I use this simple technique to clean grease from kitchen walls – and prevent it from coming back

Keep your kitchen walls clean by following my tried-and-tested method for wiping them down and preventing grease buildup

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Removing grease from your kitchen walls might not be the most glamorous task, but trust me, it’s an essential one. Grease buildup can not only make your kitchen smell musty but it's also a magnet for dust and grime. Thankfully, I've found a super simple technique for getting grease off your walls.

All you need is some reliable dish soap, a little baking soda, and a whole lot of patience. With these tools at the ready, you can conquer even the toughest grease stains with ease.

Of course, cleaning kitchen grease is only half the battle. Once your kitchen is clean, it helps to keep it clean. Over the years, I've also learned some easy ways to prevent grease from taking over your walls in the first place. Below, I’ll share my tips for keeping your kitchen spotless and grime-free.

How to clean and prevent grease on kitchen walls

My tried-and-tested method only requires a few affordable tools, many of which will undoubtedly already be part of your essential cleaning supplies.

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Cleaning Supplies

Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Prepare the area

Before I start cleaning my walls, I clear the area around them by moving any kitchen appliances, utensils, or cutting boards that might be in the way. I like to have plenty of space to work, as I don’t want to knock these items over accidentally.

Then, I do my best to dust the wall and remove any loose dirt and debris. I use a microfiber cloth to pick up dust; otherwise, you just push it around. If it’s been a while since you last washed your walls, you will probably need to give the cloth a good wash after this task.

Step 2: Create a cleaning solution

Next, I mix a few drops of Dawn dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle and spray the solution generously on the greasy spots. Dish soap is great at cutting through grease, making it a perfect first line of attack.

Step 3: Scrub Gently

Using a sponge or a different microfiber cloth, I gently scrub the area in a circular motion. I’ve found that it’s important to be patient at this part and let the soap work its magic. If the grease is particularly stubborn, let the solution sit for a few minutes before scrubbing.

If I’m dealing with really tough or caked-on grease, I sometimes make a paste with baking soda and water. You can apply the paste to the greasy area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub gently with a soft-bristled brush. Baking soda is a natural abrasive that helps lift the grease without damaging the paint beneath.

Step 4: Rinse and dry

Finally, I rinse the sponge or cloth I’ve used in clean water and wipe the whole area to remove any soap residue. I always dry the wall thoroughly with a clean towel at the end of this process because leaving it moist can result in mold or mildew growth (which you do not want -especially in a kitchen).

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How to stop your kitchen walls from getting greasy

Now that your walls are sparkling clean, it's a good idea to consider prevention. Here are a few of my top tips to keep grease from building up again:

  • I use a splatter guard – like this one from Amazon – when frying foods in a pan. This tends to catch most of the grease before it leaves the pan and ends up on your walls.
  • For some dishes, I’ve found the best air fryers do a better job of getting a nice, crispy finish on food.
  • I make a habit of wiping down my kitchen countertops, backsplash, and walls after cooking. A quick spritz of cleaning product and a wipe with a damp cloth can prevent grease from settling.
  • I like to run an air purifier and keep a window open when frying food to ensure my kitchen is well-ventilated. You should also use the exhaust fan while cooking to help draw grease particles out of the air.


How often should I wipe grease off my walls?

Ideally, you should clean your kitchen walls at least once a month to prevent grease buildup. However, if you cook frequently, especially with a lot of oil, you might want to do it every two weeks.

Can you remove grease from wallpapered walls?

When cleaning grease from wallpapered walls, a gentler touch is required. I’m careful not to use abrasive scrubbers that can damage the paper's surface and I always test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area first to avoid discoloration or damage.

You can follow the steps outlined above, but the key is not to saturate your cloth or sponge too much, as excessive moisture can cause peeling or warping.

How do I clean grease off walls elsewhere in my home?

Use the same methods: dish soap solution or baking soda paste. For areas like bathrooms or living rooms, consider what might be contributing to the grease and address that, such as cleaning hands before touching walls or using fewer aerosol products.

Alongside maintaining your walls and cleaning your kitchen cabinets, you may be surprised to learn that it pays to clean your kitchen light bulbs, too. Lights are some of the hidden areas we forget to clean in kitchens, and over time, they can accumulate grease and dust.

Thomas Litten
Freelance Writer

Thomas Litten is a freelance food and drink writer whose articles and product reviews have been featured in a variety of national publications. His introduction to food and drink came through the hospitality sector, running bars for Michelin-starred restaurants. This experience, plus a love of good food, wine, and spirits, led to a career selling premium drinks to high-end restaurants and later providing consultancy services to food and drink start-ups across the UK. Now, based in southwest England, he mainly divides his time between working for a leading bakery business, visiting coffee shops, and collecting and writing about kitchen gadgets.