Every time I move something from where it’s been sitting for a long time, I realize just how gross my family (myself included) is! You know what I’m saying? All of those spills and crumbs and dust-bunnies that haven’t seen the light of day and then they are exposed? Even the cleanest, tidiest house has a few dirty secrets. And one of the best hiding places for splatters, crumbs, and grease is behind the stove. I mean, seriously, how often do we pull out the stove to clean behind it? I don’t know about you, but in the 11 years I lived in my last house, I pulled out the stove three times – once for tiling the floor, once for painting the walls, and once for tiling the back splash. Each time we moved it, I took a few minutes to clean the sides of the stove and all sides of the recess.
In the kitchen in our new house, we were having a gas line installed, so they had to pull out the range to do that.
And it was no surprise that there were some splatters and spills that needed to be cleaned.
Now, no judging! This house was otherwise clean, so my guess is there hasn’t been an excuse to pull this stove out for a while!
There is our pretty, new gas line!
So, while the stove was pulled out, I took the time to clean back there. I used SOS scour pads. They are steel wool pads impregnated with grease-cutting soap, so you just wet one and start scrubbing.
Here it is mid-scrub…
I used the scour pads on the cabinet, the floors, and the walls. Then, I wiped off the soap with a wet paper towel and lastly, sprayed them with Mrs. Meyers Lavender cleaner and wiped them down one last time. That final step was to make it smell nice. It was smelling a little like old grease back there.
And ta-da! Soooooo much better!
I was nervous about getting too close to 220 volt power with a wet scour pad, so it’s still a little dirty around the outlet, but we’re having a new dual-fuel stove installed in a couple of weeks and I’ll take a few minutes to finish cleaning when that happens.
Until then, I thought this would be a good cleaning tip to share. Curious what it looks like behind your stove now, hm?
It’s probably a good idea to do this once or twice a year, but you at least want to do this before you have repair/renovation work done that involves pulling out your stove!