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Kitchen Cleaning

How to clean cooking grease and oil from walls, cabinets, and worktops

Do you need to remove kitchen grease from your cabinets or other kitchen surfaces? We have the answers! Find out how to deal with greasy stains here.

Key Steps:

  • To remove tough build-ups of grease use a cream degreaser for the best results.
  • For small areas natural degreasers can be used such as a mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Avoid using strong degreasers for cleaning wooden surfaces – instead try using white spirit.
  • Always test your cleaning product on an inconspicuous area first and carefully follow the instructions on the label.

One thing is certain: after scrubbing away at all those greasy build-ups in your kitchen, you’re going to have some muscular arms! This article will attempt to relieve your poor limbs of too much work by providing energy-saving tips on kitchen degreasers and how to remove kitchen grease from all your surfaces, including how to clean kitchen cupboards with grease on, scrubbing painted walls, and tackling stains.

Using Regular Kitchen Degreasers

The best trick for getting good results with your regular kitchen degreaser is to give it enough time to work. Oily deposits will have built up in your kitchen over time, so you’ll need to soak surfaces for lengthy periods – at least 10 minutes – for the active ingredients in your regular degreaser to do their magic.

Natural ingredients can also be used instead of regular degreasing sprays for small stained areas:

  1. Mix three tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of warm water.
  2. Spread this solution over the stained area and then gently rub to remove.
  3. After the stain has been removed, rinse the area with clean water.

Safety first – don’t forget that you should take the time to read the label and instructions for use before using any new cleaning product. Be sure to wear appropriate protective clothing, to safeguard your skin. And always make sure to use products in a well-ventilated area.

How to Remove Grease Stains

If you have a tough grease stain on the wall, or on the side of a kitchen appliance, you’re better off using a cream, rather than a liquid degreaser. This is because gravity comes into play, and a cream degreaser is not going to run down the wall as much as a liquid will. Cream degreasers, therefore, have more heavy-duty properties – they stay on the stain for longer and will dislodge more of the build-up as a result.

Alternatively, a heavy-duty natural degreaser can remove even the most resilient of grease stains:

  1. Apply a vinegar solution (one part vinegar to four parts water).
  2. Leave the solution to stand for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with water.

Using a Degreaser on Wooden Surfaces

Any wooden surfaces in the kitchen should be treated with a degree of caution. Powerful degreasers might stain or damage the wood. Try using white spirit for degreasing wooden surfaces – but be careful if you plan to use this method. Although it is a powerful cleaner, it is flammable, which means it should be kept away from heat sources and naked flames. You will also need to make sure that your room is well-ventilated when using this product.

Using a Degreaser on Painted Walls

Some regular degreasers can be used on walls, but you should always test your product on a small, inconspicuous area first before attempting to remove grease stains. This will prevent any damage or accidental discolouring of your painted walls.

Top Tip


While homemade cleaning products can be useful for minor problems, you’re always going to get better results with a specially designed commercial cleaning product. Something like Cif Cream Lemon will help you cut through grease easily – and with much less effort than a homemade concoction.