Martha's step-by-step guide for taking the stove top, vent hood, oven, toaster, microwave, and countertop grill from grease-spattered and blackened to gleaming overnight.
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Get a Spotless Stove (and Beyond)
The more you put off cleaning an appliance -- like the dreaded oven, the more the grime -- and dread -- builds up. But keeping it clean is critical from an aesthetic and a practical standpoint. Without proper maintenance, fuel ports and hood vents can clog and ovens can smoke.
Here, then, is Martha's step-by-step guide for taking the stove top, vent hood, oven, toaster, microwave, and countertop grill from grease-spattered and blackened to gleaming overnight. Her method requires no more than a couple of hours of active time and a few cleaning products (and most of the products are chemical free). Should you need added incentive, consider this: "If you thoroughly clean the oven, and then maintain it after every use," Martha says, "you should never have to do such a dirty job again."
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The hood clears the air of smoke and grease from everyday cooking, but they can leave their mark. Over time, stains can build up and vents can clog. Clean the exterior of the hood weekly and the filters monthly.
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The Stove Top
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Don't forget to look up over your stovetop! The range hood and stainless steel can collect dust and grease. Follow these steps and it will be sparkling clean.
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You've conquered the big job -- the oven. But the task of cleaning these little cookers can feel out of proportion with their modest size. The good news: With five minutes and these techniques, you can get them looking new.
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The Countertop Grill