How to Remove Grease From Metal

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic scraper

  • Vinegar

  • Dishwashing liquid

  • Soft cloths

  • Scrubber

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • All-purpose degreaser

Tip

You may need to repeat the applications if the grease isn't completely removed the first time.

Warning

Orange Clean Pro Multi-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser is not to be used on varnished, aluminum or lacquered surfaces.

Rubbing alcohol is extremely flammable. Keep it away from fire and flame.

Household grease comes from frying foods such as bacon, hamburger and fish. It can also come from working on tasks around the house that require lubricating moving parts. Because it's a gooey, sticky substance, grease can be difficult to remove, especially from metal items. There are store-bought degreasers you can buy to do the task, but you probably have some ingredients you can use right now in your cupboards.

Step 1

Wipe off as much of the grease as you can with paper towels. If the grease is very thick, use a plastic scraper along with the paper towels.

Step 2

Put a little rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth. Rub the metal until the grease disappears. You may need to apply more alcohol to the cloth and keep rubbing for a few minutes to remove stubborn grease.

Step 3

Remove grease from chrome and other shiny metals using vinegar and a soft cloth. Spray the cloth with enough vinegar to make it moist, then wipe the grease off.

Step 4

Clean the metal with a grease-cutting dishwashing liquid like Dawn. Put a few drops directly on the metal, then wipe it with a soft cloth or use a scrubber to loosen stubborn grease. Rinse the metal clean under tap water.

Step 5

Purchase an all-purpose product such as Orange Clean Pro Multi-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser (see Resources). This product is recommended by the manufacturer for cleaning grease from metal and stainless steel.

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Kayar Sprang

Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.