Bright idea: Cleaning Kitchen Light Fixtures

Dear Home-ec 101:
I had to change a lightbulb in my kitchen the other day and the globe is nasty with dust and grease. Is there an easy way to fix this?
Grimy in Greensboro

clean glass light fixture

Heather says:

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a klutz. The only way I’ll be able to pass grace on to my children is if it’s on their birth certificate. That being said, I don’t like to handle glass light fixtures any more than I have to.

Some people swear by hand washing the globes and shields in the sink with a good detergent. Personally, I prefer to run them through the dishwasher and only handle them dry. (Have I mentioned I can be lazy, too?)

For the fixture itself, use a rag or sponge dampened with degreaser, think of products like Method or Pine-Sol. For goodness sake make sure the light is off and never spray cleaner near open sockets.

keeping the kitchen clean

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Finally, a little prevention will help keep your lights sparkling. Always run the exhaust fan while cooking, this prevents sticky grease from depositing on your lights, walls, and ceiling. Also, if you’re a smoker, don’t smoke in the house, as the resulting film seems to be one of the world’s most persistent stains.

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  1. Shari says

    My glass fixtures are in the dishwasher as I type. When I was up on the chair taking them down I noticed how dirty (grease) my stainless steel hood range is. How should I clean this? Thanks.

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