A dinner party? Well, it sounded like a fine idea until you took a closer look at where you would be cooking.
If your stovetop and oven need attention, you are not alone. I truly believe that the only perfectly clean stovetops in the world exist in magazines. And as far as ovens go… who has the time for a three-hour “self-cleaning” cycle or the disposition to handle those fumes? There has got to be a better way.
Oh, thank goodness, there is.
The thing about cleaning the oven, or even the stovetop, is that it seems like such a big deal. I picture giant plastic gloves and maybe even a chemical mask. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
I’m all about bringing seemingly giant projects down to size. Whether you are cleaning your closet, washing out your washing machine, or even finding a long-lost item in your storage unit, let’s take the “chore” out of chores, once and for all.
Cleaning your stovetop and oven can be an absolute breeze once you break it down into steps.
- Start with the obvious. Check the stovetop and oven for pots, pans, and party supplies. Seriously. Move everything aside so you’re working with only the stovetop and oven (no extras).
- Remove what you can. For a gas stove, this will be the burner grates. For electric, the drip pans. Fill up a sink with hot soapy water (in this case, Dawn dishwashing liquid works well because of its grease-cutting qualities) and put those items in the water. They can get cleaner—perfectly clean isn’t necessary!—while you handle the rest of the stovetop and oven.
- Pull the racks out of the oven. Toss those racks in with your grates and pans.
- Mix up some natural cleaning supplies. There’s no need to inhale nasty fumes. You can clean your oven with this.
- Do your best with the oven. OK, you might not have all the ingredients handy for mixing up your own cleaning potions. But you probably do have something. You can use a mixture of dishwashing liquid and warm water. Set your iPhone alarm for 10 minutes and go for it. If things seem a bit stuck, use a wooden spoon to loosen up whatever it is that’s burnt on to the inside of your oven. Use an old towel or paper towels to mop up the mess.
- Now move on to the stovetop. Clean it with a sponge, mop it up with a towel.
- Put everything back together. Now that the stovetop and oven are cleaner than they have been in ages, put the pieces (grates, pans, racks) back where they go. And you’re done.
And now it’s time for your dinner party. Or better yet, a night on the town.
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