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Keeping the Kitchen Cabinets clean - What's your secret sauce ?

Somewhat OT, but countless hours obsessing detail after detail, backsplash, countertop, which knobs, etc - the kitchen is completed.

My only issue with the entire thing is the hood. Part of the issue is the *hood design* but also part of it is just due to layout, the duct is part of the issue. It does exhaust air and all - just a tad noiser than where it should be...

HOWEVER, I am curious. How do you guys deal with CLEANING.

I'm OKAY across the board on everything EXCEPT for the 2 side cabinets adjacent to the hood. For whatever reason, I am getting some slight buildup of grease on my Natural Sheen Cherry Cabs. I don't want to RUB to hard or just something that will make the natural sheen more *glossy* than it is. I run the hood 7 minutes before cooking and 10-15 minutes afterwards...

Anybody care to share what's a good product to use to cut the grease.
I tried Ivory. No dice.
I HATE Murphys Oil Soap (it's not really a good product at all) BUT, on a test spot, if I use it straight with a paper towel, it does indeed remove the grease down to clean wood.

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  1. Sorry just realized yours are wood, so I take back what I said!

    1. this may sound weird... but one cup of white vinager to two cups of water a drop of essinsel oil that you like the smell of put in a spray bottel----this for daily cleaning...then for the "Gunky stuff" you know that stuff that builds up that drives my mom crazy and suddenly it becomes my kitchen...i make a paste of baking soda and vegtable oil( i know it sounds weird) and paste it allllllll over the gunky parts then let it set a bit then wipe it off with a warm rag then spray the everyday spray....

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      1. re: girloftheworld

        I love white vinegar to clean around the house. The idea to add some essential oil is a great one to avoid that smell afterwards.

      2. Try Dawn. It cuts the grease, but won't damage the finish on your cabinets.
        I always tell my clients to treat their wood cabinets like they do their living room furniture. Don't use harsh chemicals, or abrasives on them. If Murphy's cleans it, use that, but try diluting it to the weakest solution that still works. Then go over the doors with soapy Dawn water to clean the Murphy's residue off.
        Those cabinets by the hood can get pretty gunky - using the blower helps a lot if you are frying.

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        1. re: kitchengardengal

          Why not just use Dawn instead of the Murphy's that you have to wash off with Dawn in the first place? I'm not being snarky, I'm looking for a chemical answer that would make the two-step thing unnecessary.

          1. re: EWSflash

            Oh, EWS, I agree with you completely! I just use Dawn myself, but some people don't want to give up their Murphy 's Oil Soap.
            It seems to leave a film, to me, that still needs rinsing.

        2. I just moved into a 55-yr-old house that has cabinets that I doubt had been cleaned in 20 years. There was a huge buildup of grease, dirt, and who-knows-what. I started with the Murphy's Oil Soap which took off most of it. Then I went on to Orange-Glo, and that was pretty effective, too. Finally, Scott's Liquid Gold. They look pretty decent now.

          1. WOW. You guys are using all sorts of stuff I would never use - even with recommended. Vegetable Oil, Vinegar.

            I'll use vinegar to disinfect a sink/countertop...but I would not take something of mild acidity to wood.

            I my try dawn, cut with various degrees of water to see how diluted it will go and work. It is quite alkali going dawn straight...

            I'm not looking to rub, induce sheen, or put any product that even may ADD sheen to these low sheen cabs...