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A Stove Scrub Means More than Cleanliness

In feng shui terms, a stove is the epicenter of your home. It provides food that nourishes the entire family. Nourishment leads to vitality and vitality leads to energy and wealth. Now that may seen a little abstract, so let’s look at it this way. Imagine, if you have to, that your stove is covered in food splatter and grease. Three things immediately come to mind: gross, ghetto and get out of here (AKA avoidance, which leads to over-spending at restaurants or eating cheap unhealthy food.) Wait, to complete the alliteration I have going on, let’s add. “gag!”

A filthy stove certainly sucks away any culinary inspiration you may have. Old, crusty food holds stale energy that can also be an energy drain.

Here’s the problem. While you may have a self-cleaning oven, a clean stove top requires rubber gloves and an afternoon of exertion. Trust me, I am a baby when it comes to this task. And that is why I’ve gone out of my way to make it easier.

First, let me tell you what not to do: do not put your burners in the oven when you do the self-clean. I tried that and it caused my oven to not lock correctly and then the oven heated to a million degrees, my knobs on the outside melted because heat was escaping. Okay, hope we’re clear on that move.

Now, for the good stuff:
1. Get all the loose crumbs with a vacuum or damp paper towel.
2. Soak a paper towel in white vinegar and spread it out over your stove top – almost like you’re wallpapering your stove top with it. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
3. After that, if there are some stingy spots that won’t let go, make a paste of water and baking soda. I love baking soda because it’s harmless and it won’t scratch.
4. Soak your burners in warm soapy water in the sink. (I’m not an idiot; I know this is barely going to make a difference, but it will get the process started.)
5. To really do the job on spotted burners, you need to marinate them in ammonia over night. Put them in a sealed plastic bag. Even though it’s sealed, there will be fumes so you need to keep them outside or in a far corner of the basement.
6. Now, your stove should be looking lickable! So, instead of repeating this process every week, you’re now going to give your stove top a light polish with car wax. This way, food splatter will have less sticking power and will wipe off much easier in the future.

Hurray! You now have a shining beauty in your kitchen.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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