My husband and I recently began the process of buying a house. It’ll be our first time buying one, and we are quite excited. However, that means that we have a move in the near future, so we have to get the house we’re renting as clean as we can to get our deposit back. I decided to start with the stove-top. It was needing it, anyway, and I figured it was a good place to start. As you can see from the above pictures, it was well past due time for a good cleaning.
Now, I know you know that I’m a bit of a fan of pinterest. As you can imagine, there are boo-koos of cleaning tips on there, so I decided to give one a shot. It requires two ingredients that I can almost guarantee you have in your house: baking soda and peroxide. Now pay attention because this is the tough part: make a paste with the soda and peroxide, smear it on whatever you’re cleaning, let it set if it’s a tough stain, and scrub/wipe off, depending on how tough your stain is. I know; it’s difficult to figure out. 😉
Now, on the tray under the stove-top, there was a lot of soot. I got that out first using paper towels. If you have a little hand-held broom and dustpan, just sweep it up. Under the large burner, everything was extra-stuck, so I let the paste sit on there longer. I also scrubbed it with a cleaning rag before wiping up the paste. I also had to let the paste sit for awhile on some of the burner pans, especially the big one to get all the grime off, and I did cheat a little on those and use a Brillo pad to scrub them before wiping everything off. I also just used a Brillo pad to clean the enameled stove-top; it was getting late, and the stove-top itself wasn’t nearly as bad as the burner pans and tray under the top.
This was a time-consuming project, but it would have been no matter how I cleaned it because it was so bad. However, in the end, the stove-top came clean. Basically, I would definitely recommend this paste to someone looking to clean hard-to-clean stuff. You can even use this to clean stained cookie sheets and other tin-ware.
P.S. I don’t know if I needed to or not, but I wore a pair of those yellow plastic gloves when I did this. If nothing else, it kept my fingernails and fingertips from getting worn off.