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    Kitchen Cabinet Gunk

    Does anyone out there have a good (read that to mean "easy") way to get rid of that awful sticky gunk that builds up on kitchen cabinets over time? The cabinets over my stove are especially gross, and I haven't been able to get that crud off except by scraping it, which of course left scratches in the wood.

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    In my experience with gunk, I've been successful with both of these methods:

    (1) spray a lot of 409 onto the gunk, let it sit for 15 minutes or so, then use a copper mesh scrubber (or scrub brush) to scrub it off.

    (2) use those mini scrubbing pads that come in a box with really strong soapy stuff inside of them. I can't remember the name but they smell awful and get rid of every single spot.

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    my guess is you have a gas stove. That gunk is petroleum byproduct.

    if the 409 doesnt cut it or damages the wood, you might have to sand/refinish. I guess that doesnt constitute "easy". I feel your pain.

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    if your stove is venting petroleum byproducts, you have a hell of a lot more than gunk to worry about. stoves should burn clean, and if they leave a deposit on your pots, have a repairman in ASAP. stoves that are not burning correctly can vent carbon monoxide.

    it's more likely that the buildup is cooking grease, especially if you cook meat or do much frying.

    try using TSP (get it at a hardware or house-paint store) or kerosene. you could try the Heloise technique of putting some kerosene in a bucket of warm water, dipping a rag in it, and using that to clean your cabinets.

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    I'm a big fan of comet, a rag or scrubbie, and elbow grease ...

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    if your stove is venting petroleum byproducts, you have a hell of a lot more than gunk to worry about. stoves should burn clean, and if they leave a deposit on your pots, have a repairman in ASAP. stoves that are not burning correctly can vent carbon monoxide.
    That's for gas stoves, right? Not electric?

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    yes! if you have an electric stove, there's nothing to worry about!

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    cabinet gunk

    hi! i hate that stuff.

    normally, i've found that murphy's oil soap, a sponge and elbow grease does the trick.


    note: don't do what my BF and I just did --- decide to paint them and skip the primer stage. I hope that paint will dry someday!

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    grease grizzly is amazing. it's safe for use in home as well as in the garage. you can get it at the hardware store; it's in a red squirty bottle near the car cleaning/engine cleaning supplies.

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    Baking soda paste can remove a lot of gunk. Also the little brown scrapers from pampered chef remove a lot of crap without scratching. I will never have a kitchen without one.


 
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