How to Remove Kitchen Grease From Cabinet Hardware

Even the most efficient housekeepers can overlook the handles on kitchen cabinets; yet these can accumulate quite a bit of grease over time.

Grubby fingers are part of the problem, but the majority of the grease comes from oils released while cooking. It's not much of a bother to wipe down the handles with a good household cleaner, but you may need to provide a bit more effort if the hardware is particularly well-coated.

Remove the cabinet hardware with a small screwdriver. Put the screws in a safe place to prevent losing them.

Fill a small washtub with hot water and dish soap. To go a completely natural route, use a citrus cleaner or vinegar solution. Vinegar works best as a cleaner with a 50 percent water to vinegar ratio. For the citrus cleaner, follow the manufacturer's recommendations.

Soak the cabinet handles in the water for at least 30 minutes. This will give the cleaner time to cut the grease. Keep a kettle of water warming on the stove to add to the washtub once the water starts to cool. Very hot water works best.

Use rubber gloves to protect your hands and apply a soft sponge to the hardware to remove grease. Scrub particularly stubborn spots with an old toothbrush. Do not use harsh scouring pads, as these can scratch or remove the finish from your handles.

Rinse the hardware well and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Put the handles on a drying rack or lay on a dry towel to continue drying. You don't want any moisture to remain when you screw the hardware back into place. This could cause rust or mold to form underneath the metal.

Things You Will Need

  • Small screwdriver
  • Washtub
  • Soap with degreaser
  • Citrus cleaner or vinegar
  • Soft sponge
  • Toothbrush
  • Drying towel

About the Author

Nikki Jardin began freelance writing in 2009 and focuses on food and travel articles. She has been a professional cook and caterer for more than 20 years. She holds a degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University.