How To Clean A Stove Using Alcohol

While most people are horrified when they think they need to use alcohol on a stove, you’ve got to take into account the high heat it can reach to destroy your stove.

With Thanksgiving just days away, we know you’re getting ready to have a flawless gathering. Unfortunately, no matter how well you plan there are just some problems that are inevitable, like red wine stains. And a common spot for these spills is on your favorite linens. But not to worry — your goods can be saved. Better Home And Gardens found a great way to clean up a stove that will allow it to reach higher temperatures and ensure your food stays safe.

Step One: 

First we have to get rid of the remnants. 

While washing your clothes with vinegar and water won’t get the best of any remaining oil or wax off your items, when it’s done, simply rinse them thoroughly with detergent. 

Here’s what we’ll be working with. This set of linens had been sitting around for a few months and it was almost always stained red. I tried everything and the red stain was just too heavy of a burden to carry on. 

Here are some options. First is a simple bleach. I’m not a chemist so I don’t know if it is 100% effective, but it will give it the go-ahead to get out some of these stains and the residue will be washed off.

This is just an example, but I like using a bleach solution with baking soda in it when cleaning out stains since it can also help remove dust from your stuff and make it easier to rinse. I used baking soda a lot too with my stove.

This will work as well, but I like taking out a lighter and lighterning some of the spots I was not able to get rid of with vinegar and water. 

I know, I know, that sounds like a lot of work. But, as with anything on the stove, once the stains are gone it just takes an hour more and some simple cleanup on your part.

Here are some details from HG:

Covered in oil, oil-based compounds, such as paraffin, wax or even beeswax, often accumulate on pots, pans, and stoves to absorb moisture and retain heat. When these compounds become exposed heat and sunlight destroy them. Oil on its own is a powerful solvent that can cause food to burn, cook unevenly, or spoil. You also want hot and dry food–not wet and moist–on the stove.

After cleaning off the oil/paraffin, it’s time for some cleaning with dishwasher soap and hot water to remove any wax build up. 

After that rinse, it’s time for some more cleaning in the dishwasher again.   

For the next batch of clean up, I added just a little bit of white vinegar to the soap and water mixture. The mix really did help keep any wax and oil that was left and was also easy to clean out with my brush. 

It was then time to remove the remaining red spots. The first step is to lightly rub away any excess dirt with your fingers using a gentle, circular motion. A wire brush and paper towel can be extremely helpful here. 

Next, use the wire brush to work in circular motion to soften up your stains. Do not rub vigorously. You don’t want to remove all of the stain.

For the last step, I rubbed a few drops of white wine vinegar on the stain. I used regular white vinegar in my first attempt, but I was worried about the smell of the wine so added a few drops of wine as an additional ingredient. For the third and final application, the wine vinegar does the job just as well as the white vinegar.