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This Is The Easiest Way To Clean Up Oil Splatters In Your Kitchen

Clean Up Oil Splatters

Everything around my stove is in pretty rough shape after all the cooking I’ve done recently. All the surfaces of my stove and range hood are covered in a greasy layer of accumulated oil splatters. I would normally dread cleaning up all that oil, if it weren’t for the handy tip that I’ll be sharing with you today!

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Whether it’s due to several days of intensive cooking, or if you just haven’t cleaned your kitchen in a while, you may have areas in your kitchen that are similarly oil-splattered. But there’s good news for all of us on that front: cleaning that grimy layer is much easier than you’d think! And all you need to clean it up is a bit more oil. :-)

Now I know what you’re thinking… “Jillee, you expect me to put MORE oil on this oily mess?” And I know, it does sound crazy! But this trick is based on an old rule you probably learned in chemistry, that “like dissolves like.” Non-polar compounds will only dissolve in other non-polar compounds, and the same goes for polar compounds. (Since water is polar and oil is non-polar, this principle helps explain why oil and water don’t mix.)

Clean Up Oil Splatters

Based on this information, it actually does make sense that oil could help clean oily messes. And it totally works! In the past, I used to use a 1:1 mixture of water and ammonia to clean up the oily messes in my kitchen. But as you know, ammonia smells horrible even when it’s diluted, and the fumes can irritate your skin, eyes, and lungs. The ammonia solution would get the job done, but it turned into one of those chores that I kept putting off.

But now that I know this little chemistry trick, I no longer dread cleaning up those oily messes around my kitchen! Especially since it is an easy, gentle, and chemical-free process. Here’s how it’s done! :-)

Clean Up Oil Splatters

How To Fight Oil With Oil

You’ll need:

A Note About Oils
Mineral oil is a good choice, because it doesn’t go rancid like standard cooking oils do. If you can’t find mineral oil, you can use a standard cooking oil for this task, but it could go rancid over time. But if you’re cleaning the area regularly, the oil probably won’t have time to go rancid, so just use your best judgment! :-)

Clean Up Oil Splatters


Put a couple of drops of your oil of choice onto a clean cloth or paper towel. Wipe the oily mess, and watch the gunk slide right off!

Clean Up Oil Splatters

When you’re done cleaning, take a clean cloth or paper towel, and buff the surface lightly so that only a very thin layer of the cleaning oil remains. (This layer will make future messes much easier to clean, and it leaves kitchen appliances looking nice and shiny!)

Clean Up Oil Splatters

I hope this handy tip helps make your post-holiday kitchen clean-up a little more manageable! :-)

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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    • When cleaning range hoods, be careful when using ammonia or ammonia based products though. Many range hood producers will explicitly state in their manuals not to clean their range hoods with those.

  • Thank you for this tip! I’m actually excited to go clean the stove instead of dreading it. Does mineral oil work on greasy wood as well? The cabinets in my kitchen have layers of grease from a previous occupant that I haven’t been able to get clean.

  • Thanks for the great advice! Usually oils are considered the thing which destroys our ovens, and I’ve spent lots of money on removing those oils from the oven. But I agree, mineral oil seems to be a great way to get rid of unpleasant streaks. On the other side, baking soda and white vinegar are the perfect solution to clean the inside of the oven from oils.

  • Before I read Trust’s comment, I thought the mineral oil trick would be a miracle solution. But I have a gas pilot light, too.

    Do you have any suggestions to use this method without going up in flames?


  • Please be careful using cleaners on your stove. When I was child, i wanted to surprise my mom by cleaning the outside fridge and stove. I was using Pine-sol mixed with water. I didn’t think about the pilot light(not electronic back then) and I caught both my hands and arms on fire. All it took was one big POOF. I can still remember the Pain in the ER…

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