Being able to clean grease from any surface can be a lifesaving skill. Whether you’ve been repairing your bicycle, preparing your favourite fried meal, or just dropped your takeout pizza on the floor, nobody likes a greasy mess. And since water alone doesn’t solve the problem, we’ve made a list of solutions for you, even if you don’t have any chemical products around your house.
1. Clean grease with flour
While this might seem counter-intuitive at first, flour can actually help you clean the mess before it becomes a disaster. Even if you wipe down the surface while the grease is still liquid, you might not be able to get it all. To make sure all of it is gone, just sprinkle some flour onto the spill and it will absorb the grease. Just wipe down again and everything will be clean. However, this won’t work if the grease has dried up.
2. Mix baking soda and water
A lot of cleaning tips include baking soda since it’s a great multi-purpose solution. With a mixture of 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 cup of water, you can remove oil from any hard surface, without damaging the surface or your hands. This works great because baking soda is alkaline, and grease is often acidic. Therefore, it neutralises acids and breaks down the oil. It works even if the stain is already dried because it’s a mild abrasive.
3. Use dish soap
While this seems like an obvious choice for dishes or kitchen surfaces, you can use dish soap to clean grease off soft surfaces. For materials like clothing or table linens, just put a little bit of dish soap on the stain and let it soak for half an hour. Then run the materials through cold water and all stains should be gone. This works because dish soap is made to attach to fat molecules and help wash them away.
4. Clean grease with salt and rubbing alcohol
If you drop oil on fabrics that can’t be thrown in the washing machine, use a mixture of 1 part salt and 4 parts rubbing alcohol. With a piece of cloth, rub this solution directly on the stained surface until it goes away. Don’t forget to vacuum any remaining salt and wipe away any marks left behind.
5. Use vinegar
If you want to clean caked-on grease, put some vinegar on top of the old stains and let them soak. The acidity in the vinegar will dissolve and soften the hardest part of the stain, making it easier to clean with a sponge afterwards. While vinegar won’t make the stain disappear, it will soak up the stain and make it easier for you to wipe it down afterwards.
Needless to say, the more recent the mess, the easier it will be to clean grease up. Therefore, next time there’s an oil spill in the kitchen, use any of these easy tips to prevent dirt from piling up.
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