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Monday, May 6, 2013


Happy Monday everyone!  How was your weekend?  We had a bang-up birthday party...can't wait to share it with you tomorrow!

Today I have a tip for you that's too good not to share!  A few weeks ago I came across this pin on Pinterest and was intrigued...especially since I had just cooked a big pot of beans that boiled over and made a mess. 

It sounded too good to be true, so I thought I'd give it a try.  All you need are dirty burners, a ziploc bag, and ammonia.  I had some 2 2/1 gallon bags on hand, and they were the perfect size to slide 2 burner grates and drip pans in.  

After the burners are in the bag, pour a small amount of ammonia in-I used not even a cup.  The parts don't need to be immersed in the liquid, the fumes from the ammonia really do all the work.  After zipping the bag, it just needs time to work!  Overnight is best, and I set mine out on the back porch just in case something leaked.  

After that time has passed, open the bag and remove the stove parts.  CAUTION-the fumes are VERY strong!  I opened the bag and turned my head the other way while it aired out a bit.  I laid the parts in the sink and gave them a very quick scrub with the kitchen brush, mainly just to knock any loose particles off, and then rinsed well in hot water.  I almost couldn't believe the results!

See the proof left in the bag?  I know...gross...but it worked!

All of the grease splatters and crusty spills were totally gone.  With a quick shine of the dish towel, everything looked as good as new!  In the past I have scrubbed and scrubbed those burners with an SOS pad (not fun!) and still didn't get as good of results as this method.  I'm sold!  

Now I'm trying to decide what else I can clean using this method.  Wish my oven racks could fit in a ziploc bag!  I'm wondering if setting a bowl of ammonia in the oven overnight would give the same results.  Anyone know?

ANOTHER CAUTION-Be safe when using ammonia!  NEVER mix ammonia with bleach or any products containing bleach-the results could be fatal. 

Visit Vivienne to read about her experience with this tip!  I'm so glad she stove will be forever grateful!

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  1. I love that trick! It really does work :) xo Kristin

  2. Great idea! I am going to have to try this! Thanks for posting!

  3. Wow that's amazing! I too wish my oven racks would fit in there. I would have been afraid the ammonia would melt the ziplock bag. Thanks for trying and showing this one.

  4. Wow, that's impressive! Any miracles for a teenager's closet? :)

  5. How about trying the oven racks in a huge black gardening type bag? The ones that are made for leaves, etc. Might be the solution! :)


  6. You can clean furniture hardware with ammonia! Susan at Uniquely Yours or Mine told me about it. It will melt paint off and clean whatever gunk is on those old handles. I soak overnight and wash off in the morning with water and a toothbrush if there is a lot of detail on the hardware.

  7. I saw that on Pinterest too and now I know it works :) didn't know that about bleach and ammonia by the way.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this! Great tip! My burners are the size of your two put together and one burner pan is stationary to the stove. I wonder if this tip would work if you put the water and ammonia in the burner pan and covered it was plastic over night? I know exactly what you mean about scrubbing with the brillo pads...magic erasers...I've tried everything and can't get them completely clean.

  9. I love easy solutions like that. This is what is so awesome about blogging….sharing ideas that make life a bit easier. Thanks Jennifer!

  10. Oh wow! Awesome 'after' picture. Thanks for the tip Jennifer!

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  11. I'm glad you found the pin for my article and it worked for you! :)


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