Kitchen cabinets are prone to all sorts of grease, grime and gunk simply from being in the kitchen. Steam deposits greasy residue on overhead cabinets which can make them look dirty. Most cabinets are factory manufactured and finished; even wood cabinets have enough varnish or other protective coating so that you are able to use a cleaning solution. The oil slick that builds up on cabinets – especially around the handles is a combination of kitchen grease, food smears, skin oil and hand lotion transferred to the cabinet. Here is how you can clean it easily:
Remove built-up grime or food debris by mixing vinegar and salt into a paste. Scrub the problem areas with a toothbrush or microfiber cloth; avoid harsh abrasives such as steel wool, as these may scratch the finish or the wood itself. Hold a cloth or sponge dipped in vinegar over a stubborn spot if it still remains after scrubbing, then scrub it again with the salt-and-vinegar paste.
Create a cleaning solution using laundry or grease cutting dish detergent and water. Mix together 1 cup of detergent for every 2 cups of warm water. Apply to your cabinets using a clean cloth or soft sponge. Scrub the cabinets while taking care not to remove or scratch the finish. Rinse with water to remove the soap residue and dry.
Remove dried gooey materials such as maple syrup, chocolate or honey with a few ice cubes placed in a zippered sandwich bag. Hold the bag of ice over the problem spot for several minutes or until the substance hardens. Scrape the substance away with the edge of a plastic knife, bowl of a plastic spoon, or a piece of card stock. Wipe away any remaining residue by spraying it with vinegar, or mixing a paste of vinegar and salt, then scrubbing the spot gently with a toothbrush.