Regardless if you’ve been cooking for who knows how long or if you’re just starting, one thing remains constant — the mess. A lot of it.
Your cook top or stove top doesn’t just do the one task of cooking your food. Admit it or not, it also adds to the aesthetic and value of your home. That’s the reason why everyone wants to keep theirs shining and squeaky clean.
For sure, you’ve tried tons of different ways to get your stove top to look brand new. Good for you if you’ve already found a method that works 100% of the time. If you haven’t, the tips later on, may just be what you’ve been waiting for.
How to clean stove tops: Stove top cleaning methods
What you use to clean your stove top (depending on the type you have) plays a significant role in how effective it will be. So before the actual cleaning tips, here are things that you can use to clean that heavily-used stove top of yours.
Soap and water
This is probably the most common combo used to clean not only stove tops, but pretty much, any part of the house. Using a cloth and little mild dish soap and water, rinse any residue from the coils. And don’t forget to remove the burners before you begin.
This method works best on fresh spills, especially before they’ve fully dried.
White vinegar works wonders especially on glass stove tops by loosening streaks and stains. Ideally, you’d like to mix one part white vinegar with two parts tap water in an unused spray bottle. Spray the solution, then wipe it off.
Baking soda and lemon
This one’s a perfect combination since baking soda has antibacterial properties while lemons have natural grease cutting characteristics. Just sprinkle a handful of baking soda on your stove top and rub it using a slice of lemon. Wipe with a damp cloth afterwards.
Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
Using this method, all you have to do is sprinkle your stove top with baking soda and apply drops of hydrogen peroxide after. This solution is strong enough to break down baked-on gunk. Rinse and dry.
This should only be used when dealing with tough-to-remove burned-on stains. Just hold the scraper at an angle to the stove top and firmly scrape any residue. Once you’re done, you can just wipe off any residue that’s left.
If you don’t have anything in your house that can be used to clean your stove top, boiling water is your next best bet. Gently and carefully pour boiling water on the dirty surface and let it sit until it cools. It should be easy to wipe those stains away after this process.
While it’s true that a lot of people will try to stay away from it to clean their stove tops, its effectiveness is the real thing. Just place the removable burners (if that’s the type of stove top you have) inside a zipper-top bag, add ammonia, and seal.
Let it sit overnight and rinse them off the next day. If you’re a pregnant woman or anyone in the house is, be careful using this method though. The fumes produced by ammonia are very strong and are toxic in high concentration exposures.
Natural eco-cleaning products
Last but not the least, you can also use natural, eco-friendly cleaning products to get the job done. These are made from 100% organic materials including the packaging. Not only are they effective in tackling that baked-on gunk, but you also help save the environment.
Best of all, you never have to worry again about harmful toxins because these are perfectly safe for everyone. Many eco-friendly cleaning products have multiple uses too, so don’t forget to use them when cleaning other areas of your home.
Now you know the methods for cleaning your kitchen stove top, here are some general cleaning tips to make sure your stove stays squeaky clean!
Prevention is better
The first thing you can do to minimise the mess which you’ll end up cleaning after is to prevent any from happening in the first place. You can do this by using pots and pans that are deep enough to prevent boil-overs and splattering. You can also use lids with small holes to help keep splattering at bay, plus cooking this way can help lower your kitchen’s carbon footprint!
Know your stove top
Being knowledgeable about the ins and outs of your stove top helps a lot. For instance, knowing what type you have (gas or electric coil range, enamel surface or ceramic glass smooth top) will give you a better understanding of how to clean and maintain it.
- Electric coil
- Electric smooth
- Gas hobs
Your best source of information is the manufacturer’s manual. Take time to read it. For all you know, you might have been using your stove top the wrong way for a very long time.
Wipe it down frequently
Unfortunately, this is something that’s so simple, but a lot of people fail to do — wiping down your stove top every time after you cook. It’s probably human nature to blame that between munching down on that delicious meal and immediately taking care of the mess, the former is the clear winner.
However, making it a habit to CAYGO (Clean As You Go) will pay off in the long run. It helps a lot in keeping your stove top clean since getting rid of stains is as simple as a single wipe provided that it’s still fresh and warm. But don’t forget to be careful in transferring those hot pots and pans or else you might get burned.
Don’t forget what’s under the hood
If your stove doesn’t have a sealed cooktop, always remember to lift and clean what’s under it. It’s something that a lot of people also tend to overlook, but food and grease will fall under the burners. Just because you don’t see them doesn’t mean that they’re not there.
But before you do so, be sure to consult the instructions manual for lifting the top without damaging it. You don’t want anything to get damaged while you do your stuff down there.
Other parts of the stove should be cleaned as well
Aside from the visible and invisible (the ones under the hood) stains and grimes, you also need to pay attention to other parts of your stove top. From the knobs, burner drip plates, and other removable parts or accessories — all of these have to be cleaned as well.
Except for the electric burner coils, these parts can all be cleaned by hand or by loading them in your dishwasher. Again, ALWAYS consult your instructions manual to confirm which parts are dishwasher safe.
Get squeaky clean
Remember this: the longer that you delay cleaning your stove top, the more that grime can build up. To make it worse, they’ll be tougher making them a lot tougher to get rid off. Keeping your stovetop clean is important both from an aesthetic and practical standpoint.