How to Clean Kitchen Grease?
There is a hope for even the dirtiest, most outrageous messes that somehow find their way into our homes. Whether you’re frying up a pan of bacon or cooking veggies in olive oil, grease splatter abounds. It multiplies in tiny little droplets and clings to the top of your stove, cabinets, back splash and any other areas close by. It’s often difficult to remove, especially if you aren’t able to clean it right away, so I we’ve compiled a simple few steps on how to clean up the mess with basic items you already have in your kitchen.
Water alone can’t get rid of grease because water molecules don’t stick to grease molecules. And elbow grease isn’t always enough to tackle the baked-on gunk found in a well-used kitchen. Commercial grease cleaners can do the trick for most messes, but you may not have any products on hand. Luckily, there are ways to fight the mess using things you already have around your home.
Here’s how to fix any disaster area:
- The combination of cooking grease, steam, and regular old dust creates a sticky residue on your kitchen surfaces. Use another sponge soaked in water to rinse, then wipe dry with paper towels.
- Pour undiluted vinegar into an empty spray bottle and apply generously to the greased surface. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then wipe clean with a dishcloth or non-abrasive scrubber. For the best results, apply the vinegar when the surface is hot, so if it’s a cooking tool like a pot or a broiling pan apply the vinegar just after you’ve used it or reheated it.
- Baking soda’s a great all-purpose cleaning solution for lots of things around the house. Mixed with water, you can use it to remove tarnish from copper, juice and coffee stains from counter tops, discoloration on stainless steel and, you guessed it, hard to remove grease. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge or non-abrasive scrubber and wipe down all greased surfaces. Follow with a clean, damp cloth or towel to remove any powder residue.
- A natural vegetable oil on a paper towel can remove a really difficult stain. Follow up with one of the methods above for that like-new sparkle.
For extremely difficult grease stains, you can use sodium phosphate, it is a good replacement for the toxic, heavy duty cleaners that we all want to avoid.