Spring cleaning is all about taking the time to clean what we don’t normally clean on a regular basis. I have been tackling my spring cleaning checklist one task at a time in an effort not to overwhelm myself. One day ridding these 15 foot ceilings of any lone cobwebs, another day wiping down baseboards, and today I am giving my stove a full-service cleanup. My live-in and I moved into our home about 9 months ago and have not given our stove a good, deep clean since. I have to say, I was absolutely mortified to see the amount of icky gunk that had accumulated into every little crevice of my range (not to mention the deep, burnt stains on the drip pans). It was intimidating! Here is how I tackled my grotty mess of a stove-top.
Yes, I know these are disgusting. I took the pictures after a messy battle with my wok on “fried rice night,” so please don’t judge me. BAHH! It’s so embarrassing. Sorry Mommy.
First things first. Take the stove apart one piece at a time. Let me warn you, for every part you remove there will be an even greater amount of nasty mess lying beneath! You will be shocked. After removing the burners, I could see the drip pans (in all of their glory). Now, I was aware that these fellas were blackened when we moved in, BUT I reckon I managed to overlook the severity of the issue. That is, until I removed those burners and was in for the shock of my life.
I knew this gunk was not going down without a fight. So, before I rolled up my sleeves and whipped out some elbow grease, I let the drip pans and burners soak in a hot, sudsy, grease-removing bubble bath while I tend to the rest of my “stove service.”
And the shock continues. HORRIFIC! I could die.
While my drip pans and burners were soaking, I took the time to clean under the range. I simply removed a few screws and lifted up. This crumby chaos was staring up at me. A quick wipe down, a magic eraser, and 407 soaked q-tip helped me get this mess looking brand new.
Even the screws were covered in some thick, greasy muck. They got a quick bath too!
Here is where things got a bit tricky. After a thirty minute soak, I removed my drip pans and started scrubbing with steel wool. I got nowhere. So, I scrubbed some more. Nothing. Feeling defeated, I called out for Blake’s help. He is so handy! And what Blake told me, changed everything!… “Jordan why are you spending so much time on those things? You can buy new ones at the dollar store.” She gone! Off to Dollar General I went. I was shocked to see a set of 2 new drip pans for $5. WHAT?! Lesson learned. Sometimes buying a new, perfectly shiny and clean product at good price point is a much more logical solution than spending blood, sweat, and tears trying to clean a dirty one.
Place sparkling, new drip pans into stove and reattach burners.
Stay tuned for Part 3 of The Spring Clean coming tomorrow!