Sometimes there are some problems with cleaning the handles of the stove, especially if they are embossed and complex in shape, because it is impossible to protect them from pollution. Consider various methods and tools to simplify the care of the stove handles.
Cleaning the removable handles
Finding out whether or not the stove handle, or rather the handle of the gas supply or burner power regulator, is removable or not, is very simple. It is enough to gently pull on yourself. The handle should come off. If this does not happen, the handle is non-removable.
For cleaning, remove the handles, put them in any container, fill them with clean warm water, add laundry soap or another fat-dissolving agent (for example, Synergetic, Economy Santry, Shumanit). The water should cover the handles completely. We leave for 20-30 minutes.
Then, using a metal brush for dishes or a sponge, we remove the dirt. If that’s not enough, use baking soda and a toothbrush. Thus, it will be possible to remove accumulated dirt in hard-to-reach places of the handle.
After removing all dirt from the handles, we clean the places of their installation with soda and a toothbrush.
Cleaning fixed handles
Cleaning non-removable handles is much more difficult, because a non-removable handle cannot be soaked separately in a soapy water solution. A particularly hard-to-reach place is the gap between the plate body and the handle.
For high-quality performance of such cleaning, it is necessary to apply a pre-prepared solution of any detergent to the surface of the handles. After half an hour, using a kitchen sponge, toothbrush, toothpick, hygienic sticks or cotton pads, thoroughly wipe all surfaces and crevices. When it is difficult to remove pollution, a slurry of soda and ammonia is used. Upon completion of cleaning, carefully wipe and dry all parts.
The presented video shows an example of cleaning non-removable handles: in what sequence to do the work, what tools to use and how to use them correctly.
As often happens, the necessary cleaning agent is not at hand, or its price is not satisfied. In such cases, folk remedies always come to the aid of housewives, which are in no way inferior to industrial chemistry.
Ammonia. A well-known stain remover that is in every home first aid kit. With an aqueous solution of ammonia in a ratio of 1: 1, using a hygienic stick and a cotton swab, wipe all contaminated places until the dirt is completely removed. Aqueous solution can be replaced ammonia-anise drops.
Citric acid and baking soda. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is the easiest option. With a toothbrush dipped in such juice, the contaminated surface is treated until the solidified fatty deposits are completely removed. When difficult, use baking soda. The toothbrush is alternately dipped in soda and juice to wipe the problem area.
Vinegar solution. Vinegar solution is used only for removable, heavily soiled handles. The removed handles must be lowered into a solution consisting of 0.7 liters of water and 0.2 liters of table vinegar. Boil the container with the solution and handles for a quarter of an hour. Remove handles and let cool. Replace thoroughly wiped, dry handles.
Laundry soap. Laundry soap and soap solution very well clean surfaces from old dirt. Grated soap (50 g) on a fine grater is mixed with 100 g of boiling water. After the soap is completely dissolved, the removed handles are soaked. Usually they are left overnight. With the help of a sponge and a toothbrush, remove the soaked dirt and rinse thoroughly. After complete drying, set in place. Fixed handles are washed with such a solution, wiped with a sponge and brush until the dirt is completely removed, washed and allowed to dry.
Hygienic wet wipes. Wet wipes are impregnated with camphor oil and citric acid. Wiping the knobs of the stove switch with such wipes is not difficult after cooking. The napkin is wound on any stick or without it and the handle is wiped.
The industry today produces a huge range of household chemicals for cleaning any contaminants: gels, pastes, powders, solutions. They include various solvents, alkalis, soaps, powdered components that will help get rid of old fat without any problems and will not spoil the stove itself. Each person can choose a means to remove any contaminants at the best price.
The most popular means of both domestic and foreign production are the following:
- spray Shumanit;
- cleaning agent Sandocan;
- liquid for removing old fat on Bilyzna stoves;
- Sanita gel.
Before using household chemicals, you must read the instructions and strictly adhere to them. Work should be done with protective gloves.
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Precautions when using cleansers
When cleaning the knobs of the regulators, you must follow the simple rules of personal safety:
- All cleaning work, regardless of the means used, must be carried out with gloves.
- Studying the instructions for use of any cleaning agent, following the instructions for use is strictly necessary.
- Use a respirator when using strong household cleaning products.
- Be sure to ventilate the room after finishing work.
- Mixing different chemicals is strictly prohibited.
- When cleaning the handles of the electric stove, the power cord must be unplugged from the socket.
Proper operation and cleanliness of not only the switch knobs, but the entire stove will predetermine its condition and prevent unnecessary pollution. Strictly adhere to the rules of operation – a guarantee of the durability of the plate.
Regular cleaning both during and after each preparation, clean hands, use of clean utensils and in accordance with the size of the burners are the ingredients for success in maintaining cleanliness and preventing contamination.
Even if you wipe the handles after each use, general cleaning is required periodically. After all, even the ancient Chinese believed that a sparkling clean cooking place helps maintain strong family relationships.