Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tackle It Tuesday and Kitchen Tip Tuesday

How many of you used your stove top to the extreme over the last week? I did. With Thanksgiving and all the other cooking I have been doing, my stove top got a huge work out. My tackle to share today was my stove top. I took the entire thing apart and scrubbed it down. I often throw the drip pans in the dishwasher, but every once in a while they need a good scrubbing. Here is a before (slick with grease and burned):Here is the after:
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For my kitchen tip this week, I will share with you "how" I get my stove so clean and shiny. Like your kitchen sink, a clean or dirty stove will really make or break your kitchen appeal. Have you ever seen a kitchen with a really dirty stove? I will say nothing more...
So, I have a little story to share. First I will say, I receive NOTHING from the following endorsement except a huge dose of humility.
Several years ago, maybe 5, a young woman came to my door with a spray bottle and a script. I would not let her in my house to "clean anything you want", so she proceeded to clean my door knob. She sprayed her "magic cleaner" on the door knob and took a little green pad and rubbed very gently. The door knob SHINED like the sun in the spot she rubbed. I thought it was antique brass, but come to find out it was dirty, shiny brass. Ok, maybe we can try it on something else...she came in and we used her magic cleaner on my most difficult jobs! Everyone of them was a success. Areas that were thought to be ruined...like my stove drip pans, and the edge of a drain. The stain on the counter and the spot on the frig door. I had tried EVERYTHING on these areas and nothing worked. So for a mere 199.99 I could get 2 quarts of her magic cleaner, which was highly concentrated, PLUS she would throw in 2 spray bottles and a little bundle of green pads which were a perfect 2x4 inch rectangle. SOLD! (Ooooh, if you are reading this Sweet Hubby, I DID learn my lesson!)

You know that saying "There is a sucker born everyday"?...I am the one on Nov. 8th, 1960. To make a long story short, the cleaner was NOT magic.....but the little green pad WAS!! Come to find out the cleaner (I think it was Pine Sol in a different bottle) was no more effective than my own cleaner, but the green miricle pad was just as effective with plain old water! These little pads had the words "scotch" lightly printed on them. You can get them at ANY grocery store for $1.29 for 3 large pads. You just need to cut your own little ones for a total of 9 pads. She only gave me 6!!! So here is my kitchen tip: I do not use these on surfaces that are easily scratched, but they are really great on stainless steel cookware (and of course the kitchen sink). Another GREAT tip when cleaning your stove is to use this cleaner: It cuts grease better than anything I have ever used, plus it is earth friendly and non toxic! It was developed so kids could help clean, yet it is amazingly effective in grease cutting. I use the pink. You can get it at many retail stores and it is less expensive than regular cleaners. Again, I am getting no rewards for saying this, except the reward of sharing my wonderful tools to get a beautifully clean stove top! For more Kitchen Tips, visit Tammy's Recipes.


Candi said...

Great job!!

I organized/re-did a wall in my living room!!

Niki RuralWritings said...

Your stove looks soooo good, you should see mine..wait...no you rreally shouldn't!

~Tyra~ said...

Your stove looks great!

Dont make me get out my flying Monkeys! said...

Excuse me, can I hire you????? LOL

Niki said...

Love the 'antiques' sign on your oven! :)Love Holy Cow too, It works great.

Lib said...

You stove looks "GREAT"
Oh, the costly lesson's we sometimes learn in life! I think we all have a story to tell. lol
Hope you have a great day.
Blessins', Lib

Belvie said...

That stove is so clean it looks new! Wanna come clean mine?

Momala said...

I'll have to try those pads. I can never seem to get my stove top clean. Yours looks great!

Alexandra Stephenson said...

I love those scotch cleaning pads! Great tackle!!! :)

Kelley said...

Oh don't you just love the scotch pads? I always keep plenty on hand.
And I discovered Holy Cow at Wal-Mart awhile back and just love their products! Ü
I love how great it cuts grease, etc!

Wishing you a blessed day!

Real World Martha said...

I also have used this cleaner and it is good. It is so great to see people using non-toxic chemicals. Those chemical cleaners are so terrible for children and adults to breathe in!

Su Bee said...

Oh dear -- what a racket!! She must have snookered a lot of people tho, to be pretty sure that it would work, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger.
Reminds me that I need to get cozy with my green pads also - see? You're an inspiration!

Marcia said...

Hi Bren

Long time no e-speak :)

You did an AWESOME job on that stove - wow!!!

Organising Queen,
Beaded bookmarks and
Marcia's take charge blog

Solstitches said...

Your stove looks shiny new. It's a good feeling when everything looks nice.
Thanks for the kitchen tip. I need a tip on how to make more hours in a day!

Rose/CountryLife said...

Your stove is sparkling!!

Marilyn R said...

Okay - you made me WANT to clean my stove! LOL I will have to try the scotch cleaning pads too!

Katie said...

Thanks for the tip on the nontoxic cleaner! Always looking for healthier ways to clean.

Also - I just borrowed "Anne of Avonlea" from the library - thanks for your comments about that - I'm looking forward to it SO much!!


Kathy said...

FINALLY!!! I sent you that email!


teodo said...

Great post and great job .............
and great Christmas decorations.
ciao ciao