21 Uses For Elbow Grease (The Degreaser That Does It ALL!)

21 Uses For Elbow Grease (The Degreaser That Does It ALL!)

Are you familiar with Elbow Grease? You might know the expression, but Elbow Grease is actually a cleaning product - with a difference. 

Today we're sharing all you need to know about this popular cleaning spray, including all of the wonderful ways you can use it around the home. 

What is Elbow Grease? 

elbow grease

Elbow Grease is an all-purpose degreaser that claims to be "the only cleaner you'll ever need". The solvent-free spray is made by 151 Products Limited and part of its appeal is the cheap price tag - it retails for around £1! 

How to use Elbow Grease cleaner

The exact way to use Elbow Grease might vary from surface to surface, but most jobs will follow the same simple steps. Elbow Grease can be used on fabrics, metals, and plastics. 

Hard surfaces

  1. Spray Elbow Grease onto a sponge or cloth. You can also spray directly onto the surface you wish to treat.
  2. For maximum cleaning power, leave to sit for 2-5 minutes.
  3. If required, scrub the area with a bristle brush, cloth or sponge. 
  4. Clean the area with water. 
  5. Dry the surface with a cloth.


  1. Spray onto the stained fabric.
  2. Leave to sit for 2-5 minutes.
  3. Wash as normal.

Uses for Elbow Grease spray

1. Clean kids clothes

No more stains!

Baby clothes are notorious for getting stained. Lovely white bibs end up being thrown away because the stains get so unsightly. Bring them back to their former glory with a bit of Elbow Grease.

Simply spray onto the stains, leave for a minute or so and then pop in the washing machine on a standard cycle. 

2. Prep wood for upcycled furniture 

Although Elbow Grease shouldn't usually be used on wooden surfaces, it's great for prepping wood for upcycling. It'll help you to strip the wood of oils, paint, and residues. 

3. Clean suede

Suede shoes are tricky to take care of, but Elbow Grease does a fabulous job of removing grime. Spray Elbow Grease onto stained areas and gently buff with a bristle brush or an old toothbrush. Use a dry cloth to remove excess moisture and leave to dry fully. 

4. Clean dirty shirt collars


It can be a challenge to keep white shirts as white as the day you got them, but elbow grease can fix those mucky collars and cuffs. Just spray on and wash as normal to bring them back to life. 

5. Oven cleaner

You can give your oven a total clean using Elbow Grease. From the hob to the racks, glass and even the extractor fan. Just spray on, leave for a few minutes and watch all of that stubborn dirt wipe away with ease. 

TOP TIP: Be careful when cleaning around dials. The number decals come off very easily! 

6. Remove makeup from a dressing gown

If you've got a teenager who loves putting their makeup on in their dressing gown, you've probably faced an endless battle trying to remove black streaks from the sleeves. Elbow grease is great at stripping the products from the fabric. 

7. Engines & machinery

It's perfect for cleaning up car parts.

If you've got some car parts or machinery that needs sprucing up, Elbow Grease will be your best friend. Spray onto an old rag and use to scrub away any grease.

8. Kitchen appliances 

Give your kitchen appliances a thorough clean. When you're cooking, food on your hands can transfer to the appliances, leaving a greasy residue that can be hard to remove. 

9. Oil spots on paving 

If your car is leaking oil, you can easily get your paving looking as good as new with Elbow Grease. Spray onto the oil covered slabs and leave to soak. Use a broom to brush the product in and then rinse off with a watering can or hose.

10. Mop floors

floor cleaning
You won't believe the difference!

Flooring can end up looking discoloured over time. Spray some Elbow Grease directly onto the floor and then use a mop to work it in. You'll wonder why you ever trusted your old floor cleaners. 

11. Remove chewing gum from clothes

Getting chewing gum out of fabric is a real nightmare. Just spray on a little Elbow Grease and watch it drop off before your eyes! 

12. Tiles

The backsplash in your kitchen can take quite a hit. If you clean it with Elbow Grease, you'll be shocked to see just how much grime has built up over time.

13. Transform muddy sports kits

sports kit
Tough on mud. 

Whether it's for motocross or football, sports kits can end up looking like they've been pulled through a hedge backwards. Remove any stubborn mud stains with a little bit of Elbow Grease. 

14. Rug & carpet stains 

Had an accident that's left your carpet stained? From red wine to nail polish, Elbow Grease is just what you need to remove all traces of your clumsy moment. Spray onto the stain, leave for a few minutes and then scrub well. 

TOP TIP: Test on an inconspicuous area first to ensure that the colour won't be stripped from your carpet. 

15. uPVC

From front doors to windows, easily remove marks and scuffs from uPVC with Elbow Grease. 

TOP TIP: Don't use Elbow Grease on painted or wooden doors. It could strip the finish. 

16. Greasy pans

Use Elbow Grease as a brilliant degreaser. It only takes a small amount to clean up your pots and pans. Remove burnt on food - and more! 

17. Tumeric stains

It really leaves its mark. 

If you've ever spilt Tumeric on a surface, you'll know how difficult it can be to remove it. Tumeric is no match for Elbow Grease. Whether you've stained fabric or a hard surface, you can use the spray to get it right off. 

18. Kitchen cupboards

Has something spilt or leaked inside your food cupboards? Make light work or cleaning up sticky spills and removing stains with Elbow Grease. 

19. Fridge

Clean the plastic elements in your fridge with Elbow Grease. It's great for cleaning up any spills that might have been sitting there for a little bit longer than you'd realised. 

TOP TIP: Take care if you decide to clean your whole fridge with Elbow Grease - it has been known to strip the paint on some fridges. 

20. Remove stains from mugs

You might think your favourite mug is beyond saving, but you can get it looking like new again in a flash. Spray some Elbow Grease onto the stains and leave it to work its magic for a few minutes. Wash up as normal to see the results. 

21. Hubcaps

hub caps
Get them gleaming again. 

Hubcaps can end up covered in mud and who knows what else! Give them a clean every once in a while with Elbow Grease to make them really sparkle.  



What are the ingredients in Elbow Grease?

The listed ingredients on the bottle are "Less than 5% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Cationic Surfactants, Phosphates, Perfume, Limonene".

Should I take any precautions when using Elbow Grease?

  • Do not inhale - only use in a well-ventilated area or outdoors. 
  • Avoid contact with your skin by wearing protective gloves. 
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Can cause serious eye damage - wear eye protection.

Is there anything I shouldn't use Elbow Grease on?

Elbow grease isn't suitable for use on:

  • Wood
  • Painted surfaces
  • Varnished surfaces
  • Plastiglass
  • Perspex
  • Visors

Always patch test an inconspicuous area when using on a new surface. 

Where can you buy Elbow Grease?


 Do you know any other uses for Elbow Grease? Let us know in the comments below. 


Joanne A


Expert in finding beautiful solutions for small and rented spaces. Would happily spend the rest of my life shopping for homewares and watching Disney movies - I only wish I had Cinderella's army of mice to help me clean!

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  1. Author watcher on January 30, 2019 at 9:08 am

    some of the picture and uses are not recommended in the ( don't use on advice)

    1. Author Joanne A on January 30, 2019 at 9:31 am

      Hi there! Could you please explain what you mean by this?

  2. Author Sandy H on February 12, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Hi Joanne - This sounds like a magic product and I want to try it. However, when I tried to buy some at my local Tesco's and Sainsbury's, they didn't have it. This was an online order so it was coming from a larger store. Do you know if it's available country-wide? Many thanks. Sandy

    1. Author Joanne A on February 12, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Hi Sandy! It's a really great product. I managed to find some in my local Poundland, so that might be worth a try if you have one near you. It was with all the DIY equipment, not the cleaning range. I've yet to see it anywhere else - probably because of its popularity - so you might need to source it online.


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