If you’re obsessed with keeping a clean, sparkling kitchen, your stovetop’s burner grates are probably the bane of your life.
High heat coupled with sticky, molten food substances over a period of weeks (or even months!) is not a good combination for any stovetop.
And no matter how clean you can attempt to be, nobody can avoid the splashes of a bubbling pan or an overflow caused by overly-vigorous stirring.
Luckily, even the greasiest most disgusting burner grates can be refreshed to like-new form with this simple hack.
The tips you’re about to read come from Erin, a mom behind the blog “Lemons, Lavender and Laundry”.
As her blog name suggests, Erin’s a sucker for all things cleaning. And when she discovered the secret to sparkling stovetop grates, she had to share it with us all.
And thank goodness she did!
For this cleaning hack, you’ll need:
- Baking Sheet
- Gallon Sized Freezer Bags
- A covering for your nose
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Start by putting on a nose covering, then taking one grate and putting it into a Ziploc bag. Add 1/4 cup ammonia (this doesn’t have to be touching the entire grate, by the way).
2. Seal the bag and place it on the baking sheet, which will catch any drips. Repeat this process for the rest of your grates, and leave them to sit overnight.
3. The next morning, put on your nose covering and open your windows. Then remove each of the grates from the bags and wash them off with hot water.
You should notice that most of the grime will fall away under the running water – like magic!
It’s best to have a dishcloth or non-scratch scour pad to hand, however, if you need to rub off some of the more burnt-on foods.
4. When you’re done, that’s it – you should be left with grates that look brand new!
If you want any evidence of how effective this hack is, check out Erin’s before and after shots.
Of course, now your stovetop burner grates are looking beautiful again, you might feel inclined to continue your cleaning streak elsewhere on your stove.
Your stovetop burners will end up completely outshining your stovetop if you don’t give that a good clean too.
Luckily, there are plenty of simple hacks for cleaning your stovetop, and most only require pantry ingredients.
Ammonia, while it might be god’s gift for cleaning burner grates, isn’t the answer for your cooktop. It can leave iridescent stains on your cooktop’s surface, too, once it’s heated, so it’s best avoiding in this case.
One simple cleaning ingredient that we all have in our cupboards is vegetable oil. Scrub this on any caked-on stains, then spray with an all-purpose cleaner and wipe clean.
There’s also the classic pairing of baking soda and vinegar, which can clean pretty much anything, cooktops included.
Whether you’re a kitchen cleaning fanatic just looking for more tips, or you hate even the thought of cleaning and you want the easy way out, Erin’s burner grate cleaning method is for you.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t put it off any longer – grab your noise covering, ammonia and sealable bags, and get started on those ugly grates!
Be sure to let us know if you have any of your own burner grate cleaning hacks that work best for you.
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