Cooktop Cove: Take off years of grease from your appliances with these 6 brilliant methods
Cleaning grease off an appliance is hardly anyone's idea of a good time, but unless you enjoy feeling slightly guilty every time you avoid making eye contact with the top of your stove, knowing how to deal with it as quickly as possible is about as close to enjoyment most of us are going to get.
If you're still hesitant to tackle those greasy spots, check out a few of these tips and get your kitchen looking brand new again!
1. Remove grease from microwave vents
To ensure your microwave functions safely, and properly, you should regularly clean the vent area to get rid of grease. Soak a damp cloth with vinegar and ring it out. Then use the wet rag to tackle the vent and inside of the microwave. You may need to use a pencil or other thin object to poke the rag into small crevices. This works with range vents too!
2. Straight baking soda
Pour baking soda on your greasy spots and scrub away the grease. Thrifty and Chic
recommends adding fresh baking soda as soon as it becomes harder to get the grease off. Once you remove the grease, you'll want to wipe down the appliance with a mixture of vinegar and water.
3. Use peroxide and baking soda
Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda until you create a thick paste. Dip a scrubber sponge in the peroxide/baking soda mixture and wipe away grease with ease. This works on tough spots around the burners, the stove hood and around the knobs. Check out the before and after results from Emily P.
4. Douse grease spills with flour
Whether you splash grease on the stove, counter or floor, you can make it easier to clean up by covering the spill with flour as quickly as possible. The flour will soak up the spill, making it much easier to wipe away, according to How Stuff Works.
5. Clean grease from inside your oven with vinegar
If you have thick grease stains (inside your oven or even inside your refrigerator), spray vinegar onto the grease and allow it to soak for at least five minutes. After removing the crusty surface, you can use baking soda to scrub the rest away.
6.Remove grease from the inside of your microwave
Fill a bowl or glass with 1 part water, 1 part vinegar. Set your microwave timer to 2 minutes and allow the mixture to boil. Leave the door closed to allow the steam to work for a few minutes, then take a damp rag or paper towels to wipe down the inside of your microwave.
7. Remove grease from the side of your fridge
If your fridge is near your stove, grease has probably splattered there too. To remove the grease, grab your iron. Place a wet (but not sopping) towel over the grease and use a hot iron to scrub over the towel. This will loosen the grease from the surface of the fridge. Wipe away the remnants with your rag (note: it will be hot, so be careful), according to a post on Cheftalk
If you hate cleaning up grease as much as I do, make sure to try one of these tips the next time you have to tackle a mess. Make sure to share your new-found knowledge by passing along these tips to your friends on Facebook.
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