When we moved into our house in October, the stovetop was so shiny and clean. The little spill-catchers under the coils of the stove were clean and new. I thought it was because the lady who lived here before us was a neat freak and loved to have everything spotless, which made me feel great about living after her. The real reason the stove was so clean is because she never cooked at home. Bummer.
Anyway, within a week or two I had spilled plenty of things on that stove top. I was the kid in the family that always spilled their glass of milk at the dinner table, so just imagine me in the kitchen. My water boils over, I drop crumbs of bread, and something normally catches fire on the spill-catchers. I’m not even sure if these are called spill-catchers, but that’s what I’m calling them!
So being the cleaner that I am, I wanted to scrub these puppies down. Of course I went straight to Pinterest to search the best way to clean them. And I tried about three different ways, and they were still dirty.
And then I did what I should have done at the beginning: I asked my mom.
She said soak them in hot soapy water, then use a Brillo pad and scrub them. This worked better than any of the other solutions I found!
It’s embarrassing, but those are my before shots of the spill-catchers. Gross. I left the spills on there a few days (..read weeks…) thinking maybe it would all just burn off and leave me a new looking spill-catcher. No such luck.
First I soaked them in the sink. I threw my tea pot in there too for good measure.
Then I used my trusted yellow gloves and tackled the scrubbing part.
Here is what they look like now. Not perfect, but looking a little better. I think I learned my lesson. Ask my mom first. And buy black spill-catchers next time.