Written by Jessica Chaffins
I am going to be the first to admit…I am terrible at letting certain chores go toooo long without being done. Giving kitchen appliances a good scrub down is one of them…especially the stove. Thankfully it is an easy fix and cheap at that; if I don’t have to purchase a “special” cleaner to get it done, it’s even better. Good thing about this task I only need two (2) ingredients which are two items that I always have around. All the items you, may or may not need, are listed here…
- Baking Soda
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle (for vinegar)
- Dish cloth or Sponge
- Bowl of warm water (if you’re next to your sink you probably won’t need this)
- Razor blade
I do highly recommend the spray bottle for the vinegar, it helps to avoid a huge mess. Prior to cleaning make sure the stove is COOL, last thing you’re gonna want is a nasty burn. You also want to remove all food particles that you can…this is where a razor blade will be handy, but if you keep the stove fairly tidy after each use, this step may not be necessary for you. Once you have the stove top clear of food residue, sprinkle the baking soda on all of the stained areas that you would like cleaned off. Now to add the vinegar, you will see why the spray bottle is handier, apply vinegar all over the baking soda until it begins to look like a paste. Now just leave it to sit and do its thing.
Start out leaving it to sit for about 15 – 20 minutes. After 15 minutes or so, test a small area to see how it is doing…it should rub fairly clean with some slight pressure. If it doesn’t come clean, continue letting it sit for another 15 minutes. Using a warm dish cloth, I went ahead and wiped off my burners so you could see some of the progress. But I am going to go ahead and reapply my baking soda-vinegar paste since I know my stove may take a while. If I hadn’t neglected it for so long, 15-20 minutes would work but oh well what are ya gonna do.
Now after reapplying and leaving it to sit for an additional 20 -25 minutes more (car rider line ran long), I wiped clean, with some light scrubbing in heavier spots. If I really felt like it, I could have scrubbed a bit harder, but really, I let it go this long….ya think I felt like scrubbing. Pssshhh!!! I got better to stuff to be worrying over than a spotless stove top. But I am pleased with how it turned out, looks a lot better than before. Now it is good for another 2 years, just kidding, kinda. I do hope this helps you out in some way, even if it is for what NOT to do!! Let us know what you do to tackle this chore!!
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