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How to Make a Four Ingredient DIY Degreaser

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A lot of us spend a pretty penny on cleaning supplies, particularly on products that we don’t believe have a DIY solution. As it turns out, though, you can remove degreaser from the list of products you thought couldn’t be made right at home.

All it takes to make a degreaser is four simple ingredients, and there’s a good chance that you’ve already got three of the four on hand.

You need baking soda, vinegar, castile soap, and lemon oil to craft your own degreaser, and not only will you be able to make more whenever you need it, but you’ll also get much more bang for your buck than when you purchase a commercially prepared cleaner.

You’ll make your degreaser in small batches that are designed to be used immediately. The combination of vinegar and baking soda makes for a fun, summertime experiment, but you don’t want that foamy volcano going off under your sink.

Measure out two tablespoons of baking soda and add a teaspoon of water to the powder making it into a paste. Then, add a few drops of lemon oil which will give the degreaser some extra cleaning power. Spread the mixture over your surface and allow it to sit for a few minutes until dry. Then, spray a light layer of vinegar over top to allow for fizzing. This reaction should cut right through the grease, and you’ll be able to scrub it away with a sponge.

The next time your stove and oven, cookware, or surface needs a good clean, this simple, DIY degreaser could be the answer.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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