Best DIY Grease Cleaner

When we moved back to our house after almost eight years away we came back to a sad, broken house. We came back to a mess. The kitchen was gross. There was grease splattered over everything. I remembered a cleaner I had used years ago that worked miracles. This is the best DIY grease cleaner I have ever used, and I have used it a lot now.

DIY Grease Cleaner - before and after picture

Best DIY Grease Cleaner

I can’t believe I am willing to show pictures of the tops of my cupboards. I’m admitting that I didn’t think to look up there for the first few weeks after we moved back. I had enough other cleanings that it didn’t occur to me to look up there.

What you need:

How to make this DIY Grease Cleaner:

Make sure you have rubber gloves to wear while you use this, the borax can be hard on the skin, and you want your water hot.

DIY Grease Cleaner - before picture

In a large bowl or bucket, mix everything together. I even add my dawn before the water without making a suds mess. I use the hottest water that comes out of my kitchen tap.

Grab a cloth, a rag that you aren’t worried about staining, a sponge, or something, and start cleaning. You can see I hadn’t gotten to the top edge of the cupboard door before taking the picture below.

DIY Grease Cleaner - after

This is like a miracle. I wish I had thought of it before I scrubbed my cupboard fronts like a madwoman. Make sure to wipe everything down with clean hot water when you are finished.

I also used this to clean my range-hood filter and it worked like a dream. After removing it from the hood, I soaked it in the grease cleaner right in my sink.

After about 5 minutes, I removed it and it was sparkling like it was new. I gave it a hot water rinse and set it to dry before replacing it.

Yield: 1

DIY Grease Cleaner

DIY Grease Cleaner

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/8 cup borax
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 1 squirt Dawn dish detergent
  • 1/8 cup baking soda
  • 5 cups hot water


  • Large bowl
  • Rags


  1. Mix everything together in a large bowl or in a bucket.
  2. Scrub.
  3. Rinse/wipe down with clean, hot water when finished.

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    1. What a difference! Thanks for the recipe. PS. Hope you got all your cleaning done. Sounds like you had a lot of work to do in your house.

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