Disclaimer: I am very hard on my tools, appliances included, and use them well. There are some things that are pretty much not removable around my stovetop burners, from past sessions of canning, etc. What I want to show you here is the ability of this inexpensive and non-harmful (we have a septic system) cleaner to remove grease and food particles.
Before proceeding, I must post a word of caution: you are about to see a stove that was severely cooked upon for numerous days before taking this series of pictures. If it is too graphic for those who can eat off their own floors, you might want to click off this post and go have a snack. On your floor. (teehee!)
Magic Cleaning Elixir
one part white vinegar to one part blue Dawn dishwashing liquid
(when I make it, I use 2 cups vinegar to 2 cups Dawn)
Microwave the vinegar for 2 minutes. Add the Dawn and stir well. Pour into spray bottle. It's ready to go!
Now brace yourselves...
I can see the reflection of the pan in the surface of the stovetop. :)