Bacon grease, chicken cooked in too much olive oil, hamburger splatters – – Grease gets everywhere in the kitchen. That’s probably why the kitchen is one of the hardest rooms in the whole house to clean.
Thankfully, this homemade citrus degreaser powers through grease, oil splatters, and burnt-on messes to get your kitchen truly clean.
It dissolves grease and grime on all kinds of hard, non-porous kitchen surfaces:
- range hood
- kitchen cabinets
- drip pans
- indoor grill
It even makes quick work of fingerprints on refrigerators, dishwashers, and other appliances.
Best of all, unlike most store-bought degreasers, this homemade citrus cleaner is made from natural, plant-derived ingredients like citrus essential oils and vinegar.
What you need to make your own natural kitchen degreaser spray
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To help extend the shelf life of your citrus degreaser cleaner, use distilled or filtered water that’s been boiled and cooled.
- white vinegar
Vinegar is a fantastic natural cleaner. It disinfects, deodorizes, and helps remove grease
Sal Suds is made by Dr. Bronner’s, the same company that makes liquid Castile soap.
Like Castile soap, Sal Suds is made from plants.
But Sal Suds is a much more powerful cleaner than Castile soap. It’s a natural detergent that cuts through grease, dirt, and grime with ease.
- lemon essential oil
Lemon EO is a powerful, natural cleaner. It’s antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral — plus it’s a great degreaser.
- sweet orange essential oil (also known as wild orange)
Not only do essential oils smell great, they are powerhouse natural cleaners.
Citrus essential oils like sweet orange are excellent degreasers. They can make quick work of removing dirt, grime, and grease on kitchen cabinets, stovetops, microwaves, ovens, and appliances.
- spray bottle
use a 16 oz or larger spray bottle made of glass, stainless steel, or essential-oil-safe plastic like PET (plastic #1) or HDPE (plastic #2). Here’s a link to where I get my spray bottles: plastic spray bottle and glass spray bottle
How to make natural kitchen degreaser cleaner with essential oils
step 1: add 1/2 teaspoon Sal Suds to 16 oz spray bottle
tip: choose a spray bottle that’s made from materials safe to use with diluted essential oils. Glass, stainless steel, and certain types of plastic (plastic #1 HDPE or plastic #2 PET) work well.
step 2: add 1/2 cup white vinegar
tip: If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can use less, but do use some vinegar.
It’s a great natural cleaner that helps cut through the dirt and grime, and even helps repel dirt from sticking to the surface, keeping your kitchen clean for longer.
step 3: add 1.5 cups distilled water
tip: if you don’t have distilled water, you can substitute boiled and cooled filtered tap water.
step 4: add 40 drops of citrus essential oils
I use 20 drops lemon and 20 drops sweet orange (also known as wild orange).
step 5: put spray top on and shake well to mix.
(optional) add free printable label
tip: You can print this label on full-sheet label paper, or do what I do and print the label on regular printer paper and attach it to the spray bottle with packing tape. It’s cheap and easy to do. Plus, I find that the labels stay on better using packing tape than with regular label paper, and the packing tape protects the label really well, which keeps the labels looking great for a long time.
How to use
Use to clean grease and grime from kitchen cabinets, stovetops, oven, range hood, microwave, drip pans, vent, refrigerator, cupboards, and more. Works on hard, non-porous surfaces.
- shake well before each use
- spray liberally on surface
- let sit for 5 minutes
- spray surface again (you want to keep it wet for a total of 15 minutes)
- wipe clean – run a dish cloth under warm to hot water, wring out, and wipe over cleaned surface
tip: If you need a little extra cleaning power, sprinkle surface with baking soda and then spray on natural degreaser cleaner. The baking soda will react with the vinegar, foaming up upon contact. Plus, the baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive to help loosen grease and grime.
tip: always spot test the area first before using any new cleaner.
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