If there’s one spot in the kitchen homeowners fear cleaning the most, it’s their stove. It’s great for cooking a warm meal, but unfortunately, it’s also very good at collecting grime and grease.
The reason most people don’t like cleaning their stove is because they’re not sure the best way to go about it. Don’t let lack of knowledge stop you from having a tidy kitchen. Make your cooktop look brand new with these four secrets to a shiny-clean stove.
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1. Get In The Habit Of Cleaning Your Stovetop
Habits are regular tendencies or practices that are frequently hard to give up. One habit I think we can all relate to is not cleaning the stove. I think it’s time to change your ways and spruce up your stove (this includes me too). This article is the perfect opportunity to review the proper steps and form a positive habit of consistently cleaning your stove. After going through the motions a few times and recognizing how good it feels to have a clean stove, you may find you don’t mind the chore as much as you once thought.
Set yourself up for success by making sure you’re always prepared to remove dirt and grease from the stovetop. Reserve one sponge (preferably with a soft side and an abrasive side) for stove cleaning. After you've done the dishes and cleaned the counter, get in the habit of heading over to your stovetop and cleaning it with soapy water and the sponge. Prevent crud buildup by getting in the habit of cleaning your stovetop every time you cook.
2. Secure The Right Tools
Did you know they make ovens with a self-cleaning function that allows you to clean the inside with a push of a button? If this is something you feel would benefit you, you may want to look into upgrading your stove altogether. If you won’t be purchasing a new stove anytime soon, don’t worry. There are plenty of other tips and tricks to use, as long as you have the right tools handy.
If your stove doesn’t have a self-clean option, then loosen up food particles using a different method. Put a bowl of boiling water into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes with the door closed. The steam will loosen up dried messes and make for much easier clean up. In addition, oven cleaner, a Mr. Clean Eraser, WD40, soaking it in ammonia and scraping gunk off the flat surface with a razor are all alternative options.
3. Use A Natural Degreaser
There are also many great solutions for those of you who prefer to use natural cleaners in your home. Coconut oil is not only good for your hair and skin, but your stove too. Make a degreaser and watch the grime disappear. For the best natural degreaser, use two-part baking soda to one-part coconut oil and add two to three drops of orange essential oil.
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Another easy solution is to sprinkle your stove with baking soda and lemon juice. In fact, there are many household products that can quickly be prepared naturally instead of needing to purchase them in the store. Produce items in bulk, cut costs and lay your mind to rest knowing you’re cleaning with products that are safe for you and your family.
“Vinegar is an effective sanitizer; liquid soap is a great stain remover and degreaser; baking soda makes a gentle abrasive and lightener for tough stains; and essential oils add a clean scent — mix them together and they make the perfect degreaser for your kitchen,” says the The Kitchn.
4. Maintain & Protect
Regular maintenance and upkeep does wonders for keeping your home a safe and healthy place to live. Prevention and a proactive approach will save you headaches down the road. Clean as you go and after each meal you cook on the stove. Experts recommend cleaning your stovetop when it’s warm for the best results. If you’d like to start fresh with a deep clean, then call a cleaning pro to get you started on the right foot.
Take the initiative and make the process easy on yourself by reserving one sponge (preferably with a soft side and an abrasive side) for stove cleaning. Do the dishes, sanitize the counter and get in the habit of cleaning your stovetop with soapy water and the sponge as your final task. Consistently wiping down your dirty stove will prevent crud buildup. I’ve also read that you can cover your stovetop in car wax for protection.
Also, don’t be afraid to pop trays and removable burners in the dishwasher. A shiny-clean stove requires you to care for it on a regular basis and wipe it down, even when it appears somewhat clean. Greasy, sticky food particles are only going to get worse the longer you let them sit. Wipe your stove before and after you cook for best results. The payoff will be a sparkling stove that appears brand new.
Getting in the habit of wiping down your stove is the hard part. Once you’re in a rhythm of cleaning your stove, it’ll become second nature and you won’t have to think about it. With the right tools, cleaners and knowledge, you’ll be on your way to a shiny-clean stove in no time.
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