Stove, a distant descendant of the fireplace, is a real center of every kitchen. And this center requires constant and thorough care. The smallest droplets of fat, smoke-black and burnt food must be regularly removed from the stove surface, otherwise they will cover the stove with a thick layer of dirt in a few weeks, which will be very difficult to clean.
The Internet is full of recipes of folk remedies against burnt fat, shelves in stores are bursting with all kinds of powders and creams, but not all cleaning methods are effective and safe for both the stove and the housewife. How to stay focused and choose the most suitable agent?
Enemies of the stove…
First of all, you have to remember that the stove cleaning method depends on the material from which the stove is made. Modern kitchen stoves are made of enameled metal or of stainless steel. Besides, there are glass ceramic cooktops – electric or induction, the cleaning of which requires a special approach. Abrasive powders are utterly unsuitable for any type of stoves – they leave scratches on the surface which quickly get filled with a layer of fat and smoke-black even if they aren’t noticeable at the beginning. And it does not matter whether a special powder is used for cleaning or dry salt or soda – scratches are inevitable. It’s just the same inadmissible as to use abrasive scrapers or sponges to clean any stove surfaces. Indeed, wash cloths made of metal chips or of fiberglass remove dirt in a few movements, but the stove surface remains hopelessly damaged after them.
Solutions of strong acids are the enemies of stainless steel stoves. Indeed, stainless steel is resistant to corrosion, but under the action of acid, it is covered with a film of oxides, under which the elegant metal luster disappears forever. Acid affects enamel also not in the best way. A one-time application will not do a visible damage, but the enamel coating will be destroyed over time and lose its luster. Stainless steel is also ruined by agents containing chlorine. Acids and chlorine are safe for glass ceramic stoves.
… and housewife
Do not forget that many cleaning agents can cause health problems in those who use them. Acids and alkalis can provoke burns, agents with chlorine – contact dermatitis, and powder particles get into the air thus easily penetrating the bronchi and, in case of predisposing factors, can lead to asthma attacks. Products with a strong “chemical” smell can also provoke asthma, as well as products in which the smell of chemicals is “clogged” with intrusive fragrances. Of course, some protection is provided by rubber household gloves and a respirator mask, but cleaning agents are often so “powerful” that even family members in other rooms are forced to breathe them in.
How about the oven?
Oven cleaning is worth a separate talk. It is covered with smoke-black even more than the stove part around the burners. Cleaning the oven is not a simple process. Yes, scratches on its surface are not that visible, but the whole cleaning process is so labor-intensive that there are not so many people who would decide to do this using only soda and a metal wash cloth. In addition, cleaning the glass “window” requires some special attention – the tiniest scratches can cause the glass crack, and replacing it is pretty expensive. A popular recipe for cleaning using a saucer with ammonia left in the oven overnight doesn’t hold up against criticism: it is very, very difficult to remove the characteristic ammonia smell from the kitchen after such a measure.
Cleaning stove with no extra efforts
It really is possible to clean the stove and oven without extra efforts and without damaging the surface – the most important thing is to choose a suitable agent. For example, Unicum Gold grease remover – it cleans gently and effectively with absolutely no damage to the stove surface. For those who are annoyed with the chemical smell, Unicum line has a new agent – Grizzly. One of its cleaning components has a natural mint smell, which helped eliminate the unpleasant chemical smell without using intrusive fragrances: the cleaning foam just smells mint. Both agents are multi-purpose; they are suitable for any surfaces of the kitchen stoves, are safe, kosher, and are comparable to the legendary Israeli cosmetics in their quality.
Cleanliness in the kitchen is what every housewife dreams about, and modern, effective, and sage cleaning agents will help make this dream come true.