Preparing meals in a clean kitchen is always much more pleasant than in a kitchen where dirt and grime accumulate. However, sometimes, despite the fact that our entire kitchen has been thoroughly scrubbed and cleaned, some surfaces seem more difficult to clean. This is particularly the case on cabinets where fat tends to appear over time. Fortunately, we can remove grease from our kitchen surfaces without too much difficulty by using some easy tips and tricks. Here are 5 to remember and try!
1. Try household soap
Although household soap does not smell very good, this soap is a very good tool to use to clean a kitchen. Be aware, however, that you can use it to clean kitchen surfaces only if they are granite or marble. Here’s how to remove grease with your household soap:
- Make soapy water;
- Soak a sponge in your soapy water, use your sponge to scrub the dirty cabinets or countertops;
- Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes;
- Rinse your surfaces with a clean sponge;
- Wipe your surfaces. These must be completely dry.
2. Eliminate grease with the vinegar trick
Vinegar is a very practical product. There are many ways you can use it every day, including to degrease kitchen surfaces:
- In a bowl, pour one litre of water, 4 tablespoons of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or refined sunflower oil);
- Add a few drops of orange essential oil (optional) to your mixture;
- Take your mixture and pour it into a spray bottle;
- Spray your mixture on the surface that needs to be cleaned;
- Wait between 10 and 15 minutes and then wipe surfaces with a cloth;
- Repeat if necessary.
3. Test baking soda
Baking soda can also help fight grease on kitchen cabinets or countertops. To take advantage of the properties of this product, here are the steps to follow:
- Mix baking soda with vegetable oil until a homogeneous paste is obtained;
- Apply the paste to the grease stains you want to remove;
- Leave on for 30 minutes;
- Soak a sponge in water and remove the paste;
- Repeat if necessary.
You can use this tip to maintain wood surfaces since vegetable oil camouflages scratches and protects wood from scratches.
4. Opt for citric acid
Citric acid is a great ingredient to use to degrease wood surfaces. To do this, all you need to do is mix 1-litre water, 1 tablespoon citric acid and a few drops of detergent. Then, pour some of the mixture on the surface you want to clean and leave it there so it can work its magic. Wipe the surface with a soft cloth or a sponge that you have soaked in water beforehand.
5. Experiment with baking powder
Did you know you could use baking powder to tackle grease stuck on your kitchen surfaces? Indeed, it’s the baking soda present in the baking powder that helps clean your kitchen counters and cupboards. All you have to do to take advantage of the properties of this product is to take a pack of baking powder and to mix it with water until you get a liquid paste. Pour your mixture on the surface you want to clean, leave it on for a couple of minutes and then remove it with a sponge by scrubbing gently the zone you want to degrease.
6. Here are some precautions to take when cleaning kitchen surfaces
- Make sure you always put away your food;
- Put gloves on when you clean to protect your hands and nails when you’re cleaning;
- Open windows when you are cleaning. It will be easier to aerate the rooms.
What is your favourite cleaning trick? Do you know other tricks that work well and remove all the grease from various surfaces in your kitchen?
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