Another household task that I do not like is cleaning my stove top. I know it seems like such an easy task but it gets dirty every night, regardless of how careful I am and it's just an overall pain in the butt. I had tried every chemical I could think of to get it nice and shiny and it would either take forever to clean or just never got as clean as I would like it to be.
Right before Christmas break my stovetop got bad and I mean REALLY bad. I made several dishes for various parties we went to, plus my normal cooking and it was just gross. It came time to clean it and I just stared at it thinking how in heaven's name am I supposed to get this clean? I then thought about vinegar and baking soda. I don't know what made it pop in my head but I decided to google it and found this link from eHow. OH MY GOSH! My stove top has never been so clean, so easily. I am so stoked that I found this "recipe" and couldn't wait to share it!
Here are the steps from eHow with some of my own annotations:
Step 1: Allow the stove top to cool before cleaning. (mine was already cooled)
Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with one part white vinegar and one part water
Step 3: Spray the stovetop with vinegar water, making sure to thoroughly saturate the surface.
Step 4: Sprinkle the stovetop with baking soda and let it sit. This is the fun part, it fizzles and bubbles, just like that exploding volcano you made in 4th grade.
Step 5: Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar and apply a thick layer to any baked on food and grease. I was skeptical about this step but it took off some nasty caked on stuff with barely any elbow grease. YES!
Step 6: Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. Tough stains, especially on the burner covers, may need to sit overnight. I didn't do this step. I don't like to wait and I really needed to just get it clean. Like I said, my stovetop was REALLY bad and the paste worked great with some elbow grease behind it.
Step 7: Wipe up the baking soda with a sponge dampened with water. Spray it with a light layer of vinegar water and buff it with a dry paper towel to make the surface of the stove shine. Voila! It's an absolutely gorgeous stove top!!!
I wish I had taken a picture of the stovetop all dirty but I totally didn't think of sharing it until it actually worked.
Anyway, here's a picture of the vinegar and baking soda over the stove.
And here it is all shiny...so pretty (sorry it's kinda blurry)