The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Cleaning Stove Burners & Grates using Ammonia (The best, easiest, cheapest way EVER.)

I’m going to change your life today.  (Well, your stove top at least.)

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Don’t you judge me!  I cook.  A lot.

These were my stove burner/grates.
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Yep.  They were so bad that I am almost embarrassed to put a watermark on this photo.   You cook… oil and grease spatter… they get heated and reheated and then pretty soon you have a disgusting coating that will not. scrub. off. ever.

What to do…?  Stop. Scrubbing.

Remember ammonia?  Basic ammonia?   Take about 1/4 cup of ammonia and seal it up with one of the burners in a large ziploc bag.  You only need a little amonia in the bag.  You are not trying to soak the burner… you just want to seal it up with the ammonia fumes.
I leave it outside on a cookie sheet overnight.  (You can leave it inside, but I move it outside just in case the bag springs a leak or something.  Stinky.)  It is the fumes from the ammonia that dissolves all of the grease and hardened oil. You don’t need to soak it, it just needs to be sealed up with the ammonia fumes.

When it’s done sitting, it should wipe clean with a sponge.
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See how amazing?  It’s the same burner.  Easy peasy, no more greasy.
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Why buy expensive cleaners and/or use a lot of elbow grease?  Cheap ammonia and 12 hours = totally clean.

What would you do with extra time and money…?

You. Are. Welcome.

*****Updated: Never, EVER mix ammonia with anything that has bleach in it.  It creates toxic fumes.  (In general, I suggest you don’t play chemist and try to mix ammonia with anything, period.)*****

Updated 3/6/13: The nice ladies at Made From Pinterest tried this out and were super happy with the results and had an extra tip or two in there as well.



Al said...

July 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Excellent tip! The grate looks brand new. I'll have to give that a try, thanks.

LeAnne said...

July 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Hmmmm, can't wait to try this! Although my stove grates are black, I know that crud is there. My DH will be quite impressed.

Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl said...

July 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Oh. Yeah. I'm sooo doing this...thank you so so much for the amazing tip, Viv!!!! I can't believe how the good the "after" looks...

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

July 7, 2011 at 1:29 pm
Wow, that is an excellent tip. I am going to try this on my 1987 stove!! Thanks!

Kelli said...

July 7, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Whoa baby!!! That's amazing. I have one of those glass top stove and it's so hard to get clean.

Pam said...

July 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Great tip! I am very impressed.

Have a great day!

Lori E said...

July 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm
I have tried this with my oven racks in my old stove but didn't have much luck. I think mine were in worse shape (hanging head in embarrassment)
Remember to never get ammonium with any products with bleach in them or you will have toxic fumes.

Johanson Family said...

July 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm
well hot damn, I'm gonna try that! I so wish I just had a flat top stove and never had to worry about dang burners or the casings that hold them in.. they drive me crazy!! I'll keep ya posted if I can get it to work for me!! Otherwise, you can visit Dallas again soon, right? You have better luck with products working than me.. or more patience.

Becca @ R We There Yet Mom? said...

July 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Seriously?? Where do you learn this stuff????


Good Time Charlie said...

July 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Wow, that is one of the coolest cleaning tips I have seen in a LONG time! I cook quite a bit too, and my stove shows it! I keep thinking one of these days the black powder coating on my gas rings is going to come off from all the scrubbing. And, to some extent, I have given up. Now, do you have a wonder solution for Copper Pans? I have a nice set, well loved, they no looka so nice.......

chris said...

July 7, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Clever girl!

joanne said...

July 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm
This will work in a stove as well...a flat pan filled on the bottom and leave overnight(perhaps a bit longer in certain cases) and bingo! Wipes clean for me every time!

joanne said...

July 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm
For the copper...salt and lemon juice works well.

Shawn said...

July 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm
My burners a very big and black {stop it Connie, I know what you're thinking} so they don't look nasty but I could still get the grease off of them if I can find a bag big enough. Great tip!

Aledia said...

July 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm
What a wonderful tip! Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

Jen Avila said...

July 8, 2011 at 5:08 am
I am so excited to try this tip! I have the grates in the ziploc bags right now. I am optimistic!! Thanks for sharing!!

Dianne@Baking4Six said...

July 8, 2011 at 6:07 am
Great Tip! - found you on The Frugal Girls :)

cALyPsO said...

July 8, 2011 at 11:08 am
Well done.

Carolyn said...

July 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm
Amonia is now on the grocery list. Woo hoo!

iram said...

July 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm
wow thank you so much VIV this is one tip i needed ALOT :)

Johnnie said...

July 8, 2011 at 10:12 pm
You are one handy woman. Have an awesome weekend!

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

July 9, 2011 at 5:54 am
Thanks for sharing! I'll try it!

Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

July 9, 2011 at 6:24 am
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Desiree @ The 36th Avenue said...

July 9, 2011 at 6:26 am
I think I love you... I hate cleaning these things.

I'd love for you to share it at my link party.

Lucy Designs said...

July 12, 2011 at 1:27 am
great info...thank you!!

Carla said...

July 12, 2011 at 3:41 am
I need away to get the burnt on black on the stove top around the burners ( caused by using pans bigger then the burner) I have tried everything . My stove is white so it looks awful.

Janell said...

July 12, 2011 at 5:10 am
I've been using this trick the last couple of every time! I'm always amazed after I take them out of the ziploc bag and the grime slides right off! Definitely beats all of the elbow grease I have wasted over the years!

LrSchwtz said...

July 12, 2011 at 1:08 pm
What a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing this easy way to clean those pesky burner grates! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

rachel @ perfectly imperfect said...

July 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm
you may have just saved my teapot from trashcan banishment! i leave it on the stove 24-7 because we use it so much, and it's as dirty as the burners. i'll be giving it your magic ammonia treatment today! thanks so much for sharing. : )

Amy from GrownFromScratch said...

July 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Thanks SO much for the great tip. I have struggled with what to do with my gas burner grates. Mine are cast iron, do you think the same thing will work? They are also huge.

Anonymous said...

July 12, 2011 at 4:42 pm
This sounds genius! I'm trying this as soon as I get home today.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

July 13, 2011 at 1:29 am
Brilliant tip! Why didn't I know that 10 years ago!
Thanks so much!

~Iffy~ said...

July 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Awesome, mine are so bad too & I have scrubbed & scrubbed, thanks so much! This looks wonderful =D I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! There's a new one every Friday
& be sure to check out my giveaway too! Stopping by from the Tip Me Tuesday party.

brenda said...

July 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm
Thanks! mine are horrible. Anyone have a suggestion for the stove top that;s just as bad-my husband blows up the kitchen when he cooks.

Jess the balanced libra said...

July 13, 2011 at 7:20 pm
dang! that is amazing Im trying this!
thanks for the tip!
Jess@ the balanced libra

Leslie said...

July 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm
SO can't wait to try this! Your before picture is exactly what mine look like!!

Michelle said...

July 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Wow! What a transformation! I wonder if I could somehow make it work for my flat glass rangetop. Maybe if i put a little condiment dish of ammonia in the middle of the burner and sealed in the fumes with press n seal. Though not sure what I would do at the end to avoid a fume filled house. hmmm. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

c.w.frosting said...

July 14, 2011 at 1:17 am
I have ammonia, large ziplocks, and dirty burners! They always get neglected on our gas range. Thanks for sharing :)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

CAS said...

July 14, 2011 at 3:22 am
Thanks for the reminder that ammonia can work wonders, but thanks also for reminding all of us about the potential hazards.

L said...

July 15, 2011 at 4:45 am
Where can I get Ammonia? In Grocery store? Which section?

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

July 15, 2011 at 5:12 am
You can buy ammonia in any grocery store in the country, in the cleaning section. (For pennies on the dollar.)

jbr said...

July 16, 2011 at 3:34 am
I've known about this for a long time, but forgot. Thanks for reminding me-I'm off to not scrub my stove.

Anonymous said...

July 16, 2011 at 5:57 am
Can't wait to try this! I am thinking I can clean the actual stovetop, too. Maybe create a "seal" with plastic wrap or foil or something. Hmm, the possibilities. Thanks for sharing!


CHS Creative Productions said...

July 17, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Great tip, thanks for sharing!! Can't wait to try it :)

Rach H said...

July 18, 2011 at 2:26 am
Oh my word. I have those same exact oven rings. I really appreciate the tip, and a picture of the jar of ammonia, (i had no idea what that was)!Found you on TT&J.

I would love for you to link this up at my weekend Link Party, Once Upon a Weekend. This weekend is my first-ever party, and I am so hoping people will participate! :)

Here’s the link if you’re interested:

Also, if you have a list of favorite link parties, I’d love to be included on Fridays. Thanks a ton!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

July 18, 2011 at 3:12 am
So excited to know this cleaning tip! My stove top looks just like your before photo and I've tried everything to get them clean. This method is so simple. Yay!!

Jeannie said...

July 18, 2011 at 5:45 am
TO Good Time Charlie Re: Copper bottom pans; when I ran out of my copper cleaner my dh told me to use ketchup and salt and it worked beautifully. Also, like the other gal posted lemon & salt. Good Luck!!

Jeannie said...

July 18, 2011 at 5:46 am
I forgot to mention this. I thought, then I googled to confirm that one should never get ammonia on aluminum as it will pit it.

Kassie said...

July 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm
I let mine soak for 24 hours yesterday and they came beautifully clean. I wish I'd read about the aluminum pitting. I sat my bags on my baking sheet and the ammonia ate the surface and turned it dark grey. Well, live and learn. Thanks for the clean burners.

Jen said...

July 24, 2011 at 3:33 am
Great tip! I have to try this! Any advice for getting the same nasty grease build-up off the actual stove? Ours gets gunky around the oven timer and we can NOT find a way to get it clean!

Michelle (The Beartwinsmom) said...

August 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm
How about the actual stove top? Mine looks like the grates, but much, much worse.

If this tip works for the grates, I'll be so ecstatically happy.

Laura said...

August 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm
OK so how do I get my glass cooking top clean? Ive tried it all and nothing works. HELP!

4 Gentlemen & a Lady said...

August 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Awesome tip! I've found "plumber's screen" (not sure of the brand of specific name, I just know of it as plumbers screen) on my burner pans works well after soaking in either vinegar or Dawn. It does take a little elbow grease but works well.
I may have to try the amonia, but I'll admit, I am a little chemical shy. Would anybody happen to know of any other tips that don't require harsh chemicals? Your burners looked so great I might have to bite the bullet & take a leap, but I thought I'd ask. :0 )

Connie said...

August 2, 2011 at 5:34 pm
What about the new stoves without the tray thingies? The burners are sealed, but the stovetop looks just like the darn grates, and I've lost a lot of "finger skin" cleaning those things.


Anonymous said...

August 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Hi, I have cast iron grates. I wonder if the amonia would hurt them?

Anonymous said...

August 2, 2011 at 6:44 pm
If they are too big to fit in a Ziploc, could you stack them in an old plastic storage tub?

Anonymous said...

August 2, 2011 at 6:58 pm
This is the type of tip our mothers should have told us, but they didn't listen to our grandmothers! Thanks a ton for sharing! I am going to use this on my grill racks once the summer is over!!

vei4346 said...

August 2, 2011 at 7:07 pm
God Bless You!!!!! For years, I have tried the old fashioned elbow grease with Scouring pads to clean those darn grates! Now, thanks to you, I have a better way! I am going to try TODAY!!!!!

Cindy said...

August 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm
Check out the dollar stores for the large ziploc bags for blankets. Oven grates should fit in the extra large blanket bags.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

August 2, 2011 at 8:25 pm
Oh you genius you! I can never get these things clean enough and it drives me nuts.

Linda H said...

August 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm
I wish I'd seen this before I spent money on new grates. Live and learn. Thanks bunches!

Pele the Chihuahua said...

August 3, 2011 at 1:54 am
THANK YOU for this post. I tried this last weekend, sorta skeptical, and it has totally changed my life! I even bought a special ammonia container to let them all sit in overnight. Tip though - I found out that, letting it sit for 2 nights kinda defeats the purpose. You HAVE to do it the next morning or it's a waste and you have to do it over. I seriously am going to try my pans now and am trying to think of other things I could use this trick on!

pat said...

August 3, 2011 at 3:09 am
my mom was doing this 40 years ago she put them all in a trash bag out on the gravel driway along with the bbq grate

Sue said...

August 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm
This is a great, economical trick that my grandmother used to employ! I soak my oven racks in humongous garbage bags to cut the crud! Works like a charm. :-)

Mel said...

August 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm
This is the BEST cleaning tip I ever got!!!! I left the burners over two nights and I couldn't believe how easily all of the baked-on grease rinsed off!!!! Amazing!!!!

Mary said...

August 10, 2011 at 2:00 am
This worked! It was amazing! But man, that ammonia smells sooooooo disgusting. I gagged so many times while putting the ammonia in my baggies. I definitely kept it outside overnight. The smell was worth a clean stovetop!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

August 15, 2011 at 4:41 pm
Thanks so much! I can't wait to try this!!!

Lisa_in_AR said...

August 22, 2011 at 1:28 am
Love this tip. You can actually use a garbage bag to do a big batch of things (the broiler pan and all the burner things). Even better, you can recycle the ammonia. Just put the ammonia in a cup, sealed inside the garbage bag with all the gunked up stuff. In the morning you have easy clean up and you can reuse what's left of the ammonia in the cup.

Jenn Erickson said...

September 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm
Awesome and amazing, Viv! I can't wait to try this out!

Kelly said...

September 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm
This is the most helpful thing I've learned in a long time! (If I find out my mother knows this and never told me, there will be hell to pay.) I also used this method a few days ago to remove a bunch of gunk from several doorknobs I was about to spray paint. A quick pass with the sandpaper and they were ready to go!

BTW, I spent the better part of last Sunday - the hottest day on record in Austin (112 degrees!) - inside reading your blog. Thanks for helping to keep me cool!

Anonymous said...

September 4, 2011 at 7:16 pm
Thanks for the tip! I saw it on FrugalGirls. I tried one grate last night to see if it worked. I still had to lightly scrub, but it really seemed to loosen the grease/etc. I always put them in the dishwasher and it never got them clean. Going to do the other 3 grates tonight!

erindekker said...

September 7, 2011 at 3:01 am
How do I stick my entire stove top into a ziplock bag to do this?! :) We are trying this FOR SURE!

TheJerseyShoreMom said...

September 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm
I did this and it WORKS! My stove looks so great & it was BEYOND easy! I ended up putting everything in a garbage bag & just closing it up tight & put it outside, just in case.

Thank you!

Kristina said...

September 8, 2011 at 1:38 am
Thanks for the tip!

To clean glass/ceramic stove tops, use spray-on oven cleaner. It works AMAZINGLY well, but be sure to open lots of windows and put the kids & pets outside. It produces vicious fumes.

ktquilts said...

September 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Found your tip in pinterest. Love it!! Thanks so much!

Heather Ward said...

September 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Found you via Pinterest and I've tried this w/ my burners! They look quite similar to your before pics! I posted about it at my blog and referenced your blog.
You can see it here...Feel free to grab a button as well! :) Thanks!

Janelle said...

September 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm
Amazing. Now I have to go buy ammonia and try this. I just hope that gallon Ziplocs are big enough for my burner grates, which are square instead of round.

denise said...

September 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm
A few people asked about if this works for uncoated cast iron grates...I didn't see a response. I bought the ammonia, but now worry that I'll ruin it. Anyone?
*Great blog by the way, found it on pinterst*

Leesa said...

September 27, 2011 at 2:53 am
Wow. I . . . I . . . I think I love you.

Nora said...

September 30, 2011 at 2:29 am
Would this work on drip pans for electric stoves too?? I just have the cheap kind of silver drip pans...


A happy heart at home said...

October 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm
I am definitely going to try this! What can I do to clean off the burned-on yuck that's built up around the burner pans on the actual stove-top? Thanks for any help!

Chara said...

October 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm
I just did this over the weekend at my new house. I ended up letting it all sit for 4 days (busy moving and painting) and it was SUPER easy! I have long drip pants that each fit over 2 burners and put those in a garbage bag with ammonia and it also worked great. Thanks for the tip!!!

Beckie said...

October 15, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Just did this on one of my black grates. I can't believe it, looks like new. So glad I stumbled across your blog. Thanks V!!!

Katie Seamons said...

October 20, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Why not kill two birds with one stone and put them in the oven With the ammonia in a pan like someone suggested up above along with your grates. Clean both and skip the ziploc all together?! That's what I think I would do if I had a gas stove. And for smooth tops there is a pintrest that is getting a lot of traffic with a liberal amount of baking soda and a slightly wrung out cloth with warm soapy water set on top for 15 minutes. She says it wipes right up without the toxins of oven cleaner like suggested above... Just sayin... Great tips on here that are new to me! Great post!!

MsMurphy said...

October 20, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Question...I'm sorry if you already answered, but there are so many posts! Can I use this method on my stainless steel cooktop and cast iron burner covers? Thanks!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

October 20, 2011 at 11:56 pm
Sorry, I don't know about stainless steel or cast iron. I need to google that, I guess.

Anonymous said...

October 20, 2011 at 11:59 pm
I see that in the picture you are using SUDSY ammonia. There is clear ammonia and sudsy ammonia. Sudsy is best for tough dirt; clear is better for things that you don't want streak marks left on-like windows.

Heather said...

October 28, 2011 at 8:51 pm
This works great! I couldn't believe it, I am amazed.

Anonymous said...

October 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm
Thank you so much for this tip. I'm SO glad I stumbled upon it on Pinterest!

I put both my double burner black grates in a garbage bag with ammonia overnight and they look the best I've EVER seen them. I couldn't be more excited to have clean grates.

I have tried so often to scrub them and soak them and put them through the dishwasher, but they never looked clean.

But this tip - it was like magic! Barely any elbow grease required, which is the best part :)

The Nut House... said...

October 31, 2011 at 12:21 am
YOU... are a genius! I have cleaned my burners with ammonia over night (covering with plastic wrap to avoid smell) but was mortified about doing the grates. I was so afraid they would be ruined!

I'm off to go put my grates in baggies!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Nin10doll said...

November 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Sweet of you to share. I'm embarrassed with the way mine look too ;)
Thank you!

Linda Tunnell said...

November 7, 2011 at 2:47 am
to clean your stovetop sprinkle baking soda liberally on the dirty spots . Let it sit ten minutes and then take a wet cloth with alittle soap in it and lay over the soda. Let it sit 30 min. or more then lift and scrub. might have to do more than once depending on how dirty. good luck

Nohemi Tutterrow said...

November 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm
Your advice is a great help. Scrubbing stove burner crates is now a thing of the past.

Chimney Sweep Portland said...

November 13, 2011 at 10:45 am
Your details are amazing! thank you for helping a lot of us:-)

Sharon C said...

November 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm
I tried this today on my enamel covered burners! After many years of unsuccessful attempts at cleaning them with various methods, this one was/is by far the fastest,easiest and best method I have ever used!! My burners aren't perfectly clean but they are WAY better than they have been in years!! I think I will use this method once a month now to make sure they continue to look nice now that I know how!! Thanks for the great tip

Anonymous said...

November 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Just found this on Pinterest. Could you do the same process for a nasty oven? Say, leave a cup inside the oven (turned off of course) overnight?

lin said...

November 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm
my aunt rescued many of my mother's kitchen belongings following a house fire using this method.

Maymie said...

November 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I had already spent 2 hours scrubbing just half of the burner grates for my stove when my daughter remembered seeing a pin about this post and looked it up for me. I was so thrilled with how easy the grime wiped off the next morning.

debi said...

December 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm
i am going to try this!!! so you have a tip to get the burnt on grease off a glass stovetop? all the items sears recommended haven't taken it off! thanks!

Row's Mom said...

December 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Hmmmmm....the only ammonia I have in the house is in my diaper pail. I wonder...LOL!

kkbrink said...

December 30, 2011 at 12:18 am
I also cook a lot and have nasty burners. They are big grates and cover two burners though, so I wondered how I could do this. I put each grate in a tall kitchen garbage bag with 1/2 C ammonia and twisted and folded it under so it would seal. Then I put it out on the deck table in case it leaked. They aren't perfect, but much better. And the kitchen garbage bags did leak, but it was outside, so I didn't really care! Thanks so much!

Island Girl Bags said...

January 2, 2012 at 1:09 am
Shut the front door...I was going to buy new ones. Now I don't have to. YEAH!

Vickie G. said...

January 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm
I will try this. Currently we just use oven cleaner. We put the grates somewhere safe,spray and wait. (The grates are bake on enamel just like your oven interior.) This will break down the grease and crud easily. Then wipe clean. We have found that the fume-free oven cleaner does not work as well though. Here's to less time scrubbing the stove.

Anonymous said...

January 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm
wow! Can't wait to try this!! thanks for sharing

Portia said...

January 9, 2012 at 9:58 am
I love this idea!!! Would you mind if I reported this to my blog?

Susan said...

January 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm
I was curious about cast iron as well - This is what I found...

If it's OK for pans, grates are GOOD TO GO!! WooHOOOO!!!

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January 10, 2012 at 7:21 pm
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Tia Hopper said...

January 12, 2012 at 5:10 am
You might just be my hero!!! Thank you so much!!!

Michelle Ballard said...

January 18, 2012 at 12:50 am
Well it did clean them.. but it also ate the finish off of them.. so now they are grey on top of my black stove... I am sort of sad so wanted to be sure and share.. it does work but will clean everything off of them

Anonymous said...

January 18, 2012 at 8:23 pm
Great. Now I love you.

Anonymous said...

January 22, 2012 at 12:26 am
So you flush this down the drain ? " the kitchen garbage bag did leak but I didn't care because it was outside" ?!?!?
This stuff is very very bad for the environment. frequent scrubbing should prevent grease getting burnt onto your stove and a bit of elbow grease should get rid of the rest .
This article got an extra 100 people who would otherwise not have used ammonia to flush dozens of liters of amonia ( or as in the comment quoted above simply let it leak into their garden...
I'm sure it gets the job done but that doesn't mean it should be your method of choice ...

"However, fish and amphibians lack this mechanism, as they can usually eliminate ammonia from their bodies by direct excretion. Ammonia even at dilute concentrations is highly toxic to aquatic animals, and for this reason it is classified as dangerous for the environment."

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

January 22, 2012 at 4:01 am
Dude... no one is advocating the dumping of liters of ammonia down the drain. And I don't know where you live, but our drains lead to a treatment plant, not directly to the ocean. Also, because you only need to use a little, (as opposed to gobs and gobs of other toxic, but ineffective cleaners) I think it's actually BETTER for the environment.

Anonymous said...

January 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm
This looked like a GREAT idea, so I asked my sister, who is a chemical engineer, if she thought there would be any unanticipated side-effects. This is what she sent me: "Are your burners smooth/sealed like this lady's or are yours more like cast iron (like Mom's)? If they are sealed, I'd say go for it (with only slight reservations). If they aren't sealed, I'd say this was likely to cause rust and corrode them, pronto!"

Beth Ann Moore said...

January 28, 2012 at 2:34 am
I am so very relieved that I am not the only woman that has trouble keeping her stovetop clean! I have tried heavy duty oven cleaner and several other substances to try to clean the yuck off of it. Thank you so very much for passing on your great find to us! You are awesome!

Jen the CraftinCowgirl said...

January 31, 2012 at 3:04 pm
Wow! What a great tip, thanks for sharing! I wonder if they make a ziploc baggie big enough to put my whole stove in for 12 hours, lol!

Sam Lesher said...

January 31, 2012 at 6:05 pm
You don't need to use any chemicals. Just put the grates into the oven and run a self-clean cycle. All the burnt-on stuff turns to ash and wipes right off.

rzarector said...

January 31, 2012 at 7:23 pm
Will this work on electric burners? the ones that are not covered by glass. I worry the ammonia will eat away at some part of the electric wires or conduits that gas burners do not have. thanks!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

January 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm
rzarector, I doubt that this trick would work on electric burners, as the heating element is in the coil. My burners are enamel coated and are for a gas stove.

Sam Lesher, I had tried the put the grates in the self-cleaning oven trick with no success.

Anonymous said...

February 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm
I've googled searched for a way to do just this but came up empty. My burners look similar to yours except
they've been scrubbed by an over-zealous person and some of the gray coating has already come off at the ends. I'm wondering if the ammonia would ruin them such that they're non-functional.

Any ideas?

I guess I could just try one...but it seems they're awfully hard/expensive to replace. Anybody know a good way to replace them?

Thank you-

Kelley Wilson said...

February 1, 2012 at 8:59 pm
This was great I linked back to you from my blog
Your blog is great!

Eleanor said...

February 6, 2012 at 12:12 am
My grates are 2 in one do you have suggestions on finding larger plastic bags? Or an alternative to using the zip lock bag?

Terri said...

February 7, 2012 at 1:33 am
you are awesome!!! thank you so much for this hint.

Mark said...

February 9, 2012 at 5:51 pm
After many years of hard work and minimal success, the stove now looks brand new with hardly any effort. Even the stuff that's never come off is gone.
Thank you!

Patty 716 said...

February 10, 2012 at 5:47 pm
Will this work for pots too?

Addie said...

February 10, 2012 at 11:49 pm
wow. this is amazing. I can't believe it! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

February 12, 2012 at 9:35 am
Try goop hand cleaner,works on stove microwave etc.
Also it leaves hands soft.

ARod said...

February 17, 2012 at 4:02 pm
great tip cant wait to try it thanks for sharing

Lynn said...

March 6, 2012 at 2:18 am
saw this on pinterest...gonna try it. Thanks!

viviene said...

March 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm
tried this over the weekend and it worked a little bit, not entirely because we haven't cleaned them in over 5 years. oops.

question: what do you do with the ammonia afterwards????


clarisol said...

March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm
I am in OWE of you!!!!!!!!!! it worked like a charm!!! thank you soooo much!!!!

Em said...

March 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm
I did this last night and wiped them down this morning and it worked perfectly! I used a scrub sponge to get in the corners (I have square burners) and it was super easy! Now I need to figure out how to clean the long rectangular grate- I don't think there's a Ziploc big enough!

Bliss said...

March 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Seriously? OK, I stopped over here because I hear tell you use branches in your projects, but this little tip is one I've been waiting about 30 years for. Just added ammonia to my shopping list.


Bliss said...

March 28, 2012 at 6:23 pm
I am now the proud owner of a jug of ammonia, and my grates are now fuming in it. I didn't read the 12 hour part first, so I may only do half the time and see how it works. I should of done this AFTER dinner, not in the middle of the day.


dorinda said...

March 29, 2012 at 3:30 am
Try this on the bbq grill: wrap the grate with a couple of sheets of newspaper, put it in a large trash bag, pour in a cup of ammonia (enough to saturate the newspaper) close it up leave overnight, hose it off and voila all of the grease and grime is gone. (use rubber gloves to peel off the newspaper)

alicia said...

April 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Use barkeepers friend, make a paste with it and let it sit for about 1hr should wipe clean...good luck:)

alicia said...

April 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm
Use barkeepers friend, make a paste with it and let it sit for about 1hr should wipe clean...good luck:)

Nae said...

April 12, 2012 at 4:56 am
I love this idea for a bad thing I work with to no good ending except sore fingers!!lol Anyway, i just signed up & I do want to ask a question.... Do you have a fix for the top of the stove? I really really need help with this one too! Thank you soooooo very much for what you do to help us all.

Sally Jenson said...

May 21, 2012 at 5:45 am
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Joe W said...

May 24, 2012 at 5:27 pm
Thank you for this tip! I am still in the process but two burners are done. Looks like a new stove. Used the same ammonia and bag over and over.

Jaimie McAffee said...

June 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm
My ammonia worked its way though the bags...? Also I think you should make it clear that this should NOT be used in as Gas oven.

A.D.D. Mom said...

July 1, 2012 at 4:32 am
This is great to know! But sadly I can't have ammonia in the house or any where close to me it put me in the hospital because of my asthma every time! I had a doctor tell me asthma can be set off by ammonia. So if you have asthma PLEASE take extra care and be careful. Some asthmatics don't have issues with ammonia but a great number do.

Sandi Stone said...

July 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Try puttig a small flat dish of amonis in the center of stove top and taping/tieing a doubled garbage bag over entire surface.

Sandi Stone said...

July 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm
Try small dish in center and doubled garbage bag taped/tied over entire surface.

Sandi Stone said...

July 10, 2012 at 12:43 pm
Put a thin coat of baking soda down and spray with hydrogen peroxide. Usew fingers to gently mix and coat every inch let stand an hour and wipe!

ang said...

July 10, 2012 at 5:54 pm
Holy crap! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! And oh yeah, thank you~

Sisterbill said...

July 11, 2012 at 9:30 pm
Love it! I have the exact same burner grates, so I am asuming I have the same stove.
What do you use to clean the drip pans?

Kristoffer Sava said...

July 17, 2012 at 11:58 am
Ammonia a good cleaning agent because it helps in removing stubborn stains and dirt from the floor and glass surface. If we use ammonia with ease and in its full concentration or even diluted with water or soap to serve as good cleaning agent.

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Unknown said...

July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Ammonia is a great cleaning agent for organic stains on clothing as well. Works wonders to get blood stains out. For stubborn stains, pre-treat with ammonia. Then, throw about 1 cup in the laundry with your detergent (NO BLEACH). It also removes odors. Your clothes will not smell like ammonia. Been doing this for years, because my Mom told me about it. Helps whiten whites, but is color safe and a LOT cheaper than buying expensive additives.

Wendy Mull said...

August 20, 2012 at 2:25 pm
Vinegar and salt !!!! It's an instant reaction right before your eyes!!! You don't even have to scrub!! Rub it with a paper towel or sponge

Dominique said...

August 25, 2012 at 12:30 am
I wonder ( and hope) it will work on my electric grills!

shelly brown said...

August 27, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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lifeinthesetimesblog said...

August 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm
This might be a stupid question (all the best ones are) but will this work with electric burners?

Kathleen Battle said...

September 3, 2012 at 10:04 pm
This works wonders... I also placed ammonia on the cook surface because I have sealed burners. Placed cling wrap over the top to seal and left over night. Everything wiped off very easily!

janisko said...

September 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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Barb Johnson said...

September 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm
Wonder if this will work with grill grates??

Charley said...

September 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Would this be okay to do if you routinely use a spray product that contains bleach??? Would it still create toxins???


Gail and Mike said...

September 22, 2012 at 8:31 pm
Slather with catsup...they will be beautiful. Make take a couple of treatments.

Bianca Horkan said...

October 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm
OMG this is just what I need!

I scrub and soak in bleach but it doesn't budge! I can't wait to try this on my grates!!

Ava Marie said...

October 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm
I have the type of burner tops thAt is two big pieces so they won't fit in a ziplock bag...any suggestions on how to clean them?

Kristy said...

October 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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Mlarge77 said...

November 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm
I did this a couple months ago and it really works! I was ready to throw my grates away and replace them they was so bad and would not come clean for anything! Great tip for sure! :)


Shahida said...

December 12, 2012 at 7:39 am
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Caroline Inge said...

December 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm
Hi Vivienne,

This is an awesome idea! If you don't mind, I'd love to pin it to The Home Depot's Storage and Organization pinboard!

From The Home Depot blog

f4a3ce10-5478-11e2-af98-000f20980440 said...

January 2, 2013 at 1:08 am
Ziplock makes very large zip top storage bags. Have cleaned double burner grates and oven racks in them. Find them with the storage products in your grocery store.

Pat C. said...

January 6, 2013 at 5:27 am
Thank you for this great tip! I never would have guessed that the ammonia *fumes* did most of the work! xoxo

Jeri Harrison-Grace said...

January 7, 2013 at 12:59 am
HI LADIES(and guys)This is an awesome tip!!! My "grates" were not the best when I moved into my home, and I hate cleaning generally, but that being my resolution this year I am getting better. BUT I did have to scrub a little (not sure if it was because it was that dirty OR I was rinsing as I was wiping) but still this tip made the cleaning so much faster and easier than before. I literally would only "deep" clean them twice a year because I had to scrub so hard. Now I am going to do this once a month and I can bet my "scrubbing" will come to a halt all together! All in all I loved this tip it helped my kitchen start to look prettier and prettier (for a late 70's early 80's dingy galley kitchen)

Jeri Harrison-Grace said...

January 7, 2013 at 1:14 am
AHHHH Reading thru the previous posts. maybe next time i grab soem amonia I will get "sudsy" see if that helps a little more. If not I am still impressed with the ease I had getting them as clean as they are@!

CleaningJunkie said...

January 8, 2013 at 5:07 am
Hi Vivienne!

I tried your ammonia cleaning tip and my stove burners are looking wayyyy cleaner! LOL You can see my before and after pictures on my website.

I must warn you, my stove burners/grates were just so DIRTY, thanks to years and years of neglect. But the ammonia got rid of majority of the grime :D

Thanks so much for sharing this great tip!


Butterfly said...

January 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm
This is such a great tip. I can't wait to try it. Do you know if you can also do it with the burner base and the burner cap (the things that go over the igniter)? Those get really nasty too.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

January 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm
Hi Butterfly, Yes, it should work on the base and the burner cap as well.

Shahida said...

January 15, 2013 at 7:32 am
Really so cheap & great idea to clean the stove burners...i would like to apply that idea! It's so easy. Cleaning Service

Unknown said...

January 17, 2013 at 2:18 am
Didn't work

anna miller said...

January 26, 2013 at 7:49 am
will this work on appartment drip pans for the stove?

anna miller said...

January 26, 2013 at 7:50 am
will this work on appartment drip pans for the stove?

Misty Cook said...

January 29, 2013 at 2:31 am
Im trying it as I type. Hopefully tomorrow they'll sparkle

Sue A. Stevens said...

January 30, 2013 at 3:39 am
This is the BEST idea that I have learned from Pinterest. I have told all my friends and WE all LOVE this idea. It works. I have tried it over 5 times. Get a Trash bag if you have super big grates. My girlfriend did it and says our friendship is stronger than ever because of this GREAT idea. Thanks would never be enough :) God Bless you and your Family <3

Lee Becker said...

February 6, 2013 at 4:38 am
Been doing this for years ! Learned this as a Navy wife.. Had to have the white glove test whenever we left from one base housing to the next... great stuff !!

Viki Manera said...

February 15, 2013 at 6:51 pm
How about cast iron grates with no enamel on them? Worth a try, I suppose... Then what about leaving a dish of ammonia in the oven overnight for the emameled surfaces in there? Anyone tried that? I worry about the heating elements.

Murph said...

March 3, 2013 at 3:30 am
Do all four of them in a five gallon bucket with a lid. You can cram a ton of stuff in there at the same time.

Maarten Gubbens said...

March 5, 2013 at 11:53 am
wow great tip, can't wait to try this...

Their Mommy His Wife said...

March 6, 2013 at 9:07 pm
i'd forgotten about this! I remember Heloise or someone (my mom, maybe?) used to swear by it.
I'm moving in a month and so thankful for your reminder of how to clean them the easy way, so our landlord won't charge me for new grates!!

Brian Cardinal said...

March 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm
I have used this before. Now I have a glass flat stove top and it is hard to keep clean. Any ideas on how to clean those? Also I found a great place that you can get lightb bulbs for inside your stove.

stella said...

April 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm
Dollar store sell vacuun storage bag, size large work perfect for big burner

Jill said...

April 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm
I have black cast iron grates for my gas stove as well as the black drip pans underneath. It worked beautifully! Make sure they are thoroughly rinsed and dried before replacing on the stove top to avoid rust

Charlotte said...

April 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm
Just reading your comment...can only say, WOW, REALLY!!

Cyndie Moore said...

April 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm
My burner grates are like the size of 2 small ones I wonder if the press n seal would work as a large bag???? Anyone have any suggestions

lynn said...

May 2, 2014 at 5:57 am
How do you clean burnt grease around gas burners, not the grates. Do you use oven cleaner??

vivienne said...

May 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm
I have heard that combinations of vinegar and baking soda are good. If you read through these comments there are several suggestions that might be helpful.

vivienne said...

May 2, 2014 at 4:56 pm
Dude... no one is advocating the dumping of liters of ammonia down the drain. And I don't know where you live, but our drains lead to a treatment plant, not directly to the ocean. Also, because you only need to use a little, (as opposed to gobs and gobs of other toxic, but ineffective cleaners) I think it's actually BETTER for the environment.

Stacey said...

May 7, 2014 at 11:05 am
Wow your grates look brand spanking new. I really hope this tip works as good for me. Thank u so much.

vivienne said...

May 7, 2014 at 11:41 am
It's really a lifesaver!

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Matt Edler said...

May 14, 2014 at 5:35 am
Great tip! I was able to clean my *non-removeable* black stove-top by soaking rags in ammonia and laying across the surface. Then I taped a trash bag over the top to contain the fumes. Baked on stain came off with a paper towel the next morning. Some of these stains were from spray on non-stick oil which I thought would never come off (short of using a jack hammer). Thanks for the info!

HK Dukes said...

May 28, 2014 at 10:10 am
I've been using this for 50+ years, but neglect the burners for long periods of time in between. The last time it took off a great deal of gunk and softened the rest so I stuck them in the dishwasher to finish the job - WRONG! Gummy stuff all over. My granddaughter said, "Well Gram, that wasn't such a good idea." Instead, use the same ammonia for a second or third time.

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May 28, 2014 at 3:52 pm
[…] 20. Stop Scrubbing Stove Burners & Grates- Use Ammonia!  Remember basic ammonia?   Take about 1/4 cup of ammonia and seal it up with one of the burners in a large ziploc bag.  You only need a little amonia in the bag.  You are not trying to soak the burner… you just want to seal it up with the ammonia fumes.  Leave it outside on a cookie sheet overnight. It is the fumes from the ammonia that dissolves all of the grease and hardened oil. When it’s done sitting, it should wipe clean with a sponge. The V Spot […]

Anthony said...

May 30, 2014 at 8:05 am
I tried it and it didn't work for me even after scrubbing. The one doubt I had is that I was using an old, open bottle of Amonia. I will try again with a new bottle and see if that works.

Kitty Newton said...

May 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm
I guess my mom was anal about things, but I was taught to wash them after every meal or at least wipe them off. I dont have a gas stove so it may be different in that it makes more of a mess....and also, I buy that purple degreaser from the automotive area, you can get a big gal of it well it was about 5 or 6 bucks the last time I bought it, it goes along way...and spray that on too...that stuff is amazing. I also use that on clothes, like around the neck and any grease spots on the clothes. Best stuff I have ever found, but be sure to wear gloves or be VERY careful because it pulls the oil out of your skin and will make it crack!

Judy said...

May 31, 2014 at 6:11 am
So how about putting a dish of ammonia in the oven part and putting all of the burners on the shelves? Wouldn't that clean the oven portion as well as the burners??

Yvette Perry said...

June 5, 2014 at 3:15 am
Thanx for this helpful tip I will try it for sure..:)

Mary F said...

June 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm
I wanted to share that you can also clean your outdoor grill with this technique. Enclose the entire grill in a very large garbage bag. Close all the vents, top and bottom, put a bowl of ammonia on the grate, close the top and twist-tie the bag shut. Let the grill sit in the sun all day. Be careful when you open the bag/grill top because of the fumes. Remove the bowl and blast the entire grill with the hose. Ta-Da! Clean!

David_NJ said...

June 9, 2014 at 4:09 pm
When I bought my house, the stove was a mess. Disgusting I was looking for places to actually buy replacement grills. I found this website I gotta tell you I was very hesitant on this idea. I figured ok it's gonna cost me a couple of bucks either way try this trick or buy new. Let me tell you this works absolutely 100% . My grates/grills where so bad I let them soak for about a week. I then took them out of the bags and cleaned with someones tip of using tinfoil to get the real stains off, and much to my surprise this tip works. They Look brand new. I posted pictures on my Facebook page and none of my friends believed this trick actually worked till they saw the pictures. -- Try it !!! All it's gonna cost is maybe 5 bucks, and some time. Thanks for this great tip !!! You saved me about 200 dollars to replace them.

vivienne said...

June 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm
That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!! It made my day. :)

janet gandara said...

June 13, 2014 at 8:13 am
I tried that ammonia trick on my drip pans and it did not do anything to them.

Susan said...

June 17, 2014 at 8:00 am
Would this work with outside grill racks? Maybe in a garbage bag??

Elle Joraco said...

June 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm
Can you use this method to clean the... I don't know what they're called, the bowl-like things that sit under the burners, that come out?

Lyn said...

June 25, 2014 at 9:25 am
I bought a stove that was terribly abused. I tried this and it did work a bit, but not very well. I ended up getting oven cleaner and spraying it on the grates, and using a wire brush to get in the crevices. The grates look like new now. I will try this however to keep them looking new.

jeff said...

June 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm
For double burners too large for ziplocks, either in-oven or a large garbage bag will do also. Or if you need to defunkify a trash can too, uee that, and put a trash bag over the top of the can containing the burners and ammonia.

karen said...

June 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm
For cleaning copper bottoms of pans, my mom would get a cheap brand of tomatoes paste and wipe all over the copper,let sit for an hour or two till it looked a bit dry then washed off. She always had shiny clean copper with no fuss:)

Cat said...

June 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm
I have some ammonia but thought I'd try the salt and vinegar suggestion. Yup - works just fine. Thought I'd try it in my stainless steel kitchen sink - super shiny now! And all natural.

Beth said...

June 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm
For larger items use a trash can plastic bag.

Kate said...

July 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Thank-you! It worked so well. For those that asked about the stainless steel oven grills etc. I pop them into my laundry tub, fill with hot tap water and pop in some Napisan oxiaction. Let them soak overnight. If it's really baked on (like months of baking), you may need to scrub a little with a brush but they come out nice and shinny. (Note: this is only for stainless steel.

Jessie said...

July 5, 2014 at 12:15 pm
I use bar keepers friend, wet the bottom of the pan, sprinkle on the cleaner use the rough side of a sponge and it will clean up nice and shiny, make sure to dry real good. Hope this helps you

Thea said...

July 6, 2014 at 10:23 am
I have an electric stove and the drip pans under the burners get gross and stained over time. I there something that can bring them back to life?

Lola said...

July 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm
Use a trash bag. There are plenty of sizes to choose from.

Gina said...

July 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm
I tried this on my gas stove, and had… mixed results. Left them overnight, each burner in a different bag. The ammonia definitely softened some of the more recent crud on the burners, but I still had to use quite a bit of elbow grease to get everything off. I'm wondering if letting it sit overnight in vinegar might do the same thing with a slightly less potent smell.

Jennifer Rose said...

July 15, 2014 at 11:40 am
I wonder if you can use this method to clean your oven s well?

peggy said...

July 17, 2014 at 9:15 am
Buy a can of bbq paint which is a mat finish and respray them. The heat will not hurt them.

Pam said...

July 18, 2014 at 9:58 am
I've used this in the oven, too, & it works. I have a self-cleaning oven & directions tell you not to use oven cleaners due to the coating used on the oven surface. The self-cleaning does not always remove everything.

LaVenda said...

July 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm
Would this work for stainless cookie sheets? I have gunky backed on oils and sprays that have discolor end them

denise said...

July 22, 2014 at 7:57 am
How do you clean stove's black top? someone told me to use orange glow, made everything greasy. I have tried everything.

Roopa said...

July 22, 2014 at 2:15 pm
Vivienne, What an absolute lifesaver !!! I tried scrubbing them with all sorts of sprays and scrub pads, did nothing to the greasy burner grill. And then we bought the ammonia, did the same, ziplock bags, left them overnight + a few more hours for good measure and then it looked like magic, when the grease came off !!! It was super exciting - my husband said power of science over brawns !!! thank you so so much !!!!

Kendall said...

July 24, 2014 at 5:27 am
Very best cleaning trick that I have heard in years. Now I won't have to be so frustrated in not being able to get the grates clean. THANKS!!!!

Michiele said...

July 24, 2014 at 8:43 am
I use a small amount in a glass and sit in my over overnight and it wipes clean the next day. No spray, no spatter. Also works on your gas grill the same way. Amazing!

Karen said...

July 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm
This is me jumping up and down. Your a life saver!! Will try this tomorrow. Thank you

Emily said...

July 31, 2014 at 6:41 am
Our cast-iron burners are unfortunately too big for any ziplock bag. I have a plastic tub I could possibly fit them into (they're long, covering 2 burners each across the stovetop,) but not sure what kind of seal I could create to keep the fumes in to do their work. :(

greasy stove said...

July 31, 2014 at 2:15 pm
Great post! I am definitely going to try this out. Keep up the good work here!

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Joan said...

August 2, 2014 at 9:57 am
Tomato paste will clean copper pans. Wipe on a thin layer, let it sit 15 minutes, wipe off with a paper towel. Cheap and easy.

Dagmar said...

August 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Emily you can use a garbage bag or plastic container (those to store clothe in). I have those big stove covers too and will try it in a garbage bag.

Andie said...

August 4, 2014 at 11:51 am
This is the second pinterest link that lead me to cleaning with Ammonia. And with respect and kindness, you should not be breathing in Ammonia, not be dipping your hands in ammonia. Not mixing it with bleach (with creates fumes that will kill you) is not quite enough in my opinion. If you are using straight ammonia- you need to be taking more precautions then not mixing it with bleach. Here is a link stating the hazards of Ammonia. Please be careful with this substance, just because it is frugal ... not a reason to use it: Use with caution!

vivienne said...

August 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm
Thank you for your comment, Andie. If you read the post and its instructions you will see that I recommend keeping the ammonia outside overnight, never ever mixing it with bleach and being very careful with it.

Sunny Day said...

August 6, 2014 at 11:21 am
Sprinkle baking soda then spray with vinegar, most will wipe off.

Teresca said...

August 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm
Is it okay to leave grates in a tub overnight in 4 bottles of ammonia?

Teresca said...

August 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm
Will 4 bottles of ammonia in a clear plastic tub overnight clean the grates?

vivienne said...

August 6, 2014 at 10:06 pm
You do NOT need to soak the grates in ammonia. You only need a little ammonia. It is the fumes that loosen the grease and grime.

Cindy Pack said...

August 7, 2014 at 4:44 am
I clean my WHITE glass top stove (big mistake but it's done) with the cleaner / polish they sell for this purpose. I also use a razor scraper which they recommended to get the worst spots off first, then the polish cleaner. Works like a charm. Wish I had my old stove back, though. This one is a nearly daily job!

Sue said...

August 15, 2014 at 4:50 pm
to clean copper, mix about a pint of apple cider vinegar and a good tablespoon of salt. Squirt onto copper and the gunk falls right off in front of your eyes!

Linda said...

August 16, 2014 at 8:48 am
Try using NO FUMES oven cleaner. My spouse is a wreck in the kitchen and on the stove. My burners get so disgusting I wanna new stove. But I used the oven cleaner and wallah. It worked. May take a couple of times but it does. No scratches like Brillo and cleansers. Just make sure you donts spray the burners themselves. If you do may take while before gas gets thru. But I used a toothpick to unclog.

Christine B. said...

August 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm
I see a lot of people asking what to do with the ammonia after use. How about using a shallow dish with an airtight seal, leave the ammonia IN the dish in the bag, remove then cover and store for the next use? No sense dumping it out...just sayin'... Now to try this on MY oven! Whoo hoo!

vivienne said...

August 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm
That's a great idea!

Christina said...

August 23, 2014 at 8:31 am
I am definitely going to try this! Thanks! :)

Sheri Hostetler said...

August 27, 2014 at 6:35 am
I was wondering how your black stove grates turned out. I too have dual black grates rather than individual ones. Did the black come off with the ammonia? Did the ammonia leave any stains?

norma said...

August 30, 2014 at 7:53 am
Did u find a solution to rhe largw grate problem?

Diana Moos said...

August 31, 2014 at 9:46 am
Try ketchup, rinse with cold water

darlene said...

September 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm
i have an eletric burners that don't come off, the ring around them is black, how could i clean them? thanks

vivienne said...

September 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm
Hi, thanks for your comment, but I am not sure how to handle it for an electric stove. Good luck!

Lorraine Castellon-Rowe said...

September 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm
I love you!! You just made my day!! I've been soaking and scrubbing these darn burner covers for 3 days now. NOTHING is getting them clean. Was thinking of getting new ones. WOO HOO!! Now I'll save money and time like you said. Can't wait to try this!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

Linda Arney said...

September 8, 2014 at 12:37 pm
do you know if this would work on the bottom of cookware???

vivienne said...

September 9, 2014 at 8:44 am
Hi Linda, I'm not sure. It would depend on what your cookware is made of.

Tina said...

September 12, 2014 at 8:14 pm
I will definitely be trying this. I have a black stove top, how do I get around the burner?

vivienne said...

September 13, 2014 at 10:39 am
Sorry, Tina. I don't know the answer to that. There are a lot of comments here, with lots of discussion about cleaning methods.

sharon said...

September 16, 2014 at 3:39 pm
use baking soda and lemon juice for your copper.

Chebon said...

September 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm
At the end you said " it should wipe off with a sponge". It sounds kinda iffie. I hope it works. Thanks

Betty[Bana] Doyle said...

September 27, 2014 at 7:04 am
I found 2 gallon zip lock bags at Dollar Tree and Wal Mart, They really can cover big items. Good luck.

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September 27, 2014 at 9:01 am
[…] The V Spot Put a little ammonia and one of the removable burners in a ziplock bag and leave them overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will loosen the gunk, and you can wipe them down in the morning. […]

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September 28, 2014 at 6:51 am
[…] The V Spot Put a little ammonia and one of the removable burners in a ziplock bag and leave them overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will loosen the gunk, and you can wipe them down in the morning. […]

Don't Try!!!!!!! said...

September 29, 2014 at 2:23 am
Amonia is extremely caustic. I tried this tip to clean my burner grates and had a asthma attack. Ive never used straight ammonia before and would never again. I followed the instructions and left the grates soaking over night, and to be honest, I still had to scrub them after. The ammonia fumes were very noxious. Risking my health for clean burner grates is not worth it. Don't try this!!!!!!

Denise said...

October 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm
Mine too are to big for a zip lock bag, so I used a trash bag and taped it up real good to keep the fumes inside.

Angela said...

October 17, 2014 at 5:24 am
Amazing! I didn't know that I can use Amonia to clean the stove for example! So amazing! I will definitely try it.Regards!

Olena said...

October 24, 2014 at 5:45 am
We have an older stove at our cottage that needs some cleaning done. It's a good time to experiment. Thanks for the cleaning tips.

bev said...

October 31, 2014 at 10:31 am
Holy moley! Amazing!

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Erin said...

November 4, 2014 at 7:12 pm
I have Paula Dean pans that have turned black on the bottom, would the ammonia clean those? They are the pretty red color and I would hate to ruin them.

Kathy W said...

November 5, 2014 at 6:46 am
I spray my gas stove top with Ammonia and cover with Saran Wrap. Leave overnight and wipe all the cooked on grease and stuff off. If there is a tough place then it is easily removed with a plastic scrubber. Love this.

Kathy W said...

November 5, 2014 at 6:49 am
I also use a dish pan and put them in instead of a bag. I cover it with aluminum foil and let sit overnight. Use sprayer on sink and spray most off without even wiping off...Then hit the tough ones with a dish clothe or non-scratching scrubber.

Elaine Haberstroh said...

November 7, 2014 at 5:17 pm
Use Cream of Tartar paste to clean copper pan bottoms

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Melanie said...

November 19, 2014 at 7:56 am
I am in an identical situation, so my dilemma is identical to yours. I was pondering my circumstance when I happened onto your posting / question. What I am going to try is to pour some Ammonia (which I use almost exclusively for my household-cleaning needs in any event; the GOOD NEWS about Ammonia is that its foul ODOR dissipates pretty quickly) into a GALLON freezer bag, "encase" the burner in the bag, and close it as best as I can. Since it's the Ammonia FUMES that are claimed to cause the cleaning, this SHOULD work (although it might take a bit longer, on account of the fact that the bag will never be totally closed). I MIGHT try this with Lemon Ammonia (which doesn't smell as bad as the "regular" stuff), but NOT with the "Sudsy" stuff.

Melanie said...

November 19, 2014 at 8:06 am
I, too, have unremovable electric stove burners. And I was pondering how to inorporate this solution into my circumstance when I happened onto your posting / question. What I am going to try is to pour some Ammonia (which I use almost exclusively for my household-cleaning needs in any event; the GOOD NEWS about Ammonia is that its foul ODOR dissipates pretty quickly) into a GALLON freezer bag, "encase" the burner in the bag, close it as best as I can, and let it stand overnight. Since it's the Ammonia FUMES that are claimed to cause the cleaning, this SHOULD work (although it might take a bit longer, on account of the fact that the bag will never be totally closed). I MIGHT try this with Lemon Ammonia (which doesn't smell as bad as the "regular" stuff), but NOT with the "Sudsy" stuff. I'm thinking that even if it only "half-way works" this way, I'm still ahead of the game.

Vera said...

November 20, 2014 at 12:50 pm
I can't believe it; it worked. I was making a huge pot of split pea soup for a soup kitchen (think green sludge) and I accidentally left it cooking on high instead of low. There was spatter everywhere and my stove grate was black. I had tried: oven cleaner, cleanser, special grease dissolver from Italy, Oxiclean, Simple Green, dishwater soap and WD40 (someone told me it that it reconstitutes the grease)...and it was still basically black matte in appearance. I put in in a trash bag with a bowl of ammonia overnight in my basement (it was freezing outside and I wasn't sure if that might hinder the process) and most of it wiped off with a bit of scrubbing today. I'm a convert!

vivienne said...

November 20, 2014 at 12:59 pm
That is awesome to hear! Yay!

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November 22, 2014 at 4:38 pm
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Delores Pryor said...

November 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm
I use Westley's Bleche-Wite to clean around knobs, oven timer and back-splash of stove. It is a spray. It's actually a whitewall/tire cleaner - can find in automotive areas in stores such as Walmart, etc. Works great!

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