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How do I Choose the Best Kitchen Degreaser?

By Misty Amber Brighton
Updated May 16, 2024
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One of the things to consider when choosing a kitchen degreaser is whether or not it is safe to use around food. You may also want to know if it is recommended for a kitchen stove. Try to select a natural degreaser if possible, which means the product does not contain harsh chemicals. As an alternative, you may want to make your own solution to clean with.

When performing kitchen cleaning, one of the main concerns you might have is whether or not the product is safe to use near food or cooking utensils. Read the warning label of the bottle carefully to see if the manufacturer recommends this. Avoid purchasing a kitchen degreaser that requires you to wear latex gloves or a mask, as these are indicators that it contains chemicals that could contaminate food or cookware.

Choose a product that is designed for a kitchen stove to clean this appliance. Avoid using oven cleaners in an aerosol can as these can scratch the surface of this appliance. Try to avoid those that contain powdered cleaners as these can sometimes leave behind a residue that is hard to remove.

The best kitchen degreaser is usually one made from natural ingredients rather than harsh chemicals. A few items that make for good cleaners include orange peel, lemon juice, and white vinegar. These can also leave behind a pleasant fragrance so the room also smells clean.

A homemade degreaser can be made if you are unable to find a product you like in a store. Many common household items, such as dishwashing liquid, vinegar, and baking soda, can be used to make this cleaner. It can be placed in a spray bottle so it may be applied to small areas if need be. This cleanser may require the use of a stiff brush or steel wool pad in order to remove heavy grease.

If you make a degreaser yourself, it may have the added benefit of being used on pots and bakeware. You can usually add a few drops of this product to a sink full of hot water and allow the dishes to soak for around 20 to 30 minutes. It typically rinses clean without leaving a residue behind as well.

Kitchens can be one of the messiest rooms in your home. This is particularly true if you often use oil to cook with. Fortunately, there are a number of kitchen degreaser options available to help you with this cumbersome chore.

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Discussion Comments
By aviva — On Aug 12, 2011

@babylove - The article didn't actually recommend using steel wool pads on your ceramic stove top. They may only be referring to the oven or the microwave, however my mother-in-law has used steel wool on her ceramic stove tops for years and has never had a problem with scratches.

She also gave me her solution to degrease the inside of the microwave. You put four or five slices of lemon and or lime in a half cup of water in a microwave safe cup or bowl then microwave on high just until the water boils.

Leave it standing in the microwave for about fifteen minutes, then just wipe it clean with a soft cloth. It's all the good things we love in our cleaners. It's quick, easy, economical and it's environmentally friendly. And the best thing of all is that it leaves your whole kitchen smelling wonderful.

By babylove — On Aug 11, 2011

I was amazed when I read the part in the article about using steel wool as a degreaser. Are you kidding me? I have a ceramic stovetop. Doesn't the steel scratch it?

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