An effective and inexpensive homemade kitchen degreaser can be created using water and other simple ingredients commonly found in most homes. Use a non-toxic, food-safe mixture of white vinegar and water to effectively combat kitchen grease on a daily basis. Add a little household ammonia to the recipe to deal with very grimy surfaces. Properly labelled and stored, these mixtures can be kept on hand and used as needed. Simply spray on surfaces to be cleaned and wipe away grime with a wet sponge or cloth and then rinse.
Things you need
- White vinegar
- Household ammonia
- Liquid dish soap (optional)
- Baking soda (optional)
- New spray bottle(s)
- Self adhesive label(s)
- Permanent marker
- Microfiber cloth or kitchen sponge
Mix white vinegar and plain tap water in equal parts in a new spray bottle and shake to mix.
Label the bottle clearly using a self-adhesive label and a permanent marker.
Spray the grimy surface with the vinegar-water mixture and wipe away with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge. This mixture is safe for all surfaces, including cutting boards or other items that come into direct contact with food.
Rinse with clear water.
Repeat, as needed. For increased cleaning power, add a few drops of liquid dish soap to the mix and/or sprinkle baking soda on the surface prior to spraying.
Combine approximately one part white vinegar, one part household ammonia and 10 parts plain tap water in a new spray bottle. Shake to mix.
Label the bottle clearly using a self-adhesive label and a permanent marker. Keep out of the reach of children.
Spray the mixture on the surface to be cleaned and wipe grease and grime away with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge. This mixture is an effective window cleaner, as well, but should not be used on surfaces that come into direct contact with food.
Rinse thoroughly with clear water. For windows no rinsing is necessary; simply dry with a lint-free cloth.
Repeat, as needed. For really grimy surfaces, decrease the amount of water to six parts.
Squirt undiluted liquid dish soap on the grease spot or spread on the grimy area and let sit for a few minutes.
Scrub with a damp cloth or sponge.
Follow with homemade spray-on kitchen degreaser.
Rinse thoroughly with clear water.