InnSider Secret – 6 Simple Steps to Go from Greasy Mess to Gleaming

Being that we are a bed and breakfast we do cook a lot here at 10 Fitch and we make a mess of our stove top and gas grill. Here’s an easy way to clean your stove & gas grill grates.

toaster oven tray before


Toaster Oven Tray – Before

We also have a large toaster/convection oven that is used a lot. One of the things we toast in it is garlic bread which has a high fat content and therefore makes the tray under the wire rack really grungy. Using any other method to try and clean the baked on grease has resulted only in frustration and disappointment. That is, until now.  After seeing this method for cleaning stove top parts on Pinterest I thought I would give it a go on the toaster oven tray. How did it work you ask? See for yourself. Just look at my results below.  I was so happy with how they came out that I cleaned my stove top burners too and they also came out wonderful.  If you want to try this yourself –

toaster oven tray before and afterYou will need:

  • Plain household ammonia
  • Plastic bags large enough to put your stove grates in and close securely – if you have ziptop bags they will fit in, that’s perfect!  If not, then garbage or leaf bags will work if you can tie the opening into a knot or secure closed with a rubber band
  • Rubber bands if you need them to close your bag

Let’s Get To It!

  1. First of all, take a picture of your greasy grates.  No, I’m not kidding. Why? Because after you use this InnSider Secret to get them gleaming you may not believe how gross they really were unless you have proof. So go ahead and take that picture now, otherwise you might not get anyone to believe you when you tell them how great this works!
  2. Take the bottle of ammonia, your bags and rubber bands, if needed, outside.  You want to do this outside because ammonia has very harsh fumes so you need good ventilation.
  3. If you do not want to get all greasy I suggest that now would be a great time to don a pair of rubber gloves. It’s time to gather up those nasty grates!  Bring them outside and place them inside the bag(s).
  4. Pour about a 1/2 cup of ammonia into each bag.  That’s all you need.  It’s actually not the ammonia that is going to produce the magic here but the fumes.

Almost Done! Just 2 more steps.

  1.  Close the bags securely.  If large enough, you can tie the opening into a knot like I did. Or you can use rubber bands.  If your grates fit into ziptop bags, perfect!  Just zip them closed.  It’s important to make sure that no matter how you close your bags that they are closed very tightly as it’s the fumes trapped inside the bag that are going to work wonders on the grease and grime on your grates.  Now you will need to leave them there for at least 12 hours or overnight.
  2. After at least 12 hours it’s time to open up the bags, pour out the ammonia and bring in the grates where a quick scrub in hot soapy water will reveal how beautifully clean and grease free they are!  My grates were really bad so I did end up having to use a scraper and some elbow grease before they were clean to my satisfaction but it was way easier and they came much cleaner than any other method I had tried before.

toaster oven tray after

Toaster Oven Tray – After

Here’s a larger photo (upside down) of my gleaming toaster oven tray!

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