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Easy Ways To Dissolve Grease From Hard Surfaces

Grease build-up on hard surfaces can be a real pain to remove if you’re not using the right cleaner. Unfortunately, only water cannot clean grease because water molecules do not stick to grease molecules. Fortunately, there are some things you already have in your home that you can use to clean up the mess. You’ll be out of your cleaning gloves in no time with these effective household solutions for removing kitchen grease.

Baking Soda And Water For Grease Removal

Baking soda is a versatile cleaning agent you can use for various tasks around the house. For example, it can be used to remove coffee and juice stains from countertops, tarnish from copper, any tint on stainless steel, and, yes, hard-to-remove grease when mixed with water. Baking soda is an alkali, which means it dissolves grease very well. It also removes oil without harming your hands or the surfaces because it’s mild. 

To clean grease with soda, simply combine three tablespoons of baking soda and one cup of water. Then, scrub light grease stains from hard surfaces such as the stovetop, linoleum, countertops, and even pots and pans with the solution and a sponge. 

Use Vinegar As A Grease Cleaner

For caked-on grease stains, especially those that have hardened to the inside of the oven or the stove or stuck to baking dishes after an overnight soak in the sink, spray vinegar directly and let it soak in for five minutes. The acidic properties in vinegar will help dissolve hard spots making it easier to scrub away using a soft sponge.

Although vinegar does not cut grease as effectively as alkali materials, it can help soften the mess and make the whole grease-cleaning process smoother. Apply the vinegar when the surface is hot for the best results, so if it’s a cooking tool like a broiling pan or a pot, do so right after you’ve used or reheated it.

DIY Degreaser For Removing Grease From The Oven

Oven covered in black carbonized grease after many casseroles and meat pies? Don’t worry. Use a non-abrasive scraper to remove any caked-on grease before you start scrubbing. Pick up any leftovers with a dampened paper towel coat the oven walls with the DIY degreaser or enzyme cleaner. Allow to let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes before wiping.

Another option is to use a baking soda and water paste to coat the inside of the oven. You can use a soft-bristled brush to apply the paste to the interior and let it sit overnight. However, if you want the process to be done quickly, preheat the oven for 10 to 20 minutes while the baking soda sits. Return to the surface and wipe it clean after removing the baking soda. 

Clean Grease Off A Stove

Remove all the stove’s removable components and fill a large plastic tub with hot soapy water or plug the kitchen sink and fill it with hot water and dish soap. Allow the grates, knobs, and burner tops to soak in the water while you wipe down the stovetop. On cooked-on food stains and grease, you can use a simple mix of kosher salt, baking soda, and dish soap. To get into the nooks, use a kitchen scrub brush. After rinsing and drying the parts, reassemble them.

Remove Grease From Tiles

Most of the grease stains end up falling on tiled floors, which, fortunately, are also the easiest to clean. Club soda cuts through grease stains quickly, so clean your tiled floors with a mixture of club soda and water and watch them shine like new ones! However, if you have young children or pets in the house, make sure you’re extra careful to clean those greasy stains to avoid any mishaps.

Grease Removal For Walls

Grease stains on walls, especially those near the kitchen, are prevalent. While different wall surfaces have different finishes, you can clean most of them with a simple and common hack. You can use a soft sponge dipped in the solution made by mixing 1/4 teaspoon dishwashing liquid in a cup of warm water. After that, rinse it with clean water and let it air dry.

Using a natural degreaser like lemon or baking soda to clean off new grease splatters from walls is another effective solution. It’s recommended that you squeeze the juice of a lemon into a spray bottle, spray it on the grease stain, and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, you can remove it with a damp cloth and then dry it with a clean towel. Alternatively, you can also use baking soda and warm water paste.

The Bottom Line

With all the mentioned tips, you surely will get rid of those greasy stains. However, while cleaning the oven, make sure you’re very careful. Also, if you’ve made excess DIY degreaser cleaner and plan to store it for future use, it’s recommended to keep it out of the reach of children and put a label on it for more safety. Hopefully, with these tips, you can enjoy your house without any greasy stains spoiling the look of your home.