Spot-cleaning kitchen cabinets after spills and drips is easy enough, but finding a process and product that removes the grime and grease from many a meal preparation takes patience and a little bit of label research (especially if you are tackling a painted surface).
We have tested four cabinet cleaners — two spray formulas, a plant-based product, and a traditional oil soap — to find out which product would clean my kitchen cabinets best. Here’s what we have discovered, and how you can clean greasy cabinets.
1. Bona Cabinet Cleaner
The popular hardwood floor cleaner company, Bona, makes a specific cabinet-cleaning product. I was eager to try it after reading great reviews of their floor care system and cleaner. The spray-bottle formula was too drippy for my liking but had almost no scent and worked well on crevice and surface stains. Unfortunately, there was an apparent sticky residue on cabinet surfaces after using this product.
Verdict: Not our favorite.
2. Magic Cabinet & Wood Cleaner
Unfamiliar with this brand, I was delighted to discover it was appropriate for painted cabinet surfaces as well. (You know, in case I ever get to painting my cabinets.) The spray-bottle formula (there’s also an aerosol) had a wider, even spray but smelled the most cleaner-like to me. The thicker spray made it great for crevices and it offered a smoother finish after wiping than the other spray products.
Verdict: A solid performer.
3. Method All-Purpose Spray
Method is my favorite brand of multi-purpose spray cleaner. I use it daily for countertops. Their multi-purpose product for grease and grime stays true to their product formulas with naturally derived, biodegradable ingredients — and of course the citrus smell was delightful. If you are a Method product fan, try this product, but let it sit a few minutes and prepare to scrub a little harder for stain removal.
Verdict: Works well if you let it sit and really scrub.
4. Murphy’s Oil Soap – the winner!
Tried and true Murphy’s Oil soap has been around for over 100 years, and it won my overall vote. It cut through the grime and grease with more ease than the other products and left a beautiful, silky finish on cabinet surfaces. The citrus scent is also mild and doesn’t linger.
Verdict: The best cleaner of the four!
Note: Do be mindful of which formula you choose if you have painted cabinets. For the concentrated formula, you’ll have the added step of diluting and applying with a cloth instead of spraying.