You can skip harsh, expensive commercial products once you know how to clean a stained stove top naturally.* The surprising thing? It really won’t take that much longer. After all, after spraying on the commercial products you’ll have to wait while they work. And that time waiting? That’s time their harsh fumes are filling up your house and lungs.
How To Clean Stained Drip Pans
Normal stains: Make a paste of equal parts cream of tartar and white vinegar, and rub on completely cooled rings and drip pans. Let sit 20 minutes then rinse under hot water, scrubbing as needed, until clean.
For more stubborn stains: Let the stove completely cool, then put the drip pans and cooking rings in a garbage bag and pour a bottle of ammonia on top of them. Fasten it tightly and put it in the garage overnight. (Ammonia, although a natural cleaner, still has some pretty nasty fumes that are best left outdoors.)
How To Clean Smooth Stove Tops
Normal stains: Make sure all cooking surfaces are completely cooled, then 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.
For more stubborn stains: After cooling, sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda over the cook top. 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.
Keep New Stains From Forming
Most stove top stains come from spills that harden on. The best prevention is to wipe your cooktop with a warm, damp cloth as soon as you’re done cooking (or, at the latest, when you’re doing that meal’s dishes). Prevent spills from over-boiling sauces and pasta by keeping the heat to a reasonable level, using the proper sized pot, and placing a wooden spoon across the top of the pot during cooking.
*No, that’s not my stove. It’s just for illustration purposes!
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