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Sunny Side UpI don’t know about you, but I hate cleaning the stove! There are so many parts to it and most parts, if you leave them too long, are really difficult and time consuming to clean. I came across some easy ways to clean all parts of the stove: the burners, the range hood filters, the racks and the oven itself.

Cleaning Range Hood Filters: Ammonia Degreases Filters


Clean your filters by placing them in a large plastic garbage bag outdoors. Add a cup of ammonia and tie the up bag. Let it sit for up to 24 hours. This can work for any grease or carbon build-up. Just wash the filter off and throw the bag in your rubbish.

Burners

In a large ziploc bag pour in 1/4 cup of ammonia, place one burner in and seal.  You only need a little ammonia in the bag.  You do not need to soak the burner… you just want to seal it up with the ammonia fumes. Leave outside on a cookie sheet or newspaper.

If any little bits are left on the burners,  use a little paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to rub them off. The baking soda/peroxide paste actually makes them shine too.

Clean stoveRacks

The best and easiest way to clean oven racks is to place four used (or new) dryer sheets in your bathtub, set the racks on top and fill the tub with warm water. Let them sit overnight and then wipe them clean. The power of the antistatic in the dryer sheets helps to separate the food from the racks.

With the racks still in the tub, scrub them with the dryer sheets and rinse.

Oven

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees F. Put on a pot of water to boil. Once the oven has reached 150 F, turn it off and pour 1 cup of ammonia into a baking dish or heat safe bowl and place it on the top rack of the oven. Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack, close the oven door, and leave them both in the oven overnight.

In the morning, heat the oven to 375 F, pour 1 cup of vinegar into a pan, set the pan inside the oven and turn off heat. Wait for one hour. Wipe out with paper towels.

Easy, no chemicals and a clean, shiny, sparkly oven and stove.

Do you have any tips that you use to clean your oven and stove? Tell me in the comments below.

photos by: gfpeck & remysharp
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