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Mar 28, 2013 10:38 PM

Cabinet Cleaner

What is the best cleaner for wood cabinets? We have some grease and minor gunk on them. Got the countertops covered.

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  1. it might help if you tell us of what material the cabinet doors are made?

    my wood veneer doors required different treatment than do my laminate-that-looks-like wood doors

    6 Replies
    1. re: westsidegal

      Do you know a good treatment for grease spots on laminate-that-looks-like-wood cabinet doors? I used a liquid grease treatment on them, first diluted and then full strength --- can't seem to get rid of the grease.

      1. re: almond tree

        I have had good luck with Citrasolv. I keep a spray bottle handy with a couple ounces citrasolv in 32 ounces water. If that solution doesn't do the trick, add more citrasolv or use it full strength. Bonus is the delightful citrus smell that lingers after use, but use rubber gloves, for it's really rough on your hands. Citrasolv is a great all-purpose cleaner.

        1. re: janniecooks

          Thanks for your answer. Can you explain what this product is? I don't live in the US, so if I have an idea of what it's made of/generally used for, I can try to look for the local equivalent.

          1. re: almond tree

            It is an orange oil-based natural solvent/cleaner: "This versatile citrus solvent is a natural, powerful degreaser that cleans your toughest stains while filling your home with fragrance" (from the website). The company also makes other products though I've only used the CitraSolv concentrate (for cleaning and for artwork!). Here's a link to the website:


            Here are two European on-line retailers that are listed on the CitraSolv website:


            1. re: janniecooks

              Thank you for taking the time to look up this info for me :).

        2. re: almond tree

          i haven't had that problem with my laminate cabinets.
          for them i use plain dish detergent and rinse with water.

          for my laminate floors, my daughter did a side-by-side test of four different cleaners.
          the one that clearly did the best job AND left NO residue was
          PARKER & BAILEY advanced formula WOOD FLOOR CLEANER.
          i bought every bottle off the shelf at the container store.

          if the detergent approach doesn't work with the cabinets i'd try the parker & bailey stuff on them.

      2. Clorox has these dual action wipes - one side is a normal wipe, the other is textured for scrubbing. It works like a CHARM on the gunk that gets on my wooden kitchen cabinets.

        1. As a kitchen designer and cabinet salesperson, my advice to my clients on cleaning wood cabinets is to treat them the same way you treat your living room furniture.

          If you have some stubborn grease spots, use Dawn liquid detergent in water, rinse and dry well.

          1. I love a wood cleaner from a UK company, Town Talk, product Bitter Orange floor cleaner. It is a great product as it is very gentle. I have used it on floors and furniture. I got it at Winners. As well to clean your wood you could try the old standard lemon oil for furniture, or some English leather cleaner, you will need to wipe off products with a damp rag and shine. The last two options are oils so you might want to try on a small area first to see if you like the product. Murphy`s oil soap is also very good on wood.

            1. I use Simple Green, undiluted, on my wood cabinets. It removes the grease, and doesn't leave a residue. I don't even rinse afterward. Works great for me.