Oil spatters are an inevitable part of cooking in spite of all the careful measures you may take. Over a period of time, these stains and splatters form a nasty film of gunk which is challenging to remove.

The most common areas affected by this problem are the kitchen cabinets, stove vent filter, stove hood, and of course, the stovetop. These nasty coating of gunk appears on most appliances in the kitchen as the grease is circulated through the air.

Trying to clean these grease stains with a dry or wet paper towel is usually turns out to be an utter waste of time and energy. Most commercial cleaners, too fail to remove the grease, especially when it combines with dirt. Moreover, ammonia-based cleaners are not even considered safe.


How to Clean Oil Stains in the Kitchen

Steps for Cleaning

  1. Soak a paper towel in mineral oil.
  2. Wipe the greasy surface of the stove hood and stovetop with this paper towel until the film of gunk is removed.
    In case of stubborn gunk accumulated over a long time, add some baking soda in the oil and then rub it on the affected areas.
  3. Take another clean paper towel and wipe down the surface again to remove the excess oil to leave a minimal coating of oil on the surface. This shall help make the task of cleaning easier for your next cleaning session. Plus, it will keep the surface shiny.
  4. Next, mix equal amounts of warm water and white vinegar.
  5. Soak a kitchen rag or sponge in this solution and wipe the kitchen cabinets with it to clean them by removing the light oil stains.
    For stubborn stains, use straight vinegar. Finally, wipe the cabinets with a rag soaked in cold water.
  6. Coming to the stove hood filter, you can clean it with warm water and baking soda. So, boil a pot of water. Add a cup of baking soda in it. Do not mix it in one go; instead, add in small batches or else, it is likely to frizz up. Immerse the grimy filter it in it for a few minutes.
  7. If the gunk is still not removed, then repeat the process. Finally, rinse the filter with hot water.
    The exhaust fan, stove hood, kitchen cabinets, and the stovetop can also be cleaned by wiping them with a soft cloth soaked in warm water and baking soda solution.

If you do not have mineral oil, you can use vegetable oil in the same way. It also works as a safe, effective, and natural cleaner for getting rid of grease from almost any material including stainless steel and wood.

However, you should still prefer to use mineral oil as the latter tends to become sticky and yellowish over a period of time.

Another easy way to get rid of kitchen oil stains involves the use of a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as a degreaser. It is particularly useful for cleaning the range hood.

In addition, you can use astringents such as witch hazel to remove grease stains from wooden cabinets, especially around the knobs. You can try a combination of lemon juice and club soda, too.

Additional Tips

  • Clean the range hood regularly, at least every two weeks to avoid the buildup of greasy residue and dirt. Ideally, the range hood vent filter needs to be cleaned once a month. Some filters can be washed in the dishwasher.
  • While cooking, prefer to cover the cooking utensils such as frying pans with lids or splatter guards.
  • Do not touch your kitchen cabinets with greasy fingers.