How to Clean Grease in the Kitchen

When you cook on a griddle or frying pan, it’s inevitable that some of the grease is going to pop and fly up into the air. Unfortunately, that means it’s going to land somewhere—like your microwave, stove, or stove vent hood.

Worse, if it lands anywhere there’s dust, the two will form a dirty residue that’s a pain to clean. You can use your house cleaning standby of soap and water, but that will take a lot of scrubbing. Want an easier trick? Try this suggestion from The Manly Housekeeper:

Using Oil Against Itself

This may seem counterintuitive, but the fastest way to get up oil is apparently with more oil. Mineral oil, in fact. Here’s how to do it:

  • Put a few drops of mineral oil on a paper towel or cloth.
  • Use it to wipe the grime (if you’re cleaning a lot, you’ll probably need to work your way around the cloth or use a second paper towel).
  • After the surface is clean, take a dry paper towel and wipe the area well.

The goal of the last step is not actually to remove all of the oil. Again, counterintuitive, but it seems to work! When you wipe with the dry paper towel, you remove excess oil while leaving a thin layer of it on the surface.

When oil or dust fall on it again, they will stick to the oil, not your surface, making it much, much easier to clean next time!

Note! Mineral oil really is the best choice. While you can use other types of oil (like vegetable) to get the initial grime off, if you leave any on the surface, it can turn sticky—not what you want!)

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