I’m going to change your life today. (Well, your stove top at least.)
These were my stove burner/grates.
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.
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.