food splatters: microwave & stove edition

I love a clean stove, but I rarely have one because I cook majority of our meals there.

Over the last several weeks, I’ve really let it get out of control, too, because of my quality time with my cast iron skillet.

So, it was time to clean it. Look at how bad it was:

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Embarrassing. Thankfully, I’ve learned some ways to clean the whole stove and microwave with some cleaners I keep at my house all the time:

  • vinegar
  • dawn dish soap
  • dryer sheets

Part of the process is leaving my grates and racks in my bathtub overnight, so make sure you allow time for that when you start cleaning!

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First, pour a cup of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl or cup and warm it in your microwave for 5 minutes.

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While that’s “cooking,” grab those grates--and I grab my oven racks as well--and put them in the bathtub with hot water, a splash of vinegar, and about a teaspoon of dish soap.

I've started putting lemon essential oils in this mix as well because I've heard it's good. I haven't noticed a big difference with it though.

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By the time you get all your racks in the tub with enough water to cover them, your five minutes should be up.

Put the cup of vinegar on the counter for later use, grab a dry rag, and wipe out your microwave. The vinegar breaks down all the sticky spots, and you can literally wipe them away after those five minutes. If you have some spots that need some extra elbow grease, dip your rag in the vinegar and go back at them.

 It's amazing.

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P.S. When you buy a microwave cover and don't use it, your microwave will definitely continue to be dirty.

 

Gather any big pieces of food out of the stove and throw them away.

Take that cup of vinegar from the microwave--it will be hot!--and dip a sponge or a rag in it to start scrubbing the grime off the stove.

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If you have some hard spots on the stove, leave some baking soda with a drop of vinegar on them, and they will bubble and break up easier than scrubbing.

Now your stove and microwave are clean!

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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Wait until the water is cold--usually a couple of hours, but I just leave it overnight--before you get your racks out of the tub.

Then use the dryer sheet to wipe the grime off the grates and racks.

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Rinse them and immediately dry them on a towel.

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Put them back on your stove and vow to yourself that you will do a better job of keeping the food splatters cleaned up!

Estimated time: 30 minutes

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You might be able to keep that promise, but I have the struggle, which is why I have to soak everything and use elbow grease to keep it cleaned up.

Do you have any tips for cleaning the stove and microwave--or keeping them clean?