I was recently doing a deep clean of my kitchen. Although I wipe down the counters and sweep every day there is dirt and grime that accumulates in my kitchen. Every couple of months I wash down my cabinets with soap and warm water. Recently, I noticed that a couple of my cabinets were covered with little spots of grease. The cabinets directly above the stove were spotted with grease. I am guessing from my beignet experiment gone wrong, they are delicious but WAY too messy to make at home. The soap and water did nothing to budge the grease.
I looked on Pinterest at a few different ways to remove the grease, but they all made me too nervous. I didn’t want to go at the cabinets with a scrub brush or Mr. Clean pad and ruin the finish. I have had to repaint a wall before after trying a Mr. Clean pad. I decided to make a paste and use that to remove the grease. I have used baking soda many times as a gentle scrubber and it works great.
If you are using this method I highly recommend you start by testing this in a small area of your cabinet. Maybe start on the inside of a door where you won’t normally see. My cabinets are very light colored and have a matte finish. I never noticed any change to my finish, but if you have a glossy finish or your finish is older you could possibly damage it.
Start with a tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap , and 1/2 tablespoon of water. Mix it all up in a small bowl to make a paste.
Then, using a rag or microfiber cloth apply a small amount of the paste to the cabinets. I have these microfiber clothes here and I love them! You can have a color for the bathroom, kitchen, and one for cleaning. They are gentle enough to use on furniture and cabinets. Rub gently in a circular pattern with the microfiber cloth. As soon as I started rubbing I could feel the grease spots coming up. The microfiber cloth would run over the wood instead of catching on the grease spots.
Once all the spots gone from the area get a warm cloth and wash down the area you scrubbed. Make sure you remove all of the baking soda mixture. When it is clean, dry with a dry microfiber cloth or rag. Continue going over the cabinet in small areas until all of the grease spots are removed.
My cabinets look so much better after using this mixture to remove the grease from them. Plus, it only took a few minutes and didn’t damage the finish. I also used this for the area’s around the knobs on our cabinets. I have noticed that they tend to gather a lot of grease from our hands. My cabinets practically look brand new.
You don’t need to use harsh abrasives or scrubbing pads to remove grease from cabinets. This gentle scrub plus a microfiber cloth does a great job of quickly removing the grease.
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