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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How to Clean Your Stove Using Baking Soda

I was joking around with the Hubs that we have come into a DIY Renaissance.  We've been opting to do a lot of things ourselves, things that we have paid to have done for us in the past.  One of them is stove top cleaning.

I admit that I am not on top of keeping a clean kitchen on a daily basis and am guilty of letting new grease pile on top of old grease and letting them hang out for ... weeks.  Below is the before picture.

And below is the after picture.  It's the first pass and I'm okay with it.  

You can see that around the burners the grease is a little harder to clean off.  Compared to what it was like before I'm totally okay with this.

Here are the ingredients you need to clean your stove top without harsh chemicals:

  • Liquid dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda

What you want to do is to make a liquid concoction of half soap and half vinegar.  Sprinkle, spray, or pour it onto your stove where you want to clean.  Not too much because you don't want to flood your stove, but just enough that the surface is wet and will stay wet for a couple of hours.

After spreading the liquid around, sprinkle some baking soda over it and let it fizz.  You want a runny paste like the picture shows below.

Let that sit for a couple of hours then start rubbing the greasy areas with a rag or your fingers.  Wipe everything off and you will have a clean stove.

For harder to remove grease spots, I sprinkled a little bit of table salt and "exfoliated" the area.  Some of the grease spots came off and some stayed.  However, I'm comfortable with the results because this is still a huge improvement from before.

My favorite part about this new cleaning method is that I have all the ingredients I need at home and it doesn't emit any harsh fumes.

That's it!  Happy cleaning, everybody!

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