A Fantastic Grease Cleaning Product

by Jason Dyck
(last updated January 18, 2010)

Perhaps one of the most daunting cleaning tasks is taking off encrusted grease. Whether it's a stove, a garage spill, or a tub, grease can be a nightmare to get off. Even with good grease-cutting soaps, if the grease has stood for any length of time it can take a lot of effort to scrub off. Enter CLR Grease Magnet. According to the manufacturer, Grease Magnet can remove grease of all kinds from surfaces ranging from concrete to tile to engine blocks. The CLR brand has a solid reputation, and is known for being able to tackle tough grime.

(If you would like to take a look at other CLR products, then visit their website at http://www.jelmar.com.)

My car does not leak oil, and I have no tile surfaces, but one of the examples given on the package is a barbecue grill. My family has a second-hand barbecue that has not been thoroughly cleaned since before we got it, so that seemed like the perfect challenge. There are various safety warnings on the Grease Magnet bottle, especially to use gloves. CLR Grease Magnet is acid-based, not alkali-based like a detergent, so keep some baking soda around in case of spills or other accident to neutralize the acid. I cleaned the grill in the bathroom tub, so I also got to see how well the Grease Magnet cleaned up the mess there made by scrubbing the grill.

  • Ease of Use. The directions for using CLR Grease Magnet are simple: spray on, let sit for a few minutes, scrub off, rinse. I had a little trouble with the grill only because the spray nozzle focused the stream a little more than I had hoped for something like the grill. I ended up having to use more product to get the grill coated than I wanted, but it was not a big problem. After letting the cleaner sit on the grill for a while, I found that the caked-on grease took about a quarter of the usual effort to scrub off with a small wire brush. Only the hardest baked portions were not penetrated. When it came time to clean up the tub afterward, just a thirty-second soak and a spray with the shower nozzle was enough to get off the grease patches and sticky specks of gunk.
  • Pros. The Grease Magnet was very effective. If it can handle the burnt-on grease of an old barbecue grill, it should easily clean up most other grease messes. It requires no special handling beyond any other potent cleaner, and the only equipment you need are a pair of gloves and a scrub brush.
  • Cons. For the most part, I found nothing that I could complain about too much with this product. CLR has made another great cleaner. However, about the only thing that I could think of was that there was no adjustable nozzle on the bottle which would allow me to go from stream to spray.
  • Overall Experience. This cleaner made one of my least favorite jobs a lot easier. The scent is not bad, the cleaner is very potent, and the process is easy. There is not much else I could ask of a cleaning product like this.

Author Bio

Jason Dyck

Jason has been a cook, a hotel clerk, a website developer, a landscaper, a dance instructor, a financial auditor, and the list goes on. He holds Associate degrees in English and Social Science. Jason lives in Utah with his wife and two sons. ...


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