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

After you finish cooking your bacon, save the grease by pouring it into a jar. Excess bacon grease can be used later to flavor other dishes.

  • Use a kitchen towel to rub the skillet clean of any oil or bacon crumbs while it is still hot.
  • Use a paper towel to remove any chunks of bacon still attached to the pan.
  • After rinsing your cookware with clean water, dry it off with a kitchen towel or heat it on low.
  • Once the skillet is dry, pour some oil into it and spread it around with a paper towel. Wipe the skillet clean until no oil remains.

The fat that remains on the skillet after cooking acts as a seasoning, making it non-stick.

Removing Grease from A Non-Stick Pan

  • If there is a layer of oil that is difficult to remove, fill the pan with water and add ½ cup of vinegar.
  • Bring the water/vinegar mixture to a boil.
  • As the mixture boils, the oil layer will rise to the top.
  • Remove the oil and dispose of the water.
  • Wash the pan with warm water and soap using a nylon scrubber.
  • Rinse completely and dry with a soft cloth.
  • 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.

You may use one of  the commercial grease cleaning products for home usage as well.

Bar Keepers Friend Cookware Cleanser & Polish Stainless Steel Cleaner

This product quickly removes grease, food residue, mineral deposits, and rust stains. Safe for use on all stainless steel cookware, including All-Clad pots and pans, as well as glass lids. This cleaner is also safe to use for cleaning stainless steel sinks, porcelain sinks , steel grills ,and other surfaces .

Burnt food and oils are no match for this powerful cleaner. It also removes grime and stains from glass bakeware and lids, as well as dissolving rust stains and hard water deposits.


The Stanley Home Products Original Degreaser will make your toughest messes disappear in seconds, both in hard and soft water. This powerful formula is perfect for any build-up of grease.

The Stanley Home Products Original Degreaser quickly cuts through the toughest grease and grime. Let this product do the heavy lifting when it comes to cleaning.

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.

Remove Grease Splashes From Kitchen Areas

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Non-abrasive cooktop pads help easily remove heavily burned on foods, grease and grime. Use on glass-ceramic, induction and gas cooktops, stainless steel, porcelain and enamel.

The Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner & Polish

The cooktop cream uses micro-bead technology to boost cleaning power. The Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner & Polish is designed for kitchens with a gentle, but tough cleaning formula that removes difficult stains and residue. By using this product, you will be able to clean your surfaces more thoroughly and maintain a shine for longer periods of time.  Weiman leaves a polishing shine and acts as a protector.

This trio of products work so well together and my stovetop has never been cleaner. The scraper is a game changer – it takes care of the spots with no issue and didn’t cause any damage to the stovetop.

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.

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!

Shout Advanced Grease Busting Foam Laundry Stain Remover

Shout dissolves and lifts tough grease and oil stains quickly with its powerful foaming action, without ruining your clothes. This product is ideal for those pesky machine oil, greasy food or spaghetti sauce stains.

Safe for all colorfast washables and effective in any water temperature, use Shout to break up tough stains quickly so you can focus on the good moments and let us worry about the cleanup.

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!