Fast And Easy Steps To Clean Your Stove
Of all the appliances in your home, the stove probably takes the most abuse and gets the dirtiest. Ironically, it’s also the one most people clean the least frequently.
That’s because many people think cleaning the stove is a difficult, cumbersome and even dangerous task. They’d rather not worry about it or let the cleaning maids deal with it.
But the fact is that cleaning the stove is not only fast, but it’s also easy. You can clean your stove thoroughly from top to bottom in just a few simple steps that will take less than 30 minutes.
How Often to Clean Your Stove
Stoves should be cleaned regularly, at least once every three or four months. Built-up grease and other food particles are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. And oils that jump out of your pan and can potentially pool in hidden spaces beneath your burners could potentially ignite if a spark reaches them.
Wait until your stove is completely cooled before trying to clean it. Don’t start this project right after cooking something in your oven or heating pots and pans on your burners.
The first step to cleaning your stove is to disconnect the gas and electricity. This prevents you from becoming shocked or allowing gas to leak into your home. Simply unplug the electrical outlet at the wall and turn the gas valve connected to your stove to the off position. If your stove as a “quick connect” gas line, you can disconnect it altogether if you want.
Next remove everything you can take off of your stove, including drop pans, racks, gas burners, knobs and handles. Soak these in the sink with warm, soapy water to loosen debris that can be washed off later.
Put on a set of heavy duty rubber gloves that fit up to your elbows and spray the interior of your stove with a commercial oven cleaner. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions for how long to leave it on and how to remove it.,
Wipe all interior and exterior surfaces of your stove clean using a sponge and a bucket of warm water. Replace the water if it becomes too dirty.
Then all you need to do is reassemble your stove, reattach the gas line, plug it back in and it’s as good as new!