe shows no adverse effects continue on. Just like when shaving follow the grain of the cabinets if any are visibly present.
If you have thick grease stains apply some droplets to the sponge or rag directly. Then concentrate the freshly applied dish soap to the grease stains. This will take a bit more effort on your part.
In my time as a carpenter/painter I would encounter the need to clean greasy kitchen walls which are not that much different from cleaning kitchen cabinets. The problem was everything needed to be done fast.
Thing is if you want to do a good job not a half-heartedly job you gotta take your time to get rid of the heavier stains last.
Ok so all of the grease is wiped away but the job ain’t over yet. Rinse off the bowl you just used or grab a clean one without dish soap and pour some warm water into it. Grab a clean rag, dampened it with the warm water and make sure it is damp and not dripping.
Next wash off any lingering residues using the wet rag. Wipe down and dry as you go. I find it the most helpful doing it cabinet by cabinet instead of doing it all at once. This way you make sure the residue does not dry by itself. This can lead to streaks or degradation of the paint or any other layer of the like.
Once everything is dried that is it. Congratulations you either just cleaned your kitchen cabinets or you learned how to do it properly without reducing the lifespan of your cabinets. You could go above and beyond creating a cleaning schedule to help reduce the effort next time, or not all up to you.
Hopefully this was helpful. If you found this helpful please do me the favor of sharing this if you did. If you have any further relevant questions or comments let me know in the comment section below.
Have a wonderful day and enjoy your clean kitchen cabinets.