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How to Clean Your Stove Top: Tackle the Grease and Grime

by on Aug 30, 2023

Are you tired of looking at a greasy and grimy stove top every time you make dinner? Does the residue building up from the last month of meals make you cringe?

Giving your stovetop a good cleaning can feel incredibly daunting; no wonder it’s a chore often relegated to the bottom of the to-do list. However, you don’t need to fear the task anymore!

In this ultimate cleaning guide, we’ll teach you how easy it is to clean those spills, splatters, and stains from your glass stovetop, gas stovetop, or electric coil stovetop, as well as the grates and burners, using all-natural cleaners that you already have on hand (i.e. baking soda, vinegar and dish soap.)

So, grab your sponges, towels, and cleaners, and prepare to transform the heart of your kitchen into a space where cleanliness and creativity harmoniously coexist. Let’s get scrubbing!

How to Clean a Gas Stovetop

Gas flames burning on kitchen stove top

Materials

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap

Tools

  • Toothbrush
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry cloth

Instructions

  1. Remove the grates, burner caps, and burners and set them aside. 
  2. Place the grates, burner caps, and burners in an empty sink. Fill the sink with boiling water and a squirt of dish soap. Allow the grates to soak for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Scrub away any baked-on food left on the grates with baking soda and a non-abrasive sponge. A toothbrush can come in handy when cleaning the little crevices/openings on the burners.
  4. Rinse the parts thoroughly under running water and dry them. Set aside while you wipe down the stovetop.
  5. Use a non-abrasive sponge and dish soap to wipe away any spills or crumbs on the stove surface.
  6. Spray the surface with vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda; use a damp cloth to wipe the surface.
  7. After cleaning the surface, use a dry cloth to dry it.
  8. Replace the grates, burner caps, and burners.

How to Clean a Glass Stovetop

a glass stovetop

Materials

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap

Tools

  • Razor blade
  • Large towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Microfiber cloth

Instructions

  1. Use a non-abrasive sponge and dish soap to wipe away any spills or crumbs on the stove surface.
  2. Spray the stovetop with white vinegar.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the sprayed vinegar.
  4. Soak a towel in hot water and lay it on the stove surface. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Remove the towel, spray the surface with vinegar once again, and wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. 
  6. If you still have any remaining residue or burnt on food, spray the surface once again with vinegar.
  7. Gently scrape the surface with a razor blade held as flat as possible. Be sure not to apply too much pressure or scrape with the blade straight up and down, as this can cause scratches or even break the glass.
  8. Use a damp cloth to wipe the loosened residue off of the surface and then dry with a microfiber cloth.

How to Clean an Electric Coil Stovetop

coil stovetop burner

Materials

  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap

Tools

  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Steel wool
  • Spray bottle
  • Damp cloth
  • Dry cloth

Instructions

  1. Remove the electric coil burners and drip pans.
  2. Wipe the burners with a non-abrasive sponge using wet, soapy water, taking care not to get the electrical connection wet. Carefully rinse and allow to dry.
  3. Place the drip pans in any empty sink. Fill the sink with boiling water and a squirt of dish soap. Allow the pans to soak for 30 minutes.
  4. Use a sponge to scrub the drip pans. For stubborn burnt-on food and stains, scrub the pans again, but this time using steel wool and a sprinkle of baking soda. Rinse and thoroughly dry.
  5. Use a non-abrasive sponge and dish soap to wipe away any spills or crumbs on the stove surface.
  6. Spray the surface with vinegar and sprinkle on baking soda; use a damp cloth to wipe the surface, followed by a clean cloth to dry.
  7. Clean beneath the burners by lifting the front of the stove. There probably isn’t any caked-on gunk on this surface, so wiping it down with a damp sponge or cloth and dish soap should work fine. Dry the surface with a dry cloth before closing the lid.
  8. Once the stovetop lid is closed, replace the drip pans and burners.

Now that your stovetop is sparkling again, it’s important to remember that consistency is key! The next time a pot boils over, wipe up the mess as soon as you can rather than letting the mess build up over time. And if you’re ready to take it one sparkly step further, learn how to clean your glass oven door.

Regular cleaning will allow you to spend less time deep cleaning your stovetop and more time creating new dishes in your kitchen.

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