How To Clean Enameled Cast Iron Stove Grates

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Are you intimated by your gas stove grates? Due to their curves and crannies, anything more than a quick daily wipe-down can feel like a real chore. But grates get greasy, and when they've developed a sticky, spotty film that's no match for your dish cloth, it's time for a deeper clean.

Thankfully, it's not that hard to get those grates looking clean and shiny again! Here's how to do it.

How To Clean Enameled Cast Iron Stove Grates

What You Need

Hot water
Grease-fighting dish soap
Nylon scrubber, like a Dobie pad
Bon Ami
Dish towel or paper towels

Instructions

  1. Make sure the grates are completely cool: You should never wash cast iron stove grates while they're still hot, as they could crack. Allow the grates to completely cool first, then place them in an empty sink.
  2. Boil water: Fill a tea kettle or a small pot with water, and bring to a boil.
  3. Pour boiling water over grates: Slowly pour the boiling water over the grates in the sink. This initial step helps cut the grease.
  4. Fill the sink with hot water and soap: Fill the sink with very hot water and a squirt of grease-fighting dish soap. Let soak for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Scrub with Bon Ami: After soaking and if necessary, put a little Bon Ami on a non-scratch nylon scrubber and scour away any baked-on food or leftover grease. Let the Bon Ami sit for 5 minutes for particularly tough spots.
  6. Rinse and dry: Rinse the grates in warm water and dry thoroughly with a towel.

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