How To Clean: Gas Stove Grates

Day 4 of my week of cleaning is How to clean your gas stove grates. I got the cleaning idea from here.

I wasn’t sure how well it would work, so I opted to start with one grate.

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As you can see the grate is dull, and thickly covered in built-up gunk.
 
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I’m not even sure what this is.
 
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I grabbed this bottle of clear ammonia from Stop and Shop, it was less than $2. A freezer size ziploc bag and a baking dish. 
 
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Place the grate in the ziploc bag, be careful not to poke any holes in the bag. Then add 2-4 tablespoons of ammonia. Be careful, I forgot how strong the smell of ammonia was. I ended up having to put my bag and grate on a baking pan because my bakeware was not wide enough for the grate to lay completely flat. It says to leave the bag alone for 12 hours. I ended up being busy and letting rest for over 24 hours. 
 
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As you can see, the ammonia turned brown from all the built up gunk. The gunk started to come off in chunks in the bag. I took the grate out and washed in warm water. I didn’t even have to scrub, and the remaining gunk was flaking off in the water.
 
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Now my grate is bright and shiny.
 
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Left is shiny, right is dull. 
 
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Here is a better view, of the dirty compared to the clean. The clean one looks brand new compared to the dirty one.
 

This was a complete success. Now I need to do this with the three remaining grates that I have from my stove.

I highly recommend this process to anyone who has gas stove grates.

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