Okay, so it isn't really a cleaning secret, and it isn't really magic, but if you've never used baking soda as part of your cleaning routine, it does seem like magic and it is clearly secret because no one ever told you! Baking soda can be used for all sorts of cleaning and deodorizing jobs around the house, but I didn't realize how amazing it was until I used it to clean my old gas stove top. It was an apartment stove, and it was messy when we moved in. Online I found ways to clean it using ammonia and gloves and ventilation. I bought my supplies then never got around to actually doing it because of the ventilation piece and then becoming pregnant.
After reading some conviincing articles about baking soda, I decided it was worth a shot. Well, let me tell you, it was AMAZING. I've never been so excited and satisfied about a cleaning project.
When I recently cleaned my new apartment's stove top, I decided to document the change. it is not as life changing because it is not as dirty as my other stove, but I think you'll get the idea.
Amazing, is it not? Even better was that it was easy and only required moderate scrubbing and no harsh chemicals. No ventilation needed! There are a couple of tiny spots where the grime was more stubborn than I was, and I ran out of time and couldn't clean under the burners, but all in all, pretty freaking fantastic.
ere's how I did it.
First, I sprayed the stove top with a water and Dawn mixture. I keep a spray bottle of this handy for cleaning off our kitchen table and sometimes counter tops.
Second, I sprinkled baking soda on top of the stove top. The goal is to have the baking soda turn to a paste like consistency. It is better to err on the side of too dry than too wet. As you go, you will get a feel for the right consistency.
Finally, I scrubbed using an old rag or scrubby sponge. (Please don't use paper towels to do this! It just won't work as well and you'll go through a million rolls.) If you're stove top is very dirty (I don't judge), it will take a bit of elbow grease. If you're doing something awkward like grates on a gas stove top, an old toothbrush could be useful.
Note: Make sure you test this on your own stove before you try it so you don't damage your stove. I don't think it will work on a stove top with uncoated iron grates.
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