How to Make Your Own Gunk Remover

As you know, this Cage Free Mamma has a new home.  It’s amazing, and overall has been kept up very well.  However, I’m a stickler for cleanliness and there are some aspects of this older house that just scream “Clean me!”

For example, the stove that was left with the house, which looked clean on the surface, but after about a week of use, I began to notice the kind of sticky, gunky build up that just wouldn’t budge with my normal vinegar-water cleaner.  No matter how much I scrubbed, I couldn’t make that slight stickiness go away.  It was like decades of grease build up that had gotten no more attention than a quick wipe down in the evening.  Still, I’ve been convinced that this very old stove is actually very valuable and very useful (It’s an old Jen-Air), so I took it upon myself to find away to remove the gunk build up so I could be happy with my old appliance!

After asking some older relatives and looking around online, I finally found a solution that I thought might work on this gunk, and decided to give it a try.


Before (left) and After(right) of my homemade goo-gone scrub

If you have old, gunky appliances in your home and really want to find a way to clean them without using store-bought chemicals, you should consider trying this out.  It’s 100% natural and safe for use in the kitchen, and you probably already have the ingredients in your pantry!  If not, they are easy to find in most grocery stores.

Here’s what you need:

-1/2 c baking soda

-1/2 c coconut oil

-1 old toothbrush for scrubbing

-1 old sponge or towel for wiping

-1 canning jar for storage

That’s it! You simply mix your baking soda and coconut oil together in the jar and use your toothbrush, towel, or sponge to clean the desired area.  I tried the towel first, then the sponge, and neither of them gave me the results I wanted.  Luckily, we had just bought new toothbrushes the day before, so I had a spare lying around that I could use for extra scrubbing power.

As you can see in the photo, I scrubbed half of the clock face on the stove and then took a picture, to show how much it takes off!  I’ll be trying this scrub in different areas of the house soon, but honestly, I was pretty wiped out after doing the entire stove top, vent, knobs, and oven door handle.  I’ll have to wait a bit to try it out elsewhere!

Do you have a favorite homemade cleaner? Please share!


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