Ok..that title is a bit misleading. There really is no easy way to clean gas stove top grates. They are a pain to clean…so much of a pain that I actually found myself googling how much to convert from gas stove to electric. I was looking at costs to cap off the line, whether or not a professional has to do it, cost to raise the outlet to a 220 vs 110, etc when I thought, “What am I doing?!” We are on a debt snowball journey to paying off everything this year (except the house). This isn’t part of the plan! Even though the clock on my old Frigidaire stove shorts out every single time I light a burner, I need to prepare for replacement through sinking funds and just wait for it to crap out on me.
So why am I tackling the stove today? Why the sudden urge to clean something that is hidden by grates. I could be doing so many more things with my time! I think I just need a small win today. It’s been a rough start to this week. When I became a stay at home Mom, I had all these dreams about how wonderfully clean my home would be, how I’d take on all of these extra projects and have plenty of time to work on the house, my kids’ school work, etc. Well, my house was a lot cleaner when I worked outside of the home. If nobody’s home to mess it up, it stays clean! But I digress.
I figured I’d put together a step by step tutorial of an easy way to clean your gas stove top grates (and underneath them). So let’s get started!
Step 1: Assess the situation.
Step 2: Fill up your sink with hot, soapy water and put all grates and covers as well as knobs in to soak while you clean.
Step 3: Grab an old toothbrush, baking soda, and vinegar. Fill up a cup with vinegar and get ready to start scrubbing.
Be sure not to leave your cup on the stove top while you’re scrubbing or you just might tip it over, causing bubbles everywhere (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything)!
Step 4: Pull out the big guns.
I try to clean with the most natural products I can, for the most part. But there are some things that need a little more…power. After scrubbing for about ten minutes, I decided I needed something a little stronger. I LOVE Comet. I always used to clean with Comet because it’s cheap, and you can work up a good pumice without scratching surfaces. But it’s highly toxic. It’s so toxic that my brother has used it to pour on ant beds in the yard, and it works! YIKES! Then I came across this stuff, and I figured I’d try it out for my sink. I pulled it out for this job, and I was not disappointed! You can purchase Comet Pure Home from Amazon by clicking here.
Here’s where I need YOUR help! I soaked these grates for the entire time, and then I scrubbed with a Scrub Daddy. They aren’t coming clean. I’ve read that you can use ammonia to get them clean, but I haven’t done this. Anyone have tips on how to get them clean naturally? Please comment and share below!