How to Make a Degreaser

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How to Make a Degreaser
A scrub brush adds a little extra elbow grease. (scrub brush image by weim from

Grease will end up splattered on kitchen surfaces if you ever cook with oil. If you use a lot of oil-based make-up or lotions in your bathrooms, then you may end up with grease in the bathroom, too. Most grocery stores are stocked full of commercial degreasers, but you can make your own degreaser with natural products. By using your own homemade degreaser, you can save money and reduce chemical usage in your home.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • White vinegar
  • Borax
  • Bucket
  • Spray bottle
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Scrub brush
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Combine 1/2 cup of white vinegar, 2 tsp of borax and 1/2 gallon of water in a bucket. Mix the solution well.

  2. 2

    Fill a spray bottle with the solution to use now or save for later. Shake it before use.

  3. 3

    Soak a clean cloth in your bucket of homemade degreaser. Wring out the cloth and wipe any greasy surfaces. Mild grease stains will wipe right off; more severe grease stains may need to be tackled using your degreaser and a plastic scrub brush.

    How to Make a Degreaser
    A scrub brush adds a little extra elbow grease. (scrub brush image by weim from
  4. 4

    Dampen a clean cloth with plain water and wipe the areas where grease has been removed. Allow your surfaces to air-dry, or dry them off with a dry cloth.

  5. 5

    Mix 1 part baking soda and 1 part water to tackle any lingering or difficult grease build-up. The mild abrasiveness of the baking soda works to cut through the greasy residue. Wipe the surface with a clean, damp cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Straight vinegar will also clean and remove grease stains from any surface.
  • If the smell of vinegar is too much for you, dilute it with an equal amount of water.

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