Finding Peace with My Stove

Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2014

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Day 8 Task: Clean Your Stovetop and Range Hood

I have a small stove in my kitchen. There's nothing that makes me realize this more than culinary school, where the stoves are big, the flames are even, and I don't have to use a lighter to turn on the burners every time I want to cook. That being said, it helps me make a lot of delicious things, and I love that's it's gas, so it's time to make peace with it's size and give it a well-deserved cleaning.

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I clean my stove regularly, but it's been a couple months since I really deep-cleaned anything including the stove grates, burner covers, and range hood.

The first thing I did was to dismantle my stove. I took off the grates and gave them a good scrub in the sink. There wasn't enough room to soak them, but I did a pretty good job of getting rid of all the crud.

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I also took the burner covers off and let them soak for an hour or so.

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Then I got to cleaning the stovetop with a little soap and water. It was easy, no complaints, moving on.

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Then it was time to tackle the range hood. I honestly never turn this thing on, but it was still covered in grease and dust. I cleaned it with soap and water.

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Then I took this range hood filter out for the first time ever. It was more of a pain to take out and put back in than it was to clean (it wasn't really gross).

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And that's it! My stovetop and range hood are both clean and sparkly. Time to get them messy again.

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