Grease Melting Suds
Dish soap with an alkaline-based product, cuts through grease, but so does heat. Fill your sink half full with tap water as hot as you can handle while wearing rubber gloves. Hot water helps to break down or melt through built-up grease. Squirt a tablespoon or two of dish soap into the water, and use a sponge with an attached nylon-scouring pad as your grease-killing weapon. Wipe down the cabinets in a circular motion with only enough pressure to remove the stains so it doesn’t remove your cabinets finish. Change the water as it cools. Rinse and dry your cabinetry to a shine.
Fighting Oil With Oil
Vegetable oil is a good way to fight though old, sticky, dust-grabbing grease. Oil has the ability to soften and lift such stains. Mix it with 2-parts baking soda for improved cleaning qualities. Rub in the baking-soda-and-oil paste with a soft cloth for cabinets that look as if they belong to someone who doesn’t cook. Use the paste to shine up grimy hinges, handles and pulls as well. Wash the cabinets with warm water and a little dish soap before rinsing and drying them.
Applying Fresh Wax
Apply a soft paste wax in a thin layer to the cabinet surfaces with a soft cloth or brush. Using more than is needed to coat the surface will not result in a thicker coat of wax, you’ll just spend more time buffing off the excess. Allow the wax to dry for 15 minutes, or until the surface looks slightly cloudy and feels almost dry to the touch. Buff the wax gently with a clean, soft cloth. Slow, light buffing produces a low sheen; higher speed, more vigorous buffing gives you a higher sheen. Clean your cabinets and reapply wax about once a year.