Homemade Kitchen Gunk Remover

Homemade Kitchen Gunk Remover - clean gunky build up with just two ingredients!

I’ve been trying to get rid of the yucky build up of grease and oil on our microwave and wood cabinets for weeks. They sit right above the stove, which gets a daily work out around here. I’d prefer not to use overly harsh cleaners, but my everyday ones weren’t cutting through the grease.

I tried a few natural remedies I found via Pinterest, but again they didn’t cut it. Today, I looked over at my little container of homemade gunk remover and realized that was my solution. It’s not just for removing labels!

It worked like a charm! I made a fresh paste of vegetable oil and baking soda, and the sticky build up just melted away! It was magical. Well, as magical as cleaning yucky dirt and oil can be.

The good news is, our microwave looks brand new! I just used a soft cloth to apply my mixture, then wiped it clean. I then used a glass cleaner to touch up any of the fresh oily residue left behind.

Kitchen Gunk Remover

1 part vegetable oil
2 parts baking soda

Mix together and apply with a soft cloth or paper towel. Watch gunky, oily build up disappear.

I’m so excited about this, I can’t wait to hear your feedback!

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  1. Thanks Melissa – I’m going to try this for sure!

  2. With a family a seven our stove gets a work out everyday. I can not wait to try this. Do you have anything for the stove top my needs it bad.

  3. Ooo I love this – perfect for cleaning icky lil finger prints from doors and door frames!

  4. OMGoodness!!! Totally going to try this and your granite cleaner as well… I will let you know how it goes 🙂 Do you have a stainless steel cleaner??? I have tried EVERYTHING and I am still getting streaks left behind 🙁

    p.s I don’t know why my comments are no reply, I have been trying to fix it 🙂

    • Thanks Angelina! I know what you mean,I haven’t been satisfied with any commercial cleaners either. Right now I’m using pledge, but I did get an email saying the granite cleaner worked well on stainless too! I will test it out and let you know:0)

  5. It is a commercial product, but “Invisible Glass” is my go- to for streak free/haze free shine on glass, mirrors and stainless steel. I can’t wait to try this on the goo on my cabinets! TFS

  6. Melissa Pettinato says:

    How much of each do I use?

    • Hi Melissa!

      The measurement is 1 part vegetable oil, 2 parts baking soda. It can be any measurement, just keep the ratio the same. For example, 1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil, 2 Tablespoons of baking soda.

  7. This really is AMAZING. Just used it today on my microwave and greasy oven knobs! Now I’m obsessed with what else I can use it on!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Hi Melissa!

    How long will this mixture “keep” if I were to make a large batch and store it? Or is it best to make and use all at once?



  9. The gunk remover worked great! I’d tried a few things to remove the label from a glass bottle I wanted to reuse, but the glue was so stubborn I was sure it wouldn’t come off. This was so simple and quick. Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. Nancy Cornett says:

    For cleaning the cabinets, how do you remove the Gunk Remover after cleaning?


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