How to Make Your Own Degreaser

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
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What You'll Need
Spray bottle
Oil-based soap (eg. Murphy's Oil Soap)
Tea tree, rosemary, herbal Neem essential oil or lavender
Hot tap water
Laundry soaps (optional)

Degreasers are best known for their amazing performance on cleaning away the greasy film that shows up the surfaces of appliances and countertops after cooking and kitchen work. Although there are many commercial spray cleaners on the market, the choices for organic and natural cleansers is somewhat limited. You do not have to worry about that, though. It is now possible, with these four steps, to assemble your very own homemade degreaser that easily and quickly cleans and cuts through thick grease.

Remember that homemade cleansers are always best to use, since they are usually natural and you know exactly what they contain. Not to mention, you can even add your own fragrance so you never have to worry about having strange smelling cleaners again!

Step 1 – Remove Sprayer

A plastic spray bottle with a blue top

Remove the spray nozzle from bottle and set it aside so you can pour your ingredients into the bottle. Make sure that the container you have chosen is made of plastic and has no holes in it. A brand-new bottle is always better than reusing an old one so you don't mix solutions or scents, but if you do reuse an old bottle, just make sure to rinse it out thoroughly.

Step 2 – Add Oil Soap and Essential Oil

Pour 1/4-cup of oil soap and 10 to 12 drops of your choice of essential oil into the bottle and shake it gently until the ingredients are well-mixed. Suds will eventually form, and at this point, it means that the ingredients are mixed. A homogeneous solution will ensure a better degreaser and a cleaner countertop!

Step 3 – Add Water and Shake

Now that you have the oil and soap combined together, you need to add the hot water. Pour it in the hake it gently to combine everything until more soap suds appear.

Step 4 – Finish and Add Scent if Desired

A stack of towels beside laundry soap

Once everything is fully mixed together, you need to screw the nozzle back on. However, before you do that, you need to let the bubbles or the soap suds dissipate. Then, make sure the nozzle is tightly secured on the bottle.

At this point, your degreaser is finished and ready for use. However, you can now add detergent soap to it or combine inexpensive ingredients from laundry products to create a scent for your cleaner. Cheap laundry soaps like Borax and Arm and Hammer washing soda always work wonders for dirty, greasy surfaces in the kitchen and they add very mellow, natural scents.