How To Clean A Stove Top – A Simple Guide

Tips on how to clean each type of stove top.

Say goodbye to splattered grease and spaghetti sauce, because you’re about to learn a super simple way to clean each type of stovetop.

Before trying this at home, make sure your stove is off – and cool. You know what they say… safety first, cleanliness second.

How to clean a glass stove top

You’ll need:
Baking soda
A mild liquid dish soap like Dawn Ultra
A large bowl or sink
A dry cloth such as a large rag or small towel

Step one:

Using a dry cloth, try to remove any big debris. If you find yourself in a battle with something really stuck on there, you can attempt to remove it with something firm, yet soft – such as a soft spatula or your fingernails through a rag or paper towel. The biggest thing you’ll want to avoid is anything metal or abrasive that could scratch your glass.

Step two:

Sprinkle baking soda across the glass. Give it a decent coat.

Step three:

In a large bow or sink, mix up some sudsy hot water with your dish soap. The water shouldn’t be too hot that it burns your hands. Dip the rag or towel into the water and give it a wring.

Step four:

Spread out the cloth directly onto the baking soda. You may have to repeat this step depending on the size of the towel you’re using to make sure you cover the stove top’s entire surface area – or better yet, save time and use a few! Let the warm, sudsy towel create a steam bath for the baking soda. All you have to do is let it sit and do its magic for 20-30 minutes.

Step five:

Ding! Time is up. Use that same rag to wipe off the baking soda. If you have another dry rag available, follow that up with a dry wipe. Underneath, you should see a clean, sparkling glass stovetop. For best results, rinse and repeat.

How to clean a gas stove top

You’ll need:
A mild liquid dish soap like Dawn Ultra
A dry cloth such as a large rag or small towel
A toothpick

Step one:

Remove and soak stove grates and burner caps in warm, sudsy water. Let your dish soap do its thing, removing grease, and softening other stuck on items as you complete the next steps.

Step two:

Remove debris from stovetop with a dry cloth. Pro-tip: use your fingernail or a soft spatula to put more pressure on the cloth to help pry desperately clinging food particles from your stove.

Step three:

Remove blockages from fuel ports. Use your rag and the help of a toothpick to unlodge any tiny pieces of food.

Step four:

Use a sponge and cleaning spray like Mr. Clean Freak Mist to give your stovetop a good scrub. Follow the instructions on the label to make sure you’re optimizing its effectiveness. Once it’s done its job, wipe all the unwanted food and grease away.

Step five:

Rinse off your stovetop with fresh warm water and a clean towel. This will help remove any final items as well as cleaning solution residue.

Step six:

Scrub stove grates and burner caps. Remember those guys soaking over there in the kitchen sink? They’re ready for you. Use a sponge to remove all sticky residue and food particles. Dry with a clean towel.

Step seven:

Reassemble by putting your burner caps and stove grates back onto your gas stovetop. Ahh, your gas stovetop is clean! Just like new – until the next time you fry bacon.

How to clean an electric stove top

You’ll need:
Baking soda
A large bowl or sink
A small dish
A mild liquid dish soap like Dawn Ultra
A dry cloth such as a large rag or small towel

Step one:

Remove burners from the stovetop. If you’ve never done this before, consult your stove’s manual. But for most stoves, it’s as simple as a little tug.

Step two:

Create a sudsy solution of dish soap and hot water in a large bowl or sink. It should be warm enough to do some good work, but cool enough that it won’t burn your hands. Dip your rag into the water and give it a squeeze.

Step three:

Use a damp rag to remove food and debris from your burners and stovetop. Rinse and wring as much as your rag needs. This will help get the stove cleaner faster.

Step four:

In a small dish, mix baking soda and water together to create a paste. For any areas that felt impossible to clean in step three, this paste should do the trick. Cover the troubled area with the paste and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Time’s up. Wipe away and give thanks to that magical concoction.

Step five:

Once burners are dry, put them back. Important note: an electric oven is connected to… electric. It’s important to make sure there’s no water touching the electrical connection at any point in your stove’s bath time.

Simple, right? With about 30 minutes and items that are probably already in your home, now you know how to give that electric stovetop a good clean.

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