How to clean heavy grease with vinegar

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How to clean heavy grease with vinegar
Unlike commercial grease-cutting products, vinegar contains no chemicals. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Grease is common on kitchen surfaces, especially hobs, ovens and stove hoods. Cooking and baking oily foods without regularly cleaning susceptible kitchen surfaces allows heavy grease to accumulate over time. Grease solidifies and hardens as it sets, making it harder to clean. Besides its repulsive appearance, heavy grease build-up can attract insects. Although numerous chemical grease-cutting products are available, simple white vinegar can eliminate heavy grease from kitchen surfaces. White vinegar contains natural acids that cut through grease without leaving behind chemical residue.

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Things you need

  • 3 dishcloths
  • Undiluted white vinegar
  • Nylon scouring sponge
  • Spoon
  • 1/4 cup powdered laundry soap
  • Bowl
  • Plastic spatula
  • Towel

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  1. 1

    Saturate a dishcloth with full-strength undiluted white vinegar. Wipe the vinegar-soaked dishcloth over the greasy surface, such as a hob, oven or stove hood wall. Let the full-strength vinegar permeate the grease build-up for 15 minutes.

  2. 2

    Scrub the vinegar-soaked surface with a nylon scouring sponge to loosen the softened grease. Clean off as much grease build-up as possible.

  3. 3

    Dampen another dishcloth with water. Wipe the loosened greasy build-up off the affected surface with the dishcloth.

  4. 4

    Inspect the affected surface for grease. If some heavy grease build-up lingers, mix 1 cup of full-strength vinegar with 1/4 cup of powdered laundry soap in a bowl.

  5. 5

    Spread the homemade paste liberally over the grease residue using a plastic spatula. Leave the paste to dry for an hour.

  6. 6

    Scrape the dried paste and grease residue off the surface using the spatula.

  7. 7

    Dampen a third dishcloth with water. Wipe the loosened paste and grease off the affected surface with the dishcloth.

  8. 8

    Dry the damp surface with a towel.

Tips and warnings

  • Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar to soapy dish water when washing greasy cookware.
  • Regularly wipe surfaces with full-strength vinegar to prevent heavy grease build-up.

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