Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cleaning Fairy

If I could have a cleaning fairy for just one task in my house I would definitely have her do my laundry. I have such a hard time keeping up with laundry. I can get it washed and dried but the putting away part just fails to get done on a regular basis. It's my definite downfall.

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)


  1. Thats really cool! I have a whole book about using vinegar in different ways around the house for cleaning! Now I know that it will work!! :-)

  2. I am for sure going to try that! I am the SAME way about my stove, and about laundry. Except the kids clothes...for some reason I LOVE folding and putting away their clothes, especially when they were babies. But our clothes....not so much fun;)

  3. Hey leash, great post. I have the black stove top as well. I tried this and it did in fact clean well but I had to follow it up with two windex treatments to get the residue off. Did you experience the same. I used less baking soda than you did......

  4. DeeDee, the first time I did this had quite a bit of residue too but I used a ton of baking soda because my stove top was DISGUSTING! I think I might have had to use just the vinegar and Windex like three times. Now when I do it I just barely sprinkle the baking soda on and I just use windex once at the end to get the residue and any streaks off. Hope that helps. Let me know if you find any more tips :)

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