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A Pedicure Tool Might Be the Solution to Cleaning a Dirty Stove

A person places grates back onto a gas stove.
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If you have a gas stove, you know that the grates can get pretty grimy if not cared for regularly. But sometimes, we all get in a bit of a hurry and forget to clean. If your stove has stuck-on grease and grime, it can seem impossible to remove, but there’s a solution.

A pumice stone can help clean your dirty stove grates, so pull out your pedicure kit the next time it’s stove cleaning time.

Of course, we’re not advocating for scrubbing a dry stone over dry grates. That’s a recipe for disaster. Instead, a pumice stone should be used as the last part of your existing cleaning routine. If your grates are particularly dirty, you’ll want to get as much grease and dirt off them as possible first.

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Some pumice stones are specifically made for cleaning.

Remove them from the stove and place them in a sink or bathtub (a plastic storage container works as well). Add very hot or boiling water as well as a bit of dish soap and allow them to soak for 10-15 minutes before using a powder cleaner and sponge to clean.

Then, if there’s still baked-on grease in the corners or stuck to the grates, use a soaked pumice stone (never use a dry one) and gently buff at the wet grates. When it begins to dry out, immediately soak it again and repeat the process until the goo is gone. Dry the grates completely, replace them, and you’re done.

Of course, if you are using the same pumice stone you use for your feet, maybe make it your stove stone moving forward and invest in a new pedicure tool. You can also buy pumice stones specifically designed for cleaning that even have handles for easy use.

If it’s been a bit too long since you last cleaned your stove grates, it might be time to pull out a pumice stone.

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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