Home Grease Cleaning: Additional Methods

In part one of this two-part series, we went over some of the basics on why grease can be stubborn and hard to clean in some kitchens, plus a few initial basic tips for helping prevent and clean grease deposits. With the right basic attention, this annoying substance will never be a big problem around your kitchen or any other part of your home.

At Healthy Homes Housekeeping, we’re proud to offer a wide range of house cleaning services for clients around Ogden and nearby areas of Utah, including maintenance cleaning, deep cleaning, move-in/move-out services and more. We regularly assist clients with grease cleaning needs, ensuring their homes stay free of this substance. Here are some additional solutions that often work well for grease deposits, whether you’re cleaning on your own or leaving the job to our professionals. 

Baking Soda and Water

Particularly for pans and dishes with tough grease or baked-on food, baking soda can be a great solution. Consider laying the dish in question into your sink and sprinkling it liberally with baking soda, then follow up by pouring boiling water over the top (be careful not to scald yourself). Let everything soak for several minutes before scrubbing away.

Generally, you should find that grease scrubs away much more easily after this soaking. If you’re working with a large pan or dish that doesn’t fit in the sink, consider filling it part of the way with hot water and baking soda, then leaving it overnight before scrubbing.

Sprinkling Flour

In other cases, you may have a greasy pan or dish that will not be scoured easily, even by the baking soda and water plus soaking combination. In these situations, consider sprinkling flour over the surface of the pan – this will often absorb much of the grease on its own.

After one hour with flour in place, use a paper towel to wipe away as much of it as possible. Then use a sponge or cloth with hot, soapy water to scrub away whatever grease remains. This same basic process can be used on dishes, countertops and other areas where you suspect there may be hidden grease layers.

Salt and Rubbing Alcohol

For any incidents where grease enters fabrics like cloth aprons or towels, use a 1:4 ratio mixture of salt and rubbing alcohol. Let this sit on the fabric for several minutes before washing as normal – in many cases, you’ll see the grease come out with ease.


Finally, consider adding vinegar to various cleaning mixtures you might use on your kitchen counters or other surfaces where grease accumulates. Vinegar is an excellent natural cleaning agent, with specific acid properties that break down and remove grease easily. This can be used by itself on countertops or mixed into other solutions for items like floors or walls.

For more on how to deal with kitchen grease, or to learn about any of our house cleaning services in Ogden or surrounding areas of Utah, speak to the staff at Healthy Homes Housekeeping today. We’re standing by to assist you with your grease cleaning steps and many other services.