Wow is this a great recipe or what! I have a gas stove that has all grates over the whole top of it...so I was cleaning the oven and thought I should try this recipe for the top grates and throw in the oven grates in too....did it outside (it was 35 degrees) in a big garbage bag and I put about 1/2 cup in as it was a big bag...let it sit out on the stones in the driveway about an hour...and had to get out the hose to rinse them off before bringing in...but what a difference! Great recipe....thanks
I've been saving this tip forever, and finally decided it was time to clean my gas grates after 5 years...since I'm selling the stove and think I'll get more money with it all pretty and clean. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the recipe time doesn't account for any time to do your scrubbing. There is no way they'll be clean in 32 minutes...I added another 30 minutes to lightly scrub everything. It did work like a charm and I would definitely use this technique again. Next time, I won't put the bag on the painted garage floor while it soaks..the bag leaked a bit and it took off some of the floor paint. Be careful where you put the bag. Next time I'll put it in the grass in the shade.
I wish I'd known this 36 years ago when I was first married-I've wasted so much time trying to clean those grates at home and at work and the anwser was so cheap, quick and easy. Thanks for posting!
This works very well. Here's another tip: if you have a self-cleaning oven, you can put all of your grates and also cast iron pots and enamel ware baking pans in the oven when you clean it and they will come out just like brand new. It works every time.
This is really quite astonishing. Have to admit that the burner on the front which I use daily was in the worst shape and required a little elbow grease, but nothing compared to the hours spent before. (It gets so bad I often put it in the oven when I'm running a self cleaning cycle and just incinerate the gunk. This was my first time with ammonia and was knocked over a bit by the fumes. Do this in a well ventilated area for sure. Thanks for a great and economical cleaning option.
Ok...first, my grates were in pretty bad shape and now they are almost like new - well, 3 look new and the 4th looks almost like new. :) Thanks so much for posting! Made for the I Recommend Tag game.
WOW! I was hesistated to try this, but i had nothing to lose. I had hacked and scratched and this stuff on my stove top was not coming off. I used a trash bag I put the burners in one with about a half cup ammonia, then I put my stove top into another poured in the ammonia. I then let them sit all day and ran out of time so doused the stove top with more ammonia and let them sit overnight. Put off doing the dirty deed as I knew that once again i would be hacking and scrapping along with more scratching. Took the burners first as I could clean them in the kitchen sink. WoW the stuff flaked off in sheets. With just a tad scrubbing the burnt on gunk was flaking off. Yowzer, okay now I'm excited about the stove top. The same thing the gunk just flaked off in sheets!! This stuff is amazing. Sadly my stove top is scratched in places trying to use other cleaners. I no longer will use them just a soak with ammonia and whiter then white once again. Thank you Susie for posting this miracle cleaning solution!!! Wish I had taken pictures of before and after, it is unbelieveable that it is white again with so little scrubbing. AMAZING!
I'm so glad to have found this technique. It worked wonders! I didn't bother to wash or scrub the grates beforehand. Just put them into a kitchen trashbag along with the discs that the grates sit on. I left it overnight and part of the next day. I would not do this inside as the fumes are quite powerful. I brought it in just before washing. To begin with any of the stuff that wasn't black wiped off with no trouble. The burned on areas took some scrubbing but I found that it would pop off with just my fingernail. I may have spend the same amount of time scrubbing as before but the difference was that when I stopped it wasn't because I had given up but because there was nothing more to scrub! I posted a picture... too bad I didn't think to take a "before" shot.
I was shocked with how well this worked. I used about a 1/2 cup ammonia in each bag, because I was trying to do it from memory. I also had to let it sit a couple of hours, because of errands. The gunk literaly just wiped off. No scrubbing whatsoever.
Holy Cow! I really thought my grates were too far gone for this to work. But, it was worth a try! Well, I'm glad I tried it because they look brand new! I did have to scrub a few spots and one of the grates needed a second treatment because it was in terrible shape. But, it worked like a charm. They look brand new! Thanks SusieQusie! Now my mother in law can't complain about my kitchen any longer. WooHoo!