Over the course of cooking a meal, it’s inevitable that sauces, grease and food bits will splatter all over your stovetop. No matter which type of stove you have—glass, electric coil or gas—it can be a tedious, nearly impossible task cleaning all that residual food gunk off your cooking space. Thankfully, there are tools and cleaners out there that will help you keep your stovetop looking spotless with less elbow grease. Here are a few tips about how to easily and effectively clean your stove:
For Gas Stovetops
Start by removing the grates and placing them in a sink full of hot, soapy water. Let them soak for about five to ten minutes before scrubbing away any leftover gunk with a wash cloth. If this doesn’t get all the baked on gunk off your grates, try soaking them in a solution of half water and half vinegar over night. While the grates are taking a bath, sweep away the crumbs that hide underneath them on the stovetop. Make sure no leftover food bits are blocking the gas output. Lastly, wipe down the surface with a bit of rubbing alcohol on a paper towel to remove any streaks of grease.
For Glass Stovetops
Making sure the stove is completely cool, spray the glass with white vinegar and then wipe with a wet rag. Next, generously sprinkle baking soda over the entire surface. Take a towel large enough to cover the stovetop and get it damp with hot water. Lay it over the baking soda and let it sit for 15 minutes while it goes to work loosening all that caked on grease and dried food. After the 15 minutes, use some good old fashioned elbow grease to scrub away the baking soda with the towel, rinsing it frequently. If any stubborn food leftovers remain, take a small razor blade and gently scrape it away while it is still damp. Polish the cleaning process off with another spray of white vinegar and one more wipe down before buffing with a dry microfiber cloth.
For Electric Coil Stovetops
Remove the burners from the stove and wipe them down using a dish rag soaked in warm water and dish soap. Make sure to avoid the electrical socket. Apply a paste of baking soda and water to any residue that won’t come off your burners with basic soap and water. Let the paste sit for about half an hour, and then scrub and rinse it off. Use more baking soda paste to gently scrub the surface below where the burner coils sit. Wash off with a wet towel, replace the burners once dried and you’re ready to go!
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