Finding Peace with My Stove

Liveblogging The Kitchn Cure Fall 2014

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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).

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

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