Cooking is fun, the cleaning up after that is…well, not so much. That is no longer a secret to many. In fact, sometimes we get so into our cooking that we forget the aftercare in the kitchen. Yes, that includes how to clean stove grates.
To avoid getting your grates corroded, here are some of the ways on how to clean stove burners.
1. The No-Scrub Way
When it comes to stove grates or stove burners, it usually involves a lot of scrubbing. Sounds tiring? It does. However, there are other ways that you can keep your kitchen stove clean, down to the grates or burners. Here is what you should do:
Things to prepare
- Ziploc plastic bags (gallon-sized) or kitchen trash-bags (if your stove grates are bigger in size).
- Respirator or rubber gloves.
Cleaning stove grates this way only takes ten minutes. Waiting for the result takes about 12 hours or half a day. The reason you need the bags and the gloves is the ammonia itself. Yes, it is a very strong chemical. The last thing you ever want is to have direct contact with it.
What happens if ammonia gets to your eyes, skin, or lungs? It is best to never experience such awful things. Aside from possible blindness to rashes and minor burns, you also do not wish to inhale toxic from it. It is even more toxic if you mix ammonia with bleach.
The instructions for the cleaning up
- Put one dirty stove grate into the bag.
- Add either a quarter or half a cup of ammonia into the bag. (Seal it if it is a Ziploc bag, tie the bag tightly if it is a kitchen trash-bag.)
- You do not need to use the ammonia liquid to clean the stove grate. The fumes of it are already enough. This is why you need to leave some air in the bag, so the fumes can travel around.
- When one stove grate is cleaned, repeat the same process for the other one.
- Wait it out for half a day (or overnight). Then check once the 12-hour-waiting is over.
The instructions (after the waiting)
The next morning, you can see some condensation inside the bag. That has come from the fumes floating around all night long.
Here is what you need to do:
- Put on a mask to avoid the stinking smell from the fumes. Even better, wear some gloves to avoid getting splashed by the ammonia when you dump the contents in the bag.
- Open the window to let the air circulation work.
- Carefully open the bag. Dump the contents into the sink.
- Take out the stove top grates and rinse them off. Use warm running water to get rid of the black gunk off the grates. If there are bits that stick longer, you need to rub them off with your hands.
Of course, if you are not patient enough with the process, going back to cleaning cast iron stove grates with a scrubby sponge is okay too. Still, this is what cleaning stove grates with ammonia is all about.
2. The Degreasers for Your Stove Burners
Whether it is cleaning gas stove grates or stove burners, using a degreaser is another option. Some people may find this method a bit too slow, though. It is true that you need to wait it out until the chemical works itself around.
If you would like to speed up the process, there is a way for that. You need to get the surface wet first before applying the degreaser. Let it slowly decompose the buildup right on the grating between 15 to 30 minutes. (Do it 30 minutes if you see that the buildup is rather thick and heavy.)
You can choose whatever brands that suits you well. Most of them work the same way, although the ones with lemon oil are better than the rest of the degreasing products.
3. The Beauty of Baking Soda
Tired of thick, dark coats on your stove grates? Use baking soda instead. The process is so doable, even for rookies:
- Wash the kitchen stove grates (or burners) with water and soap. Scrub each grate gently, one at a time.
- Mix water and baking soda until it becomes a thick, gooey paste.
- Apply the mixture on the stove burners. In half an hour, allow the soda paste to break down the grease. Yes, that includes the tiny bits of it.
- With pouring warm water, scrub the stove grates.
The thing is, whatever you choose to use, scrubbing will not be necessary if the grease is not so thick. Of course, that means you have to clean your kitchen stove grates more regularly. This is also important if you like cooking with lots of sauce and oily ingredients.
4. Clean with Your Iron Will
This is another method to clean your kitchen stove grates, especially if they are made of iron. Here is what you need to prepare:
- Hot water.
- Dish or paper towels.
- Dish soap (to get rid of the grease.)
- Bon Ami.
- Nylon scrubber or a Dobie pad.
- Do not wash your iron stove grates while they are still hot from the cooking. Wait until they cool off first before putting them in an empty sink.
- Pour boiling water down the grates. It is best that you put all the dirty grates and make sure the water is enough for all.
- Drown the grates in hot water and soap in the sink. Leave them for ten to 15 minutes.
- Have a bit of Bon Ami on scratch-free nylon scrubber and start working. While scrubbing, leave the bits of Bon Ami on thick bits of grease that seem to want to stay.
- Rinse the grates under warm water before drying them with a towel.
- While the grates are in the sink, clean the stovetop. It will all be clean once the grates are back on.
Here are the ways on how to clean stove grates. Do this regularly, and you will not need anything new.