Jun 04 2011

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. Ms. A

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      It really is. It’s so inexpensive and people often forget all of the wonderful things it can be used for. Hugs!

  2. Mitzi

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

    1. Katherines Corner

      Taa daa!!!! Hugs

  3. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Good to know!

    1. Katherines Corner


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    1. Katherines Corner

      Thank you for the invitation I’m on my way :-)

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    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi! welcome, thank you for hopping over. I’m following you too.

  6. Bev

    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

    1. Katherines Corner

      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

    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. :)

    1. Katherines Corner

      Hi Welcome, you may want to try mixing water,dawn and vinegar in a spray bottle . Hugs!

  8. Johnnie

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  9. annie

    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 .

    1. Katherines Corner

      That’s terrible what a rotten prank. Hugs!
      P.S. give dawn a second chance LOL!

  10. Steph

    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. Katherines Corner

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

  12. nicole

    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. http://www.colieskitchen.com

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