Working in a kitchen at home or work can be a great experience. Cleaning up the mess, not so much. Here is a list of the top ten kitchen degreasers available on market.
I remember Sunday lunches growing up. That was family time for us. Uncles, aunts, grandparents, cousins, we all came together for amazing roasts with roast potatoes, pies, pumpkin fritters.
The moms would cook, and we slaves would have to clean before we could go play. We got into so much trouble if we didn’t do a good job.
We did an okay enough job, we thought, but as an adult, with my own home, and my own kitchen, I am seeing the impact of not scrubbing down your kitchen thoroughly over time. Take that and multiply it by a billion in a professional kitchen.
We spend a lot of time in the kitchen every day, whether it’s to cook a meal, to grab a drink or a snack.
The smell of a good steak frying in the pan or cottage pie in the oven can be mouth-watering.
The worst part about working in a kitchen is always going to be cleaning up after.
But, after the banquet is consumed and the kitchen is straightened out, nap time is over, and you get a craving for a leftover beef sandwich.
When you get into the ‘clean’ kitchen and you want to throw your sandwich together, you reach out for the bread and you put the bread down on the counter and it is just instantly is piled with the grease and oil that just doesn’t wash away with normal soap and water.
Grease and grime can build up over time in a big way, especially around the stovetop, the wall behind the stovetop, the kitchen sink, the oven, even the microwave seems to attract grease from reheated ground beef or other saucy foods.
A clean kitchen is a happy place to be. But how do we get the best detergent to get the job done?
There are so many decent degreasing detergents on the market and it’s hard to work out what is the best degreaser and what is going to work for your specific kitchen needs.
Price is also a big factor for most of us. The good news is you don’t have to break the bank to get top quality products.
If you are in a professional kitchen, you may want to get the best product to ensure the health inspectors are happy. You may even be open to higher-priced degreasers. Cost does not always mean the best for the job though.
Top 10 Best Kitchen Degreasers
Kleen Warrior sounds like one of the Captain Planets cousins, doesn’t it?
Seriously say the name aloud yourself and tell me if you don’t see a masked germ-fighting vigilante – a soldier in the war against gunk and grime.
What makes this one so special?
Well apart from the cool name, this one is environmentally safe. It is biodegradable and non-toxic.
You’ll have to dilute it according to what you need to clean. But a list of recommended dilutions is supplied to start with, so that shouldn’t be a problem.
You dilute a bit of the concentrate in some water and apply to the area that needs degreasing or cleaning, then depending on the job at hand you either scrub with a scour or soft brush.
If it is a light task, make it into a spray solution and spray the surface and just wipe with a cloth.
This is also a great multi-cleaner for use on outdoor and camping stoves and many other hard to degrease surfaces.
This product is biodegradable, always a nice bonus as anything that keeps our environment healthy is more than welcome.
Kleen Warrior is a bit pricey; but it works well and is worth the extra money, particularly for hard news.
Goo Gone… Can we just enjoy the clever uniqueness of the brand name?
Generally, when we think of goo we think of a mess.
Well, now we have something to combat this specific gooey problem.
Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser is another spray-on product. You spray the greasy surface and then wipe the surface down with a paper towel or cloth.
The foam mixture picks up all the grease and Grime on your countertops, stovetops, ovens, and other greasy surfaces, leaving them nice and clean.
Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser is another spray-on product. Spray it on your kitchen surfaces and wipe away with a paper towel or dishcloth.
This particular degreaser can be used on stone, granite, wood, and other surfaces around your stove and microwave.
This product can be used to clean grease and grime off of your utensils as well as pots and pans.
This product from EcoGen is ready to use and is biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-flammable.
You can use it on counters in your kitchen, and external surfaces of your pots and pans, and kitchen tools, and other surfaces.
The organic formula makes this decreasing agent environmentally friendly, which is great; we only have one planet after all.
Because this particular degreaser is an industrial one, it comes in a five-gallon bucket – perfect for professional kitchens. This should last a while as it doesn’t take a lot of degreasing agent to clean your countertops.
It is a bit expensive and, while not everyone may need a five-gallon bucket of degreasing agent, I think that having the extra amount will greatly be appreciated at the end of the month – after all, you can cross one item off your grocery list consistently for a while until the bucket is done. Imagine how much money that’s going to save you in the long run.
The ECOHDD-B Industrial Degreaser is unscented. So, there is no nasty odor lingering in the air after it’s been used.
If you’re worried about safety, then don’t panic; this one won’t give off any harmful fumes and it’s not caustic so it won’t burn or damage your skin if the two should come in contact.
Another biodegradable option is Blue Gold. It is an industrial cleaner, but it can be safely used in your own home as well.
Simply mix some of it into water and you’re all set.
It is non-toxic and prevents rust (great if you working on metal surfaces); you can use it safely around children and pets as it is also non-corrosive and can be stored for long periods without any deterioration.
The more environmentally friendly options we get the better!
Lifekind is a company that specializes in organic products. Hence the brand name Lifekind. This cleaner and degreaser is made with grapefruit seed and orange peel extract and can be used on much more than just kitchen surfaces.
This is one versatile product that can be used on your dishes or as a hand soap if you’d like to use it that way (I like having some form of soap on hand to clean up while I cook).
The 16-ounce bottle makes 16 gallons of cleaner, so you won’t be running out to get more in a hurry.
For the carnivore chef, this has one of the weirdest names I’ve seen on a kitchen product, and that’s saying a lot.
I have to quote one of the product descriptions for this one taken from Amazon, it is hilarious, “BLOOD EVERYWHERE on the counters after cutting up your own Picanha steaks or making some home-made sausages? Chill… VEGAN TEARS are like a crime-scene cleaner for the Carnivore Kitchen. No one will ever know.”
It’s meant to be used on your stovetop, oven, and kitchen surfaces.
After a particularly greasy meal, you just spray the grease over the stovetop or affected area and wipe it down with some paper towel.
For those who are on a low carb diet, don’t worry, this particular degreaser is safe for use in a keto-friendly kitchen.
It takes the grease off without a problem and doesn’t leave unsightly streak marks on the surface of your countertop or stove.
Citra Solv is a citrus-based, water-soluble degreaser and comes in three fragrances: orange, lavender, and bergamo.
You can dilute it with water for most light tasks and use it as if for those particularly nasty spots of grease that won’t wash away easily.
The three fragrances are all very nice, and you can pick which is your favorite easily enough.
It comes in a 32-ounce bottle which makes more than four gallons of cleaner. It’s a good strong cleaner that is well worth using.
I probably use bergamot the most as it’s my favorite of the three fragrances; orange is a scent that in my experience can be easily overdone, as for the lavender, I like the smell but only in small quantities, I find that it is a bit sharper than I usually like to use; bergamot is the softest of the three fragrances and it is just more distinct.
Formula 409 caught my attention because it’s equipped with something called Smart Tube Technology. And what that means is that there’s a tube that goes all the way to the bottom of the bottle, which will ensure that you won’t have to tilt the bottle when there’s only a little bit of cleaner left to use that last bit.
You just spray onto the area that needs cleaning and, after a while, wipe the surface clean. No Mess. No-fuss. No streak lines on your countertops.
Just spray, wait, and wipe down.
We’ve all got something like this in our kitchens, a standard – may be even generic – cleaning product which we use to take the grease and grime off our kitchen surfaces.
That said, being generic doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. If anything, it’s probably easier to get a hold of something like Lysol than an industrial degreaser. Especially when taking finances into account.
Lysol can be used on the stove and countertops, as well as in your bathtub, tiled floors, and even on the exterior of appliances like toaster and sandwich presses.
It comes in a few different fragrances and kills airborne germs and bacteria while filling your house with a pleasant scent.
The general reception to the Lysol product by consumers has been very positive, earning it a five-star rating with many consumers praising the strength of the product as well as the scent. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is.
10. FILOL Kitchen Green Specialty 8.6-ounce Multi-Purpose Foam Cleaner
This degreasing agent converts from liquid to foam and has more than just functionality in the kitchen.
To use this degreaser, you just spray the area that you want to clean, give it a few moments to become foam as it melts away the grease and grime, and scrub with a cloth or a sponge.
The surface underneath the foam is clean and grease-free.
This product also protects against cracking, discoloration, and fading.
Afterward, all you need to do is clean your washcloth or sponge.
Are degreasers safe to use?
Provided you follow the basic handling and storage instructions, a degreasing agent is safe to use.
Why are some degreasers band?
Some degreasing agents contain hazardous chemicals, like trichloroethylene, which can pose serious health risks to people who use them, as well as the environment as a whole.
What are some of the health risks of degreasers?
The health risks will vary from product to product, generally speaking, the most common symptoms reported are irritation of the skin and eyes, headaches, nausea, dizziness, and respiratory issues depending on the chemical makeup of the degreaser. More serious symptoms reported are an upset stomach. damaged internal organs, and/or damage to the central nervous system.
Worst case scenario, some degreasers contain carcinogenic substances, which have the potential to cause cancer. Due to the seriousness of some of these risks, many companies that use degreasing agents focus on organic, non-toxic products as much as possible.
What makes a degreaser organic?
Organic degreasers are made up almost entirely of natural components. For example, orange peel with no hazardous chemicals added. Organic degreasing agents are non-toxic as there aren’t typically any chemicals involved in their production.
What are some environmental concerns when using degreasers?
There are few obvious ones, like toxic fumes getting into the air, water pollution, and in the case of oil-based products, fire. A fire could cause toxic fumes/gases into the air which could pollute the air.
Are degreasers flammable?
If the degreaser that you are using is oil-based then yes, it usually is flammable.
What is the difference between water-based and solvent-based degreasers?
Water-based degreasers are more eco-friendly as there are no/fewer chemicals involved. You mix the degreasing agent into some water and you’re good to go.
What are some of the advantages of using water-based degreasers?
Apart from being more environmentally friendly, water-based degreasers have several advantages. These advantages include, but are not limited to, easier storage as most solvent or oil-based degreasers are flammable and have a very specific way it must be stored. They tend to be cheaper to use and dispose of, and of course, using these more eco-friendly options will get you some serious brownie points with the people who regulate the use of chemicals.
What does it mean when the label says non-caustic?
When discussing caustic and/or corrosive substances we are referring to substances that can burn your skin. A non-caustic substance is a substance that will not burn your skin on contact.
What does it mean to be biodegradable?
The term biodegradable refers to the ability of a substance to be broken down naturally without adversely affecting the environment.
As a wife, mom, and human being, I am always on the hunt for products that will mean less effort to clean house.
I also still have to take my budget into account. The cost of living is sky-rocketing across the globe. Education costs money, food is ridiculous, and health costs take a chuck out of the budget at the most inopportune time (I have been a mom for twenty-six years now and I swear my kids have spent these twenty-six years plotting and scheming about whose turn it is to fall out the tree and break a leg every single time my husband and I have looked too happy for their liking).
I am often outspoken about how modern life is killing off our ability to communicate face-to-face, even with people we share a roof with, but I cannot lie, when it comes to cleaning I will hear a conversation on the other side of the grocery store about a product that cleans better, uses less, doesn’t need hours of sweat and tears, and is cheaper and I will leave the store with at least two bottles of the miracle that will hopefully get me more couch time with my new bestseller quicker.
Listen to other users, check out reviews, and pay it forward by dropping a review of your own to help others find the right product.
I hope that these ten best seller favorites will help you get some you-time in a hurry.
They are fairly inexpensive, but they all work well. Sometimes the pricey products are more useful than their cheaper counterparts, especially in professional kitchens.
Every product on the list is more than capable of keeping your kitchen counter and stovetops clean and grease-free.
I’d like to take a moment just to relish on in the number of clever brand names: Vegan Tears, Goo Gone, Kleen Warrior. What’s next? Commander Clean? Algae Agent?
If I have to pick a product from the list for my kitchen, I always go with one of the more environmentally friendly options – that is just me. As I said before, we only have one planet and with pollution levels the way they are, I’d rather not add to the problem. These eco-friendly products allow for thorough cleaning without risk to the environment.
I also like the idea of having a product that I can use without putting my physical health, or worse still the health of my family or friends in jeopardy.
Now you can make that sandwich you wanted without fear of getting it covered in gunk.