Somebody made a mess of my stove, which I always hate. Yes, I'm blaming someone other than myself. I am one of those weird people who stops to clean each and every mess every step of the way as I cook rather than wait until I'm finished cooking. Anyway, this stuff was pretty bad.
First thing I did was heavily sprinkle (I mean pour) baking soda on the mess. Then I dribbled some water on it and let it sit for a few moments.
Do you see the cool loofah twist sponge below? I won two of them from At the Creek, and I have to tell you they work great. I scrubbed, with lots of elbow grease 'cause this was a baked on, sticky, gross mess. With a wash cloth this would have taken twice the time. As is, I scrubbed for about 10 minutes (the entire stove, top to bottom).
The end result isn't perfect, as there are stains that will never come out, but it's a whole lot better. I put the rest of the burners back together, by the way (trivets). Voila, almost like new.