Now I love cleaning my stove grates

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I admit it- I have NEVER been a fan of cleaning EVER! However when you combine minimal effort and maximum results I’m all over it. I pretty much gave up on cleaning my gas stove grates years ago. The gunk that cakes on them from years of boil overs and heat is daunting to even think it will come off.
Thank you Pinterest for introducing me to the best trick ever: ammonia and a ziplock bag. Add 1/4 cup ammonia to the ziplock bag then place one stove grate in each bag and zip closed. I did mine in stages so I could still cook. Leave them a minimum of 8 hours in a well ventilated area and put bag on a cookie sheet just incase it leaks. The liquid doesn’t need to cover the grate- its the fumes that does the work? I put mine outside for a whole day.
I had 17 years of yuck on my grates. The first set of grates I left for 8-10 hours and I had to scrub a little bit and actually put them back in the bags for another run with fresh ammonia. But I got so busy for the other set they were in the bags for two days!! When I took them out and ran them under water the gunk SLID RIGHT OFF!!
Look real close at my photo and you can see the grate on the left is black with gunk- the grate on the right is back to its original grey color and it shines no!
Check out the Pinterest post below that started my experiment and have some kitchen magic fun!

http://www.thevspotblog.com/2011/07/cleaning-stove-burners-grates-best.html

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Grout cleaner so easy….and cheap!

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I had no idea my grout had gotten so dirty. My memory had failed me and I had convinced myself that I had actually CHOSEN that grout color in the left photo when we remodeled. How wrong I was!
I saw the remedy on Pinterest and I have included the link

http://www.amumntheoven.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2012-07-28T05:27:00-07:00&max-results=7&start=7&by-date=false

I grabbed my bucket, scrub brush and gloves and gave it a whirl. Don’t get me wrong, I added some elbow grease. It the results were wonderful! I was reintroduced to my original grout color after everything had dried completely. I did make sure I gave the floor a few food rinses so the baking sod didn’t leave its nasty residue.

My dirty grout is in the left photo and my new clean grout on the right.