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5 Tips For Removing Grease For Your Pans
One of the biggest drawbacks of cooking is cleaning up afterward. If you’re lucky, someone else will help out, but that isn’t always the case. Grease can be one of the hardest things to clean up. Splatters, spills and stuck-on grease can be very tricky to remove thoroughly.
Water alone is not enough to get rid of cooking grease because water molecules cannot stick to the grease molecules. You’ll need to use something else as well - and that isn’t always elbow grease! With all that in mind, read on for our top tips for removing grease from your pans. Sometimes, you might not have chemical cleaners on hand - or you might choose not to use that sort of cleaner - but thankfully there are other options open to you. Some of our best suggestions involve things you’ll probably have around the home anyway.
1. Baking Soda
Mixed with a little bit of water to form a paste, baking soda becomes a great all-purpose solution for cleaning. It’s an alkali solution, which means it works well at dissolving grease, especially when it’s otherwise hard to remove. It’s mild, so it’s a solution that can be used without having to wear gloves, and it also works on other tough stains like coffee and juice, as well as tarnishing on stainless steel and copper, both of which are metals regularly found in kitchens.
Mix up a solution of one cup of water with 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Apply the solution directly to the grease with a sponge. It works on tough pots and pans as well as counters or even the stove. If you can get to the pans before the grease sets in - ideally even before the pan goes cold - sprinkle some baking soda directly into the pan as soon as you’ve finished cooking. Let it sit while you eat, and then it will be much easier to clean once you’ve finished your meal.
Put aside your ideas of flour being the messiest ingredient in the kitchen, and consider how you might be able to use flour to your advantage. Flour is a great grease clean-up when the grease is still liquid, before it has had a chance to set. The flour quickly absorbs the grease, which then makes it easier to wipe up. If the grease has dried, try one of the other things on our list.
Baking soda is a common alkali solution, and vinegar is a common acid. Vinegar is a strong option for greasy marks that have dried on, whether it's on the stove or on a pan. If you didn’t get to them in time, cover the marks in vinegar and allow them to soak. The acidity of the vinegar will soften the grease, which will make it much easier to wipe away with a sponge. If you can apply the vinegar while the surface is still hot, it will work even better.
Vinegar can also be used before cooking as a preventative. Boil vinegar in your pans for 10 minutes on its own and you could prevent grease sticking for some weeks.
4. Rubbing Alcohol and Salt
This is the perfect combination for getting greasy marks out of your clothes - those little splashes and accidents that might otherwise ruin your favorite piece. There are, of course, fabrics in the kitchen, too, such as dishcloths, blinds, and curtains. Mix a solution of 4 parts rubbing alcohol to every 1 part of salt, and gently rub into the mark until the stain lifts away. Once the solution has dried, wipe away any excess salt with a damp cloth and you should be left with a clear fabric.
5. Simple Dish Soap
Good old dish soap is one of the very best options for getting rid of greasy marks. Dish soap is something we all have in our kitchens. Run some warm water and a few drops of dishwater into each of your greasy pans. Allow to soak for about half an hour and then rinse. Soap attaches to fat and grease molecules, so giving it some time will make cleaning up much simpler.
Those of some of our favorite ways to deal with grease, but how about using less of it altogether? We have some very useful products that will help you use less oil, like our Stainless Steel Air Fryer Oven Oil Less Cooker or the Countertop Halogen Oven. Prevention is often better than cure, after all!