Soda crystals are underappreciated and underused. And incredibly cheap. Make up a solution according to the pack instructions and deal with grease-coated surfaces at a stroke.
If you add a scoop of the crystals to your washing machine detergent tray they will soften the water as well as your laundry (and you can get away with using a bit less detergent).
They are also efficient at keeping the water pipes clear of limescale and other gunk. Available for around 99p a pack from most supermarkets.
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