An easy cleaning tip for one of the worst jobs in the house!


My stove burners get absolutely disgusting. Sealing them up with a tiny bit of pure ammonia makes it possible to just wipe clean with a sponge.
So easy to do this! You don't even need elbow grease!
Ick! (I cook a lot... don't you judge me.) ;)
Take the disgusting, yucky burner and seal it up in a big Ziploc-type bag with about 1/4 cup of ammonia and let it sit overnight.
The same burner, 12 hours and no scrubbing later. Ammonia fumes have worked their magic. It's the fumes that dissolve the grease, not the ammonia itself.

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  • Caroline Bick
    on Jul 28, 2018

    can you use this for oven racks as well please

    • Ivette Alvarez Martinez
      on Apr 6, 2019

      Spray your oven racks with oven cleaner, put them in a trash bag and close it, leave it for a couple of hours or overnight and then rinse them off with a hose, usually everything just rinses off and if you have any areas with residue it's very minimal scrubbing.

  • Diana Renouf
    on Nov 5, 2018

    Can you use ammonia on a dirty oven?

    • Glennis
      7 days ago

      Absolutely!! The fumes...Put your oven racks in a large garbage bag with about 1/4-1/3 cup ammonia and twist shut. Leave them inside a cold oven overnight...leave a GLASS container with about 1/3 cup ammonia in your oven overnight... USE GLOVES...wash and rinse the next day!

  • Donna Ringer Heard
    on Apr 7, 2019

    Is this safe for black metal grates on a gas stovetop

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  • Claire Brackett
    on Nov 25, 2018

    I wash was them in the dishwasher from time to time!

  • Gooddayevery1
    on Oct 14, 2019

    If you want to easy clean with having to get ammonia use about 4 dryer sheets and place them and your oven racks in a bath tub of running hot water by the time the water cools so you can put your hands in the tub you will just need a soft scrubbie and you will have CLEAN racks again and your hands will be safe, to clean your tub after use dish soap

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