The only way to keep a kitchen good as new is to never use it. Even the most careful cook will spill stew from her ladle or have a pot boil over. Regardless of one’s cleaning prowess, these drips and smears accumulate over time and produce a hardened combination of food and grease residue that even the best scrubbing cannot remove.
Here is one of our stovetop grills. Notice the buildup of grease. We’ve tried cleansers, hot water, the dishwasher, but we could not get rid of this accumulation over four years of daily cooking.
Thankfully Pinterest does have its benefits other than an overload of fashion ensembles and wedding decor ideas. I got the idea from this blog, who got it from this blog, that simple ammonia will get rid of these residues as if they were fresh spills.
The idea is to seal the grill in an airtight container with a small amount of pure ammonia to expose it to the fumes.
I put a stove burner grill in a Ziploc bag and sealed it with 1/4 cup of ammonia for 12 hours. This is a very smelly procedure that is best implemented outdoors, but apartment dwellers as myself do not have that luxury so just make sure that you seal the bags securely and you’ll be fine.
After 12 hours, the dirt wipes right off with a paper towel, resulting in brand new grills and grates! Is that amazing or what? Take care to dispose of the ammonia and bags quickly so as not to fill your home with noxious fumes. Using gloves, I wiped off the grease and rinsed them in hot water, cleaning them as usual with cleanser. (Do not mix ammonia with any other cleaning product. It’s dangerous.)
Tell me you’re impressed!