From the “fighting fire with fire” file…..today we are going to be fighting gunky oil splatters with….more OIL! I know, some of you are saying, “But Jillee…that sounds like CRAZY TALK!” To which I reply…”Crazy like a FOX!” Allow me to explain……..
I wanted to see what kind of manly housekeeping he had been up to. :-) That guy never disappoints. Once again I found myself immediately drawn to one of his ideas and simply had to try it out.
This is a greasy stove hood. I doubt there is a home in the universe that hasn’t dealt with this before. It happens when we cook GREASY stuff. How it gets THAT FAR UP on the stove hood is a mystery to me…it just does. Normally to clean this I would get out my bottle of 1/2 water & 1/2 ammonia and spray down the hood, then wipe it off. Works quite well! However, it SMELLS horrible and it is considered a hazardous chemical that can irritate skin, eyes, and lungs if not used properly. Not necessarily a cleaning agent that fosters confidence. :-/
So I was very interested is seeing if this little “trick” of Mike’s would really work. Guess what? Mike did it again. I now have a new way to clean my greasy stove WITHOUT resorting to using potentially harmful chemicals.
Here’s how it works:
Put a couple of drops of oil on a paper towel, wipe the paper towel over the greasy surface, and watch that gunk come right off!
Yep, the proof is on the paper towel….
…..and on the nice and shiny hood!
When you are done cleaning, take another clean paper towel (or cloth towel) and wipe down the surface one more time. This will leave the surface lightly coated in oil, making future clean-ups much easier!
Mike recommends using Mineral Oil, which is a neutral oil used to treat wood products like cutting boards and salad bowls, but Vegetable Oil works just as well. That’s what I used.
Since the stove hood turned out so well, I decided I would try the other greasy surfaces on my appliance. I actually thought the stove top results were marginal (too much gunk to get through)…..but the console (is that what you call the part of the stove with the knobs and buttons?) turned out beautifully!
As you can see, this appliance has seen many years of “active duty” (I’m thinking it deserves an honorable discharge soon!) but the parts that are still black and shiny (as opposed to scratched and dingy) shined up beautifully! I was happy to give my old friend a good cleaning and restore some of the lustre of its’ youth.
So thanks Mike…for another useful cleaning tip that I will definitely be using from now on.