10 Proven Ways to Prevent Grease Buildup in Your Kitchen

Last Updated: 3/17/2023

Author: James Zhao, Sr. Tech Specialist & Alex Park, Product Specialist

Are you tired of constantly scrubbing your kitchen to remove stubborn grease buildup? It’s an unsightly mess and can be a health hazard if not dealt with properly.

Fortunately, you can take some easy steps to prevent grease buildup in your kitchen.

In this guide, FOTILE will help you prevent hazardous grease build-up by outlining the best practices for how to keep a kitchen clean and avoiding grease.

  • Common health hazards relating to grease build-up in the kitchen
  • Essential tips and preventative measures for keeping grease from building up
  • Plus, excellent kitchen-keeping tips to help you run your kitchen like a Michelin-star chef!

FOTILE is a premier provider of high-end appliances designed to streamline and refresh your kitchen experience. Our range hoods bring a much-needed breath of fresh air to kitchens across the globe.

Health Hazards of Excess Grease Buildup In the Kitchen

There are several health hazards associated with excessive grease build-up in the kitchen:

  • Fire Hazard: Grease buildup in the kitchen can be highly flammable and increase the risk of kitchen fires. If grease splatters onto a hot stove, it can ignite and cause a fire. A grease buildup on the stove or oven can also ignite and cause a fire.
  • Respiratory Issues: When grease accumulates on kitchen surfaces, it can create a smoky, oily haze in the air. This can irritate the respiratory system, especially in people with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
  • Food Contamination: Grease can contain harmful bacteria and other contaminants, which can contaminate food if it splatters onto it. Consuming contaminated food can lead to food poisoning and other illnesses.
  • Pest Attraction: Grease buildup can attract pests like cockroaches and rodents, which can carry diseases and pose a health hazard to humans.
  • Slip and Fall Hazards: Grease buildup on the kitchen floor can create a slippery surface, increasing the risk of slip and fall accidents. This can be especially dangerous for young children and older adults.
Person wiping grease off of white kitchen cabinets.

To prevent kitchen grease buildup, follow these steps.

1. Use a Range Hood and Keep it Well Maintained

A range hood is one of the most effective ways to prevent grease buildup in your kitchen. A range hood is designed to suck up grease, smoke, and steam from your cooking area and vent it outside. It’s essential to choose the right size hood for your kitchen and use it every time you cook.

A range hood is only effective if it’s properly maintained. Make sure to clean the filters regularly, as dirty filters can reduce the hood's effectiveness. You can wash the filters with hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher, depending on the type of filter.

It’s also a good idea to clean the inside of the hood periodically with hot, soapy water to remove any accumulated grease. Check out our blog post on best practices for keeping your range hood clean.

Person wiping grease off of white kitchen cabinets.

2. Use a Splatter Screen or Lid

Another way to prevent grease buildup in your kitchen is to use a splatter screen or lid when cooking. Splatter screens prevent grease and oil from splattering onto your stove, countertops, and walls. Lids are great for trapping steam and preventing oil from splattering.

A splatter screen or lid keeps your kitchen cleaner and helps you cook more efficiently. When you use a lid, you can cook food faster, as the trapped steam helps to cook the food from all sides.

3. Cook with Less Fat and at Lower Temperatures

Cooking with less fat and at lower temperatures is not only healthier, but it also reduces the amount of grease that accumulates in your kitchen. When you cook with high heat and a lot of fat, the fat can splatter and stick to surfaces, creating a hard-to-remove mess.

Instead, try cooking with less oil or using cooking sprays instead of pouring oil directly into the pan. You can also try cooking at a lower temperature, as this will reduce the amount of splattering and help prevent the accumulation of grease.

4. Change the Way You Cook

Cooking slowly and carefully with the right equipment is essential to prevent grease buildup in your kitchen. The right equipment can also help you cook more efficiently and prevent messes.

For example, using a non-stick pan can help prevent food from sticking and burning, leading to grease buildup.

Here are different ways to cook that can reduce the amount of grease in your kitchen:

  • Air Fryer: An air fryer uses hot air to cook food, producing crispy and delicious food with less oil. It is a healthier and cleaner option than deep frying, as it significantly reduces the oil you need.
  • Slow Cooker: A slow cooker is a great option for cooking meals without creating grease buildup. It uses low heat and a longer cooking time, which allows the flavors of the food to develop without the risk of splattering or burning.
  • Steamer: A steamer is an excellent option for cooking vegetables, fish, and other foods without adding any grease or oil. Steaming preserves the nutrients and flavors of the food while keeping it moist and tender.
  • Grilling: Grilling is a great option for cooking meats, vegetables, and other foods without adding any grease. It adds a delicious smoky flavor to the food and is a healthier option than frying.
  • Instant Pot: An Instant Pot is a versatile kitchen appliance used for pressure cooking, slow cooking, and sautéing. It can cook food quickly and efficiently without creating grease buildup.
  • Sous Vide: Sous vide cooking involves cooking food in a vacuum-sealed bag in a water bath at a controlled temperature. It produces delicious, tender, and perfectly cooked food without the risk of splattering or burning.
  • Combi-Steam Oven: A combi-steam oven is a versatile appliance used for various cooking tasks, from roasting to baking to steaming. It is a great option for those who want to cook healthier meals without sacrificing flavor or texture. Additionally, the steam function can help keep the oven clean, as it can loosen food particles and grease, making them easier to wipe away.

5. Clean Regularly to Avoid Deep Cleaning Later

One of the most important things you can do to prevent grease buildup in your kitchen is to clean regularly. When you clean up after every meal, you prevent grease from accumulating and becoming harder to remove later.

Make sure to wipe down your countertops and stove after every use, and clean up any spills immediately. You should also vacuum and mop your floors regularly to prevent grease from accumulating on floors.

6. Store Things That are Annoying to Clean in a Cabinet

Some kitchen items can be difficult to clean, such as a blender with a lot of crevices or a food processor with multiple parts. To prevent these items from becoming grease magnets, storing them in a cabinet when they’re not in use is best.

This prevents them from accumulating grease and dust, keeps them out of the way, and frees up counter space.

7. Cover Items You Can’t Store with a Towel While Cooking

If you have items in your kitchen that are difficult to store, such as a toaster or a stand mixer, you can cover them with a towel while cooking to prevent grease buildup. This will keep them clean and protected from splattering oil or food.

8. Don’t Pour Grease Into Drains or Sinks

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when dealing with grease is pouring it down the drain or sink. This not only creates a potential blockage but can also harm the environment. Grease can solidify and clog pipes, leading to expensive plumbing repairs.

Instead, pour your grease into a container and let it cool before disposing it in the trash. You can also use an absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds to soak up the grease before disposing of it.

9. Clean the Kitchen Floors Often

Cleaning your kitchen floors regularly is important to prevent grease buildup. When you cook, grease and oil can splatter onto the floor, creating a slippery and dangerous surface. Make sure to sweep or vacuum your floors regularly, especially after cooking. To remove accumulated grease, you should also mop your floors periodically with hot, soapy water.

10. Put Food Waste in the Solid Waste Container

Putting food waste in a solid waste container instead of the sink or garbage disposal can also help prevent grease buildup. When mixed with grease, food waste can clog your pipes, leading to plumbing issues.

Instead, scrape food waste into a compost bin or the trash, and wipe down your dishes and pans before washing them to remove any remaining grease or food particles.

About FOTILE Kitchen Appliances

Preventing grease buildup in your kitchen requires a combination of good cooking habits, proper equipment, and regular cleaning. FOTILE manufactures innovative range hoods that help prevent grease buildup and keep kitchen air clean as well as space-saving in-sink dishwashers to keep your dishes and utensils clean.