How to Remove Grease From Kitchen Shelves

No matter how clean your kitchen is, cooking is bound to create greasy build-up somewhere. Grease sputters from pans, dissipates through steam and rests on surfaces. Your kitchen counters probably get plenty of attention, but how about your cabinets, stacked with dishes and filled with glasses and pantry items? They may need some deep-cleaning.

  1. Remove all dishes, glasses and pantry items from the shelves. You'll avoid getting over spray and drips from your cleaning materials onto your dishes.

  2. Put on kitchen gloves. Spray an anti-grease kitchen cleaner such as Lysol or Formula 409 on your shelves one at a time. Start at the top so your cleaner doesn't drip on your clean shelves. Let the cleaner soak on the shelves for three to five minutes. If you do not want to use a chemical cleaner, check labels for a "green" cleaner that has enzymes such as Oxi Bio or Unizyme.

  3. Wipe the shelves with dry paper towels until they're clean. If the shelves are dry, but you're still finding greasy residue on your paper towels, re-spray and start again. Saturate your shelves with cleaner and let it soak a minute or two longer than before.

  4. Squirt dishwashing liquid into a pot or bucket and fill it with hot water. Use the hottest water you can tolerate. Dawn dishwashing liquid cuts grease well and is perfect for cleaning greasy residue.

  5. Wipe off the chemical cleaner and any remaining grease with your hot soapy water.

  6. Dump the soapy water, clean your pot or bucket and fill it again. This time, use clean, warm water. Wipe down the shelves with the pure water and paper towels. The last thing you want is sticky shelves.

  7. Keep changing the water it doesn't turn brown. It may take awhile, but it's worth it to keep the grease off your dishes.

About the Author

Elizabeth is an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction in California. She has extensive experience in developing and writing curriculum and is a presenter on many topics related to K-12 education. She is an alumnus of UCLA and has Master's degrees in Ed. Technology and Psychology and a PhD in British Literature.