How To Clean A Dirty Stove

This post may contain affiliate links that do not change your price but share a small commission. I only recommend products I have personally used.

Need to clean your dirty stovetop? Skip the harsh products. These steps include a homemade stovetop cleaner that gets rid of stubborn burnt food and grime.

Person using a microfiber cloth to clean a dirty stovetop made of glass

There are several parts to a stove, all of which can get nasty over time. The easiest way to keep your cooktop clean is by never using it. Now, while I find that solution mighty tempting, my family would probably riot if I stopped cooking altogether. If your family insists on being fed, too, here’s how to get your stove looking good again.

The Right Way to Clean Your Stove

Before you get started, there are a few safety tips you should know:

  • Make sure the stove is off and cool before you begin cleaning.
  • Do not get wires, igniters, or electrical switches wet.
  • Avoid harsh abrasives and scouring pads which can leave permanent scratches.
  • Unless your owner’s manual recommends it, don’t use a metal scraper or razor blade to get burnt food off of your stovetop. Try a plastic spatula or old credit card instead.

How to Clean Electric Stoves

1. Remove the coil burners. Make sure the stove is off and completely cooled down before you begin cleaning. Then, carefully lift each one and gently tug it out of the socket. If the burner heads don’t come out quickly, do NOT force them — clean them in place instead.

2. Clean the drip pans. Slip the drip pans out and soak them in a sink of hot, soapy water for 15-20 minutes then rinse and dry them. If stubborn burnt food remains, scrub them with a sponge and the homemade stovetop cleaner recipe below. Or, put the drip pans into a garbage bag and cover them with household ammonia. Close the bag tightly and let the pans soak overnight, then rinse them clean the next day.

3. Clean the stovetop. Use hot, soapy water and a microfiber cloth or sponge to wash the stovetop then rinse with a damp, clean cloth and buff it dry. If you can lift your stovetop, carefully do so and wipe the underside with a fresh cloth dipped in warm, soapy water. Wipe again with a clean, damp cloth and dry the underside of your stovetop before carefully lowering it back in place.

4. Remove stovetop stains. Get scorched food, grease, and other gunk off of the burners and cooktop by rubbing with the homemade stovetop cleaner recipe below.

5. Reassemble. Once you’ve cleaned all the parts of your stove, including the drip pans, make sure they’re completely dry then reassemble your stove. Keep it clean by wiping it daily with soapy, hot water as part of your nightly kitchen cleaning routine.

How to Clean Gas Stoves

Gas stoves require a bit more attention than their electric counterparts but are usually easier to clean. You need to make sure the gas is off and avoid accidentally turning it on while cleaning. If you have a duel-source stove that uses both gas and electricity, make sure you do not get the switches, igniters, or wires wet.

1. Remove the stove grates and drip pans. Soak them in a sink of hot, soapy water for 15 minutes to loosen grime then rinse and dry them. Use the homemade stovetop cleaner recipe if needed to remove stubborn food residue. Or, put them in a plastic bag and cover them with household ammonia. Seal the bag to contain the fumes and set it outside to let the stove burners soak overnight. The next day, rinse them well and dry them thoroughly.

2. Clean the gas outlets. Clean around the gas eye with a hot, soapy cloth followed by a fresh damp cloth. If your stove’s gas vents are clogged, insert a pin to break through burnt-on food then scrub the outlet with an old toothbrush dipped in hot, soapy water. 

3. Clean the gas stovetop. Use a microfiber cloth dipped in hot, soapy water to wash the stovetop then wipe it with a fresh, damp cloth. Use the homemade stovetop cleaner on any stubborn bits of burnt food then buff your stovetop dry before putting the grates and drip pans back in place.

How to Clean Glass Stovetops

If your glass cooktop is covered with grime, it may take a little elbow grease to get it clean but you’ll love how shiny it is once you’re done.

1. Wash with hot, soapy water. Usually, hot soapy water and a sponge are all you need to get a glass stovetop clean. For grimy areas, use the homemade stovetop cleaner.

2. Remove stubborn grime. For stubborn spots on your stovetop, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda (bicarbonate) then cover this with a paper towel dipped in white vinegar. Wait 5 minutes for the foaming action to loosen burnt food and grime then wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth.

3. Buff dry. Once your glass cooktop is clean, buff it dry with a lint-free cloth.

Tips To Keep Your Stovetop Clean

Prevent spills and splatters. Use splatter screens when frying or sauteeing food to keep your stovetop from getting greasy. Also, be sure to choose pots or pans large enough to hold the foods you’re cooking, so they don’t splash onto your stovetop.  

Be the first to know how to clean your home

Ready to love your home again?

Don’t let spills sit in place. Grease and food splatters are inevitable when you’re cooking. If you let them stay in place while the stove cools, they’ll harden and become more difficult to remove. To keep your stove clean longer, wipe your cooktop with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge immediately after cooking.

Clean it daily. Wipe your stovetop and dials with warm, soapy water as part of your daily cleaning routine

Similar Posts

Comment Policy

Comments are moderated and may take 72 hours to appear. Not all comments are approved and approved comments may be removed in the future if they are no longer relevant.

Leave a Reply
Comments are moderated. Your comment is pending moderator approval.

Your email address will not be published.