I want you to think about the last time you actually took time and really cleaned your stove and also the enameled cast iron stove grates. And I am not even talking about the everyday quick wiping with a damp dish towel either. Most of you probably will not even remember the last time you conducted a thorough cleaning session.
While it seems fine with just a halfhearted wipe every single day, I promise you it is not and that there is more than what meets the eye. Just a simple wipe with a damp cloth will not remove all the layers of grease caked on the grates, not to mention the baked-on food and months old stains from food spills that never come off no matter how hard you try.
I know, I know. With everything else around the kitchen that needs proper maintenance and attention, adding one more on that list feels like the world crashing around you.
Fortunately, the iron grates do not need a lot of work and effort required!
What you will need:
- Hot water
- Strong enough dish soap to remove grease
- Nylon scrubber
- Bon Ami Cleaner
- Dish towel
Step 1: Make sure the grates are cool
Make sure the stove grates have cooled down completely before you go and wash it. Otherwise, there is a risk of cracking it. Put them in the sink once they are cooled.
Step 2: Pour in boiling water
Pour some boiling water over the grates in the sink slowly to help the grease loosen. Depending on how big your sink is, take one or two grates at a time to clean so you have ample room to work comfortably. Also, leave a spare grate to actually boil the water!!
Step 3: Add soap and hot water in the sink
Plug in your sink and fill it to the top with very hot water. With the grates still in, pour in some of the strong dish soap and let it sit for about ten or fifteen minutes.
Step 4: Wash with some Bon Ami cleaner
Once the time is up, remove the water. Take your Bon Ami cleanser and get a little on your scrubber. Make sure it is a scrubber that will not scratch, hence a nylon scrubber is most preferable. Then, scrub at the grate, removing any leftover food stain and/or grease.
Step 5: Rinse with warm water
Rinse away all the suds from the stove grates with warm water
Step 6: Dry thoroughly
Take your dish towel or paper towel and dry off the stove grates thoroughly.
Step 7: Put the clean grates back
If you have a few minutes to spare, take a sponge and get a dollop of your dish soap onto the sponge. You want to squeeze out the excess water making sure you do not remove the actual soap too much. Scrub all across the stove with the soaked sponge, paying extra attention to all the baked-on food or spills. Squeeze out the gunk and rewet and re-soap a couple of times before you continue scrubbing. Repeat this step until you have used up all the soap from the sponge and all there is left is clear water. Now, wipe away the soap from the surface of the stove. Use a clean dish towel to rub the stove and remove the streaks of water. Once the stove is squeaky clean, put the grates back on.