Sunday, March 25, 2012

Don't forget to Clean this: Between the Stove Top and the Counter

Just take a kitchen knife wrapped in a slightly damp cloth and pull it through a couple times. If there is a layer of grease or gunk add dish soap to your cloth.


64 comments:

  1. This works great.

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  2. FYI, many stove tops can lift up so you can clean along the sides as well as underneath!

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  3. I use my Scunci steamer to do this chore. Just point the nozzle and keep wiping up the gunk until it steams clean.

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    1. If you have a laminate countertop, using a steamer would not be recommended. It can cause the plastic laminate to separate from the fiberboard.

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    2. I HAVE FOUND A PRODUCT ITS CALLED KRUD KUTTER. WORKS GREAT! FOUND AT WAL-MART IN THE PAINT AREA. WONDERFUL DEGREASER FOR CLEANING.

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    3. I have used this method for many years.

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  4. Great idea I like it
    really nice thanks for sharing Air Pillows

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  5. Thank you for this idea. This is just great. I usually do this by brushing it but it is a little messy. I will surely have this a try and hope that it works. Thank you again for sharing.

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  6. Just make sure you don't turn the knife towards you! Hahaha I slipped and cut myself with the butter knife!

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  7. or just quit being lazy and take the stove out and clean the whole side properly

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    1. Really? because you pull your stove out away from the wall EVERY time you wipe down the counters??

      I think this is a great tip. Thank you for posting!

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    2. You must have alot of time on your hands if you can pull your stove out all the time. And no kids. Boring life?

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    3. You must also have crappy floors that you don't mind scratching up every time you pull your stove out. No thanks! This is a great tip ;)

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    4. Pull the stove out???? Really. I will not pull out my stove every time I clean the kitchen. With two kids under 3 I don't have time to do that. I say pull it out maybe once a month. Quit being so negative with people you dont know........

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    5. this is the kind of stuff that I save old toothbrushes for.

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    6. Be nice to each other , people!! Doesn't hurt a thing. thanks for the tip. ...........:)

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    7. i think the "pull out the stove anonymous" is a man

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    8. Umm my stove only pulls out like 2 feet, if I try to pull it out I will disconnect the wiring. I would not call that lazy, I would call it practical to find another way to clean between

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    9. I pull the stove out about once every couple of months. Pure necessity. You should see the gunk that ends up dripping down the side, either from the kids lazily wiping it there, or something spilling during cooking. I move the stove myself, and yes, I'm a lowly woman. I also pull out the fridge and clean the back of it. Shocker, I know. I have three kids. It's not about being boring or having a terrible life. It's about not attracting bugs...

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    10. You can't move a gas range unless you have the fire department outside waiting for the explosion. Not a bright idea!

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    11. When my previous stove was removed to be replaced by a new one I was surprised to see how bad the side of the cabinet which was next to it looked. There is virtually about 1/4" gap between the two, not even a long knife will fit. I finally came up with something which really works. I've tape the area with a 2 1/2" strong and sticky tape. So far it's been on there for 6 mos. and has stood up to multiple cleaning. It's probably a commercial grade tap I found at a Oriental market where they carry lots of "stuff" or try the Dollar Store.

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    12. I typed a lot of mistakes, it's 2:25 AM. Tape is 2 1/2" wide. Pinterest is new to me, I'll suffer for staying up so late in the morning...and all day tomorrow. LOL

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    13. lol, Alice! I totally understand the pinterest induced lack of sleep! I have also thought about putting tape on that gap. :) I think I saw on amazon ages ago a magnetic strip to cover the gap.. Hmm...

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    14. The tape idea is great!! We have a bigger gap like an inch at the top and 2 on the bottom...Made for even more mess. The tape is industrial and stands up to a lot. Highly recommend.

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    15. I was going to add.....walmart sells a plastic T looking strip that fits perfectly between the stove and counter. I love it. Just pull up strip and spray it off. Its down the cooking untensil isle.

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    16. I was going to add.....walmart sells a plastic T looking strip that fits perfectly between the stove and counter. I love it. Just pull up strip and spray it off. Its down the cooking untensil isle.

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    17. I was just going to mention the same thing as Dawn Allen. I've seen those strips used, and actually used to supply it in apartments I rented. They're great.

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    18. hi anonymous that suggested to pull out the stove.are you a guy? because a guy would probably suggest, just pulling out the stove. that would be a hassle just pulling out the stove every time you want to clean between the stove and the broadshelf.

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  8. Most stoves have a latch that allow you to lift the top for cleaning. When you lift it you have complete access to that counter edge to clean it.

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  9. Wow people are rude. Great tip for a quick easy clean!

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  10. A great way to clean in between deep cleanings.

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  11. Oh that rude comment must be coming from someone who has such a lacking life that they feel the need to hide it by attacking others. And might I add how so important and meaningful it is to take your stove out and clean it properly. Because we all know when we go to others people home that is precisely what we are going to be looking for. Not for the warm welcome and caring attitude toward us lazy, non moving, properly cleaning, stove people. Geez.

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    1. Lol! Love it!

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    2. Bravo!!! Bullies are everywhere.

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    3. Our stove is so wedged in there I don't know if it's ever coming out. I think they built the counters and cabinets after installing the appliances. HA! I use a toothpick to get crumbies along that line. I am going to try the cloth and knife though to see what I'm missing. I get under the stove every so often by taking the drawer out so I'm not completly discusting, right?

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  12. Isn't it funny how rude people rarely use their name? I like this tip (because it's the same thing I do!) And btw, it would be impossible for me to pull out the stove all the time - and not because I'm lazy... it's because I have had two spine surgeries and can no longer do strenuous activities.

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  13. Great tip! I have tried this but never thought of soaping up the rag first. And to the rude responses....I have learned that no matter what you say, there are always some people who take what you say, turn it around, and try to make you look idiotic. The only thing is, the "haters" are the people ending up making a fool of themselves! Keep on blogging and sharing your findings. You are doing great!

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  14. They make awesome rubber mats that have a notch for in between stove and counter top. Its about an inch and a half wide. No food/anything else can fall in between. Find then anywhere!! Great tip tho!!

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  15. I have a gas stove and would advise against moving it very often, as it can damage the gas line. I do however make the repairman wait whenever we have work done on the stove while I clean behind it! The knife and cloth is a great tip.

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  16. I do this with a kabob stick + rag... a knife wouldn't fit!

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  17. This is definitely my least favorite task, but most needed. Everything gets caught in there. And no, I don't move my stove out because it's on carpet which makes it impossible to move by myself (who doesn't love carpet in the kitchen, yuck). What a mess. I have to be quite creative getting in that tight space at least I'm not alone.

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  18. Your attitude determines your altitude....

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  19. So smart! Thanks for the tip!

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  20. i use toothpicks they fit perfect and when one gets gucky i throw it away and get a new one :) just another idea for those with less space in between....

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    1. I agree toothpicks work great !

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  21. pipe cleaners work too.

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  22. Great tip!! My mom taught me to do this in the 80's and it has always worked.

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  23. So nice to see. One person makes a rude comment and several others pipe in to stop it. Proof that there are more good people than bad. Great ideas, by the way.

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  24. There is also a trim like piece that you can use to cover that gap up. Works great! Don't remember what it's called or where I got it though!

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  31. Or, I take an old credit card or hotel key card and swipe down mine. Works like a charm

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  32. I just laugh at the people who are saying "I advise against moving the stove, especially it it's gas" First if the connections for gas are good then you shouldn't have to worry. And when I move my stove to clean under, behind, and next to it I have not had one problem with it and it does not scratch up my floor. I get scuff marks from the plastic feet things. But that comes up with some elbow grease. I move mind at least once a month and I'm surprised what stuff I find. But I personally do both of these methods.

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  33. I like the tip with the rag. Although some places I've lived the gap wasn't wide enough for a rag. As others pointed out, most stoves can be lifted up from the front so you can get underneath the burner holes and along the sides. I've seen those plastic strips sold in catalogs but you need a gap wide enough for one to fit. I like the tape idea, too.
    In some areas roaches are a problem and that is one of the first places you'll find them (under the hood and along the walls). I have lived in some places where the stove was wedged in so tight I couldn't get the stove to move, so I had to get creative. Anything that is thin and stiff will do the trick (if using a knife, turn it backwards), credit card, ruler, metal spatula, etc. If I could, I would sometimes slide a piece of paper on the floor to catch what fell where I was cleaning.
    But as some mentioned, be careful not to get it too wet where the laminate counters are joined. What is under there is pressed board and if there isn't a good seal, moisture will cause the wood to swell up and buckle (I learned the hard way).
    Here's an idea. I don't what it's called, but you can get a pkg of thin rubbery stuff at a craft store for kids to make cut-out projects. They come in different colors about 8x14" or so. Maybe cut a long strip about 3" wide, fold it in half lengthwise and wedge it between the stove and counter. Then you can pull it out, clean, and use it again. Whatever falls in there will be trapped in the fold.

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  34. Oops. I left out a word in last paragraph. I don't "know" what it's called.

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  35. Or you can pull out your stove enough to clean that gunk and any that may have fallen to the floor with a broom!

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