When you’ve got grime on your grime in your stove top burning pans and then you manage to boil over milk on top of that grime, it is time for a life change: Clean the darned stove top!
Yes, you could buy some of that toxic-smelling oven cleaner, spray it on, and wipe it off. Your kitchen will smell like a toxic wasteland and your burner pans won’t be much cleaner than they will be with this “volcano” method. Every science fair has a variant of this cleaning project: pour vinegar over baking soda and watch it bubble and fizz.
Stove Top Cleaning Steps
- Simply remove your burner pans and place them on a cookie sheet or in some container that will hold a bit of vinegar.
- Sprinkle the burner pans with baking soda.
- Pour regular white vinegar over the soda and pans.
- Watch it fizz and say “Oooooo!” (Do it while your kids are away if you want the job all to yourself.)
- Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and, at best, some hours.
- Scrub with a metal scrubber or good abrasive scrubber.
- Rinse and repeat as necessary.
The burner in the picture was treated two times and allowed to soak about 30 minutes each — a short time because of the anxiousness of the helper in the picture. After two scrubbings, there was still a bit of black on the pans but the pans more than met my standard. Your standards may vary.