Dear Katie Decorative Plate Degreaser

Dear Katie I have a painted plate on display in my kitchen on the wall above my stove. I’ve tried everything and I can’t get the grease off of it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks Diane

Dear Diane. It sounds like your plate is hand washable ( painted). Lets see if I can help! Start by filling a plastic wash basin with warm water and a few squirts of dish soap (I prefer dawn) add about ¼ cup of white vinegar ( a plastic wash basin helps protect the plate and is best to use when using vinegar.)  Place your plate in the wash basin and let it soak for about 10-20 minutes. Then using a dish cloth or sponge and gently wash , do not scrub ( it may damage the pattern or decorative accents).The grease should come off easily.  You may have to repeat this process  a few times to get the best results. Katie

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  1. Vinegar is a miracle worker, on so many things. Especially for people who can’t tolerate chemicals.

  2. Mitzi says:

    Vinegar is a must have in every kitchen and apparently Vinegar and Dawn are miracle workers when put together!

  3. Good to know!

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  6. That should do the trick – I wonder if using the microwave with a small bit of vinegar would help as well. That is how I clean up greasy messes in my microwave by putting a small amount of white vinegar in a glass bowl and setting it for about a minute – the grease is easily wiped from the walls – it should work for this plate too : D

    • Most hand painted plates are not microwave safe. But vinegar in a bowl of water does work wonderfully for the microwave . big hugs!

  7. Chris says:

    Thanks for having stopped by my blog. This is such a good tip! I just wish I could put all of the greased mirror tile from my backsplash (can you say retro ’70s kitchen?) into a wash basin like that. :)

  8. Johnnie says:

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Nice method. Would work well.
    P.S. Dawn tastes awful!
    Someone once played a nasty trick and put down in a bottle of 7 Up I was drinking. Oh, not good.Not good at all. To this day I hate the smell of Dawn .

  10. oohhh… great idea! amazing what vinegar can do, huh?! my mom and i use it for everything — did you know vinegar picks up marker and ink stains off of the carpet? (even if it has set… because a certain family member tried to hide it from me so he would not get in trouble and i discovered it when lifting the coffee table to vacuum!) happy sunday!!!!

  11. Steph, that’s great news. Sorry about the sneaky marker artist. Big Hugs!

  12. nicole says:

    Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.

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