Dealing with dirty, greasy stove grates? Check out how to clean stove grates easily and without scrubbing. It's simple to remove cooked-on food and so easy to do!
Do you love cooking with a gas stove but miss the easy clean-up of a glass top? I completely understand!
With the cooktop, I could just wipe it down any time I had a spill and it always looked great. With a gas stove, it is very difficult to clean all the little nooks and crannies.
The problem then occurs when the food or liquid gets spilled on the stove burners and then cooks. It makes a nasty mess that is difficult to scrub off.
I sometimes put the stove burners in the dishwasher and that helps a little, but it doesn't get 100% of the baked-on food off. So I was thrilled when I discovered the easy no-scrub way to clean stove grates.
How To Clean Stove Grates
To clean your stove grates you will need a few things. Most of these items you probably already have around the house.
Items needed to clean stove grates:
- ammonia (you can pick it up for a dollar or two at the store)
- gallon Ziploc bag (just some from the dollar store will work)
- stove grates
Note: You will also need to let them soak for about 12 hours so plan on doing this cleaning task on a day that you aren't using your stove.
Please keep in mind that although ammonia is wonderful at removing grease and grime it is very smelly so always make sure you use it in a well-ventilated area!
Step 1: Place the stove grates in the Ziploc bag and then add a small amount of ammonia. 1/4 of a cup should be plenty.
The stove grates don't have to be touching the ammonia, it's the fumes that do the cleaning. If you like you can pour the ammonia into a small bowl and set the bowl in the Ziploc bag.
Step 2: Seal the bag and let it sit for about 12 hours. I did mine in the evening and then opened them up in the morning.
*I recommend putting them somewhere so that the fumes won't bother you!
Step 3: After around 12 hours you can take the stove burner grates from the bag and wipe them down. The baked-on food should just wipe right off.
Step 4: Rinse the stove grates out in the sink and let them air dry.
You will be amazed at the difference that it made.
If you have large burners:
If you have larger stove parts that won't fit in a Ziploc you can put them in a big glass pan (I use a lasagna pan) add 1/4 cup ammonia and then carefully cover with plastic wrap to keep the air in.
The trick is to make sure you get it wrapped well. You don't want any ammonia fumes escaping.
Without any scrubbing, you can easily clean your stove grates and have them look like new again.
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This is a fantastic trick to use once or twice a year to really get your stove looking shiny and clean.