Your stove is probably one of the most-used appliances in your home. That means it’s probably one of the dirtiest. On top, splatters from sauce, grease, butter and other things can all join together to create a layer of impenetrable grime. And inside, messes from baking can collect making the inside of your oven unsightly. Not only that, but the smell of old stains burning up when your oven heats up is not a pleasant one. But it’s not a losing battle – there are things you can do to keep your stove showroom new.
1.Cleaning Your Stovetop
Remove all removable knobs, burners and covers. Fill your sink with dish soap and water as hot as you can stand it. Using a sponge or a clean rag, wipe down the stovetop, paying special attention to places with stuck on grease and grime. You may have to do this more than once to get the top completely clean. Once it’s clean, wring the water out of your sponge or rag and give the stovetop one more good wipe down to remove excess water. If you have a special electric stovetop, there are gentle cleaners made just for this type of surface. Get them and then follow the manufacturer’s directions.
The self-cleaning setting on your oven is the best way to keep it clean. Just follow the instructions that came with your stove. If stains still remain, just target them with a mix of ammonia, baking soda and vinegar. Let the mixture sit for about five minutes then wipe away. Trying to scrape away stains using something with a sharp edge – like a butter knife or spatula – could also work. Another good use for ammonia: it is great at cleaning the window in your oven door. Just spray pure ammonia on the window, and wipe clean with a damp sponge.
Line the area under the stovetop and the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil. This will protect the original surface of the oven from stains. When the foil becomes unsightly, just toss it and put some new foil down. If a spill inside the oven happens while baking, toss some salt on it right away. Once the oven has cooled down, use a spatula or butter knife to remove the stain.
There are a number of convenient cleaning aids designed to make oven cleaning easier. Look for things with build-in cleaners and scrubbers like Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or Scotch Brite Cook Top cleaner.
Remember to use protect your eyes, nose, mouth and hands when using harsh cleaners inside your home. Wear gloves when handling cleaners and make sure to keep the area well ventilated. Also, remember to never mix ammonia with bleach – the combination could be fatal!
Make sure all your hard work doesn’t go down the drain by applying a sealant. That will make it harder for stains to show the next time.