Posted on October 18th, 2021
Few substances are more frustrating to clean than grease. Kitchen grease has an uncanny knack for getting everywhere – from the tops of cabinets to the underside of range hoods – and trying to clean it can quickly create a sticky, streaky mess. Fortunately, once you learn the right kitchen cleaning hacks, dealing with greasy surfaces becomes a lot less frustrating. Better still, you don’t necessarily have to turn to harsh chemicals to get rid of grease: In many cases, safe, green cleaning solutions can effectively break down this fatty film and eliminate unwanted kitchen odors but areas can often be missed when cleaning in a hurry.
To cut down the amount of time you spend cleaning your kitchen, try using the five simple tips below to eliminate stuck-on grease. Or, if you’d rather not deal with difficult kitchen messes yourself, you can contact our licensed, bonded maids in Indianapolis for some extra help.
5 Ways to Quickly Get Rid of Kitchen Grease
Give pantry and cupboard doors a daily wipe-down with a microfiber cloth.
To keep grease stains and fingerprints from accumulating on your cupboard and pantry doors, get into the habit of giving them a quick daily clean. When you’ve finished using the kitchen for the evening, dip a microfiber cloth in a bowl of hot water mixed with one or two drops of dishwashing liquid. (Alternatively, you can add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the water.) Wring excess moisture out of the cloth, then wipe down the cupboard and pantry doors, working from top to bottom (following the grain of the wood). Finally, complete the job by polishing the doors with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Use steam and white vinegar to degrease your microwave in minutes.
The heat created by microwave ovens can rapidly melt away grease with the help of a few simple ingredients. To clean a greasy microwave with minimal scrubbing, fill a glass bowl with two parts hot water to one part white vinegar. (If you don’t have vinegar on hand, you can substitute it with the fresh-squeezed juice from half a lemon.) Heat the solution for three to five minutes on “high,” or until it reaches a boil.
Wait about five minutes before you open the microwave door, so the acidic steam has enough time to break down stuck-on grease and grime. Then, while wearing oven mitts, carefully remove the hot bowl and set it aside before taking the plate out of your microwave. Wash the plate in the sink, then wipe down the interior of the microwave using paper towels or a microfiber cloth. When you’re done, dry everything thoroughly and reinsert the plate.
Freshen up your backsplash with lemon juice.
Lemon juice is a great solution for removing grease from backsplash tile, both because it’s gentle enough that it won’t damage paint or lift peel-and-stick finishes and because it leaves behind a pleasant, fresh scent. To use this cleaning technique, simply juice a fresh lemon, then strain the juice (to remove pulp and seeds) and pour it into a spray bottle. Lightly mist your backsplash with the spray bottle, then let the lemon juice sit for about five minutes. Finish by polishing the tiles clean with a damp microfiber cloth and drying them with a kitchen towel.
Dissolve stubborn range hood grease with oxygen bleach and enzymatic cleaners.
The interior of the stove range hood is typically one of the most overlooked areas of the kitchen – and one of the dirtiest. Because range hood fans pull fat particles and odors from the air during cooking, grease can quickly accumulate inside the filter and coat the underside of the range hood. If you don’t clean these areas regularly, the grease inside them gradually combines with airborne dust particles, forming a hard film that’s difficult to remove with conventional all-purpose cleaners.
To save yourself some scrubbing, try treating your dirty range hood with oxygen bleach and an enzymatic cleaner. First, remove the filter and immerse it in a bucket of steaming-hot water and oxygen bleach. Let it soak for about half an hour, then remove it from the mixture. Wipe away any remaining grime with a paper towel or cloth, then rinse the filter and allow it to air-dry.
While the filter is drying, apply an enzymatic cleaner to the underside of the range hood. Over a period of about 30 minutes, the helpful bacterial and natural enzymes in the cleaner will safely break down grease deposits, making them easy to remove with a cleaning rag or sponge. Once the grease is gone, finish by polishing the range hood with a damp microfiber cloth, then reinsert the filter.
Use lemon juice and baking soda to get your stovetop gleaming again.
Like the range hood, stovetops are a magnet for grease and grime. Fortunately, even tough stovetop messes respond well to the combined action of lemon juice and baking soda. To use this method, start by taking off your stove’s removable parts (e.g., burner tops and knobs) and immersing them in a sink full of hot, soapy water. Then, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda across the top of the stove, cut a lemon in half, and start scrubbing with the cut side of the lemon. Finish by tackling especially stubborn spots with a stiff brush before wiping everything down with a damp sponge or cloth and reassembling the stovetop.
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