Dear Home-Ec 101,
Say one had a habit of boiling things over on the gas stove top. Say one had been lazy about cleaning such things. Say one’s husband has a liking for splattery meat and a strong aversion for cleaning. What toxic substance would be necessary to get the black gas stove top clean again?
We have a running family joke that we’re not just functional, we’re funky! That kind of funk is awesome, but stovetop funk, not so much. The good news is, it won’t take horribly toxic chemicals to remove the funk. I’d use Bar Keeper’s Friend and elbow grease.
I’d sprinkle some Bar Keeper’s Friend onto the stovetop and then take a damp rag and start scrubbing. Anything that is really stuck-on, I’d use a nylon pan scraper to scrape it up. This may take several different cleanings and a whole lot of elbow grease to get completely clean. Take heart- once it’s finally clean, you can keep up with cleaning it and you’ll never face this much funk again.