My stove takes a beating, a serious one. Between canning, jamming, pickling, preserving, and all the day to day cooking, I put it through a lot! I was on pinterest (shocker right?) and I saw a pin for easy cleaning using ammonia and I was completely intrigued, I rushed right out and bought ammonia. 4 weeks went by and I still hadn’t done it, what can I say, there has been a lot going on and the stove seems to always be in use. Finally I declared I had waited long enough, and I would take the plunge and do it! Honestly, it couldn’t be any easier, this is the best thing ever! I didn’t take a before picture and I wish I had, in fact I didn’t even think of it untill they were all wrapped up lol.
There are two ways you can do it. One burner at a time in a big Ziplock freezer bag, or all together in a bucket. I opted to do them all together in a bin, it just seemed easier to me. You don’t need to cover the burners with ammonia, just use 1/4 cup per burner.
You will need:
- 1/4 Cup ammonia per burner (it’s gonna smell a little)
- Container or large zip lock or brining bag (if using a container without a lid, you CAN wrap the container in plastic wrap, like the entire thing, and it totally works. Yes, that is what I did. I laid out a bunch of plastic wrap on the floor of my kitchen and proceeded to wrap th entire container neatly and orderly ensuring no seams were exposed.
- A healthy dose of patience
How to do it:
- Choose your vessel and decide whether you are cleaning the burners all together or separately
- Add 1/4Cup ammonia per burner
- Add Burner(s)
- Seal and put outside or away from little people or animals
- Wait 12-24 hours (grill food for dinner)
- While wearing gloves, open them up, and dump the ammonia and nastiness. It is best to do this in a tub or outside. The ammonia will smell rather strongly, so it’s best to keep your face turned in the other direction
- Rinse off under running water. If you see any pieces that need a little help, just rub them off with your gloved hand
- Make sure they are rinsed really well, and then allow to dry and put back into action!
- It’s THAT easy!
I did my burners just after breakfast on a Saturday and unearthed them just before breakfast the following day, so they sat about 24 hours, you can wait as little as 12 hours though. You can set them on top of each other, I did offset them a bit, and they were fine. You have to give this a try!