How To Remove Gunk From Kitchen Cabinets

There’s nothing more discouraging than trying to cook a meal in a dirty kitchen. Need the can opener? It’s in the sink under a pile of dirty dishes. A measuring cup? It’s stuffed into a disorganized and crowded cabinet. A sanitary surface to lay out ingredients? You might as well forget it and order a pizza.

Sometimes, even after the dishes are put away and the counters wiped down, bad odors and grime linger. You might not have taken a good look at your kitchen cabinets recently, but chances are, they are harboring some pretty nasty gunk – especially the ones located over or near the stove. It might not seem like a big deal, but sparkling clean cabinets go a long way in creating an atmosphere that you feel inspired to cook in. Even better? It only takes 2 common items that you probably already own.

Gunk – the dictionary defines it as “any sticky or greasy residue or accumulation.” What better way to describe the build-up on your cabinets that’s been ignored for far too long? 

It comes from greasy foods and grimy hands. Yuck!

Luckily, the trick to cleaning it is easier than we ever knew. Simply mix 1 part vegetable oil with 2 parts baking soda. 

It seems counterintuitive to clean oil with oil, but when paired with the abrasive baking soda, it creates a chemical-free solution that can’t be beat.


Next, apply the mixture to your cabinets. 

Cake it on especially thick near the handles. If your house is like mine, they’ll be extra gunky from all the hands that have touched them. 

Use a toothbrush to work the baking soda into the wood grain. It shouldn’t take much scrubbing. 

Bonus points if your nails look this fabulous while doing it.


Before long, dirt balls will form and drop to the counters. 

It’s awesome (and disgusting!) to see how much gunk is actually removed.

The before and after photos speak for themselves. 

It’s amazing how such a small thing can shine up the entire kitchen. 

Via: Tip Hero | One Good Thing By Jillee

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