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how to get blackened crud off of stovetop?

Njchicaa | Jul 13, 201205:11 AM     43

I am not the best housekeeper in the world. I freely admit this. I have been having a heck of a time trying to get the burned-on layer of brownish-black gunk off of the top of my stovetop. I have a fairly simple Frigidaire gas range with white (porcelain??) coating.

No matter how careful I am not to have any spills or food bubbling out of pots/pans, it seems that this layer of stuff just consistently reappears and builds up around the burners. I've tried just about every kind of stovetop cleaner, gunk cleaner, kitchen cleaner, etc. in an attempt to remove this stuff but nothing seems to make a difference. I just wind up spending an hour or two scrubbing away and eventually giving up until the next time. I've even used razor blades to try to get it off... sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

The top surface is totally scratched up and knicked from my cleaning attempts with brushes, sponges, blades, etc. I don't really care about that at this point. I would just like to know if there is anything I'm missing when it comes to trying to clean a stovetop.

My mother-in-law has almost the same unit and hers is spotless. I asked my husband how she did it and he said "that's simple--she doesn't cook" which is a fair enough point. Should I just accept that my stovetop isn't going to look all that great since I spend so much time cooking?

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