When you cook there are often splashes of oil and fat. The steam leaves oil condenses on the surface of the walls and cabinets, and then they attract dust. Over time, a thin invisible layer becomes thicker. So, you begin thinking how to get rid of the grease. Even fresh stains are difficult to rub without detergents. What means for cleaning in the kitchen is effective?
There are different ways to keep your kitchen clean. If the stains are not strong, you can spare your hands and avoid household chemicals. Baking soda and soap are good enough. When they are inefficient, it is time to go to special detergents. Let us consider in detail how to clean greasy kitchen cabinets and other equipment.
- Wipe the surfaces with a lightly moistened soft cloth (flannel, plush, calico).
- After the washing, wipe dry counters, tables, cabinets.
- You should protect kitchen furniture from liquids, especially those that thin a paint film (acetone, gasoline, alcohol, etc.). Immediately remove liquids accidentally fallen on the surface with a dry cloth.
- Do not use soda, powders, and pastes, not geared for kitchen furniture care, as well as products containing abrasives and corrosive liquids (acids, alkalis, and oils) or their vapors.
- Do not use cloths, sponges, or gloves soaked with food products since they must not come into contact with the materials being cleaned.
- It is recommended to remove stains as soon as they appear. If you leave the dirt for a while, the possibility of streaks, strong stains and damage significantly increase.
- In the case of stubborn dirt, you should use special agents which, in addition to good cleaning qualities have polishing, protective, preservative, flavoring and other useful properties. So, you should carefully study the instructions and observe them.
- Do not put hot objects on the cabinets and counters (iron, dishes with hot water, etc.) or let a prolonged exposure of rays causing heat (powerful lamplights, unshielded microwave radiators, etc.).
- Do not allow water to get into the joint gaps. When you wash the floor, do not let the water get on the furniture.
To handle kitchen cabinets and other equipment, do not use polishes that have contraindications for food contact – read the instructions carefully.
How to Clean With Household Chemicals
Using household chemicals is the fastest and most popular way to clean kitchen cabinets. Definitely, you will easily find the means to get rid of grease. The choice is diverse – a great variety of manufacturers and products. In addition, there are liquid detergents for ovens that perfectly dissolve oil and clean any dirty surfaces. All of them are effective; you need only to choose the right option.
One of the methods how to clean the kitchen from grease:
- wash the dirt with warm water;
- apply cleanser;
- wait a little;
- rub the stains with a sponge or brush;
- remove detergent fragments from the surface;
- rinse with a damp sponge to the required purity;
- repeat the procedure, if necessary.
You should clearly distinguish that there are means for metal, glass, tile, and furniture. Each product comes with an instruction manual and it must always be observed.
You should wash the facades of MDF, finished with plastic or film, without abrasive cleaning agents and chlorine. It is better to use special detergents for furniture. You should use a solution of neutral detergent dissolved in water. Wear gloves because aggressive detergents may be toxic. Care for your hands; do not neglect safety when dealing with chemicals. If you have allergies or respiratory diseases, it is better to refrain from using aggressive products.
After using household chemicals, do not forget to ventilate the room.
Homemade Kitchen Cleaners
Instead of household chemicals, you can use natural homemade cleansers for small areas with stains.
Vinegar (pure or diluted with water) is a perfect agent that is able to remove grease and dirt in places hard to reach: behind the refrigerator, cabinets, and stoves.
- Mix four parts of water and a part of vinegar.
- Apply the solution on the stain.
- Leave it for 5-10 minutes and then rinse with water.
With the paste of baking soda and water (or vinegar), applied on a clean cloth, you can wipe kitchen sinks, countertops, walls, cabinets and wooden pieces of kitchen finishes.
Soda should not be completely dissolved. It should be powdered and serve as abrasive so that its particles could "scour" the dirt.
First, wash the surfaces with warm, soapy water. Then gently rub it with a sponge with a little soda. When you remove the grease, you will only need to wash the remnants off. This method is suitable for cleaning metal surfaces and tiles. You can replace the soap with dish washing liquids, which also dissolve oil. Baking soda is a mild abrasive insoluble in water. You should not use baking soda when cleaning kitchen furniture with a glossy, enameled, or polished coated! Soda can scratch the surface.
There is another method. Take soda and vegetable oil in a ratio of 2:1, blend the mixture and apply on dirty stains with a sponge (you can use a brush), carefully rub; and then wipe the surface with a damp cloth. Do not forget to put the paper under the surface to be cleaned. Pieces of soda with oil will fall in the cleaning process.
Toothpaste cleans silver utensils and wooden tables not worse than teeth. Squeeze a little paste on a microfiber cloth and rub in a circular motion.
Lemon juice is very similar to vinegar in its action, so it works well with grease spots. In addition, you get a pleasant citrus scent. Cut the lemon in half and rub the kitchen sink, tile and furniture (only do not apply it on wooden furniture). With a little baking soda added to lemon scrub, you will easily clean your saucepans.
Frozen lemons cope with the kitchen grease not worse than fresh ones. So you can buy them and put in your freezer.
Cleaning with steam
There is a unique way how to clean grease – with steam. Steam cleaning is an effective way to get rid of the grease stains.
The point is that the steam generator is filled with water, if necessary, with cleaning agents. Under a pressure of several atmospheres, the steam at a temperature of about 150 degrees above Celsius flows outward. When you apply a usual method, water temperature is not higher than 40 degrees above Celsius, steam make the dirt fly off.
The result of such treatment will be the following:
- You will clean the walls, furniture and kitchen equipment without chemicals.
- You will remove oil, grease, and burnt stains.
- Disinfection – you will get rid of fungi, bacteria, and insects.
- You will get rid of odors.
- You can polish stainless steel surfaces and glass.
Moreover, this method does not cause allergic reactions, has no harmful effects on humans. The only thing, that influences the availability of this cleaning method is the price of the steam cleaner.
Of course, it is important to do daily cleaning. Wipe the stove, tile, table, dishes. However, in the rush you may not notice that the kitchen cabinets, that you regularly cleaned of dust are covered with grease film. Or oil droplets on a tile became more evident, although you regularly cared for it. This can happen even with the neatest housewife.
We told you how to make kitchen cabinets and other equipment clean. You can try modern bought-in and traditional homemade cleansers. The main thing is that after cleaning your kitchen will be cozy and clean.
Author: Anna Wallace