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Feb 20, 2009 11:14 AM

How to remove grease in kitchen?

Hi Everyone,

This maybe an odd question, but I recently discover grease on the hood of my fan in the kitchen and on the edges of my stove. I know, it sounds like I don't clean, but I do ...I usually wipe down my stove and fan after every meal. But there is still grease build up. What would the best way to remove this grease. Anything will help!

Thank you.

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  1. Steam is great for this. Those household steam cleaners are a useful investment but you could also try boiling water on all the burners, then wiping repeatedly as the grease liquifies and drips. A final wipe with an ammonia solution will give you a grease-free surface. You could also try holding a steam iron close to the problem areas and hitting them with blasts of steam.

    1. Hot water/white vinegar/dish soap solution is pretty effective de-greaser. Get a spray bottle, put a drop or two of dish soap, inch of white vinegar, fill with hot water and shake to mix. You may want to play around with the proportions depending on the size of your spray bottle. I wipe it off with a clean damp cloth after spraying on the greasy surfaces.

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      1. re: BeeZee

        There is some spray stuff called AWESOME! and it is AWESOME. You can often even get it at the Dollar Store. It's also great for bathrooms and spotting laundry.

      2. Sponge full of hot water, squeezed all over stovetop. A few drops of dish soap scattered around, Let soak a couple of minutes. Go over with scrubby-sponge, and if the reemaining moisture is not too dirty use the sponge on the oven hood as well. Dry with clean cloth towel (I have a closet full of terry bar-towels for this). Should be clean as a whistle!

        BTW, don't forget to run the vent screens from up under the hood through your dishwasher regularly (they're easy to forget).

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        1. re: wayne keyser

          Those vent screens come clean as a whistle if you put them into a sink full of hot water with some Calgon. The grease actually runs away from them like nothing I have ever seen and is sort of entertaining to watch in a simple-minded way.
          The stuff is a water softener/detergent booster for really dirty laundry.
          Then put them through the DW, and they're like new.

          I've used a Calgon solution on some icky grease and it cuts it very well.

        2. The citrus cleaners work well too. Sometimes a little bon-ami helps if the grease has been on for a while.

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          1. re: meatn3

            Put me in the "...Grease has been on there for a while" pile!
            Citrus cleaners couldn't save me from my grease- I'm with you on the "bon ami" recommendation, but I push it a little further; I shake on baking soda, dip the SOS pad in some vinegar and add elbow grease- takes off just about EVERYTHING and I haven't damaged any surfaces, yet. Repeat as needed. For minor greasy patches, baking soda and a dry rag is just abrasive enough.

          2. There is a cleaner called 'Greased Lightening', which I discovered at the Ace hardware store. It is excellent on greasy buildup. Be careful on wood surfaces, however; it will damage your unsealed wood. It's also the single best pre-spotter for laundry that I have discovered. I use it for all sorts of laundry spots and it does a far bettter job than Spray and Wash or any of those other pre-spotters.