This is a Journal of my struggle to control all the STUFF that finds it's way into my home. I don't want to be the "keep this for me" person anymore!
Does your stove look like mine? Or worse? Months of grease buildup and a dread of so much elbow grease to clean it?
In that picture the stove is fairly clean for me. I do a lot of cooking and there are times when I just have to let the grease build because my quilting schedule gets in the way of housework. I don’t sweat it. I just let it happen.
You want to know a secret way to clean the grease buildup from a stove without using elbow grease? Yeah, there’s enough grease on it already. I hadn’t thought about this for many, many years. I was reading through a very old helpful hints book and saw this hint. Bingo!! Well, it’s not that big of a secret. I’m sure if you do an internet search you will see this a few million times but I saw it in a book. Ok, first, this is a closer view of the grease buildup.
Go get some ammonia and some zip-lock bags. I used two grocery bags. Be careful if you use grocery bags because the ink might come off on something you don’t want it on. Put one or two tablespoons of ammonia in the bag and put your stove parts in there. You don’t need much because it’s the fumes that do the work not the ammonia. You just need enough to cause stinky fumes. Seal or tie the bag closed and leave set overnight. If you think the bag might burst for some odd reason then leave the bag outside overnight. Mine set in the sink.
Now put some baking soda in a small bowl and add just enough peroxide to make a paste. Smear this onto the stove top to leave overnight. Use your fingers if you want. I have it a little too thick on my stove but that’s not a problem. Be sure you don’t get the baking soda into the gas openings! If you are cleaning an electric stove be sure you don’t get it into the electric sockets.
Now for the really icky stove parts. Remove the parts from the bag and wipe with a sponge or plastic scrubbie. That’s it. No elbow grease required. Ok, there might be a few stubborn spots. Use a little baking soda to scour it a bit. When you have loosened the grease then wash in soapy water. If this cleaning takes any big effort at all then simply repeat the overnight set with ammonia. The idea is to be easy, easy cleaned. Doesn’t it look nice?