B.D. asks from Pittsburgh, PA on October 09, 2011
Cleaning Kitchen Residue
I decided to clean the blinds in my kitchen. The blind closest to the stove had a severe film on it. It is a sticky almost adhesive like film. I do not fry anything but use nonstick cooking spray. I scrubbed the blinds with Dawn and a scrub brush or Dobie sponge. It is better than it was but it is still tacky. This film is present on other things in the kitchen as well. Does anyone know exactly what the source is and how to clean it off?
A.H. answers from Washington DC on October 10, 2011
Ammonia will take care of that. It is a degreaser. You can dip a sponge into it and rub your blinds down and then rinse them off.
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M.B. answers from Austin on October 09, 2011
It is mostly the cooking residue, along with the non-stick spray. When you spray the can, even though it is mostly directed at the pan, it goes everywhere. (I've seen that residue on cooking equipment, also.)
Even though you don't fry, any cooking releases steam, which may carry small particles of oil, broth, and bits of food you can't see.
That dries on the blinds.
What about something like a 409 or Fantastik type spray? That is also designed to cut the oils.
I'm having problems with the pan inside my toaster oven... no amount of scrubbing will break down that oil residue that hadn't gotten cleaned up properly. (I rarely use it, but hubby and son do.... and of course, they don't clean it!)
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L.A. answers from New York on October 10, 2011
We gave up on blinds. We have self adhesive window "rice paper" in the kitchen for privacy. Curtains elsewhere.
M.W. answers from Philadelphia on October 11, 2011
Ahhh... kitchen grime. It's everywhere. I've yet to tackle my own, but I hear rubbing alcohol is the cure all. Good luck!
N.P. answers from San Francisco on October 09, 2011
That's just normal cooking residue (oils mostly that precipitate out from steam). Residue can build more quickly if you cook over a high flame. Something to prevent it from happening in the future is to use a powerful vent with a regularly changed filter and to wipe down the problem areas every so often to prevent buildup. To remove it I've used a product called "Greased lightning" that tears through the residue pretty good. If you don't want to use any chems, I've read that white vinegar in a spray bottle will also do the trick to cut through it. Good luck!
K.B. answers from Philadelphia on October 10, 2011
D.C. answers from Pittsburgh on October 10, 2011
I use a product called Greased Lightening to clean this kind of stuff. It works well, but it has a strong smell that is irritating. I only use it when I can take the item outside to clean. The screen over my stove, under the microwave, in particular gets this film. I take it out, spray it down, let it sit for 15 minutes or so, then it comes off much more easily.