Yucky stoves. Grease splatters. Cooked on food that just won’t budge. Sometimes it seems easier to buy a new stove than to clean one, but who can afford a new appliance every time a pot of soup boils over?* Instead of junking your range, here’s how to clean your stove and get it looking like new again.
To clean drip pans and cooking rings: Make sure all cooking surfaces are completely cooled. Make a paste of equal parts cream of tartar and white vinegar, and rub on rings and drip pans. Let sit 20 minutes then rinse under hot water, scrubbing as needed, until clean. For more stubborn stains, spray with oven cleaner and place in a plastic bag to sit overnight then wash under hot, soapy water until clean.
For smooth or glass stovetops: Make sure all cooking surfaces are completely cooled, then sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda over the cooktop. Fill a spray bottle with very hot water and spray the baking soda until it’s thoroughly saturated. Let sit for 20 minutes then wipe clean. For remaining stubborn stains, make a paste of baking soda and water and buff it on the stain, then scrub until clean. Rinse well with clear water and polish to a shine with a soft, dry cloth.
Need even more cleaning power? Consider a handheld steam cleaner like my Bissel Steam Shot Hard-Surface Cleaner. It’s great on nasty kitchen and bathroom grout, too!
*No, that’s not my stove. It’s just for illustration purposes!