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2-Ingredient Homemade Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Remover

Kitchen cabinets accumulate gunk and it’s not a pretty sight but you can fix the problem with this homemade gunk remover. Mix one part vegetable oil and 2 parts baking soda and use a sponge or a cloth to clean the cabinets.{


kitchen gunk remover

A couple of months ago I did a post on cleaning greasy kitchen oil splatters using……OIL! (See Fighting Oil With Oil).  As contradictory and crazy as that sounds, it really works!

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 and I was eager to try it on my “gunky” kitchen cabinets!

kitchen gunk remover
My cabinets were LONG OVERDUE for a good cleaning. I keep daydreaming about replacing them all…so I tend to ignore them in the meantime. But the other day, upon close inspection, I discovered a considerable layer of grime that had been accumulating on them that I hadn’t even noticed! Especially near the handles where all our grimy hands touch them over and over.

It was time to mix up a batch of this stuff and give it a go!

kitchen gunk remover

This is all there is to it:

kitchen gunk remover

Kitchen Cabinet Gunk Remover

1 part vegetable oil
2 parts baking soda
Mix together with a spoon and go crazy!  I like to use my fingers when I use baking soda (ie. Miracle Cleaner) because I feel like I can really work the fine grains of baking soda into the surface best that way. But you can certainly use a cloth or a sponge if you prefer to keep your hands mess-free.

kitchen gunk remover

However, in the “nooks and cranny’s” I used an old toothbrush.

kitchen gunk remover

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

kitchen gunk remover
It was pretty amazing/disgusting to see all the dirt that came off with the gunk remover.

Baking soda really IS an amazing substance! I could wax poetic about the stuff…but I will refrain. Bottom line – it works great as an abrasive cleaner that won’t harm your surfaces. (Even the surface of your skin! See Wednesday’s post!)

kitchen gunk remover





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