A Waxed Paper Hack That’ll Cut Grease and Dust in Your Kitchen

Your humble roll of waxed paper can make chores so much easier.

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Getting Rid of Grease and Dust in Your Kitchen

We’re all in favor of cleaning hacks that make chores easier to do. Dusting is one of those chores it can seem impossible to get on entirely on top of. Every out-of-reach surface gradually accumulates dust, and if you don’t stay vigilant layers of grime can quickly develop. Too much dust in a home can have a negative impact on the health of the people living inside it, leading to asthmatic symptoms, allergic reactions and other respiratory issues.

Luckily, we’ve got a home hack that can make it much easier to remove dust from the top of your cabinets and furniture. This simple move will save you from hours of climbing up on a step stool to clean hard-to-reach places.

One roll of waxed paper will save you from having dusty cabinet tops and grease splatters around the kitchen!

What Is the Waxed Paper Hack?

It’s so simple: You place a sheet of waxed paper on top of hard-to-see surfaces. Instead of sticking to the tops of cabinets, particles will stick to the surface of the waxed paper. Then when it’s time to deep clean the house, all you do is carefully fold the sheet up, toss it and replace with a fresh one.

If you have a powerful ceiling fan, or want to place the waxed paper somewhere that may be drafty, use double-sided tape to secure the paper in place and ensure that no dirt or grime can slip underneath it.

The sheets of waxed paper should be replaced every three to four months. To help you remember, swap the sheets when you switch out seasonal decorations. For example, top the cabinets with fresh waxed paper when you’re bringing out the pumpkins for Halloween, then do it again when you’re putting away holiday decorations.

To make this kitchen hack more environmentally friendly, wipe the sheet of waxed paper with a damp cloth, then get rid of the dust in the washing machine. You may still be dusting, but at least you don’t have to reach up high to do it!

It Works Beyond the Kitchen, Too

This hack also works well in low-traffic rooms. You can line dressers and chests in a guest room that don’t see much use. Right before your guests come to town, toss the dusty paper. It’s an easy way to make an out-of-town guest’s visit less stressful.

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Mandy Naglich
Mandy is a food and beverage writer with bylines at WNYC, Munchies, Mic and October. She's a Certified Cicerone and award-winning homebrewer living, writing and cooking in New York City.