How to wash the kitchen from grease and dirt - 11 recipes

Washing the kitchen is a serious matter. Prepare your rubber gloves and enthusiasm - in this article we will tell you how to clean the kitchen at home easily and safely for finishing facades, table tops and aprons (including wooden ones!).

But before choosing a recipe, we recommend you familiarize yourself with the following universal rules and recommendations that are relevant for both painted / unpainted wooden kitchens and laminated, lacquered, plastic facades made of MDF and chipboard.

  • To those who are in a hurry, we advise to immediately go to the recipes, using quick navigation (at the beginning of the article).

General recommendations

  • The most important rule: before you start cleaning the kitchen, ALWAYS test the cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area. Handle it, then wipe it clean and dry, wait 1-2 minutes and assess whether the color of the coating has changed, whether the shine has disappeared and so on.
  • Fat coating on kitchen furniture is a mixture of dust with fumes and the smallest suspension of fat that forms during cooking. The older the plaque, the harder it is to get rid of it. Therefore, the optimal schedule for a "general" cleaning of the kitchen from fat is 1-2 times a year, "capital" - every 2 months with soft means and, of course, if there is a need.
  • To clean hard-to-reach places, crevices or decorative trim, use a toothbrush soaked in a cleaner from our article. Also, narrow slots can be cleaned with a knife wrapped in fabric.

Cleaning a wooden kitchen with a toothbrush

  • Do not use hard abrasives, only soda, a soft toothbrush or the hard side of a normal foam sponge is permissible. Especially it concerns wooden kitchens, as well as any painted sets without top protective coating.
  • To clean the kitchen is better to use a new sponge with a clean abrasive side. An old greasy sponge can do more harm.
  • At the end of cleaning, the kitchen should be wiped clean: with a clean damp cloth made of microfiber and dry with a clean dry cloth, also made of microfiber. So you avoid the stains and residue of the cleanser itself.
  • Particular attention during the washing of the kitchen should be given to the cupboards above the stove.

And now a few special recommendations and warnings.

For a wooden kitchen (painted with stain, enamel or other types of paint, unpainted, but treated with oil / wax / polish / special impregnation / matte varnish, etc.For all other kitchens: glossy, lacquered, plastic, laminated and painted sets of MDF and chipboard
Wooden kitchen requires the most delicate care. Most "folk" remedies like peroxide, ammonia, alcohol or citric acid are contraindicated, as well as conventional household chemicals based on alkali.Do you use expensive or cheap household chemicals, the main thing is that it contained alkali. It is she who most effectively copes with grease and dirt.
Manufacturers of wooden kitchens recommend washing facades only with special products with neutral Ph or a solution of warm water and soap (dishwashing detergent) diluted in a proportion of 5:95. But how come if the "Fairy" solution does not take stale fat and stale spots? Ideally, a thorough cleaning of the kitchen should be trusted by special cleaning services, especially if the kitchen is relatively new, with expensive finishing. Our recipes are in most cases safe for the tree, but still there is a share of the risk in them.It is convenient to use a spray for washing the kitchen.
Rubbing the kitchen, try to move along the pattern of wood, not against or across. This will allow better cleaning of the pores of the material and delicately affect the fibers.Before applying to the contaminated area of ​​the cleanser, moisten it, for example, with a spray. The moisture will somewhat accelerate the chemical. reaction and will facilitate cleaning.
The rag should not be too wet. Surplus moisture is harmful to wood surfaces.
After washing and cleaning the wooden furniture, do not forget to treat it with protective wax, oil or polish.

Method 1. Express cleaning and polishing for neglected cases (soda + vegetable oil)

DESIGNATION: wooden unvarnished kitchens and countertops (covered with matt varnish, oil, wax, polish, any impregnation), lacquered and laminated kitchens from MDF and chipboard, aprons from any materials.

Wooden Kitchen

Especially helps out this recipe if you need to bring back to life an old kitchen or countertop for minimal time and money.

  • With its help, you can, first, easily remove stuck drops of fat, plaque and stains. Secondly, "seal" the pores of the tree, protect it from moisture and dirt. And thirdly - to give the facades a natural shine and brightness. In fact, this old home recipe replaces both cleaning agents and polish for furniture.

WITH CAUTION: painted wooden kitchens and light wooden kitchens (oil can slightly yellow).

CLEANING PERIODICITY: It is important that cleaning with a soda-oil agent is carried out regularly - at least every 2 months. The fact is that the oil has the property of oxidizing and losing protective properties, it is possible to vary in color.

Baking soda


Step 1. Mix 1.5 tablespoons of soda with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil (can be used in a larger quantity in the proportion of 1.5: 1).

Step 2. Obtain the "scrub" on the contaminated surfaces, paying special attention to the cabinets in the area of ​​the plate. Soda will be slightly poured, and oil - soak in like a polish. You will see that the tree becomes clearer and brighter in the eyes.

Step 3. Wipe the treated areas with a clean damp cloth made of microfiber or soft cloth.

Step 4. Wipe the rest of the cabinets from dust and light contaminants with a damp cloth. If necessary, the soda-oil agent can process the entire kitchen.

Method 2. How to remove local stains, grease and dirt (6% vinegar + warm water)

INTENDED USE: For all types of surfaces, but for wooden surfaces, use caution.

PERIODICAL CLEANING: if necessary, but not more often than once every two to three months.


Add 6% vinegar in a 1: 1 ratio to warm water, then remove sponge contamination or spray the product from the spray gun, wipe the treated area with a clean damp cloth. Finally, dry the surface with a dry soft cloth or a microfibre cloth.

Method 3. A universal recipe for deep and thorough cleaning (6% vinegar + isopropyl alcohol)

DESIGNATION: For general cleaning of old fat and other complex contaminations of painted and unpainted wooden kitchen, laminated, lacquered, plastic glossy facades made of MDF and chipboard, all types of tabletops and aprons.

Painted wooden kitchen

CLEANING PERIODICITY: 1-2 times a year.


Step 1. Mix 6% vinegar with wiping (isopropyl) alcohol in a 7: 1 ratio and add to the solution a few drops of liquid soap.

Wiping isopropyl alcohol can be bought at points for the sale of consumables for printers, companies engaged in the sale of fiber and special online stores. With other types of alcohol, you should not experiment.

Step 2. Wipe the cabinets with the mixture, using a microfibre cloth.

Step 3. Now wipe the kitchen clean with a cloth soaked in warm water.

Step 4. Finally, rub in all surfaces a special oil for wooden furniture, which contains beeswax. This action "seals" the pores and will protect your kitchen for a long time from stains, dirt, moisture and fat.

Method 4. Ammonia alcohol + warm water

DESIGNATION: For all types of surfaces, but for wooden surfaces - with great care.

PERIODICAL CLEANING: if necessary, but not more often than once every two to three months.


Add ammonia in a 1: 1 ratio to warm water, then remove the sponge or spray from the spray gun, and wipe the treated area with a clean damp cloth. Finally, dry the surface with a dry soft cloth or a microfibre cloth.

Method 5: Hydrogen peroxide + water

DESIGNATION: Only for kitchens, aprons and worktops of MDF and chipboard. The remedy will not only clean the kitchen of grease and dirt, but also disinfect the treated areas.

  • Hydrogen peroxide is acceptable to clean the wooden kitchen, but only if you need to remove the mold.




Mix these ingredients in a 1: 2 ratio, treat the resulting areas with the help of a rag (best spray the product from the spray).

Method 6. How to remove burned dark spots from cigarettes (linseed oil)

DESIGNATION: For removal of burns on wooden unpainted facades, table top or apron.



Rub the linseed oil into the stain with a soft, clean cloth until it disappears.

Method 7. Remove stains and scratches (6% vinegar + vegetable oil)

DESIGNATION: For mashing small scratches, removing grease and stains from wooden kitchen furniture, countertops and aprons.

PERIODICAL CLEANING: If necessary and with care.


Rub a mixture of vinegar and vegetable oil (dilute 1: 1) with scrubbing with a soft, clean cloth until the scratches disappear.

Method 8. Removal of complex spots (6% vinegar + salt)

DESIGNATION: To remove complex and stale spots like berry juice, ketchup or chocolate from wooden kitchen furniture, table tops and an apron.


Make a creamy paste from the vinegar and salt. Dip the toothbrush into the paste and lightly rub the soiled area. Wash off the paste with clean water and dry with a clean towel.

Method 9. Removal of complex spots (soda + wet sponge)

DESIGNATION: To remove complex and stale spots like berry juice, ketchup or chocolate from wooden kitchen furniture, table tops and an apron.


Simply pour a little soda onto a damp sponge and wipe the stain. You can also use a soft toothbrush.

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Method 10: Remove fat with a steamer

INTENDED USE: For removal of the old fat coating on all kitchen surfaces except wooden (!).



If you have a steamer for clothes, then you can process them all the kitchen from the facades to the apron. The method is good for its simplicity and efficiency. After such a "bath" kitchen should be wiped with a soap solution, and then with a clean damp and dry cloth made of microfiber.

  • It is desirable not to steam the edges, because this is the weak point of any furniture from MDF and chipboard.

Method 11. Removal of complex contaminants with a melamine sponge

Surely you already heard about the melamine sponge or even had time to try it in the case. This sponge consists of many finest fibers of melamine rubber, like an eraser, it easily clings and rolls dirt from any surface. Contrary to myths, a melamine miracle eraser is harmful only when ingested.

For this reason, we recommend that you do not clean the internal shelves, drawers and cabinets with a sponge. After harvesting the crumb must be carefully assembled, and all facades wipe clean. And, of course, the sponge should be kept away from children and animals.

Melamine sponge

INTENDED USE: For removal of old fatty coating on all kitchen surfaces except wooden (!) And any countertops. On painted facades to use with great care - there are cases when together with stains melamine sponge washed and paint.


Wet the sponge in water, wring out excess moisture, then wipe the dirty areas with it. Roll up the remaining dirt carefully and discard.

How to clean metal handles and kitchen accessories

Metal parts and accessories can be cleaned by any means listed in the article, except for those that involve the use of: vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, alkalis.

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