So, I'll admit that I'm a bachelor and I'm fairly certain that my particular paleo ancestors didn't carry the gene for cleaning dishes, pots, and pans. Everything I cook gets my dishes greasy. I soak things in hot soapy water but still find it a pain to get things squeaky clean. Sometimes I get things "clean enough" then use a dry paper towel to get that last bit of grease off.
What are your best kept family secrets for de-greasing things?
Interesting... ever since I switched to traditional fats I haven't had issues with stuck on grease. That was a huge problem for me when I used to cook with olive oil and canola oil but any time I cook with butter, lard or tallow it seems to come off with a short hot water soak and a scrubby brush in the case of my cast iron or a a hot water soak and scrubby sponge and a little soap on my stainless steel.
I cook on Silit Silirgan cookware, pour water in pot/pan right after cooking so nothing really sticks. I handwash the dishes once a day with ecover or other friendly soap and for any hard jobs that happen every now and then, or tiny residue just builds up over time I use Bon Ami powdered cleaner that works instantly and has 5 ingredients: limestone, feldspar, biodegradable cleaning agents from coconut and corn, soda ash, baking soda.
I only cook with cast iron & stainless steel, I use warm water and salt to scrub anything stubborn. My stainless pans are easy to clean with just hot water & a stiff plastic brush. I do not use soap on my pans.