How to remove burnt-on grease from ovens and pans

Burnt-on grease can accumulate on ovens & pans making it tricky to remove. But don't worry, it's easy with these simple tips on removing burnt-on grease!

Updated 23 September 2023


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Removing burnt-on grease can be a daunting task, particularly if food debris has been left to accumulate for some time. The best way to remove burnt-on grease from ovens and pans can depend on how rigidly the grimy black stuff (excess carbon) is clinging to the surface. Here are several methods you can try at home to get your ovens and pans clean and fresh.

Using a commercial oven cleaner like one from Cif will deliver brilliant results! The cream creates a foamy lather that’s great for eliminating burnt-on food and tough grease. Your ovens & pans will be sparkling clean in no time!

How to Remove Burnt-on Grease from an Oven

Oven cleaner

The easiest way to remove burnt-on grease from an oven is by using a product specifically designed to clean an oven, like Cif Oven Cleaner. These products are specifically designed to work in the oven, and contain powerful and effective ingredients to return ovens to their former glory.

Just follow the directions on the label and take any necessary safety precautions before using.

Baking soda

You could also use baking soda to remove burnt-on grease from the oven – though it may take a bit longer than using a specialist oven cleaner! Here’s how to use baking soda to remove burnt-on grease.

  1. 1

    Measure out three tablespoons of baking soda into an empty spray bottle, then fill with water and mix the solution until all of the baking soda has dissolved

  2. 2

    Make sure the oven is turned off and cold. To remove burnt on grease, spray the offending areas on the top and side of the oven

  3. 3

    Leave overnight. The next day, the grease deposits should have come unstuck and began to slide to the oven floor

  4. 4

    If grease persists, repeat step 2 in between meals (again, ensuring the oven is cold)

  5. 5

    Wipe up the grease from the bottom of the oven with a damp cloth.

REMEMBER: The effectiveness of this solution hangs on making sure the baking soda is wet, and giving it enough time to prise off the grease – you can’t rush perfection!

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Removing Burnt-on Grease from Pans

Cleaning burnt-on grease from pans can be turned from an arduous task into a satisfying exercise in showing dirt the door. Here are a couple of approaches to get you started:

Soak and scrub

The first line of defence is soaking the pan in hot water mixed with a little washing up liquid to loosen the dirt. Next, use a wire brush to rend the grease from the pan, restoring a dazzling finish – though first make sure that the wire brush is appropriate for that particular pan.

Baking soda and vinegar

You could also try using baking soda and vinegar to clean burnt-on grease, though other methods may be more quicker and more effective.

  • Sprinkle baking soda in the pan

  • Spray with vinegar

  • Scrub with a sponge to remove burnt-on dirt (leave overnight for best results)

  • Repeat process if needed

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Blog Title: Say Goodbye to Burnt-On Grease from Your Stovetop with These Effective Tips!

Start with a Dry Surface: Before launching into any cleaning procedure, make sure your stove top is completely cool and dry. Dampness can worsen the problem and lead to more stubborn stains that are much harder to remove. Once you've established that your stove top is dry, gently scrape off any large bits of burnt grease with a plastic scraper. Avoid using a metal scraper as it can scratch the surface of your stove top, making future cleaning an even more challenging task.

Apply a Cleaning Solution: There are a variety of cleaning solutions you can use to remove burnt-on grease. You can make your own mix of equal parts of baking soda and water, or opt for a commercial cleaning product such as a degreaser spray. For stubborn stains, you can also use a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to create a paste and apply it to the affected area. Let the cleaning solution sit for about 15-20 minutes to loosen the grease before wiping it away.

Use the Right Cleaning Tools: Choosing the right cleaning tools is essential in removing burnt-on grease from your stove top. Soft cotton cloths or microfiber towels are gentle on your stove top surface and will prevent scratches. For areas with stubborn buildup, use a soft-bristled brush or scrub sponge to gently scrub away the grease. A nylon brush can also be used to reach tight spots or grates where grease can collect.

Don’t Forget the Burner Grates: Burner grates can accumulate a lot of grease, which can be a hassle to clean. Remove the grates and soak them in hot water and a mixture of dish soap and baking soda for an hour before gently scrubbing away the grease. Rinse them with water and let them air dry.

Prevention is Key: To lessen the occurrence of burnt-on grease, wipe down your stove top after each use with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any grease or spills before they harden. Additionally, invest in burner liners that can catch grease and spills before they reach the stovetop surface.

How to prevent burnt-on grease?

Preventing burnt-on grease requires proactive measures and regular maintenance. Firstly, ensure proper ventilation in the kitchen to minimize grease accumulation. Use splatter screens or lids while cooking to prevent grease from splashing onto the stovetop or surrounding surfaces. Clean up spills and splatters promptly before they have a chance to harden and become difficult to remove. Regularly wipe down surfaces, including stovetops, oven interiors, and range hoods, with a grease-cutting cleaner. For stubborn grease, use a paste made of baking soda and water or vinegar to scrub the affected areas. Finally, establish a routine of deep cleaning and degreasing to prevent the buildup of burnt-on grease.

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