Okay, I'm not sure if this will be accepted, but since I figure it might be useful for many, I'm going to go ahead and post anyway. Headmistresses, I will leave it up to you to decide on credit.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defense against the dark arts
Project Name: Get rid of greasy residue with less effort
Yesterday was our cleaning day, and I took care of the greasy stuff: the filters of our extractor fan were terribly greasy and grimy, and the deep fryer needed a clean and a change of oil. These are two dreaded chores, because usually regular dish soap doesn't cut it, I need special degreasing spray, and that sometimes causes migraines. I set to work on the deep fryer first (no pictures of that!), but there was some congealed fat on the outside casing that didn't want to come off, degreasing spray and scrubbing or not. Somehow, I remembered the oil cleansing method
, which is actually a skin care regime that works on the principle that oil dissolves grease. Boy, am I glad that I made this mental link, because it saved me a lot of time yesterday! Picture is the before and after of the extractor hood filters.
You will need:
- stuff that's covered in greasy residue
- vegetable oil (doesn't really matter what kind of oil really, use the cheapest you have/can get)
- two sponges (with a scouring pad for really though grease)
- paper towels (you could use dish rags, but I fear they won't get clean again in the laundry)
- dish soap
- hot water on tap
- Pour some veggie oil on one of the sponges (it should feel nearly soaked), and use it to rub/scrub the greasy item. You should notice the grease dissolving. Wipe up with the back of the sponge. If it's really dirty, you might need to pour some more oil over the sponge, knead and and squeeze the grime out, and go back for seconds.
- Use some paper towels to wipe away most of the oil.
- Apply dish soap directly onto your second sponge. Wet it (with hot water) and scrub the item down. This should remove the rest of your cleaning oil and any lingering dirt.
- Rinse with very hot water. If necessary, go back in with the soap, but for most items, this should not be necessary.
- Allow to dry (either air dry / towel dry).
This worked like a charm for the deep fryer, and is the best method I've found so far for the filters of the extractor hood. With the filters, you do need to go through the entire process several times, because your sponge can't really reach the inside. You have to use really piping hot water, so that the grease build-up on the inside melts and comes to the surface (Same as usual) and then use the oily sponge to wipe away this extra, sticky crud. So yeah, it's still pretty much work, but it went a lot quicker, with less elbow grease (ha!) and most importantly: without migraine inducing products!