Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Easy Peasy way to Clean the Stove...

Ok, so who doesn't love a clean house? I plan to post some of the tried-and-true tips I have used to improve our house, starting with this gem. You see, we bought our house 3 months ago and either the owner before us didn't have time to clean or didn't like to, so my first order of business was to clean the heck out of our new home.

It was very nice of the seller to leave the appliances so that we can take a little extra time to save some money and get the appliances we really want. However, it wasn't very nice to leave them so filthy. I'm convinced they had never cleaned the stove, ever. My "before" pictures were after I had already tried scrubbing them with an SOS pad. That barely made a dent in the caked-on oil and food that was stuck to the burner grates.
Check them out:
Pretty gross.
Thank goodness for Google. I looked up some ideas and I can't remember which website said to use Ammonia in a bag, but since I had some I figured it was worth a try. Ammonia is cheap, for a bottle of plenty it's less than $2.

List of items you will need:
  1. Ammonia (1/3 cup per bag)
  2. Gallon size Ziploc Bags (4)

Place each burner grate in a gallon size Ziploc bag, then put 1/3 cup of ammonia in each bag, zip them up, and let them hang out for about 12 hours. IMPORTANT: the grates do NOT need to be submerged in ammonia, the strong fumes in the bag is what does the work for you. I did them at night so they were able to be in the bags for the full 12 hours. In the morning use a sponge or brush and rinse off all the gunk on the grates. It literally wipes right off.

Then they look like this :
Success. Sweet success.

But wait! The rest of the stove still looks awful! Ew! But I can't put the whole stove in a ziplock bag! What to do?!

Wrap it up with Saran Wrap. That's what.

I decided it couldn't hurt to try the ammonia trick on the stove, so I put 1/2 cup of ammonia on the stove, put Saran Wrap on the stove to lock in the fumes. Then I let it sit overnight again.
Then in the morning I took a sponge to the stove again. Guess what!? It wiped clean!!
So now our 10 year old stove is clean! Super easy transformation! I wish there were quick fixes like this for everything that we let get outta control, like our weight or laundry! Oh well, for now this one made me happy!

If you try it, leave a comment on how it worked out for you!