My stove is my favorite thing in the kitchen. Keeping my stove immaculate is something I take great pride and enjoy in doing. Now, because of my crush on my stove, I have put together ways to keep my stove clean and my own cleaning solutions that work for me.
WHY YOU SHOULD CLEAN YOUR STOVE
I have also come to realize that, stoves that are not cleaned regularly deteriorate easily. Why? the salt in our foods contributes to that. When food spills on our stoves, and we let it remain the sodium in the food breaks down the material. On top of that, can you imagine that a greasy stove diffuses foody odors in your home?
WHAT YOU’LL FIND
Stoves can last a lifetime if you know how to clean and care for them. Stroll along and find out smart yet simple cleaning hacks you can use to clean your greasy gas or electric stove to remove grease and burnt-on food spills. You will be amazed by the tricks you will learn in this article, hacks you have never seen or heard of before so let’s get started.
STEP ONE…REMOVING THE BURNERS AND GRATES
If you’re cleaning a gas stove the first thing you need to do before cleaning the stove is to remove the burners and grates. For an electric stove, these burners are built-in so there’s nothing to remove here. Now that you have cleared the stovetop let’s move straight into cleaning the surface of the stove.
CLEANING THE GRATES AND BURNERS
Cleaning burners and grates can be tricky. Honestly, they may not be like new when you’re through, but take my word for it, they’ll look much better. What you need here is a ball of steel wool, baking soda, and few drops of Dawn dish soap.
Combine the three to make a thick paste. Lather the burners and the grates with the paste using an old toothbrush. Use the steel wool to scrub the grates with all you have. Focusing on the areas that are covered with burnt food and grease. Rinse with warm water and place on a dishtowel to drip dry.
STEP TWO…CLEANING THE SURFACE
Combine equal parts of white vinegar with equal parts warm water into a spray bottle. Shake well to saturate then mist the top of the stove focusing on the areas where there are burnt-food particles and heavy grease. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes depending on how stubborn the residues are.
STEP TWO… BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR, OR A BLOW DRYER
Baking soda is great for scrubbing. The acids work wonders in breaking down stubborn substances with a little scrubbing involved. Vinegar is also acidic and when combined with the vinegar will melt the toughest of grease and burnt food. The best way to clean a greasy stove is to warm it up. The heat will melt the oil which makes it easier to remove.
One brilliant way is to clean your stove while cooking to remove the grease and food particles while they are still soft. That’ll save you the trouble of scrubbing too much. Another genius way and safe way is to use a blow dryer to warm the stovetop before cleaning. Doing this will warm the surface making the hardened residues softer.
STEP THREE…MAKING THE PASTE
To scrub the surface make a paste using three tablespoons of vinegar and one tablespoon dawn dish soap to 1/4 cup baking soda, and mix well. Distribute the paste on the stovetop evenly making sure it’s fully covered. Wait for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing.
WHY USE DRYER SHEETS TO CLEAN A STOVE
An easier way is to layer the surface of the stove with unused dryer sheets. Move onto misting with warm water and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Doing this overnight works best for a badly greased stove will be even easier to clean in the morning.
WHAT MAKES THEM WORK?
Dryer sheets are made with softening agents that surprisingly have fatty alcohols. This makes them the perfect stove cleaners and even more. Check out… 13 DRYER SHEETS CLEANING HACKS THAT’S TRULY AMAZING
Remove the dryer sheets. Use a gentle, but effective scrubber like a Mr, Clean Magic Eraser to scrub the now loose residues. Continue scrubbing while occasionally checking to see if there are any hardened grease spots remaining. You can use a more abrasive scrubber depending on how stubborn the residues are, but this should be done with caution as it could leave scratches behind.
Our aim is to remove the burnt food spills without damaging the surface. Steel wool can be used, but with not much muscle strength. Gently focus on badly affected grease spots until they are gone. Use a damp microfiber rag to wipe the stovetop then use a sheet of paper towel to finish the job.
The burners and grates should be completely dry by now if not, simply dry with a sheet of paper towel. Remove the balls of aluminum foil and replace the burners.
STEP FIVE…PREVENTING SPILL FROM STICKING TO THE STOVETOPS
I learned this from an Aunt who had a restaurant. Her stove was always clean even after cooking for 24 hours. Her secret to keeping a clean stove was lining the stove with foil paper. This kept the spills from sticking onto the stove surface making it easy for her to remove the foil with any food spills.
Another trick I do for myself is to use a damp cloth to clean the spills as I go. I have been doing this for years and it works. It’s super easy to wipe away grease while it is still warm. Carefully wipe the area that has oil splashes. For spills, mist with warm water while still cooking. This will keep it from drying up making it easy to clean when you’re through.
STEP SIX…CLEANING AN ELECTRIC STOVE
Electric stoves suffer the plight of being consumed with overflows and oil splashes too. The good thing about some electric stoves is that they don’t have grates, which makes it less tedious to clean.
To clean an electric stove you can use the same cleaners used in cleaning the gas stove. The only thing that needs to put aside is the abrasive scrubber. Abrasive scrubbers can actually damage the surface of an electric stove.
If this happens it can lead to shortage and even sparks a fire. No one wants that to happen right? Try using a gentle scrubber such as the Mr, Clean Magic Eraser. This is an excellent gentle scrubber and will give you a wonderful result.
STEP SEVEN…CLEANING METHOD WITH A LEMON
Mist the top of the stove with a mixture of vinegar and warm water using a spray bottle. Cut a lemon in two and squeeze the juice on the surface of the gas stove. Just in case you’re astounded by the thought of a lemon. Lemons are highly acidic which will help to soften the stuck-on foods.
Not only will it loosen the hardened food, but it will remove the smell of burnt grease which sometimes lingers after cleaning. I love to use lemons in some aspect of my cleaning just to avoid using bleach. The lemon will do the same job as any other maybe toxic household cleaners.
After squeezing the lemon on the surface allow this to rest for 15 minutes. Be careful not to use excess watery substances on an electric stove as you are dealing with electricity so go light in this area.
Use a few sheets of paper towels or used dryer sheets to wipe away the loosened residues. Proceed to clean the surface using mild dish soap and a soft gentle scrubber. If you don’t have a Mr, Clean Magic Eraser using old dryer sheets will remove any left behind particles. Slightly dampen the sheets. Add a dab of dish soap and clean.
Use a damp rag to clean the soapy matter away. Repeat this process twice to ensure you get every single bit and piece of the cleaner used. Use a dry sheet of paper towel to dry the surface and your job is done.
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