How to Remove Grease From a Deep Fryer

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How to Remove Grease From a Deep Fryer
Deep fryer grease can be stubborn. (frittura image by Eagle from

Whether in the home or in a restaurant, deep fryers are notoriously difficult to clean. In order to remove grease from a deep fryer, more is involved than simply washing it. To get the best results, it takes a combination of techniques and nontoxic cleaning supplies to clean your deep fryer.

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Things you need

  • Clean paint scraper
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Paper towel
  • Baking soda
  • Scouring pad

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  1. 1

    Turn off the deep fryer and let it cool down. Drain the oil from the fryer according to the directions for your particular product.

  2. 2

    Scrape the sides and bottom of the deep fryer with a clean paint scraper to remove any burnt oil or food residue. Discard the waste in a garbage bin.

  3. 3

    Fill the fryer with water, up to the oil level. Add three to five drops of liquid dish soap and agitate the water with your hands until bubbles form.

  4. 4

    Plug the fryer in and turn it on. Let the water in the fryer boil for 10 minutes.

  5. 5

    Unplug the fryer and let it cool down for five to 10 minutes. Drain the water once it cools.

  6. 6

    Mix a solution of one part white vinegar to 10 parts water in a bucket. Rinse the inside of the fryer with the vinegar solution.

  7. 7

    Rinse the fryer one last time with plain water. Dry the inside of the fryer with paper towels.

  8. 8

    Make a paste of one part water to three parts baking soda. Apply a thin layer of the paste to any grease on the outside of the fryer and let it sit for 10 minutes. This paste acts as a natural degreaser.

  9. 9

    Scrub the baking soda paste with a scouring pad until the oil comes off. Rinse the outside of the fryer with water.

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