I am in a rental, so my tenancy means that I "inherit" former tenant's dirt. I was able to clean the condo before we moved in, in June and I have myself on a daily cleaning schedule as a divide and conquer approach. Then there are projects such as the gas range and oven. The black, cast iron grates were super greasy with a lot of baked on, charred on black gunk. Although I clean the stove top and grates daily with a homemade mixture of Castille soap and water, these grates needed special attention.
1-I placed them in a large, plastic kitchen garbage bag, and poured in amonia, letting it sit for several hours in the bathtub. Naturally, the amonia slowly leaked out. I used an old tooth brush, a knife, a nylon scrubbie and got a lot of tactile grease off, brown gunk. Great but not as I would like. Someone* before me clearly fried a LOT: the cabinets were also greasy, the 10 foot ceiling has grease marks over it, and the fan's metal screens that I cleaned when we moved in gave me a basin of harvest gold grease-clearly they weren't cleaned in some time. BTW-I cleaned the screens again today (6 months later) and while some evidence of greasy dirt came off, it was no where near what I had in June.
2-I tried LA's Amazing orange degreaser, my go to laundry spray. It got even MORE brown grease off. Great, still have a ways to go.
Meanwhile, I also attacked the inside oven door that had black and brown bits all over it.
1-I used some Easy off, leftover from my move out at a former rental. Also used a nylon scrubbie, a knife, an old toothbrush to get the bits off. Greasy mess came off, lots of baked on bits-again from a former tenant
2-I used my version of the Dawn-vinegar magic cleaner, scrubbing it in after letting it set a bit. Again, more grease came up. Still lots of bits.
3-I made a baking soda paste and worked it in, using the old toothbrush, and the top near the bristle's plastic head to scrape off the bits. I sprayed it with vinegar after letting it set a bit. Again, more grease came up, more so in the nooks around the glass insert. The baking soda seemed to really help. MUCH better, but wish that ALL of the baked on bits were removed.
Next: the interior of the gas, self cleaning oven. I do not have the instruction book, I found a comparable one on line from GE. Instructions clearly state NOT to use oven cleaner. When we moved in, I noted the tell tale smell and the white reside not completely washed off from the inside of the oven that tells me that someone* had used oven cleaner before.
So, I know that I can use oven cleaner on the nickle racks, and will do so at some point.
The right interior side seems better the left for some reason.
How to proceed with the oven interior? I bought a can of Dollar Tree's "easy off"-a clear knock off of the branded product-both contain Lye.
Thoughts on any of these 3 areas: range top cast iron grates, interior oven glass, the interior oven walls?