I have an electrical stove and the pans underneath the burners get pretty gross quickly. I’ve had them wrapped in aluminum foil since I heard that makes them really easy to clean. Now I guess that’s true if you actually change out the aluminum foil fairly often, but that is something I haven’t done. In fact, the pan under the burner I use most had the aluminum foil completely burned away. Oops.
On Pinterest I came across a pin that showed before and after pictures that were absolutely amazing. Following the pin I came to the original post on The V Spot about how you can clean your grates and burners using ammonia. So I decided to try it, I mean it seemed so easy that even if it didn’t work I really wouldn’t be out much.
Ok, here is my horrible before picture. Can you tell which one I use most often?
That big one there at the bottom is the one that had the aluminum foil completely burn away. I’m not sure it can be saved since it looks like the pan itself is actually burned. It reminds me of a campfire pot.
I did what they said putting about 1/4 of a cup in a zip baggie and then putting each pan in a bag. I let them sit overnight and then pulled them out and scrubbed them. Now they didn’t just wipe clean immediately. I did have to put some elbow grease into it, but not a whole lot. This is what they looked like after the ammonia:
You can see the one still has a lot of burn marks on it, but like I said, I honestly don’t think anything can be done to help. But look at the difference! There were a few spots left, and so I decided to try a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide like Jill did on her post about using ammonia to clean these stove pans.
It helped on the few spots left and maybe did a little on the burned pan. Here’s the picture of them after I used the paste:
At least three of my pans now look brand new! I can’t believe how easy it was to clean these and how good they look. I’ve heard you can clean the inside of your oven too just putting some ammonia in a bowl and closing the door. Just letting it sit in a cold oven overnight will loosen everything up and you can wipe it off the same way.
Now, just to show you the big difference, here is the before and after shot:
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