Chances are, you love your propane cook top. Oftentimes, world-renowned chefs prefer cooking on gas ranges instead of using electric ranges. Not only do gas ranges take less time to heat and cool, you’ll never have to worry about encountering any dreaded hot spots while cooking. In fact, you may love cooking on your range so much that it’s covered in stains and crumbs. Although you may feel intimidated by cleaning your stove top, it’s actually quite easy. Today we would like to provide you with some valuable tips for cleaning your cooking surface.
Speaking honestly, stove burner grates can appear quite nasty over repeated use. Luckily, cleaning them is relatively simple; it just requires a little scrubbing. A few different methods are available for cleaning burner grates, so choose your preferred method:
For light stains and daily cleaning, all you need is some white vinegar. Spray your burners with vinegar and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Although vinegar makes an effective environmentally-friendly and non-toxic household cleaner, it stinks. You might want to walk away while it sits on your burners. When the time is up, wipe the burners with a clean, dry cloth for cleaner, sparkly grates.
Slightly Tougher Stains
If you’ve consistently cleaned your grates with vinegar but they’re still covered in grime that won’t budge, it’s time to step up your cleaning routine with some baking soda. Begin by scrubbing burners with lukewarm water and dishwasher detergent to remove any residue. Using baking soda and water, mix up a thick paste and cover your burners with it, letting it sit for 20 minutes. When the time is up, scrub the food residue off the burners using a sponge and rinse it with warm water.
Truly Horrendous Stains
If you’ve tried both of the cleaning methods mentioned above, and your burners are still covered in stains, it’s time to break out the bad boys. Of course, by bad boys, we mean ammonia. True, the harsh scent of ammonia is enough to make the most seasoned cleaner’s eyes water, but this cleaning agent is quite effective. Before you begin, you’ll need to buy some gallon-sized zipper-lock freezer bags. Don some plastic gloves and place each grate into its own bag. Pour about ¼ cup of ammonia into each bag, and let it sit overnight. We recommend keeping the bags outside to avoid burning your nostrils with the unpleasant odor. While wearing gloves, remove the grates from the bag, wipe off the grates, and rinse them in water.
Stove Drip Pans
With your grates finally sparkling again, you mind as well clean your drip pans as well. Drip pans collect all kinds of debris from spices, crumbs, and stains, but they can be cleaned quite easily.
First, remove the drip pans from the stove and rinse them in lukewarm water. Next, mix together equal parts dishwasher detergent and baking soda and coat the pans, giving them a nice scrub in the process. Place the covered pans in a zippered plastic bags for about an hour, and then rinse them off with warm water.
If your drip pans are too grimy for soaking, try this method instead. In a large pot, mix half a cup of baking soda with water, and heat the mixture until it begins boiling. Carefully drop the drip pans into the water, and leave the water boiling for about 15 minutes. Using tongs, remove the pans from the water and let them cool to room temperature. Once they are cooled, wipe them down. Following this procedure, your drip pans should look like new.
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