Does your stove need a little TLC? Are your cabinets getting a grease layer? Don't go to your local store to grab a degreaser with questionable chemicals. Try out these DIY degreasers instead. Using the power of white vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, and essential oils, you can degrease any area of your home.
Homemade Heavy Duty Degreaser
When it comes to tough grease and nasty areas, you need a powerful solution to solve your problem. Grab:
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 2 cups of baking soda
- 1 cup of blue Dawn
This potent solution will solve even the greasiest of messes.
- In a container, add the baking soda.
- Slowly add the vinegar to the baking soda.
- Stir until it stops fizzing and add more white vinegar.
- Add in the Dawn.
- Now it's ready to use.
It's best to create this solution in a container rather than a spray bottle. You'll also want to apply it directly to your greasy area.
Simple DIY Degreaser With White Vinegar
If you don't need a heavy degreaser, then this recipe might be right up your alley. For this recipe, you need:
- 1 cup of white vinegar
- 1-2 drops of Dawn
- 2 cups of water
With everything at the ready, it's time to create your cleaner.
- Grab the spray bottle.
- Add the white vinegar, Dawn, and water.
- Shake to mix.
- Spray down as needed.
If you aren't a fan of white vinegar, you can substitute lemon juice.
DIY Essential Degreaser
Essential oils are great for cleaning. If you have lemon or grapefruit essential oils laying around, try this recipe.
- 1 tbsp of Castile soap
- 15 drops of lemon or grapefruit essential oil
- 1 cup of water
- Glass spray bottle
This cleaner is a great gentle and all-purpose cleaner.
- Grab a glass spray bottle.
- Add the Castile soap, essential oil, and water.
- Shake well before using.
How to Use Homemade Degreasers in Your Home
You are armed with some powerful degreasers. Learn how to use them in a few common areas of your home. Find a few easy ways to degrease your cooktops, backsplash, pans, and more.
Degreasing Oven and Oven Glass
Cleaning your oven isn't for the faint of heart. If you've let it go for a while, it can get pretty nasty. Grab your heavy-duty degreaser and get to work.
- Wipe out the loose crusties.
- Dip a sponge in the heavy-duty cleaner.
- Apply a thick layer of the cleaner around the oven and glass.
- Allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes.
- Scrub nasty areas with a nylon scrubby or bristle brush.
- Wipe down with a damp microfiber cloth.
- You can even coat your racks in the heavy-duty cleaner and wipe the grease away.
Your backsplash meets a lot of grease. Clean it up quickly with your simple DIY degreaser.
- Grab your white vinegar, water, and soap degreaser.
- Spray down the backsplash.
- Allow it to sit for 5 or so minutes.
- Wipe it away with a damp cloth.
- Add a bit of baking soda to your cloth if you need some scrubbing power.
Cleaning Sinks and Pots
One of the best cleaners for your pots and pans is the essential oils cleaner. This works great to remove stains and grease from pots and pans easily.
- Spray down the sink or pans with the mixture.
- Add a bit of baking soda for scrubbing power.
- Use a green scrubby or nylon pad to scrub away dirt.
- Rinse with warm water.
- Wash with soap and water.
- Rinse again.
Clean Cabinets With Ease
Cleaning cabinets offers more of a challenge. Things like white vinegar can be a bit rough on your sealant. So, opt for the Castile cleaner to cut through the grease.
- Spray down the cabinets over your stove with your essential oil degreaser.
- Rub the areas with a sponge in circular motions.
- Allow problem areas to sit with the cleaner for 5 minutes or so.
- Repeat as needed until all the grease is gone.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth.
Degrease Trash Can
Indoor and outdoor trash cans can get nasty. Try the white vinegar mixture.
- Spray down the entire can.
- Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Wipe down with a damp cloth.
For serious grease, coat it in the heavy degreaser of white vinegar and baking soda first.
Tips and Tricks for Using a Natural Degreaser
Cleaning with homemade degreasers does the trick for most of your messes. However, you can try a few of these tricks to have more success.
- Wipe away the grease as soon as the spills happen.
- Make sure to wipe down your backsplash and cabinets every few weeks to avoid build-up.
- Allow your cleaner to sit for 5-10 minutes for easier cleaning.
- Clean your oven every 3 months or so.
- Use essential oil cleaners in a glass spray bottle.
Create a DIY Degreaser at Home
All you need is a few simple ingredients to get your home degreased. You can use these recipes beyond just your home to your car and garage. These recipes can work great on concrete, outdoor furniture, and even your house.