Dilute one part soap in two parts warm water and clean the cabinets using a sponge or green scrubbing pad. Don’t use steel wool, scrub brushes or any other item that can scratch the wood. When cleaning cabinets, pay particular attention to the area around cabinet door handles and drawer pulls, these places tend to be the stickiest. In fact, removing cabinet hardware before cleaning will make it easier to clean around these areas.
You can also use an all-purpose household cleaner in the same manner. If you will be going this route, it would be in your best interest to read the label carefully to be sure it won’t ruin the finish. Even so, it would be a good idea to also test the product on a hidden area of one of the cabinets to be on the safe side. If you’ll be using a harsher detergent or chemical, be sure to empty the cabinets first.
If you’re interested in a more natural remedy, you have several options. Vinegar, that wonderful all-purpose natural cleaner will clean and remove cabinet buildup. If the cabinets just need a regular cleaning, a solution of half vinegar and half water should do the trick. For more stubborn dirt and buildup, try straight vinegar. A paste made of baking soda and water makes a formidable scrub and helps remove a lot of the grime. Even club soda and lemon juice can be applied.