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How to Keep Your Kitchen from Getting So Greasy

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Does it feel like everything in your kitchen is coated with a layer of grime? It’s frustrating when you know you’ve cleaned thoroughly but it’s grimy again within days. So, read on and I’ll explain why your kitchen gets greasy and the best way to keep it from happening.

Why Kitchens Get Greasy

Kitchens get greasy when you use high-temperature cooking methods without good ventilation.

You don’t have deep-fry food to create the problem — any steam or smoke that rises from foods which contain fats or oils will carry grease molecules. And thanks to gravity, those molecules will settle on kitchen surfaces, making them feel greasy.

Problems Kitchen Grease can Cause

Dealing with excessive grease in your kitchen isn’t just about making things look nice. Grease buildup is a common source of odors, plus it attracts kitchen pests.

In time, you’ll wind up with yellowing, greasy kitchen cabinets and hard grease spots on your walls. It can pose a fire hazard, too, especially if the grime builds up in your range hood or on your stovetop. 

Tips to Prevent Greasy Kitchens

To keep your kitchen from getting so greasy, combine good ventilation with a few changes to your cooking techniques so there’s less oil floating around.

Then grab your favorite all-purpose cleaner or my homemade kitchen degreaser to do a quick cleanup as soon as you’re done so grease doesn’t have a chance to harden.

1. Use better ventilation when cooking

Use good ventilation every time you cook. Some homes have range hoods with extraction fans. I have a microwave over the stove that has a surface fan with metal filters.

Both setups keep grease particles and cooking fumes from floating around, so run them when you’re cooking to keep your kitchen from getting greasy. 

Just remember to clean your extractor’s filters at least once a month or weekly if you cook a lot. You can do this in the kitchen sink with hot, soapy water or run them through the dishwasher on the top rack. 

Pro Tip

Washing aluminum extraction filters in the dishwasher can make them look dull. That doesn’t change their effectiveness, but if aesthetics matter you can keep them shiny by hand-washing.

2. Exercise caution with cooking spray

Cooking sprays are convenient but aerosol creates a lot of airborne grease. That’s why I switched to using oil and a pastry brush.

If you don’t want to give up the convenience of the spray, keep the blasts short as possible. Spraying pans in the sink also helps keep the excess from floating around. 

3. Tweak your cooking techniques

The fewer splatters or greasy fumes you produce while cooking, the cleaner your kitchen will stay. Here are some tricks to try:

  • Switch to using an air-fryer to get crispy food without all the grease. 
  • Use splatter screens and lids to keep oil and greasy steam in the pan. 
  • Check roasting foods through the oven door window, instead of opening it.
  • Cook at lower temperatures to minimize splattering and greasy steam.

4. Do targeted cleanup ASAP

It’s easier to clean up grease right after cooking when it’s still soft. Once it cools and hardens, it becomes more difficult to remove.

That’s why I always have a bottle of homemade kitchen degreaser handy to clean splatters as they happen. Immediately after cooking, I use it on the counters next to my stove then the stove knobs and stovetop.

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Homemade Kitchen Degreaser

This DIY kitchen degreaser recipe does an excellent job cutting through grease. Vinegar isn’t safe to use on everything, so if you have stainless steel, marble, or granite surfaces use the rubbing alcohol option instead.
Type of Recipehomemade cleaner
Use AsSpray
Keywordsgrease, kitchen

Equipment and Materials

  • Spray bottle


  • ¾ cup warm water
  • ¾ cup white vinegar or rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup liquid dish soap


  1. Add all ingredients to a spray bottle. Put the nozzle on and swirl gently.
  2. Spray surfaces with the homemade degreaser and wipe with a warm, damp microfiber cloth. Do not spray on hot glass cooktops or near open flames.
  3. Rinse your cloth often, so you don't spread grease around.
  4. Save unused homemade degreaser in a cool, dark spot.
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Now that you know how to keep your kitchen from getting so greasy, check out my daily cleaning routine to keep the rest of your home looking good, too.

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