With the lockdown, many of us are spending more and more time than ever in our kitchens. Even though you have always loved cooking or have found a new hobby, there is something that is always frustrating – stubborn grease.
As you are not Samantha from “Bewitched”, who can make this problem disappear right away, you need to have some clever tricks to tackle this stubborn grease.
Kitchen or cleaning experts don’t suggest keeping kitchen cabinets clean for nothing. Sparkling-clean cabinetry will not give off any unpleasant and rancid odor and will also provide airiness in the kitchen space.
Now, that yellow or darkening grime that’s on your kitchen surface won’t go away that easily overnight. The older the grease stains, the sticker and much more stubborn they are to be removed (especially that months’ old grease).
But, if you really want to free these natural hotspots for grease, here are some tips you should follow:
The first thing to note, it is better to use a microfiber cloth than paper towels or dishcloths. As per several studies (conducted by the University of California), a microfiber cloth is very absorbent, more effective than traditional cloths and is environmentally friendly. However, it is also considered useless for sometimes cleaning as grease can get easily trapped inside of it.
Dish Soap and Hot Water:
I know, I know, you will tell me that you have used dish soap before and it was all in vain. But, here I am talking about those dish soaps that can cut through grease build-up very easily.
So what you need to do is to combine the soap and hot water (but please make sure not to use too much of water as it can damage wooden kitchen cabinets) in a large bowl until the mixture foams. Then, with the help of the damp microfiber cloth, gently scrub the greasy cabinet doors and after a few minutes, you will obtain a very clean kitchen cabinet.
Did you know that compared to those typical chemical products (which are usually harmful), flour is a very great and effective household cleaner? Well, it’s ironic how the one thing that can clean up a mess in the kitchen is something that can create a mess in the kitchen itself.
Now, if the grease stain is a recent “oops”, quickly sprinkle some flour on it. As it is still fresh, it will be easier to clean it up. When dry, flour can absorb moisture and hence, once it absorbs the grease, you can wipe it up immediately. And, don’t worry, the flour will not cause any damage to your cabinets.
Baking Soda and Lemon Degreaser:
Nowadays, there are different types of products that are being used to degrease pots, pans and cabinets. However, we recommend using the best kitchen degreasers: lemons and baking soda.
Lemon is a fruit with acidic elements that can not only cut through organic grease and grime but can also give off a fresh and citrusy scent (which is the perfect scent for a kitchen).
Furthermore, when it comes to baking soda, it is an alkali that takes no time to clean grease off kitchen cabinets.
The recipe includes combining 2 cups of clean water in a container along with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 cup of lemon juice. The mixture should then be sprayed on the grease build-up. And, after waiting for a while, wipe it away with a dry cloth.
Vinegar and Hot Water:
Indeed, grease can build up in the worst places, even around the hinges on your cabinets. But, there is nothing to worry as this recipe can remove even the worst grease build-up.
So, you will need to combine 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of vinegar together. Then, place the damp cloth in the microwave and let it heat for at least 20 seconds. Use the hot water mixture and the cloth to clean off your greasy cabinets (and don’t forget to put o some gloves while carrying out this task).
And, let me also give you a warning: as white vinegar is an acid, it can damage unsealed surfaces and even marble.
From the microwave to walls, backsplash, stovetop and overhead exhaust, grease is found nearly everywhere in a kitchen. And, if you want to get rid of this stubborn problem, all you got to do is to follow our lead.