Friday, April 23, 2010

How to Avoid Cleaning A Stovetop

I'm not going to get into the whole gas versus electric stovetop thing.  Like what you like, I don't like what I don't like.  I'll let you know, I'm not too fond of gas stovetops, but always seem to have a house with them.  (Minus the temporary/rental/now for sale house.) 

Okay, you can give me the advantages and disadvantages of both, but honestly, it won't change a thing with me.  My biggest that stovetop.  I'll show you mine, up close and personal.  A super reality check, with no cleaning.  I'm not even photoshopping these pictures. 

I dislike all those nooks and crannies.  There's more little places to clean in there than....oh, you don't want me going there.  Yuck, yuck, yuck!  Apparently I'm not a clean cooker.  It's hard to be when you're doing more than three things at once. 

I don't have time to clean, I mean scour, the stovetop when there's Polly Pockets and Race Cars to play....together.  Did you know Polly likes to go to the races?  Yep, especially if there's monster trucks and drag racers.  Just thought you'd like to know.

So....back to a reality do I avoid cleaning that stovetop and not gnash my teeth everytime I pass by it because it's filthier than my 5 year old digging in the dirt?  Yes, the littlest crumbs and splatter marks drive me batty!

I cover it up.  Hide it.  Airbrush it. Spanx it.  Whatever. 

It's called a pastry board.  I got it 12 years ago from some lovely relatives at my bridal shower.  It gets its workout covering up yuckiness everyday.  Now that's useful.  There's my easy tip for you.  I just happened to stumble upon the pastry board's perfectly fitting shape to perfectly cover up the yuckiness.  Plus it comes in handy to set hot stuff on, namely that sheet of chocolate chip cookies!     

Oh, and I do clean the stovetop....when there's time after the kids go to bed and I'm avoiding other things I should be doing. 

How do you avoid cleaning?  Any easy tips to cover stuff up?  Lay it on me.'s my oven cleaning episode. And actually...the dirt doesn't show up with natural light pictures as much as it does with flash photography.  My stovetop isn't looking too bad, maybe I don't have to clean it afterall!

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