Cleaning grease off of wood cupboards

by JC
How do you go about cleaning greasy finger prints from cupboard doors, without ruining the finish, I've tried everything.
  19 answers
  • M.g. Artistry M.g. Artistry on Jan 15, 2015
    Mean Green (diluted) will get the greasy fingerprints off,and won't ruin the finish!
  • Justine K. Galloway Justine K. Galloway on Jan 15, 2015
    Dawn dish soap and warm water- For tougher areas vegetable oil and baking soda--- make into a paste and scrub with tooth brush.
    • Irishkay Irishkay on Jan 16, 2015
      @Justine K. Galloway yep, thats it. I also put a tad bit of vinegar.
  • Marsha Neal Marsha Neal on Jan 15, 2015
    I used a product called "Refresh" for the cabinets in our house. When we moved in I swear those cabinets had never been cleaned. I needed something strong, and this product worked. Some areas I had to do twice, but it eventually got all the "gook" off and left a nice sheen on the cabinets.
  • Debra Anderson Debra Anderson on Jan 15, 2015
    Mr. Clean pads
  • Linda J Linda J on Jan 15, 2015
    I used Dawn. Plain Dawn do not dilute with water and a Mr. Clean sponge. It hardly took any effort on mine.
  • Use greased lighting or some other degreaser. This should not harm the finish but try a spot on the inside of the door first. You can also try Murphy's Soap Oil. I clean my kitchen cabinets with this on a regular basis. Let me know how they turned out. You can find me on Pinterest "Creative Interiors by Connie" and click on my board "Cleaning & Household Tips" You may find something interesting. Thanks
  • Irishkay Irishkay on Jan 16, 2015
    If you have oak cabinets, dont forget to oil them down. They will dry out.
  • Pager63 Pager63 on Jan 16, 2015
    I know a person who owned rental properties. He told me to use WD40. Spray it on, let it sit a few minutes, wipe it off.
  • Nancy Jenkins Nancy Jenkins on Jan 16, 2015
    I think I used TSP one time.
  • Ann Ann on Jan 16, 2015
    I've used Murphy's Oil Soap to,clean my cupboards and paneling.
  • RaleighandTerri Long RaleighandTerri Long on Jan 16, 2015
    In a gallon of warm water add 1 cup ammonia, 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda. Does wonders!
  • Louis Lieberman Louis Lieberman on Jan 17, 2015
    alcoho+ELBOW GREASE
  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 19, 2015
    We clean Apartment complexes, houses that have heavy grease build up. We buy a non aerosol commercial degreaser - oven cleaner, we purchase it at Sam's in a three pack. You will need gloves and spray it on the rag then wipe off. It will take years of grease build up off cabinets and anything else. It is not natural it is for the very worst cases...but I can tell you we go into homes that haven't been cleaned for years. And we can take the grease off anything.
  • Susan Stambaugh Susan Stambaugh on Jan 20, 2015
    I read somewhere that to get grease off cabinets use the thing that got them that way to start with. Use plain oil, vegetable oil,and a clean cloth and watch it disappear.I figured there was no way this would work, so I tried it. AMAZING! My cabinets have never been cleaner and with hardly any work at all.It just melts the grease away and leaves the cabinets shiny and so clean. I wish I knew where I read this. I would thank them from the bottom of my heart!
  • JC JC on Jan 24, 2015
    I am afraid to use harsh chemicals as the cupboards are very nice and stained a light walnut. The finger prints just don't seem to come off as they are greasy or ?
  • We use Murphy's oil soap and warm water. Works like a charm. We use this for lots of cleaning where the wood finish needs to be protected.
  • Steffony Steffony on Feb 03, 2015
    Onc again vinager & canola oil. Try test spot first. Just rjb on & rub off. Always go with grain.
  • Lindsey Lindsey on Aug 02, 2015
    Try Liquid Gold. It's always been the best thing for me, plus it reconditions the wood at the same time. Sometimes during major cleaning, I just left it on, didn't wipe it off. But that was after the original cleaning.
  • Dottie Unruh Dottie Unruh on Aug 02, 2015
    I use a product called Amish Milk.....very gentle, but effective. Got it at Home Depot.