Grease stains and oil spills are inevitable in the kitchen, and they are difficult to remove using regular cleaning methods. When soapy water isn't tackling the oils well enough to remove grease stains on your kitchen cabinets and countertops, try using a DIY kitchen cleaner to cut the grease stains out of your home!
In this article, we'll guide you through tackling those stubborn marks and stains left behind by oils so you can enjoy a squeaky clean kitchen where you can confidently cook in. We'll be taking the DIY approach using a homemade solution as it is a safe and inexpensive way to keep your kitchen surfaces clean.
What You'll Need
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Dish soap
- Warm water
- Spray bottle
- Damp cloth or Sponge
- Dry microfiber cloth
DIY Kitchen Cleaner for Grease and Oil
This all-purpose, multi-surface cleaner is perfect for getting rid of grease stains and oils from your kitchen surfaces. Made with vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap, this cleaning solution dissolves mineral stains from hard water, lifts stubborn stains, and breaks down grease to clean your kitchen!
Mix together 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 cup of baking soda, and 1/2 a cup of degreasing dish soap in a spray bottle. Top it off with 3 cups of warm water, and shake to dissolve the baking soda. Use this DIY cleaner as a safe alternative to commercial kitchen cleaners! Keep the spray bottle under the sink for convenient access anytime.
Helpful tip: For marble surfaces, create a solution omitting vinegar to prevent etches on your natural stone.
How to Remove Grease from Kitchen Surfaces: A Step-by-Step Guide
Step 1: Spray Away the Grease, and Let it Sit
Use your homemade cleaning spray to clean grease from kitchen cabinets, countertops, and other surfaces. You can spray the solution on your wood cabinets, dining tables, kitchen sink, stove tops, and more. Give your oven a little spritz too, for a deep clean of the leftover food stains and olive oil residue. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes.
Be careful when spraying materials like marble and other natural stones. Test the solution on a small area first, and wait for any reaction or damage that may occur before continuing with your cleaning. Same goes for linoleum and other adhesive-backed surfaces.
Step 2: Wipe Clean with a Soft Cloth or Sponge
Take a clean, damp cloth or sponge, and start scrubbing out any stains to remove grease. You may need to use a little elbow grease to clean the oils off wooden kitchen cabinets and countertops, and you should be scrubbing in a circular motion, focusing on the stained areas.
Rinse your sponge between uses, and dip it in some warm water to help clean grease and baking soda residue from your kitchen. The warm water will cut through the grease, and rinse out the cleaning solution at the same time.
Step 3: Dry with a Microfiber Cloth to Remove Residue
Take a clean cloth or paper towel that does not shed fibers, and use it to wipe your kitchen cabinets, countertops, stove, and sink dry. This will help remove any remaining residue, as well as prevent water damage from moisture that stays on the surface. This will also buff out any smooth surfaces for a clean shine.
Step 4: Repeat if Necessary
If there are any remaining stains left, repeat the entire process. Deep-seated stains may take a few rounds of cleaning to completely remove, but your homemade cleaning solution should do the trick to get rid of the grease.
For particularly heavy stains and sticky grease buildup, omit the water from your homemade cleaner, and use the thick cleaner to cut through the grease splatters. Use a clean microfiber cloth to remove the solution after 30 minutes. However, do not use the vinegar solution on natural stone materials like marble and granite.
Keeping Your Kitchen Squeaky Clean
The best way to keep your kitchen squeaky clean is to clean your kitchen daily with liquid dishwashing soap. Dish soap is amazing at dissolving grease, and it is an effective cleaner to use for everyday, general cleaning. Place a few drops of dish soap directly onto your damp sponge, and use it to clean sticky grease splatters before they stain.
Other helpful tips in keeping a clean kitchen include:
- Storing dishes and utensils dry will prevent mold growth in kitchen cabinets and drawers.
- Washing dishes immediately after using will prevent food from drying and sticking onto the plates, bowls, and utensils.
- Sanitizing with an alcohol spray or aerosol disinfectant removes germs that could cause illnesses and damage to your kitchen.
- Cleaning hard water stains, soap scum, and grease splatters before they settle will prevent stains on your countertops and sinks.
- Covering food in the oven with a layer of aluminum foil will prevent oil splattering around the oven.
- Store pots and pans in a clean cabinet to prevent dust and dirt from forming on them.
- Clean oils from pots and pans using paper towels to prevent clogs in the sink, and to remove as much grease as possible.
Hassle-free Cleaning Services
When it's time for convenient cleaning, Luce Home has got you covered! Never worry about that sticky grease again as our cleaning professionals tackle the muck and scum in your home for you. Regain a passion for cooking in your clean kitchen, and trust in us to get the job done right.
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