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How To Clean Grimy Kitchen Cabinets With 2 Ingredients

This has to be one of my all-time favorite cleaning tips!

I’ve written in the past here on my blog about the concept of cleaning greasy kitchen oil splatters using….wait for it…..oil! As contradictory and crazy as that sounds, it really works!

Read More: Cleaning Kitchen Oil Splatters… Fight Oil With Oil!

So when I came across this cleaning idea from Melissa at No. 2 Pencil for cleaning kitchen “gunk” with vegetable oil and baking soda, it made perfect sense to me! I eagerly decided to give it a try it on my “gunky” kitchen cabinets!

Author’s Note: I took these photos a few years ago, before we did our mini-makeover on our kitchen cabinets and counters. I’ve used this same method on many cabinets since then, and it always works like a charm. We’ve been unable to take photos that capture the transformation quite as well as these photos do, so hopefully you’ll forgive the use of a few less-than-quality photos for today. 🙂

When we took these photos, my cabinets were long overdue for a good cleaning. A considerable layer of grime had been accumulating on them that I hadn’t even noticed! Especially near the handles where grimy hands were touching them over and over. It was time to mix up a batch of this stuff and give it a go!

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Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Remover



Mix 1 part coconut oil with 2 parts baking soda in a small bowl.

Apply the mixture to your cabinets with a cloth or sponge, or as I like to do, use your hands. I think it’s easier to work it into all the nooks and crannies this way.

For the grooves that are harder to reach with my fingers, I like to use an old toothbrush.

Here is a picture of one grimy door handle area done, and one NOT done. Pretty impressive huh!?

It was pretty amazing (and kind of disgusting) to see all the dirt that came off with the gunk remover.

Looking GOOD!

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