Greasy cabinet doors

Annie Evans
by Annie Evans
I need a non-toxic way to clean them without having to remove them. I like the idea of using the baking soda and vinegar, but it probably won't stick to the surface in an upright position
  26 answers
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Mar 20, 2015
    We use a Commerical cleaner it isn't green, but if it isn't awlful use grease to take off grease.
  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Mar 20, 2015
    I have used a degreaser spray and it worked. I have also been told that the Mr. Clean sponges work very well on cabinets without ruining the finish.
    • Rin Rin on Aug 21, 2015
      @Cyndi Moore Tippett The Mr Clean sponges did take the greasy build up off, but also the finish. They had not been cleaned in many years when I moved in.
  • Louis Lieberman Louis Lieberman on Mar 21, 2015
    i hane my own system- use liquid dish soap or washing machine liquid undiluted spread it with heavy-duty scotch-brite then wait 5-10 minutes &SCRUB IT AGAIN & RINSE WITH HOT WATER it takes a bit of elbow grease but it works
  • Jeanine Jeanine on Mar 21, 2015
    Try Orange Glo. Some people make their own using vinegar and orange peels but it takes weeks. Both are good degreasers.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Mar 21, 2015
    I've used 409 and a steel wool.
  • Linda Linda on Mar 21, 2015
    Have heard that a sponge or cloth with straight Dawn platinum dish soap will get rid of the grease. Rinse well, and rub dry.
  • Barbi Barbi on Mar 21, 2015
    liquid babo works wonders
  • Emma Taylor Emma Taylor on Mar 21, 2015
    Goop hand cleaner; in the auto section at WalMart. Under 2 bucks. Mechanics use it to get the grease off their hands. It is safe and green; I use it for all my wood furniture that needs a deep cleaning. If very greasy apply with 0000 steel wool, then wipe off with clean rag. Repeat until the wood feels very slick, not sticky.
  • Liza Liza on Mar 21, 2015
    Wd40 works great on greasy cabinets
  • Roberta Eagleston Roberta Eagleston on Mar 21, 2015
    Use ammonia
  • Roberta Eagleston Roberta Eagleston on Mar 21, 2015
    Ammonia best to clean grease off cabinets. Straight out of bottle onto cloth. No rinse, no mess
  • Rel1349504 Rel1349504 on Mar 21, 2015
    Your idea for vinegar and baking soda will work wonders. Simply make a paste-like consistency in a small bowl or butter tub, rub it on with an old toothbrush or slightly larger brush. Leave it overnight if it's a really tough job. Wipe & rinse off with hot water & damp sponge.
  • Cathy Cathy on Mar 21, 2015
    Try WD40. I used it on my bamboo floors to get glue off
  • Kath cox Kath cox on Mar 21, 2015
    Oil soap is brilliant and cheap from day stores
  • The dollar store sells a cleaner called AWESOME, great for grease. Wear gloves!
  • Dana Janysek Dana Janysek on Mar 21, 2015
    Orange and smells great! I use it on all my cabinets, wood furniture, paneling and baseboards. I even told my mother-in-law about the miracle oil and she uses it too.
  • Jen Jen on Mar 21, 2015
    Murphys Wood Soap!! Does a great job on anything!
  • Dave kilzer Dave kilzer on Mar 21, 2015
    what about using a heavy solution of Dawn and vinegar . I would think that should handle the grease pretty well.
  • Judy Judy on Mar 21, 2015
    I use dishwasher detergent mixed with water ...maybe 2 or 3 Tbsp to a pint, spray it on, wipe it off, use soft toothbrush for hard to get at places, wipe down again with plain water.
  • Cherie Cherie on Mar 21, 2015
    Most natural way is straight vinegar; second is orange oil (I've cleaned paint brushes with dried up paint with it!!) but don't get it on anything plastic and don't forget TSP!
  • Muriel Muriel on Mar 21, 2015
    I use Goo-Gone. You don't have to rinse - wood will absorb just fine. I usually use cotton balls to clean a small area or a soft cloth. If it really dirty/greasy, spray on and let sit before rubbing. I use this in the motorhome and love the way it brightens the wood as well as cleaning.
  • Lynda Benoit Lynda Benoit on Mar 21, 2015
    You can buy an all natural cleaner,similar to TSP at the hardware store. I have chemical sensitivities and this doesn't bother me.
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on Mar 21, 2015
    Counter intuitive, but you always clean grease with grease first, to get the most off. Use a lighter grease, substituting it for the heavier as you wipe it down & and rub out the stuck-on gunk (WD-40, baby oil, etc.). THEN go for the soap and/or degreasers; my favourite lately is to do 2-3 rounds of A. Dawn (suds up, rinse down and dry) + Murphys Soap. If you are prepping for paint, a final cycle with windex, 50-50 alcohol and vinegar or "green" TSP.
  • Actually I would just spray with Pam or any aerosol veg oil and wipe hard. Then wash with hot water and Dawn. Fresh Greese cuts old greese (bizarre I know).
  • Terrie Neudorf Terrie Neudorf on Mar 23, 2015
    All I use is , vinegar and a couple of drops of blue dawn and if you like lemon or orange essential oils . When it's a tougher job I use Murphys oil soap. I've had nothing more natural that works better and there's a lot of wood in my house . If it's really sticky use goo gone in only those spots and rinse .
  • MaryLou MaryLou on Mar 23, 2015
    My sister and I just cleaned my kitchen cabinets with Dawn and vinegar water. Scrubbed them using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in some spots (around some handles mostly). Let them dry thoroughly over night. Then painted them with Old English oil and let that soak in over night. I am extremely pleased as to how they turned out!