I had a lot of people over back when we had the babe’s blessing and so I did a lot of cleaning. A ton of cleaning. And it was at this time that I didn’t realize how nasty the area above my stove got. It was completely full of grease and grime. Disgusting. The microwave looked like it took the brunt of it, or maybe it was just easier to see on it. Well, I spent hours trying to clean the grease off the microwave, stove and cabinets. The best method I used to do this was hot soapy water. It took a lot of elbow grease and still didn’t get everything up. See the picture below:
This is the stuff that wouldn’t come off. Gross! It looks like I didn’t even try cleaning.
Well, I met with some girls the other day and we were discussing cleaning methods, and this awesome idea came up. Cleaning grease with baby oil. How smart is that? So I had to try it!
I just put some oil on a paper towel and started rubbing the grease. And it came right off. Right off! I couldn’t believe it. That stubborn grease that wouldn’t come up with hours of scrubbing with hot soapy water, and here it comes off with a swipe of some baby oil. Figures.
On some of the spots, I did have to put a little elbow grease into and rub pretty hard, or even use my finger nail to get it up, but the baby oil helped removed it completely after that.
I haven’t had my microwave this shiny in years (don’t mind the crack under the handle the hubs refuses to admit he made….:) )
You can leave it oil covered. The plus to this, it’ll be easier to clean the grease off later because none will stick to it 🙂 The minus…dust and dog hair will cling to it more. And we all know about my dog and his hair, so that wasn’t going to happen lol.
So, next I just took my ‘all purpose’ cleaner (1 part vinegar, 2 parts water) and cleaned the oil right off. I did add a squirt of dish soap to this one mixture to help removed the oil.
And there you have it! The easiest way to clean off grease from your appliances 🙂 And your house will smell so yummy too. Who doesn’t like the smell of baby oil??