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Stove burners – serving you and your family with deliciously cooked food – are a visual menu of all the dishes which you ate last week. Pancakes from Tuesday to spinach on Saturday. Do not be amazed if you can still find burnt onions or peppers near the stove, which got cooked anywhere but inside the pan.
Try to ignore them once, then after a month or so, you can imagine yourself madly scouring for articles like How to Deep Clean a Dirty Stovetop.
Honestly, it wouldn’t have happened if you tried cleaning stove burners, right after every meal. It hardly takes 5-7 minutes to wipe off remnants using a damp cloth, but can save you from a ‘time-consuming deep clean’.
Anyways, now the damage has been done. Now what? Just sit back and relax, as the following methods can help you clean that dirty stovetop easily.
Each method is equally effective; try the one which best suits you or your need.
What do we exactly have to clean?
Don’t know where to start? No worries, here is the complete guide to cleaning stovetops.
A typical burner has a grate (on which your pot stands while cooking), burner caps (discs that spread flame from the burner), burner heads (source of fire), and a stove surface where you can find grime.
For starters, know the condition of your stove.
If your stove burner is fairly clean, then all you need to do is wash it thoroughly with a soapy non-abrasive sponge and rinse. A clear sparkling stove can be seen and felt (non-greasy touch).
Next, if there is a coating of solidified dirt and grease on your burner, my friend, there is a lot that needs to be done. Start with removing grates, burner caps, and heads and give them an initial soapy wash. Once it’s done, let’s deal with solidified junk.
The following are the different ways to remove seriously caked grease.
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Ammonia may or may not be an effective cleaner in most cases, but nothing tackles grease better than ammonia. Since it is a gas that is highly soluble in water, dilute the ammonia as per your requirement and store those grimy grates, burner heads, and burner caps into zipper bags (containing ammonia) overnight and sleep.
The next day when you rinse them, you will find them shining like new.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the baked-greasy area and then drizzle a little hydrogen peroxide over it. Watch bubbly frizz if you find it interesting otherwise leave the place for 15-20 minutes.
The reaction between hydrogen peroxide and baking soda removes glued grease smoothly. Rinse off the burner and dry it after the stains are gone.
3. Salt and Baking Soda
There is more than food residue on the burner. Sometimes, even soup overflows, spoiling the shiny surface. For this, mix 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and 1 tablespoon water. The paste so formed should be spread on the spills.
Wipe it away with a clean damp cloth after some time.
4. Boiling Water
Sometimes, it’s not even necessary to subject your stove to harsh chemicals or even other homemade paste. For mild stains, just place the dirty parts into boiling water and let the grime and baked grease detach from the burner surface. When the water cools down, wipe away the dirt and if necessary, scrub off dirt with a sponge.
This is the easiest way to get a clean shiny burner provided, it’s not electric.
5. Vegetable or Olive Oil
Yet another method to get rid of caked grease is to pour some vegetable or olive oil on the messy area and then spray another layer of all-purpose cleaner on it. After some time, you can smoothly remove otherwise rigid dirt from the burner.
6. White Vinegar
Vinegar has a natural tendency to pull off any kind of baked grease due to its acidic nature. It’s the ultimate cleaner for glass stoves.
Mix 1-part vinegar with 1 part water in unused spraying can and start spraying the mixture on a glass cooktop. Leave it for 3-4 minutes. Now, wipe away the mixture along with dirt. You can also use it as a disinfectant and cleaner in the kitchen regularly.
7. Baking Soda and Lemon
Baking soda is a mild base and is gentle enough to clean the grease without leaving scratch marks on the stove. With its fine particle composition, along with the grease-cutting power of lemon juice, it can help clean the surface easily.
Just spread baking soda all over the top and rub the surface with the lemon to scrub off the baked grease from the burner. After the removal of stains, wipe off the entire surface with a damp (not wet) cloth.
8. Dish soap and Baking soda
Blend equal parts of baking soda and liquid dish soap (preferably Dawn) until it gains a consistency of cream with a foamy texture. Spread the mixture on glued dirt. Now, scrub it with a sponge and it will loosen the grime easily. Now, clean the surface with a clean damp cloth.
9. Commercial Oven Cleaners
All you have to do is to spread removable parts of the burner on a newspaper in an open area and spray them with commercial cleaners. Leave them coated for a few minutes and then scrub off the grease with soap and hot water.
Let them dry completely before you place them back.
10. Razor Scraper
Before opting for this method, make sure your burner is cool and the razorblade is fresh. To get rid of stubborn build-up, try holding the razor blade at a 45-degree angle and slowly start scraping off caked grease and dirt from your burner. There are very high chances of scratches while using this method.
I suggest you use this only when the above-mentioned ways prove to be unsuccessful.
Clean electric stoves with metal coil burners.
11. Soap and Toothbrush
First of all, heat the burner for a few minutes, to burn the dirt. Later, let it cool for some time and uplift the metal coil, and lay it on a newspaper sheet. Grab an old toothbrush and scrub off dried burnt flakes.
Now apply some soap and rinse it with a sponge. Use a toothbrush to clean if required.
12. Toothpaste and Water
Apply toothpaste to the burner with an old toothbrush and scrub it. Now, rinse the burner with hot water and wipe off using a dry cloth. It works because the Phosphoric acid present in toothpaste has grease-cutting tendencies.
13. Turpentine Oil
This method includes soaking a fresh cloth in turpentine oil and then rubbing it on the solid glued grease on the burner. This will easily remove any kind of solidified stain. Use a clean cloth to rinse and shine.
There you have, easy ways to clean your stove and enhance its life span using any of the methods mentioned above. Happy cleaning!
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