How to: Clean your gas range
Keep your gas range looking spotless with these helpful cleaning tips and tricks.
As far as stovetops go, a commercial-style gas range is the first choice for many serious home cooks. In addition to keeping it looking sleek, proper cleaning is key to maintaining its functionality.
Problem: Grimy gas range
1 Remove the grates and any griddles, as well as the burner heads and caps. Using a non-abrasive sponge, wash them well with dish soap and warm water. If the dirt buildup is particularly bad (when was the last time you cleaned these things?), leave them to soak for 20 to 30 minutes. (Do not replace yet.)
2 To loosen the dirt buildup from spills and splatters on the stovetop, cover the spots with a cloth dampened in hot water for several minutes. Using a rubber scraper, remove the debris. With a dampened sponge (not soaked – water can harm the igniter), wipe the whole stovetop. Wipe dry using a microfibre cloth.
3 Rinse and thoroughly dry all the components you removed before replacing them.
4 For a beautifully clean finish, carefully remove all the knobs and wash using the same method as step 1.
For keeping splatters at bay, we love Trudeau’s Flex pot clip (trudeau.ca, $9). Clip it onto your pot or pan for an instant spoon rest. It accommodates both regular cutlery and larger cooking utensils and is a great alternative to its countertop counterpart, which is likely to be dirty or MIA in the dishwasher.Get a leg up on grease in between kitchen cleanup with these easy-to-use cleaning sprays.
Illustration courtesy of Joanna Kam
Tailor-made for gas range surfaces. Weiman Heavy-Duty Gas Range cleaner & degreaser, Canadian Tire, $6.
2 Zero waste
Minimize your carbon footprint: Just pop this little sachet into the reusable bottle and dilute with water. Bio Green Crystals Natural degreaser, Well.ca, $8. Reusable spray bottle, Well.ca, $3.
A Canadian-made, plant-based product. Eco Mist degreaser, Well.ca, $7.
Tip: don’t use abrasive cleaners or scouring pads.
Refined eclectic condo design
Designer Olivia Hnatyshin has a case of the blues... but in the best way possible.
The living room's custom sofa was one of Olivia's first investment pieces. “It fits four or five people comfortably,” she says, “so it’s perfect on movie nights.” Whether it’s a cocktail party or a casual get-together, the young designer loves to host.
Another enterprising effort was accommodating her childhood piano – which Olivia’s parents threatened to give away if she didn’t take. “It’s just one big, non-functional piece of furniture,” she says. “Creating a vignette around it with a tufted bench and pretty artwork helped distract from the fact that I have a huge, clunky black piano in my hall.” And she’s glad it’s there: The stylish setting encourages her to play it whenever there’s a spare moment in her busy life.
“Sometimes if you go literal with a certain theme, it works,” says Olivia, who typically mixes styles and eras, but in her entryway stuck to a strong Chinese influence, from the Foo dogs to the faux bamboo mirror and console. The leopard-print stool is actually Olivia’s old piano bench updated with fresh fabric.
The pagoda chair Olivia’s sitting in is one of her favourite pieces in the home. “It’s like my spirit animal,” she says. It was a steal at $90 and already upholstered in a fabric she loves.
Olivia didn’t change much about the builder-grade white kitchen, apart from adding a portable island as extra counter space for cooking and entertaining. “Where do I draw the line when I know this isn’t my forever space?” Olivia asked herself. For her, it proved to be the kitchen.
“Turquoise has been my favourite colour since I was little,” says Olivia. “I’m always drawn to it.” This is evidenced in the array of toss cushions on display on the living room sofa.
“Bedrooms should be a little more moody,” says Olivia of the reason hers is imbued with deeper blues than the rest of the condo. The room’s starting point was the Schumacher fabric on the lumbar cushion – the wallpaper and bedding fell easily into place after that. Above the bed, the gallery of small plates provides an unexpected spin on the traditional. Some are extras from Olivia’s own dish set, others are from her mom and the light blue one in the centre is a hand-me-down from Olivia’s paternal grandmother.
The armoire in the living room was a $300 antiques store score and acts as Olivia's media unit, where she tucks the TV out of sight when not in use. The artwork flanking it is also a creative moneysaver: framed coaster souvenirs from a trip to New York City. She also incorporated refinished vintage furniture, such as the sidechairs flanking the living room armoire.
The living room is awash in watery blues that are amplified in glass details for an airy, ethereal effect.
Bring one of these fun outdoor games to your next summer party.
Add some fun to your next summer party with one of these outdoor games.
One of the best things about summer is bringing friends and family together for outdoor fun! For so many Canadians, backyard barbecues are the highlight of the summer season and it’s the perfect time to try out all those delicious summer food and drink recipes. But no get-together is complete without some fun games, so this summer make your party the best on the block with these addictive outdoor games that are perfect for kids and adults alike.
1 Bricks Yard Game
You’re going to have to bring your A-game to win this one! Including 54 solid wood bricks, this yard game will delight the whole family. After the initial set up, the game will measure 27 inches tall but will stack to over three feet high and comes with a handy canvas tote to make it easily portable. Bricks Yard Game, Uncommon Goods, $219.82.
2 Croquet Set
The game of croquet is believed to date back as far as the 1850s and has been a backyard favourite ever since. This stylish croquet set comes in a canvas carrying case and has everything you’ll need to take on your neighbours in a friendly match: mallets, balls, pegs, wickets and of course, instructions on just how to play the game if you’re rusty on the rules. Croquet Set, Crate and Barrel, $149.95.
3 Advanced Silver Badminton Set
Bring badminton back! If you haven’t played since you were a kid, revive the game with the help of this backyard badminton set. Designed to be easy to set up and to last, this set comes with four rackets, a sleeve-style net, ground stakes and shuttlecocks. Once everything is in place, you may find yourself playing well after the sun goes down! Advanced Silver Badminton Set, Wayfair.ca, $85.99.
4 Jonathan Adler Lacquer Card Set
Sit out on the patio, pull out this absolutely gorgeous card set and settle in for an evening of fun with friends and family. Delightfully packaged in a high-gloss lacquered box in Jonathan Adler’s signature bold colours, this card set is as much a family-friendly game as it is a delightful decorative accent for your home. You won’t want to pack it away so keep it out on display! Jonathan Adler Lacquer Card Set, Horchow, $98.
5 Backyard Tic Tac Toe
Give an old time favourite game a super-size makeover and you get this version of backyard tic tac toe. Designed by Jeremy Exley in Minnesota, this fun game is made from birch wood and finished with a protective stain. Stored in a handy tote, this game is ready to go wherever you are so take it out to the backyard, over to a friend’s house or to the cottage for hours of fun. Backyard Tic Tac Toe, Uncommon Goods, $109.84.
6 Bocce Ball Set
Created in Italy and popular across much of Europe, Bocce is a ball sport that developed many variations as it gained favour across Europe and in North America, Australia and South America. Whatever your rules are, this gorgeous bocce ball set will help you keep track. The set comes complete with etched solid resin balls and a smart canvas carrying bag. Also includes a score pad, pencils and instructions. Bocce Ball Set, Crate and Barrel, $149.95.
7 Yard Dice
These oversized dice are sure to be a hit at your next backyard gathering, family picnic or weekend at the cottage. Each of the six dice included in this set are made from solid pine wood and the pips are hot iron branded into all six sides. Not sure what to do with giant dice? Don’t sweat it; this set comes with instructions and rules for four different games that’ll keep the good times rolling! Yard Dice, Uncommon Goods, $50.
How to: Remove stubborn price stickers