How to clean old grease off your stove? Grease build-up on your stove can be a huge hassle to remove, especially if it’s been allowed to sit there for weeks or months at a time. However, with the proper tools and materials, you can successfully get all that gunk out of your kitchen and onto the garbage disposal in no time at all! Here are four ways how to clean old grease off stove quickly and effectively.
1) Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Hydrogen Peroxide
Vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are all good for cleaning off grease. For each of these, you’ll have to mix up a solution. Mix three parts of water with one part of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Then mix two parts of water with one part of baking soda and add it to your vinegar-water mixture. Apply your solution using a rag and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing gently. Using an old toothbrush can help if there are any stubborn spots. Remember: The best way to prevent greasy buildup is by cleaning your stove regularly, so make sure you get into that habit.
2) Rubbing alcohol
Mix together some rubbing alcohol with water in a spray bottle. Spray your stovetop and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off. This should remove any stubborn grease buildup. If you want, you can also use soap, but be careful not to scratch or damage your stove’s surface. The alcohol will dissolve any greasy build-up so that you can easily wipe it away. Just remember that too much-rubbing alcohol can ruin surfaces if left on too long. The rubbing alcohol will evaporate quickly without leaving behind residue.
3) Lighter Fluid/Kerosene
Though you’ll often see kerosene (aka lamp oil) recommended as a way to get off tough grease and burnt-on food, it’s incredibly unsafe-not only is it highly flammable, but using it indoors can be very dangerous due to its fumes. Don’t even think about using lighters or other kinds of flames, they just make everything worse. Stick with natural, water-based solvents that won’t leave behind harmful residue after you clean. You might also try cleaning your stovetop with a citrus oil cleaner or straight vinegar; both have antibacterial properties that kill odors caused by food sitting for too long on an unclean stovetop. Be careful not to get these cleaners in your eyes.
4) Soap and Water
If you’ve spilled grease on your stove, don’t worry, it’s not as complicated or dangerous a job as it sounds. All you need is hot water and some dish soap. Start by wetting a rag with hot water, then pour in some dish soap. Scrub at your stovetop until all of your greasy residues comes off; if you’re lucky, no scrubbing will be necessary. If there are still bits of grease left behind after you scrub, just add more water and a bit more dish soap, and continue scrubbing until all of the greases has been removed. Dry your stove off immediately with a clean towel before moving on to other steps in cleaning.
After you’ve scrubbed, let your stove air dry. It might take a while if you have a lot of build-up on your stove. After it has dried, check out your shiny stove and marvel at how well it shines. Now that your stove is clean, you can use it without worrying about damaging or staining its surface.