How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets Grease

May 20, 2023 Kitchen Pepup Team

In kitchen cabinets, especially those next to the stove or oven, grease buildup is a common issue. Grease buildup over time can cause cabinets to look dirty and lifeless. Fortunately, using the proper cleaning methods, you can bring back the shine of your kitchen cabinets. Here is a step-by-step guide for properly cleaning grease from kitchen cabinets.

How to Clean Kitchen Cabinets Grease

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Tools for Cleaning Cabinets Grease

Get all the tools and equipment collected before you start cleaning:

  • Hot water
  • Dish soap or a cleanser that removes grease
  • both soft sponges or microfiber cloths
  • a toothbrush or a small brush
  • white vinegar
  • baking soda

Step 2: Remove Contents and Hardware 

Remove Contents and Hardware 

Remove everything from the cabinets, then set it all aside. You can now easily access all cabinet surfaces thanks to this step. Additionally, it prevents items from getting damaged or dirty during cleaning. If at all possible, take out any hardware, such as knobs or handles, to allow for deeper cleaning.

Step 3: Pre-Cleaning


Clear the cabinet surfaces of any loose dirt, dust, or crumbs with a dry microfiber cloth or soft sponge. This first cleaning method helps in the removal of everything that can combine with the oil during cleaning, making it more difficult to clean.

Step 4: Grease-Cutting Solution

By mixing warm water, dish soap, and a grease-cutting cleaner in a bucket or sink, you can make a solution that cuts grease. As an alternative, you might combine white vinegar and warm water in equal parts. Both approaches successfully removed the grease and filth from the cabinets.

Step 5: Scrubbing the Surfaces 

Squeeze out any extra liquid after dipping a soft sponge or microfiber cloth into the grease-cutting mixture. Scrub the cabinet surfaces first, focusing on any spots where there are visible oil lines. Work the solution into the grease using slow, circular steps. Use a toothbrush or small scrub brush to clean the impacted areas of tough or sticky grease.

Step 6: Tackling Stubborn Grease

How to remove stubborn grease

To remove extremely difficult grease stains, mix a paste with some baking soda and water. Wait a few minutes after applying the paste to the spots so that the baking soda can absorb the grease. While using a wet cloth or sponge to scrub the area, use gentle pressure. Wash the sponge or towel frequently until the stains are gone.

Step 7: Rinse and Dry 

After cleaning, completely wash the cabinet surfaces to remove any extra dust or cleaning chemicals. To avoid any leftover buildup, be sure to remove all soap or vinegar residue. Finally, completely dry the cabinets with a dry microfiber cloth to avoid moisture damage or dirt attraction.

Step 8: Clean Cabinet Hardware 

Clean Cabinet Hardware

Utilize this time to clean all of the cabinet hardware while the cabinets are drying. Put the knobs or handles in a sink of warm, soapy water or grease-removing liquid to soak them. Use a soft brush or sponge to remove any grease or grime. Carefully rinse and dry them before fixing them in the cabinets.

Step 9: Reassemble and Organize 

Reassemble the cabinets and hardware

Reassemble the cabinets and hardware once they are completely dry, then organize things inside them. To avoid future grease buildup on the cabinet surfaces, think about installing shelf liners. Cleaning and organizing your cabinets on a regular basis can help avoid further grease buildup.


With these steps, you can effectively remove grease buildup and restore the shine to your kitchen cabinets. Remember to regularly clean and maintain your cabinets to prevent excessive grease accumulation. A clean and well-organized kitchen will not only look better but also provide a healthier cooking environment.