Using Oil to Clean Grease


a bottle of vegetable oil

I’ve never been happy with my ability to keep a clean kitchen.  I try, I really do.  I can blame it on being a guy; but I know other guys who do much better than I.  Most guys I know aren’t the most fastidious of souls, except for some former Marines I know.

As we have been concerned with getting Serendipity all shipshape to be sold, one of the nagging chores has been to give the galley/kitchen a good scrubbing.  You know how it goes:  you cook in the kitchen and no matter how hard you try some surfaces get this sticky grease residue on them that doesn’t seem to come off no matter how you try to clean it.

My approach to those residues has been to try not to have them occur in the first place. I do all sorts of things to minimize oil/grease in my cooking — to no avail.

I know I’m not alone when it comes to being unhappy about kitchen cleaning.  I’ve also read a lot of blogs and articles about how to keep a cleaner, grease free kitchen over the years. But I never paid attention to one simple ideas.  Using oil to clean oil.

In the first place it never dawned on my that when you go to the auto parts store to by industrial strength grease remover (which isn’t a good idea for the kitchen) — it’s never water based.  Duh…  That should have told me something a long time ago.   If high power grease removers are oil or petroleum base why doesn’t it make sense that in the kitchen using oil might be a similarly good way to attach the problem.

So, when I read a recent article suggesting using cooking oil — or an oily soap like Murphy’s — to remove those sorts of residues the lightbulb finally turned on!

I have used cooking oil — plain vegetable or corn or safflower — to clean off the tacky adhesive adhesive residue. I never thought to try using oil to clean oil.  WoW!  Such a revelation.

And it works!

You know that old expression “…too soon oldt und too late schmart….” well, maybe I’m not too old to learn some OLD tricks. 🙂

Thanks for stopping.  I’ll be here again tomorrow if you want to stop and say Hi!


4 thoughts on “Using Oil to Clean Grease

  1. Peanut butter will also take gum out of hair when the kid behind your kid on the bus gets angry.

    When my mother was a part time RVer she wiped down all her cabinets with Murphy’s Oil Soap after every trip. Her very old RV looked like it had new cabinets when she sold it.


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