The Best Kitchen Degreasers

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You cook your meals in the kitchen, so it's no wonder the cabinets, floors, walls and countertops are often plagued with grease buildup. Sometime a rag and soapy water isn't enough to cut through the tough grease. If you have to get more aggressive to get rid of the grease, opt for a product that is known to effectively cut through grease.

Ammonia

  • This common household cleaner works well to get rid of stubborn grease from a variety of surfaces in the kitchen. Don't use it undiluted, though. Mix ammonia at a ratio of 1 cup per each gallon of hot water. Use a rag dipped in the cleaning mixture to scrub greasy countertops, tiled floors, backsplashes, cabinets and appliances. Avoid mixing ammonia with other cleaning products --- particularly those containing bleach --- as toxic fumes are produced. Always work in a well-ventilated area.

Mineral Spirits

  • Commonly used as a paint thinner, mineral spirits will cut tough grease on wood in your kitchen. Whether your wood cabinets are plagued with grease splatter or you spilled grease on your wood floors, mineral spirits will get the surface clean. Moisten a clean rag with the solvent and wipe off the wood surface thoroughly. Clean the wood with a damp rag when you're finished to remove any traces of the solvent. Mineral spirits are flammable, so keep them away from extreme heat and open flame. Work in a well-ventilated area when using this solvent.

White Vinegar

  • White vinegar is not only good for cooking ---it is also an effective cleanser and degreaser. Fill an empty spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and spray it on your greasy kitchen surfaces. Wipe the surface with a dry rag to remove the grease. Although vinegar has a strong odor, it goes away quickly, so you don't have to worry about the whole room smelling. Vinegar should not be used on natural stone surfaces such as marble or granite because it can dull or mar the finish.

Lemon

  • Lemon juice is a common ingredient in many household cleaners not only because of its citrus scent and bleaching properties, but because of the grease-cutting properties in the fruit. The citric acid in lemons works to cut through tough grease. Use freshly squeezed lemon juice or concentrated juice from a bottle. Spray the undiluted juice on your greasy kitchen surfaces, then wipe them clean with a rag. Lemon juice shouldn't be used on natural stone, since the acid may damage the surface. Also, because of its mild bleaching properties and high acid content, always test the juice on a small part of the surface before cleaning to check for any color changes or damage.

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