I used Lysol scrubbing wipes for the first cleaning then I used a de-greasing spray cleaner to make sure all the built up grease was gone.
Be sure to sand with the grain so you don’t scratch the wood.
Stain seemed like the only option for my limited budget.
I researched and decided on get stain- specifically General Finishes gel stain.
He hated them too but not enough to shell out the cash to replace them.
There was a bit of trial and error involved in this process and it took longer than I imagined, of course.
If you’re looking for a quick weekend project, this is not for you.
You don’t need to sand down to the bare wood, just enough to scuff the gloss a bit.
I’ve been whining about my horrible builder grade oak cabinets for years.
If you have cabinets with the cheap particle board sides like I did, sand them the same way you sand the real wood.
I spent maybe a minute per drawer and 3 minutes per door.
But it is a different story for the poor and the physically weak.