Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How to Clean Your Stove Burner Grates

cleaning the stove

This is genius. A neighbor gave me this tip. Above are my cleaned grates and trust me those oldies are so clean now.

Here they were before. I used to have to try and scrub with a steel wool sponge and never get it all clean.

Here is what you need:
Ammonia
Large plastic zip lock bag
cookie sheet
measuring cup
rubber gloves
sunshine on a warm day

Okay head outside. Ammonia is strong stuff so hold your breath while you are working with it. Put the graters two at a time in the bag on top of the cookies sheet. Pour half a cup of ammonia into the bag and seal completely. Put the cookie sheet in the sun. I did it on a sort of cloudy day so had to leave out two days. That is why I did two at time so I could still use my stove. Hot sun is best.


When you open the bag and dump the ammonia don't breath but I just dumped right into the sink and rinsed quickly. Let me tell you it was amazing. All the black baked on gunk was all gone. I just washed off a few spots and it all came right off. This is the best tip I have seen in a long time as now my stove looks so pretty and clean including the grates.


31 comments:

Ana said...

Awesome tip Elaine...Definitely will have to try it. Thanks. I'm so pinning it :-) Wishing you a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

Kris said...

Great tip! I need to do this to mine!

Lois' Laughlines said...

I cannot wait to try this.... Who knew. Thanks for sharing the tip.

LANA said...

That's a great tip! I'm all for making life easier!

Janet said...

I am definitely going to do this! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings,
Janet

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Now that is clever! I'm waiting on a magic potion for smooth top ranges.

injoyinmylife said...

Fabulous tip!!! I certainly will try it.

Gina said...

Oh my goodness ladies, Elaine is right...this works like a charm!

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I have done this before and YES! it works so great. It also works on those yucky drip pans on the stove too.

It is also cheaper than buying all the other junk like oven cleaner and stuff. great tip...thanks for the reminder, I need to do this soon.
Happy Spring cleaning,Elaine. ~Pat

Linda said...

Oh my gosh...I have been trying to figure out an easier way to clean mine...I'm headed out to try this!! Thanks so much for the tip!!

Vintage Gal said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us ~ what a wonderful tip. Wow. I am definitely going to try this
;-)

Cindy said...

I have a smooth top stove and I'm having trouble getting it really clean. I use the cleaner made for it, but my most used burner is getting a dark ring. I guess I will check out the web for ideas.

ImSoVintage said...

Thanks for the tip :)

Janette - The2Seasons said...

We soaked my daughter/blog partner's burners in Oxiclean. It did a great job because they now look new. It was easy to do in the kitchen sink.

Melody said...

This is the same method that I use to clean the oven racks but you have to put them in a large garbage bag. The result is amazing. You can clean the grates on a gas grill this way too or any grill for that matter. :)

Claudia said...

What a great idea!

xo
Claudia

iSavortheWeekend said...

Congratulations!! Guess what? You're the first recipient of my "Super Susie Homemaker Award" by iSavortheWeekend. This blog post was my inspiration to create it!! If you'd like, go retrieve the award button and once again, thanks for the great tip!! http://isavortheweekend.blogspot.com/p/super-susie-homemaker-awards.html

Sam I Am...... said...

I wish I would have known that when I had my gas stove and those same gray grates. I wonder if it would work on the pans underneath my electric coils? I could try it and see...I have nothing to lose becasue I'm ready to just pitch them and buy new ones. Thanks for the AWESOME tip! I will be getting a gas stove again someday so I'll file it away for that day!

iSavortheWeekend said...

I forgot to mention that you can retrieve the "Super Susie Homemaker" award button that's on the right side column on my blog. Thanks again for the great household tip Super Susie Homemaker :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Yay! Finally! Something that actually works! Thanks for the tutorial, Elaine! I'm trying this out the next warm, sunny we have!

xoxo laurie

Meg said...

Just gave you a feature! This was a great tip! ;)

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❁Velma ~Down Our Country Road❁ said...

Oh wow! I have tried scrubbing, soaking in hot dishwater and even running them through the dishwasher with no luck. I've got ammonia and I've got a beautiful sunny day tomorrow. Guess what I'll be doing? A wonderful tip...thank you!!

Addison said...

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Terra said...

I am going to do this, it sounds brilliant!

AngelRoseLite said...

I read your tip a few days ago. My stove is being purchased by someone, and I decided to clean the burners. Your tip worked like a charm! It was a cloudy day until about 4, but I needed to get it done sooner. I left them outside four about five hours. The first grate, though easier to clean, took more work. Then I ran some very warm water to rinse it. When I got to the second one, it was a lot easier! So I recommend that if you don't leave them soaking for a day or so, try running very warm/hot water, and the gunk loosens even more. I'll try to take pictures before the stove is taken. I hope I don't forget. Many, many, many thanks! I hope you don't mind if I link your tip on my small blog. Again, thanks!

CeliacGirlRI, a.k.a. Karen Ingraham said...

Thanks for the tip, but please don't put the ammonia down the drain. It is an ecological hazard! Either dilute it, stabilize the pH with vinegar, or sit it outside until it evaporates (making sure no pets can get into it). Thanks.

Faith said...

Found it! Well now it's cold outside and we have no sunshine...guess I'll have to wait a while..thanks for the tip

pbrenner said...

This really does work - I've also used it on my bbq grates - I put them in a large trash bag with the ammonia. I've heard that the amount of ammonia isn't real critical, that it's the fumes that do the work. Thankfully ammonia is really cheap :-) Thanks for reminding me it's time to do this again, lol

Patty

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