There are two types of people:
Those who like their space CLEAN
Those who like their space ORGANIZED
I happen to fall in the second group. This doesn’t mean I don’t adore a clean house, but if given a few minutes around the house I’ll choose organizing, picking up, putting things in their place every time. Visual clutter makes me uneasy. I stress out when my space is messy. I do a lot of picking up all day long.
A little over a year ago, we finally decided it was time to hire someone to help us keep our house clean. Ryan and I did mildly okay with the bathrooms and floors and general disinfecting, but with our work schedules and family activities and desire to chill or be social in our off time, cleaning our house fell low on the priority list. We hired my best friend’s house cleaner, Maria, and I am more than giddy every other Tuesday when she comes to whip our house into shape.
(P.S. Giving myself the permission to hire a house cleaner could be a whole blog post on it’s own. As a work-at-home mom, I felt like I should be able to keep up with the house work. It’s what my grandma did and my mom did and so my expectation was that I should be able to do it, too. But at some point I just realized it’s not what I enjoy, not what I’m good at, I get naggy and grouchy on cleaning days and that wasn’t worth it. So we hired Maria and haven’t looked back.)
Anyway, the last time Maria was here, I posted a photo on instagram of our gas range top declaring my love for how it looks so sparkly clean and how I avoid cooking because I don’t want to mess it up. The conversation on the post was fun about the choice between electric and gas, stainless and not, and especially, how I clean the gas range top.
Well, first of all, I don’t. I try, but it never looks quite as good as when Maria does it. So I asked her if I could snap some photos and if she would reveal her tricks and she was more than happy to share.
So this is how you clean a gas range top, as according to our housecleaner-turned-friend who is very good at her job.
You’ll need a few basic, non-toxic household supplies:
Before you begin, fill one spray bottle with white vinegar (you can dilute it slightly, but straight vinegar is fine).
Fill another bottle with this all-purpose cleaner:
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp dawn dishsoap
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
STEP ONE / Spray the range top with white vinegar in a spray bottle. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes.
STEP TWO / Remove grates and burner caps
STEP THREE / Spray top with the homemade all-purpose cleaner (recipe above)
STEP FOUR / Scrub with the magic eraser. Use a toothbrush for the hard to reach spaces. (PS. don’t use a magic eraser on stainless steel).
STEP FIVE / In a bucket (or small container), mix 1 part vinegar to four parts water. Wet the microfiber cloth, ring it out and wipe down the stove top. Repeat.
STEP SIX / Use a dry microfiber cloth to dry and buff.
Maria brings a whole stack of these microfiber cloths with her. She sings their praises and convinced me to order a set for in-between cleaning. If you are looking for a good cleaning towel, these are thick and don’t get linty when you wash them.
STEP SEVEN / Clean grills and burner caps in the sink with a spray of the baking soda/vinegar/soap/water mix and the magic eraser. Rinse and dry.
Put it all back together and your range will sparkle!
Thanks to Maria for sharing and letting me take terribly-lit, shaky photos.