February Home Maintenance To-Do List
To-Do #4: Clean Oven and Stovetop
Don’t put away your rubber gloves and cleaner just yet! While you’re busy working in the kitchen, this is a good time to spruce up your stovetop and oven as well.
To Clean a Stovetop:
- Remove the stove burners, drip pans, and knobs.
- Wipe down the drip pans with a solution of dish soap and baking soda, and let them sit.
- Spray down the stovetop with a citrus-based cleaner.
- Using the same method as with the cabinets, microwave a wet sponge for 30-40 seconds and use the hot sponge to scrub grease and grime off the stovetop. Be sure to wear gloves so you don’t burn your hands!
- Sprinkle stubborn stains with baking soda, and scrub it clean.
- If the stovetop looks hazy, spray it with white vinegar and shine it up with a dry towel.
- Rinse and re-heat your sponge, and use it to scrub the drip pans and stove knobs clean.
- Replace the drip pans, knobs, and stove burners.
To Clean an Oven:
The easiest (but harshest) way to clean the oven is to use a commercial oven cleaner, following the instructions on the package. For a greener option, sprinkle the bottom of the oven with baking soda, spritz with water, let it sit overnight, then scrub it clean.
Now, your kitchen is sparkling clean! Winter’s not over yet, so help keep things clean – and save a lot of energy – by whipping up some easy, comforting meals in your slow cooker.