Let’s get this out of the way first: Yes, you should just clean up the messes on your stovetop before they dry and cook and turn into greasy mystery gunk of unknown vintage. Of course, you should do that. But you don’t. Or at least I don’t. Not every time.
I had tried virtually everything to remove the little cooked-on spots around the edges of my stove burners, and everything seemed to help a little, but nothing worked well.
Until I discovered hydrogen peroxide and baking soda!
Mix some baking soda in a small bowl with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Use a scrubby sponge and the gunk comes off surprisingly easily! I recommend wearing rubber gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin
There were a few stubborn spots, but they were hidden by the edges of the burner drip pans.
Ah. So much better. I love simple and thrifty solutions like this!
Oh…and on a somewhat unrelated note…Did you know that the top of your stove probably lifts for easy cleaning?
I was cleaning my stove once after a giant oatmeal overflow and lifted the stove top to clean under it which blew my husband’s mind. Apparently, he had no idea that most stove tops lift up like a car hood for easy cleaning. And just in case he isn’t the only person who didn’t already know that, I decided to snap a picture and share it with all of you!
The stove top will be hinged at the back and have posts to keep it from falling. Once you’ve removed your elements and drip pans just gently pull up on the front of the stovetop and it should lift right up, allowing you to wipe up any spills or bits of food that have fallen down there.
If it doesn’t open, don’t force it…your stove may not have this feature! And as always, use caution when cleaning any household appliances.
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