Kitchen grease gets everywhere! It spatters around the cooking hob or fryer, it splashes on to windows, the walls and surrounding surfaces and it rises into the air, before descending upon the surfaces in your kitchen. Left unchecked the whole kitchen can take on an unhygienic aspect caused by a layer of grease.
Grease can get everywhere from the back of the cupboards to the kitchen floor. It is remarkable how well it spreads and you might think that you are on top of cleaning but even the cleanest kitchens usually have grease build up somewhere.
So what is the best way to remove kitchen grease? Here are five quick tips to help.
Clean as you go as much as possible. Wiping away grease spots and food spatters as they happen by using a household cleaning product or with dish soap on a sponge will help your kitchen stay grease-free. This is not always possible if you are stretched for time but remember the longer those grease stains stay there, the harder they will be to remove.
If you have had a cooking disaster that has resulted in a major spillage of greasy fat, acting fast will minimize the damage. Cover the affected area with flour and this will absorb much of the grease and make clearing up the mess much easier. Do this and you can wipe most of the grease away before wiping the surface down with a damp cloth.
2. Dish Soap
Use dish soap to clean your worktops and surfaces. Dish soap is designed to cut through grease so applying this undiluted to grease spots will remove most of the damage. Rinse the area with water afterward and in many cases, your surfaces will be grease-free and as good as new.
3. White Vinegar
White vinegar is fantastic degreasing and if you do it right, you can leave it to work its magic without the need for any elbow grease. To do it right soak some kitchen paper in white vinegar and then wipe this over the surface. Set your kitchen timer for 20 minutes or so and then wipe a damp sponge over the area. Then lightly wash the area with a clean sponge or dishcloth to clear away any residue.
Bicarbonate of Soda is brilliant for household cleaning and can help you remove stubborn grease stains without causing damage to wooden surfaces or paintwork. Apply the powdered Bicarb to a scrubbing brush and scrub the area, then using wipe the area with a wet sponge to remove any residue.
5. Kitchen Degreasers
Use the right cleaning product for the job. There is a wide variety of kitchen cleaners out there but be careful to use the right one. Spraying a kitchen cleaning spray on a wall or wooden cabinet can lift the color or damage paintwork so if you are going down the chemical route, make sure you choose the right one for the job at hand.