How to Clean Bacon Grease: Useful Kitchen Tips

Bacon grease is a byproduct of cooking bacon, but it can be difficult to clean up. It can take a lot of efforts to scrub bacon grease so this stubborn stuff comes off. We have …

Bacon grease is a byproduct of cooking bacon, but it can be difficult to clean up. It can take a lot of efforts to scrub bacon grease so this stubborn stuff comes off. We have some easy ways for you to clean your bacon fat from your pan, oven or stovetop or even clothes that will leave you feeling much more accomplished!

 

How to Clean a Pan from Bacon Grease

Steps to Remove Grease from a Non-Stick Pan:

  1. If there is a layer of oil that is difficult to remove, fill the pan with water and add ½ cup of vinegar.
  2. Bring the water/vinegar mixture to a boil.
  3. As the mixture boils, the oil layer will rise to the top.
  4. Remove the oil and dispose of the water.
  5. Wash the pan with warm water and soap using a nylon scrubber.
  6. Rinse completely and dry with a soft cloth.
  7. Scrub the outside surface with a nylon scrubber. The baking soda acts as an abrasive to safely remove the residue without damaging the non-stick surface.

Some more tips on cleaning a non-stick Rock Griddle pan are provided in our recent blogpost How to Clean Rock Griddle

How to clean a Cast Iron after Cooking Bacon

Common way

A cast-iron skillet can be a durable and versatile addition to your kitchen if you know how to care for it. After cooking the bacon, remove it from the heat and drain away any accumulated fat. Then wipe down your pan with salt and paper towels before rinsing it in cold water and drying it with a paper rowel.

Alternative way

Fill the pan halfway with hot water and scrub it with your rag. If the bacon fat residue on the bottom of the pan does not come out with the rag, use fine steel wool to clean it. Rinse out the pan.

Then, put the pan on the stove and turn the burner to medium. Allow it to boil until all of the water has evaporated. Wipe the interior of the pan with a paper towel dampened with vegetable oil. The pan should be cleaned thoroughly, including the entire surface. To remove any extra oil from the pan, wipe it with a clean paper towel.

How to remove Grease Splashes from nearby Kitchen areas

Cleaning a Stovetop

Wipe down stove top and surrounding area of any excess oil using clean kitchen towels or rags dipped in warm soapy water. Towel dry thoroughly before letting air dry completely, which may take a few minutes depending on the size of your space.

Cleaning an Oven 

Wash the oven with warm water and dish soap using a sponge or rag. Scrub stubborn oil spots with baking soda mixed in your palm-full of warm water, then rinse clean with fresh water. Allow it to dry completely before applying another coat of olive oil cooking spray.

Cleaning a Countertop

If you happen to have any grease splatters on your kitchen counters after frying some delicious strips of crispy bacon, just grab an absorbent paper towel and wipe away! Then follow up by scrubbing the spot with vinegar until it’s gone or at least dulled.

How to remove Bacon Grease stains from Clothes

When you cook in the kitchen or outside, it very often happens that grease splashes onto your clothes, which is, of course, very unpleasant.

Person accidently spilled curry stain onto white shirt and reacted with frustration.

Grease is often oil-based, so it’s best to use an oil solvent like alcohol or paint thinner. If you don’t have either of those on hand, grab a couple bottles of club soda and dump the contents over the stain. When you cook in the kitchen or outside, it very often happens that grease splashes onto your clothes, which is, of course, very unpleasant. Follow these steps as soon as possible to get rid of the stains.

The carbonic acid in club soda will help break up that fat! Once you’ve let it soak for about five minutes, dab with some cold water until no more bubbles appear when pressing down firmly with a clean cloth or sponge. Follow up by laundering as usual – the baking soda should help break up any lingering oils without damaging your fabric!

Final remarks

We hope you have found our bacon grease cleaning tips helpful! Let us know which of the methods you applied and how it worked out for you. Good luck with your next cooking adventure, let’s get back to enjoying some delicious bacon!