So another thing I saw on pinterest was cleaning those vent filters above the stove. I gave it a whirl and wow did it work. Boiling water, add some baking soda (watch out it fizzes, which is why I added the baking soda before it started boiling) then let it do it's dirty work. The water was pretty sludgy afterwards so I threw the water outside in some rocks, then the stock pot cleaned up nicely with some dish soap. And my vent filters are sparkling clean now!!!
After the vent cleaning I used that good old baking soda on the stove top and knobs, nice and WHITE!