How To Clean Kitchen Grease
Are you one of those people whose kitchen ends up being a greasy mess every time they cook? Most people can’t afford to clean every time after you cook, thus the grease may build up and accumulate dirt. Even if you do clean your kitchen after cooking, there are chances that some greasy nooks might get overlooked. If you are tired of these greasy crusts making your kitchen look unclean, it is time to wage a war against them. You could use commercial kitchen cleaning solutions or make your own cleaners for cheap that would work just as well. Here is how to go about cleaning the grease out of your kitchen.1. Prepare the areaThe first thing to do is to identify the areas in your kitchen that need to be cleaned. These includes the obvious places such as the stove and the oven, but also look into the build-up of grease in the cracks between the stove and the framing, the sides of the microwave, the walls and vent hood. Put the food you have prepared away and remove any appliances or cooking ingredients that are left on the countertop to another location. 2. Collect the suppliesTo begin cleaning the kitchen you will need some cloth and paper towels, microfiber cloths or cleaning rags, a sponge, a big bowl and/or a bucket, a long, narrow scraper, hot water, a liquid dish soap and white vinegar. If you have commercial de-greasing solutions lying around in the house, you could use them too. Otherwise, there ingredients should work fine. Make sure you put on some gloves before you touch the grime. If your hands get oily, you will find it very difficult to differentiate between a clean and greasy surface.3. Prepare the cleaning solutionIf you are not using commercial cleaning liquids, you can make your own by dissolving two tablespoons of dish soap in half a bucket of hot water and stirring it in well. In another bowl, mix one cup of vinegar to a gallon of warm water.4. Washing away the greaseRemove the burner plates and put them in the dishwasher or clean them in the sink using a dishwashing liquid. For the working area on the stove, dip the sponge in the soap solution, wring the excess liquid out and scrub the surface. If a stain is particularly stubborn, apply some dish soap directly on the spot, allow it to sit for a while, then use the sponge to work up a lather. Rubbing in circular motions helps to loosen up the grease. Wash the cabinet doors, kitchen walls and vent hood similarly. If you are using a degreaser or multi-surface cleaner, spray some of it on the sponge and give a thorough wipe down. If the grease has crusted in corners and crevices, you can use the scraper to wedge it out. Spray some solution in the area, let the crust soften, then scrape it out.5. Rinse away the soapDip a rag or microfiber cloth in the vinegar solution and use it to rinse away the soap solution from the surfaces. If the rag gets dirty, wash it under running water or better still, use a new piece of cloth. After you have removed all the soap with the vinegar, use a clean rag and dip it in warm water so that it is damp, not soaking wet. Use this to give a final wipe down on all the kitchen surfaces to remove soap and vinegar. 6. Dry the surfaceWhen you are done wiping with a wet cloth, use a dry towel to soak up as much moisture as you can. This will help prevent water spots or streak and also make the surfaces shine. You might not have time to do all of these steps during your normal house cleaning routine, but if you are expecting guests or doing end of lease cleaning, make sure you give your kitchen a nice de-greasing treatment.