How to Clean Your Stove the Easy Way

How to clean stove easy way
How To Clean Stove Easy Way

My stove top was really dirty, but thanks to Pinterest, I found a way to fix it!  I found this pin on Pinterest which was originally pinned from The V Spot blog


Here's how to clean oven grates on top of the stove.  It's easy.  You'll need some large plasic ziplock bags, and some ammonia.


Just put the dirty grates in the bag with 1/4 cup ammonia.  It won't look like that's enough, but it is.  It's the ammonia fumes that are going to clean this gunk off for you.


Seal up the bags and let them sit for several hours.  I let them sit overnight and I put them outside because I didn't want to smell any ammonia. 

Using rubber gloves so that the ammonia doesn't get on your skin, remove the grates from the bags.

Rinse off the grates in the sink to get rid of the ammonia and wipe with a sponge.  That gunk will wipe right off! 

Remember what my stove top looked like before?


Here's what it looks like now!


I can't believe how easy this is!  The worst part of this project is the smell of the ammonia.

How To Clean Stove Easy Way

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53 comments:

  1. We just moved into a new house with a gas stove. I love cooking with gas but I'm not looking forward to cleaning the burners. This looks totally doable, though. Thanks for posting.
    I clicked over from the Tasty Tuesday linkup and I'm really glad I did!

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  2. ummmm, amazing!!! I will have to try. Thanks for sharing at Tasteful Tuesdays this week! Do you sew or know someone who does? I have a fabulous pattern sale (18 patterns for under $25) and giveaway going on right now.http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/sew-fab-e-pattern-sale-and-giveaway.html

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  3. WOW! I think you may have saved my sanity. We had a gas stove before because my husband is a chef, but I made him part with it as it was always dirty. Now we have a cottage with a gas stove and I spend way too much time cleaning the darn thing. I'm off to buy ammonia today so thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Oh and I'm following you because now I have time since I don't have to spend it cleaning my stove!!

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    1. So glad I could help! I've also cleaned the metal rack in may outdoor grill this way. Just use a large sturdy bag, like a trash bag and make sure you seal it up tight to keep the fumes from escaping. Let it sit for about 24 hours and that black baked-on gunk comes right off! Let me know how it works for the gas stove in your cottage.

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  4. That's amazing. I've never heard of cleaning a stove that way. Thanks for educating me.

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  5. I had no idea you could do this. Thanks for the tip!

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  6. Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Fabulous! The little grates on our stovetop are black (even when they're clean) so we can get away with not cleaning them as often because the dirt isn't super noticeable. But this is definitely what I'm going to try next time I do get around to cleaning them!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing this; I featured this on my blog today! You can check it out and grab a featured button here: The Fun In Functional link party

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    2. Thanks so much for the feature! I appreciate it!

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  8. That is fantastic! I cook a lot (which is good) but our stove looks gross (which is bad). My husband has used ammonia to clean faucets and some other stuff but neither of us thought about using it for the stove top. Great project!

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  9. This is a great tip-- can't wait to try it! :)

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  10. What a fabulous tip! My grates are black and sooo need a good cleaning! Will have to try this! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

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  11. your kidding! I am so doing this tomorrow. thank you thank you. last time I put them in the oven while the oven was cleaning and they came out beautifully, but I only clean the oven about twice a year. this is a great tip!
    I am your newest follower from the hop..pls follow back if you can.

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  12. I have done it it WORKS! Awemazing!

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  13. Someone told me about this fabulous tip and I was all excited until I realized that my grates are two-in-one and would never fit into the ziplock. Any suggestions?

    Mary

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    1. Yes! Here's what you do: Just use a large sturdy bag, like a trash bag and make sure you seal it up tight to keep the fumes from escaping. You may want to increase the ammonia to 1/2 cup. Let it sit for about 24 hours and that black baked-on gunk comes right off! I've done this for large things like the metal rack in the outdoor grill and it worked. Let me know how it works for you.

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  14. What a huge difference! I don't know if I could handle the smell of ammonia though...
    This is definitely pinned!

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  15. That's awesome! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. Wow, that's really neat! My MIL has 3 grills like this on her stove. She's a little fanatical about cleaning, so I'll have to ask her if she knows about this!

    Following from Strut Your Stuff at Six Sisters' Stuff.

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  17. What a great tip! Thanks so much for sharing at Transformed Tuesday. Hugs, Peggy

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  18. Another great tip! I am visiting from nifty thrifty things.

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  19. I keep telling myself that I'm going to just try harder to clean my stove top elements more often...hahahahah! Thanks for the tip!

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  20. Oh!!! GREAT tip!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week!!!

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  21. YOu can clean the burner drip pans the same way. Use a trash bag large enough to close over the pans, and 1/4 to 1/2 cup ammonia. I always put mine outside overnight, then just spray them off with the garden hose if it is warm outside - otherwise rinse and wipe down in the sink. They come out sparkling clean! For heavy built up gunk, you may have to do them twice!

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  22. Who knew it could be that easy? Thanks for sharing your tips!
    Kelly

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  23. Genius! Thank you for sharing at last week's week's All My Bloggy Friends :)

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  24. Pinned ;) Thanks for sharing!!!
    Have a terrific day!

    Brenda
    ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

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  25. We recently moved and I wish I would have thought to look up how to clean these because after lots and lots of scrubbing they still didn't look very good. If you get a chance I would love for you to come share you tip at my Tuesday Pin Party.

    http://sarahdawndesigns.blogspot.com/2013/02/pintastic-tuesday-link-party-26.html#.URp4AKXoTCc

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  26. Great tips! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  27. Ahh...I miss cooking with gas but have definitely gotten use to cooking with electric. Thanks for passing on this information!

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  28. I did this once with my BBQ grill and it really worked great. I put it in a large plastic bag over night. My indoor gas grill still looks nice and clean. I have been very careful to clean it after every use. Pinning this for future. I know it won't stay clean forever. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  29. Love this! Featuring it tomorrow on 'Or so she says...'! Thanks for linking it up.

    Mariel (www.oneshetwoshe.com)

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  30. Wonderful idea! Thankfully, I don't have that kind of stovetop anymore but I remember the struggle I used to have trying to clean burnt on food. It was terrible.

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  31. If you want to go green, instead of ammonia you can use baking soda. Ammonia will help you in a lot of ways, but I think it is harmful to our health as well, especially its fumes. So when cleaning my stove tops, I go green. It may need a little bit of scrubbing, but it'll look the same. Plus, it’s not harmful to you or the environment! :)

    Nohemi Tutterrow

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    1. I agree! I use baking soda to clean many things around the house.

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  32. I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here: http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  33. If you want to link back to the original post you found on Pinterest, it is probably this one: http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/07/cleaning-stove-burners-grates-best.html

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    1. Thank you Carolina. I updated this post with links to the pin and the original source.

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  34. This works with oven racks. Just put all of your burners, drip pans and oven racks in a garbage bag, add 1/2 cups ammonia, tie it off and let it set outside overnight. The next morning most of the junk will just rinse off. You may have a few spots that need a scrubbie to remove, but even it removes easily. Definetly takes oven cleaning to a new level.

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    1. Yes it does! I've done this for the racks in the outdoor grill. They were really gross and they still got clean with this method!

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  35. I can't believe how well this works! I did it and soaked them overnight and they are 85% clean. I'll do it again tonight and let soak overnight to finish. They were really cruddy. This works wonders. So glad I tried this.

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  36. I did this with my last house. When I redid my kitchen, I replaced the stove and wanted to sell the old one. But the gray grates were badly stained. I used a trash bag and left them outside in my garage over night.

    I would add that you need to be really careful with the fumes when you open the bag, so I would open it outside to be safe.

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  37. This is a great tip and definitely works!

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  38. Thanks !!!!! you saved me a lot time :)

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  39. It realy works!!! Thanks! Saves a lot of time :))))

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