To remove sticky residue from wooden kitchen cabinets, apply diluted laundry or dishwashing detergent, vinegar, or baking soda on the required areas. Then, scrub, rinse well, and dry. Alternatively, use an oil soap on a regular basis. Wax the cabinets after drying.
If using detergent, dilute it in hot or warm water to a ratio of 1-to-2. Using a clean rag or sponge, apply the agent over the sticky areas, and scrub using a brush with soft bristles. Scrub gently to avoid removing the finish on the wood. After cleaning, rinse the cabinets well with clean water to get rid of the soapy layer.
Use vinegar to remove stickiness from the doors of the cabinets. Dilute the acid in water, and apply using a rag or sponge, particularly around the door knobs, hinges and pulls of the drawers. If there is excessive accumulation of grease, use baking soda. Mix the soda with water to form a paste, and apply it on the required spots. Scrub the areas using a sponge or brush, and rinse.
Oil soap is a mild cleaning agent that does not harm the finish of the cabinets and hence can be used for regular cleaning. Apply the soap solution on bigger cabinet areas using a sponge.
After cleaning with a suitable agent, dry the cabinets quickly using a clean cloth. When wiping, move your hands in the direction of the grain to prevent damaging the finish. Finally, wax the cabinets so that they can repel grime, which renders regular cleaning of the cabinets easier.