Almost every type of chemically composed cleaner on the market today has its own pros and cons. These chemical cleaners help degrease pots and pans or loosen up the dirt stuck in some kitchen counters. Sometimes a natural cleaner from natural products can prove to be just as effective in cleaning household items and other things around the house.
Stubborn grease and grime do not have to be frustrating to remove. With a few simple recipes using some easy-to-find natural household products, you can make your own DIY degreaser at home that is both a budget-friendly and multipurpose kitchen cleanser alternative. So, check out this DIY stainless steel cleaner for starters.
What will dissolve grease?
Vinegar is a very universal ingredient used in both cooking and cleaning.
Another way to dissolve grease and clean messy spots is by soaking a cloth, sponge, or rag in vinegar. Use the cloth, sponge, or rag to wipe down the greasy surfaces.
The vinegar will help cut through and dissolve the grease and grime in a short amount of time. You can also add in baking soda to the vinegar to make a simple cleaning solution that also degreases the problem surfaces.
Again, you can also dilute vinegar with water if the smell of the undiluted vinegar is too strong for your nose.
Does vinegar dissolve grease?
Vinegar is a common household kitchen ingredient found in the pantry or cupboard. It is very likely to have a bottle of vinegar in the kitchen. If not, luckily, a bottle of vinegar is easy to find and quite cheap to find in all supermarkets.
Vinegar has a naturally occurring component called acetic acid, which can help dissolve and eat through grease. This allows you to save time and energy scrubbing away or other frustrating actions.
Luckily, vinegar has a simple chemical structure that is not that damaging compared to other chemicals in standard commercial cleaners. It has no harsh chemicals or fumes. It is no surprise that this friendly salad dressing condiment can also act as a degreaser. Although vinegar does have a sharp odor, the fumes are not toxic and there is no fear when inhaling it when it is being used for degreasing or cleaning purposes.
Vinegar is great for cleaning metal and glass surfaces or countertops. It is generally safe for most non-porous surfaces.
Distilled vinegar (also known as white vinegar) can be used as a degreaser on its own. Just apply the vinegar to greasy surfaces with a spray bottle or cloth. Usually, the grease can be cut by using vinegar without much rubbing. You can dilute the vinegar by mixing in 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Then let the vinegar solution stand for 5-10 minutes on the greasy surfaces before finally rinsing with water.
How to Make a DIY Homemade Natural Degreaser at Home
You might find your kitchen cabinets or the surrounding surfaces or countertops become a bit oily or greasy after extended use from cooking, preparing food, or other activities in the kitchen area. Finding cleaning supplies and chemicals at the local home improvement store or hardware store sometimes might be difficult if some products run out of stock.
Another downside is the risk of dangerous chemicals or other ingredients. You can instead try to make your own degreaser or other cleaning products at home by using simple steps and simple ingredients commonly found around the house.
You are in control of the ingredients that you decide to put in the cleaner. You can choose to leave out and do away with ingredients or other products that might have unpleasant smells, dangerous irritants, or nasty residues. You can also be quite frugal or economical in your choice of different ingredients or products that might be more affordable and useful.
Here is a list of some common household ingredients and products that could be used to make a DIY homemade natural degreaser and cleaner
Vinegar is an amazing natural cleaner. It's great as a salad dressing condiment, but arguably even better when helping to degrease your kitchen cabinets, oven, or stove. Distilled white vinegar is a great choice at the supermarket for its ease and low cost.
In addition to being a natural cleaner and degreaser, vinegar can be also used to clean hard-to-wipe windows and mirrors for a squeaky clean look with no blemishes. You can also use vinegar to help sanitize different areas of the kitchen such as on surfaces, countertops, and even on kitchenware.
Castile soap is another great choice as an amazing natural cleaner. Not only is the soap amazingly versatile, it is also vegetable-based, meaning it is made free of any animal fats or other synthetic ingredients. The name "castile" in "Castile soap" refers to the Castile region of Spain, where it originated from. Traditionally, the soap was made from olive oils in the Mediterranean area before its spread and popularity throughout Europe. Today most Castile soap is made with coconut, castor, or hemp oils.
Not only is the soap environmentally friendly, but also extremely useful and gentle on the skin. You can use the soap not even only on your house, but also on your body and even on pets. You can use Castile soap as an all-purpose household cleaner for degreasing or other cleaning jobs. Just mix 1 to 2 cups of the soap with about a quart of water in a spray bottle. Then shake the diluted solution in the bottle, spray on desired surfaces, and wipe down with a cloth or sponge.
Essential oils such as citrus-derived flavors like orange or lemon provide an excellent option as a natural, plant-derived ingredient for breaking through grease and grime. Essential oils are powerful, natural cleaners that are also antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal.
You can use lemon juice in place of essential oil. The acidity in the lemon adds nicely to help cut into greasy spots. A few drops of lemon juice can go a long way. It also leaves a nice fresh scent!
You can first sprinkle some baking soda on the surface before spraying the vinegar. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. The baking soda reacts with the vinegar as it foams up in bubbles when the two ingredients come into contact. The baking soda also acts as a gentle abrasive which helps in loosening the grease and grime.
The salt acts as another gentle abrasive which also helps in loosening the grease and grime.