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5 Tips For Removing Grease From Your Pans
Many of us love to cook. We cook for our family, our friends, and sometimes just for ourselves. Few of us, however, enjoy cleaning up afterwards. Perhaps you have a rule that the chef is not responsible for the cleanup, but not everyone is that fortunate. Grease is often the hardest thing to clean up, and once it’s dried on, it's even trickier to remove effectively.
Water on its own isn’t up to the job because the water molecules will not adhere to grease molecules. You’ll need to add something else, and that doesn’t include more muscle power. Read on for our top tips for removing grease from your pans.
1. Baking Soda
Not all solutions require spending lots of cash on fancy sprays. You probably have baking soda in your cabinet, and if you don’t, it’s readily and cheaply available at the grocery store. Mix it with a little water to create a paste and apply that to your greasy mark. It’s a great all-purpose cleaner because it’s alkaline and dissolves the grease. It’s also very mild, so you can use it without worrying about it hurting your skin, yet it is tough on lots of common household stains. It is also very effective at removing tarnish from copper or steel pans.
We recommend a ratio of 3 tablespoons of baking soda to one cup of water. Using a sponge, apply that directly to your grease, either in the pan or on the stove. If you want to make even lighter work of the clean-up, sprinkle neat baking soda directly into your pans after cooking, before the pan cools and the grease sets in. Leave it while you eat, and then whoever is cleaning up faces a much easier job when the time comes.
Just as baking soda is something alkaline we have around the kitchen, vinegar is one of the most common acids, and it is very effective at softening the grease and making it easier to clean away. Ideally, you’d wipe the surfaces with vinegar while they’re still warm, but window vinegar is still a good option for dried marks. Cover the greasy marks in vinegar, leave them to soak, and then wipe away.
Vinegar is also a very useful protective measure for pans. Before you need the pan for cooking, boil some vinegar in it for 10 minutes and you’ll give yourself a non-stick surface that lasts weeks.
3. Plain Flour
Like using baking soda to soak up grease, regular flour is another cabinet staple that is so useful for cleaning up grease and fat before it sets. Sprinkle the flour over your fat or grease while it’s still in a warm, liquid state, and it will absorb the grease and be much easier to dispose of. Never pour liquid fats down your sink because when they congeal and set, you risk your drain getting blocked. If the grease is already solid, try an option that works better on solids.
4. Dish Soap
Not surprisingly, regular dish liquid is among the best solutions for removing grease from your pans and kitchen. Clean as you go by running some warm water in your sink and adding a few drops of dish soap before soaking your greasy pans as soon as you’re done. Leave them in the warm, soapy water for at least half an hour before rinsing. The soap molecules will attach to the molecules in the grease, allowing for easier cleaning without too much effort.
5. Salt and Rubbing Alcohol
Sometimes, the greasy problems are not on your pans or counters. Splashes can get on your clothes, and it’s important to make sure your favorite piece isn’t spoiled forever by an accident. Make a mixture of 1 part table salt with 4 parts rubbing alcohol, then rub the mark on your fabric gently. Keep rubbing until the stain lifts, and then once the mixture dries, brush off any remaining salt with a cloth.
Of course, not everything has to be cooked with oil or fat. We have some products that might change the way you cook, and eat, and they don’t require grease removal after use. Try out our Multifunctional Pan for frying or boiling your eggs and saving yourself from having to get grease off the pan. Steaming is another great way to cook without the pressure of removing grease afterwards, and our Concentrix Steamer Insert is an option for healthier cooking. Avoiding the grease situation altogether is possibly the best tip of them all!