How to clean kitchen oak cabinets

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There is grime from opening and closing them. No hardware.
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  • Mary-Ann Mary-Ann on May 10, 2016
    You can try Murphy's oil soap. If there was a good top coat on the cabinets then this may work. The natural oils from our fingers are very effective in breaking down topcoats-so good luck!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 10, 2016
    I use cabinet magic which is a cleaner and wood protectant.Home Depot carries this in the cleaning aisle.

  • Brenda Brenda on May 10, 2016
    Dawn dish soap, baking soda, and ammonia. Dampen rag put dish soap on the rag then the baking soda , and wet rag with the ammonia it will clean them like crazy. After wipe off with damp rag let dry and wipe with oil soap if you like.

  • Vicki Vicki on May 10, 2016
    Use Cream Polish with super fine steel wool. My furniture refinishers told me this it what they use to clean, polish and preserve would cabinets. I used it on my maple cabinets and they look great!

  • Deb Deb on May 10, 2016
    Mix u some ammonia and water and wipe it down.

  • Kathy Meador Wells Kathy Meador Wells on May 10, 2016
    Murphy's Oil Soap is great. If you are wanting something you already have try vinegar, dawn, and water.

  • Louis Lieberman Louis Lieberman on May 10, 2016
    vinegar+dish soap

  • B J  Alexis B J Alexis on May 10, 2016
    Had the same problem with my honey oak cabinets, even with hardware. Try Thomasville (spray) Wood Cleaner and Polish. Shake can, spray on a clean cloth and rub in the direction of the wood. Didn't harm the wood at all.

  • Maryann Maryann on May 10, 2016
    Hand sanitizer. The alcohol loosens the grime then wash with dish soap and then you polish or add a wood preserver I found that this worked better than vinegar and dish soap.

  • Debra McMillan Debra McMillan on May 10, 2016
    I second the (white) vinegar and (blue version of Dawn), mixed with water in a spray bottle......my one-stop cleaner now, except for maybe glass or mirrors!

  • TinaLouise TinaLouise on May 10, 2016
    I just answered a similar question, Scott's liquid gold wood care. You can purchase it at Walmart for $5. I wanted to redo our oak cabinets that are 14 years old, a neighbor brought this over. IT looks amazing, new. I applied it with an automotive pad from the $store, bought a pack of two. Honestly, we were all set to restain them especially one part that looked very faded. In less than five minutes, it looked so good I couldn't believe it. It made more work though because then I had to do all of them :)

  • Melody Melody on May 12, 2016
    You can also spray them with scrubbing bubbles - wait a few minutes - wipe clean.

  • Janet Janet on May 16, 2016
    People gave me solutions that worked for them. Haven't tried any yet.