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How Can I Get My Cabinets Grease-Free?

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Children's table and chairs in a kitchenBob Hiemstra
Q. What is the best way to clean grease buildup from cabinets?
Norma Rodriguez
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 A. Use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Allen P. Rathey of recommends the following method to eliminate gunky grease from kitchen cabinets: With a microfiber cloth, clean the area with an all-purpose cleaner that includes alkaline (see the ingredient list). This will break down the fatty acids in grease, so you can wipe your cabinets clean without much scrubbing. Try Mr. Clean Antibacterial Multi-Purpose Cleaner ($5.50, or the environmentally friendly Red Juice Concentrate ($15,
Or mix up a highly alkaline solution with household borax. Dissolve ½ cup borax in one gallon of hot water, and pour the solution into a spray bottle for easy cleaning. Spritz on the greasy area and let sit for a minute or two before wiping clean with a dampened microfiber cloth. ―Melanie Wagner 
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