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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Testing Pinterest

I saw an idea on Pinterest about cleaning your stove grates.  Mine really needed some work.  I've put them through the dishwasher and tried to scrub them, but they never cleaned up too well.
This idea said to put them in a zip-loc bag with some ammonia.  You don't need much, the fumes work on the grime.


I used 2 gallon zip-loc bags and put 2 grates per bag with about 1/4 cup ammonia.  Then you seal it up tight and place it somewhere overnight.  Here mine are, sitting in the tub for the night.  (I wish I had thought to take a picture of them before I started.  You'll have to take my word that they looked pretty bad.

After sitting like this overnight, you were supposed to be able to just rinse them off and they would be clean.
Mine needed some scrubbing after being rinsed.  However, when I've scrubbed before, I never really got anywhere.  This time, the crud came off fairly easily.

Here's the after shot - all nice and clean!  I will definitely use this pin again.  Next time I think I will just put one grate for bag though.  I think they'll clean better.
I would recommend trying this one out!

16 comments:

Betsy Brock said...

Isn't that nice! I never would have thought the fumes would do the work! I'm loving that site. I made some yummy chili roasted cauliflower for dinner tonight that was really good!

Simone said...

I'm going to try it too. That's one of the things I hate about cleaning the stove and oven is cleaning the grates. Pinterest is a great and I get so lost finding and collecting new ideas. I am so sorry that your dad is dealing with heart issues. Praying that he's on the mend. I'm so sorry I've been horrible about reading and catching up with your blog. I truly smiled when I saw your beautiful family at Christmas. My favorite picture was of you and Bob laughing by the Christmas tree.

Terri said...

i loved this too - i just wish i had removable drip pans to do it with too!

Susan said...

I've got the ceramic cooktop so didn't need this but what a great hint. Glad it worked so well. You're look new!!!

Debbie Jones said...

This is a great idea. You have many great ideas and recipes on your blog and I am now your newest follower!

Christina said...

I am so going to try this one. I have tried the dishwasher and a lot of good that did me!

LL Cool Joe said...

We have an electric ceramic hob. One wipe and it's clean. Now I feel smug! :D

Sadie said...

That's one I keep meaning to do. Glad to know it does work! :)

Pat said...

I've been doing this for years, only with my oven racks. I put them in a large trash bag and put either Top JOb..which has amonia in it or straight amonia and set it out on the deck. The sun heats it slightly and really helps the cleaning! It's really amazing, they come out shiney and clean! It also works on BBQ grills, just rinse it real well!

Lauren Davenport said...

Wonderful idea! I need to clean mine....

Jenny the Pirate said...

All I can say is, you're so lucky to have a gas stove! Mine is a crummy old electric JennAir and it doesn't cook evenly at all. It's a wonder I turn out the culinary masterpieces that grace my table daily. *HOWL* Anyway, if I'm ever lucky enough to have grimy stove grates, I will definitely remember this tip! BTW thanks for the wonderful comment you left on IHATH. I always leave here feeling as though I've visited with a dear friend. Because I have!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I will....I will try this!!! Mine's electric, but I do the drip pans under the burner grates. Wooohoo!! Finally, something that just may work. Now let's see, where do I keep the ammonia....oh my, I guess I need to go buy some.

I'm gonna bookmark this post Mari.

Honest Abe said...

Patty has some kind of cleaner to clean up the drip pans on our electric range.

Pam Rios said...

I've tried this one and had success too. I did have to scrub just a tad in a couple of spots on each one but over all, those fumes did wonders!

PS. Maybe the reason you can comment on my blog now has something to do with me reverting back to one of the older templates?? Who knows with blogger!! ;) I'm just glad you can. I enjoy knowing you visit me!

Beth said...

I definitely will try this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anita said...

Great discovery! I have a flat surface cooktop, which is a different challenge. It has to be kept clean or a buildup will happen that I've seen on the cooktops of others, sooo... I work on it often.