How to remove Grease and Grime from your Stove

Keeping your stove grease and grime clean can be a daunting task, some of the biggest challenges you will face are splatters on the burners and knobs, charred spills on the oven’s bottom, and a greasy window in the door.

1. When cleaning the stove top you won’t be doing backbreaking labor, but for some grime you will need hot water, so it is best to put on rubber gloves to start. For a gas range, remove burner caps, grates, and control knobs, and put them in your sink filled with very hot water and dish soap.  As these soak, dip a scrubbing sponge into the sink water, wring, and go over the stove top, paying extra attention to any stuck-on stains around the burners. Then head to the sink and wipe down each item with your sponge (most of the gunk should glide off now). Rinse and dry the parts and reassemble the cooktop.

For a coil electric stove top, do the soaking method with the drip pans and knobs but not the burners, which shouldn’t be submerged and are self-cleaning.

For a smooth electric stove top, clean the surface with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad and a liquid cook-top cleaner. Finally, dip a sponge in hot soapy water, wring well, and wipe the controls. Rinse and let dry.

2. Baked-on gunk welded to the bottom of you oven can give off odors and smoke. If you have time to run a self-cleaning cycle, even a short two-hour one, it’s your best bet. If not, just focus on the worst stains. Start by taking a metal spatula and gently chip off any loose pieces, with any luck this alone might do the trick. If not, spray the grime with full-strength ammonia from a spray bottle. Leave it for at least five minutes, then sprinkle on enough baking soda to completely cover the stain and add just a few drops of white vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, then wipe away the grime with a scrub sponge. Rinse with a clean, wet, regular sponge.

3. The window on an oven door can become stained rather easily. To soften any baked on film, spray the inside of the window with the same full-strength ammonia and let it soak. Again give it a few minutes, and rub down the glass with a nonabrasive scrubbing pad. Rinse with a wet sponge, and dry with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. Give the glass on the outside of the door a quick spray and wipe as well.

How to Clean Baked-On Stains from a Microwave Oven

Microwaving uncovered food results in splatters, stains and unwanted odor at best and at worst can cause issues requiring expensive repairs. In most cases plenty of elbow grease is required to remove baked-on stains, but here are a few simple steps to make the job easier.

1. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water. Add 1/2 cup white vinegar or chopped, unpeeled citrus fruit to the bowl.

2. Set the bowl in the microwave and turn it on “High” for two to three minutes. Leave the microwave door closed for 15 minutes to prevent the steam from escaping.

3. Remove the bowl and the turntable from the microwave. Next wipe the microwave interior and turntable with a damp sponge to remove any loosened grime or stains.

4. Dry the window with paper towels and place the turntable back in the microwave.

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