Having a messy stove top is not only unattractive but can cause an effect on your cooking. Caked on gunk can make your kitchen smell, and can cause a fire hazard if any of the residue were to catch flame. Whether you’re using a gas or electric stove, with regular grates or glass top, keep your stove in it’s best condition by cleaning it regularly.
Methods for Cleaning Stove Burner Grates
The methods below can be useful but will depend on the about of work is necessary to get the job done. Like many other household chores, maintenance and prevention is always easier than deep cleaning. So, spend the time, get it cleaned right, and stay on top of future spills to prevent build-up.
Using Vinegar to Clean
This method is good for daily and light cleaning. Vinegar is a great cleaning agent that is useful for so many household chores. (And even, some of us crazies like the clean smell of vinegar as well!)
- Apply vinegar to your burners with a spray bottle.
- Allow the vinegar to sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Then, wipe up!
It’s really as simple as that, provided that you catch the spill before it has time to set/get baked in.
Using Baking Soda
Baking soda is another great household cleaning supply. It is granulated enough to cause some friction on surfaces, but gentle enough to not scratch surfaces. For hard stains,
- Wash burners with soap and water to start with.
- Make a paste with baking soda and water.
- Cover the burners with the baking soda paste and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- Scrub the burners afterwards.
For Glass Tops
For glass top stoves, you can purchase a cleanser specifically for that top. That cleanser is recommended so that you do not scratch the surface of your glass top. Scratched burners would cause uneven cooking surfaces and look unattractive.
- Wipe with a microfiber cloth.
- Use stove top cleanser as needed.
- For caked on debris, scrape GENTLY with a razor and then wipe with a cloth.
- You never want to scrub your glass top and risk scratching it.