I thought this week I would help you out with some of the standard cleaning jobs that need to be done around the kitchen, instead of filling your head with more health information.
This is one of those jobs that just keeps being put on the “back burner”, so to speak (pun intended). It’s one of those jobs no one really wants to do, but needs to do. So why not make it easier, so that it’s not unreasonable that you might decide it’s worth doing more often! I know most people like to stay ahead of a dirty stove top, but not everyone does (me maybe!), by cleaning their stove top every day. Well I usually do a “lick and a promise” cleaning, but that’s about it, then it gets away from me and I HAVE TO clean it. I really do clean it up when I’ve spilled something that has made a really big mess.
Here are some hacks that will help you with these cleanings. I’ve also posted how to clean the oven and oven racks this week in two other posts.
Cleaning Gas Stove top and grates:
Use a mild cleaning solution to clean the trays and covers, such as the following: 1:1 ratio of baking soda and dish soap. Using a soft cloth or sponge/pad, apply some of the paste and apply to the top of the stove. If you encounter baked on grease and grime, apply more of the paste to the area needed and let sit for a few minutes before using some additional elbow grease to get rid of the spot(s). Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry completely.
Wipe burner heads routinely when cleaning the range top. Check the holes in the burner head to make sure they are not clogged. If clogged, clean hole with an opened paperclip.
For heavy cleaning:
Remove burner head from the range and soak the burner head upside down in a solution of mild liquid detergent and hot water for 20-30 min.
If soil does not rinse off completely, scrub in baking soda, and dish soap with a soft brush or a plastic scouring pad.
DO NOT use ammonia to clean the burner heads, as it will cause discoloration.
Before putting the burner head back in place: Shake out excess water and dry burner head thoroughly by placing it in warm oven (170F) for about 30 minutes. Then place the head back on the range, making sure the pin in the burner base goes in the hole of the burner head. Also make sure the burner head is properly seated and level.
It’s best to do this next step in the evening so you can let it sit overnight.
What you need: 1 large green (or whatever colour) garbage bag and 1/2 cup of liquid ammonia.
Place the grates in the plastic garbage bag. Pour in the ammonia. Close the bag tightly and leave inside your bath tub or kitchen sink for safety sake.
Leave to sit overnight or for at least 12 hours.
Next morning, when you are ready to open the bag with the grates inside, make sure you keep your head away from the fumes that will come out. Remove the grates, place in the kitchen sink and clean any residue with warm water, dish soap and a scouring pad (one side sponge, other side mildly abrasive, but not SOS or Brillo type abrasive as these will scratch the surface of the grates). Once cleaned to your satisfaction, replace the grates on the stove top.
You should now have a really nice clean gas stove top.
Cleaning a ceramic stove top:
What you will need – baking soda, hot water, towels, razor blade (glass cleaner optional).
Spread baking soda over top of stove, then use a damp towel or towels that have been soaked in hot water (wring out a lot of the water – they need to be wet, not sopping) and cover the stove top and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Wipe clean rinsing the cloth in clean water as needed. If you have any crusty residue on the surface, use a razor blade to lift it off the surface. If you want a really shinny top when finished, wipe the top with a good glass cleaner and buff dry.
Your stove top should look like new.
Cleaning an Electric Stove top:
What you need: Dish soap, baking soda, hot water, clean rags.
First and foremost, please ensure your stove is off and the elements are cold before starting to clean.
Remove the elements and wipe clean the stove top with mild soap and water on a rag. If the top is really grimy, use the 1:1 ratio of baking soda and dish soap and scrub using a soft scouring pad (not SOS or Brillo).
Wipe the trays of any grease and grime with mild soap and water. If that’s not enough to get them clean, remove the trays and place in your sink with hot water – let sit for about 20 minutes to soften the crust. Use a paste of dish soap and baking soda (1:1 ratio) to clean off the cooked on grease and grime and rinse thoroughly. Dry completely with a dry cloth.
Use dish soap and baking soda to clean the surface of the stove top and rinse thoroughly, then dry completely. Or if you wish to use an all-purpose cleaner for this task, use this one:
All Purpose Cleaner:
1 Cup of Water, 1 Cup of Distilled White Vinegar, 20 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil, Clean Spray Bottle
Mix all together in spray bottle. Shake up before using each time.
You can use this cleaner anywhere – I use in the bathroom(s), and kitchen.
Reassemble the stove.
I hope these cleaning hacks will be of value to you and wish you well in your efforts to clean your stove top.
Have a wonderful day and week ahead.