Wipe your grill grates and stove burners clean! No scrubbing!
I was talking with a friend recently about how she had tried everything to clean the gunk off of her gas stove burners and NOTHING was working. Then she tried using household ammonia. When she shared her awesome results with me, I knew I needed to test it out myself and share it with everyone!
I picked up a 64-fl oz (2 qt) jug of ammonia at my local Walmart for only $1.12, but you can find it at most any retail grocery store. Want to save some extra cash on this project? Head on over to Coupons.com for printable coupons that you can use when buying supplies!
We found that it worked best to double-bag the stove burners in resealable gallon-sized bags. Add about 1/4 cup of household ammonia in with each burner. Seal the bags. Then put those into a garbage bag and use a rubber band to seal it. You want to seal the ammonia fumes in there and let those fumes break up all of the food gunk. The fumes clean it, not the liquid.
The grill grates were too big for a gallon bag, so we just doubled up on the garbage bags, added about 1 cup of ammonia, and tried to seal it up well.
Let it sit outside in the bags overnight, or for about 12-24 hours. It is possible that the ammonia will leak out of the bags, so it is best to let it sit outside and on a surface that will not be damaged from the ammonia. We decided to move the bags to the concrete patio after taking the pictures.
Then, carefully remove the items from the bags, dispose of the ammonia properly (see below) and you should be able to wipe all that gunk off easily with a sponge. That’s right, JUST wipe. No scrubbing! If it doesn’t wipe clean easily, you can try doing this process a second time and that should do the trick. Then just rinse the grates and/or burners in a sink to remove the any remaining ammonia and you’re good to go!
This is definitely my go-to way of cleaning grill grates and stove top burners from now on!
For safety precautions, wear rubber gloves and safety glasses when working with ammonia. You don’t want it to splash up into your eyes! The Poison Control Center recommends disposing your ammonia down a sink where there is plenty of ventilation, such as a garage sink. If you do not have a garage sink, they recommend opening a window near the sink you are using for 10-15 minutes.
Household ammonia cleaning solutions usually have between 5 -10% ammonia. If you store and use the proper safety precautions with household ammonia, it can be used WITHOUT any toxic effects. By rinsing your items thoroughly after using this cleaning method, all of the ammonia can and will be removed.
After doing this the first time I like to use my pyrex measuring cups because they are non porous and will not absorb smells and chemicals that may happen with plastic. Here’s a great deal on a set of three!
- Includes: 1-Cup, 2-Cup,and 4-Cup
- Handy for cooking, baking, and making your own cleaning recipes!
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