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Have you seen yellow spots on the edges of your toaster, oven hood, or grills? You might wonder how it got there in the first place?

Contrary to what you might think, these marks don’t result from burning or heat—they’re likely congealed cooking grease. But how do you tackle grease solidified on appliance surfaces, seemingly impervious to traditional cleaning methods?

Here’s how to banish stubborn yellow grease from your kitchen appliances.

While a selection of degreasing products is available, you can also whip up effective solutions using items you already have at home. However, before using any product—store-bought or homemade—ensure compatibility with the surface of the appliance you are to clean. To avoid adverse reactions, test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Mix half a cup of dish soap, three tablespoons of ammonia, and half a gallon of warm water to create your degreaser. Apply this mixture generously to the appliance, using an absorbent cloth (do not soak electronic appliances, obviously, and make sure whatever you work on is unplugged), allowing it to soak for a few minutes, depending on the amount of the soil. Afterward, carefully scrub the area with a pad or brush, avoiding abrasive or metal scrubbers to prevent surface scratches. Finally, rinse the area with soap and water, then dry with a paper towel.

Another effective solution is WD-40. Apply it to the affected area and scrub the grease using a pad or brush. Then, wash the grease and WD-40 off with soap and warm water for a sparkling clean finish.

Of course, the best defense against stubborn grease buildup is prevention. Make it a habit to wipe down your appliances regularly, especially after cooking sessions that generate a lot of grease. Simply using soap and warm water to wipe down kitchen surfaces can save you from facing future tough scrubbing battles.

By incorporating these cleaning methods into your routine and staying proactive about maintenance, you can keep your kitchen appliances free from unsightly grease buildup and ensure they remain sparkling clean for years.

Cleaning your home is often challenging to do and time-consuming for most. There’s an easier way, especially for special projects such as carpet and furniture cleaning, tile and grout cleaning, window washing, and more. Call your favorite cleaning company. After all, it pays to call a pro!

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