Tuesday, October 5, 2010

I have to clean the stove . . . ketchup with ya soon!

If you cook as much as I do your stove gets dirty.  Of course I clean my stove after I cook but hiding under the rims of the burners was hiding the ickiest of stuff . . . oy!

Cleaning the stove is a dreadful job but it has to be done in order to prevent bacteria from making you and your family sick. There is a surprising way to remove the crusty crud that’s lurking under the burners without using harsh chemicals and without working too hard.

What is this miracle cleaner . . .  ketchup!  Yuppers . . . the concoction of tomatoes, vinegar and other ingredients.

Remove the burners and put them in hot soapy water to soak.  Wipe off any loose dirt and other debris with a damp sponge or cloth.  Now completely cover any areas with burnt on grime in ketchup.  Be careful, if your gas stove top has a pilot light.

Let the ketchup set for at least an hour. 

After an hour or so the acid in the ketchup will have dissolved the burned on bits so only minimal effort is required to remove the residue.  A soft scrubby cleaning sponge like you use to clean your dishes is all you need.

The hardest part is getting all the ketchup off the stovetop. Remove most of it with a dry paper towel and then wipe up the rest with a spray cleaner or vinegar/water solution.

You may need to reapply the ketchup for the more deeply blackened, burnt on spots.  After the second application, the ketchup will have worked through the last of the crusty burnt on bits,

For just a few cents worth of ketchup you have bright clean stove top.

How cool is that?

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