If you’re like most people, cleaning the stove is one of the least desirable chores to do around the house. Anyone who has ever had a pot boil over or spaghetti sauce splatter knows just what it feels like to dread the job of cleaning it up. The fact is, most of us have to clean our stoves after every use to keep them nice and clean. But if you’re like me and maybe put it off, the crustiness may need some extra help. A quick wipe-down will get the surface stuff, but if it’s hardened, you’re going to have to get creative to get it nice and clean.
You can use a commercial cleaner or some of these healthy alternatives. Let’s dive into some solutions so we can get your stove in tip-top shape.
1. Use White Vinegar
There’s no need for a commercial cleaner. If you’ve got white vinegar around the house, you can clean nearly your entire home. Pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spray your stovetop. After it sits for 20 minutes, wipe it clean.
2. Towels and Baking Soda
Sprinkle baking soda liberally over your stovetop, then saturate some towels or rags in warm soapy water. Lay them on the surface, covering the baking soda. Let it sit like that for about 15 minutes and wipe clean.
3. Use a Scraper
If you have a scraper lying around the house or garage, you can use it to lift the dried food from your stovetop. Just push it down gently and apply pressure.
4. Clean with Ammonia
When you’re working with ammonia, be sure to ventilate the area well, and never ever mix ammonia with bleach. Toxic fumes result and it’s dangerous. However, if you have a big job, you can use ammonia to clean your stovetop. To use this, put some rags around the burner rims where the heavy gunk is. Then drizzle the ammonia onto the rags, using a small cup if needed. Cover the top of the stove with plastic wrap. Let it sit for three hours or overnight. Remove the plastic wrap and wipe clean.
5. Clean with Vegetable Oil
As it turns out, oil can remove grease spots from your cooking surface, Put vegetable oil or olive oil on a paper towel and wipe the stovetop clean.
6. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
To clean your stove with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with peroxide until a thick paste forms. Slather that onto your stovetop and let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe clean with paper towels or a sponge.
7. Salt and Lemon
If you’re cleaning a non-glass cooktop, rub a lemon half on the food stains or grease. Then, sprinkle salt on top of that and let it sit for 5-10 minutes, using a damp rag to do your final cleaning.