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The Recipe for Homemade Degreaser

Running out of kitchen cleanser when your kitchen is covered in grease and grime is everyone’s worst nightmare. This simple recipe for a budget-friendly, multipurpose kitchen cleanser could be exactly what you need in a pinch.

Why Make Instead of Purchase

No matter how hard you scrub with an everyday sponge, the oil created by cooking can cling to surfaces throughout your kitchen. If not cleaned right away that grease can turn into stubborn grime on your countertops, backsplash, stove and even on hard to reach areas like your range hood. Commercial degreasers that you can pick up at your local grocery store do cut through grease and grime with little issues. However, these degreasers are pricey and often include chemicals you won’t want around your food prep areas. So, why not make your own all-natural spray on degreaser that is powerful, sanitizes and refreshes all in one?

The Recipe

  • 1 Cup white vinegar
  • 1/8 Teaspoon castile soap
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 20 Drops essential oil
  • 3 Cups hot water

The Step-By-Step Process

Step 1: Pour your 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1/8 teaspoon of castile soap, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 cups of hot water into a spray bottle. It is recommended that you use unscented castile soap if you plan to use essential oils to aromatize your degreaser.

Step 2: If desired, add 20 drops of a pH-neutral essential oil to the spray bottle–citrus oils such as orange or lemon are recommended. Avoid using acidic essential oils; these may react negatively with kitchen surfaces and end up tarnishing appliances or eroding countertop sealants.

Step 3: Secure the spray head back onto the bottle, then gently shake to combine all ingredients. Be sure to label the spray bottle as degreaser to distinguish it from other cleaners, then store it in a dry location out of reach from pets and children.

How to Use it

Cooktops: Generously spray the entire cooktop, let the homemade degreaser sit for 5 to 10 minutes, and then wipe the surface with a dish sponge. If you still see build-up, spray more degreaser directly onto the offending spots and use the abrasive side of a sponge to do quick circular motions to loosen and lift the grime. Wipe up any remaining degreaser with a dry sponge to prevent streaks from forming on surfaces.

Countertops and backsplashes: Clear the countertop of any clutter or appliances then liberally spray the degreaser. Use a soft-bristle brush or a rag to scrub the backsplash first and then move on to the countertops. Wipe away any remaining degreaser to prevent a film from forming on surfaces.

Range hood: Shut off the exhaust fan and light on the range hood, then spray the exterior and interior of the range with a liberal amount of degreaser. Let it sit for 5 minutes then wipe down the sprayed areas with a microfiber cloth. Allow the range to air-dry.

Pots, plates, and utensils: Generously spray the degreaser onto your cooking utensils, let it sit for a minimum of 15 minutes, for best results let sit overnight. Use a dish sponge and hot water to scrub the utensils to loosen the grime. Give the items a final rinse under warm water and hand dry with a dish towel or air dry on a dish rack.

Oven door: With the oven turned off and cooled completely, spray the degreaser onto the oven door. Pay particular attention to the perimeter of the door, as fumes coming from the oven tend to settle and harden in this area. Let the degreaser sit for 15 to 30 minutes, and then wipe with a microfiber cloth before air-drying it.

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