How to Clean Electric Stove Top the Proper Way

May 10th 2023 - Team

How to Clean Electric Stove Top the Proper Way

Keeping your electric stove top clean and well-maintained can greatly increase its useful life. Find out how to clean your cooktop thoroughly, including removing burnt-on food and the pool of oil that forms under the drip pan.

How to Clean Electric stove top

  • First, add vinegar mix: Fill a spray bottle with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water. You may use the vinegar solution to clean the glass surface of your electric stove; simply spray it on and wipe it off with a microfiber towel.
  • Second, sprinkle baking soda: Put a fresh kitchen towel or bath towel in hot water at the kitchen sink. First, get a towel from the sink, and then liberally sprinkle baking soda over the top of the electric stove. Wait 15 minutes after wringing it out and laying it over the baking soda.
  • Scrub: Take a dish towel and scrub the cooktop thoroughly to remove the baking soda. Glass hobs require a light touch. Never use too much pressure, as it will be more difficult to replace a glass stovetop. Repeat with additional baking soda if the stubborn mess remains.
  • Dry and towel off: Use vinegar spray and a microfiber cleaning cloth to restore the stovetop. After you're done, use a dry microfiber towel to polish the stove.

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Tips from Pros

Avoid using commercial glass cleaners on glass stovetops but feel free to use any natural all-purpose cleaning or cooktop cleanser in its place. This is one of the few items that definitely cannot be cleaned with glass cleaners. The ammonia in most glass cleaners can damage glass cooktops.

How to Clean Gas Stove Burners

It's a good idea to check behind the covers of the burners every so often to see whether they need to be cleaned. Clean burner heads are essential for optimal gas flow. Ensure the stovetop is cool and all the burners are turned off before you begin.

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Absorb Any Leaks

Get rid of the grates. If there are any spills in the burner head or slots, wipe them up with a moist cloth.

Clean Up Crumbs

If there are crumbs stuck in the slots of your burners, you can remove them with a soft brush, like a toothbrush. Simply dampen a cloth and wipe clean.

Swap out the Vents

Return the grates to the stove after drying them with a microfiber cloth.

How to Clean Gas Stove Grates

Grates make it harder to clean a gas stove top. An accumulation of grease, oil, and food particles on the grates is eventually evident. By that time, the gummy residue has set in. The grates can be washed in the dishwasher on a regular basis if instructed to do so in the user handbook for your gas range. Clean grates with dish soap and warm water to remove burned-on spots.

Soak Them

Clean the grates by soaking them in a sink full of hot, soapy water. Use a grease-cutting soap, such as dish soap, to remove the baked-on grime.

Cleansing Grates

Softly scrub the vents. You can use a mild scouring pad if they aren't covered. Use a sponge to clean covered grates. (Remember the helpful guidebook? It must specify the grating options available. Grates too big to fit in the sink can be stored in a large container.

Wipe and Dry

Wipe the grates down with a dry cloth and put them back on the stove.

How to Clean an Electric Stove Top

Despite their gas-like appearance, electric coil stove tops use electricity for cooking. The electric coil burners heat evenly and may be controlled using the knobs. With no open flame, this method of cooking is less dangerous, making it a good choice for households with young children or pets. Electric coil burners, like the grates on a gas stove top, can become coated with a sticky residue from food preparation.

Clean Electric Coil Stoves

The electric coil burners must be taken out and cleaned separately. Carefully disconnect the burner after the stove has cooled down.

Clean the Burners

Use a sponge dipped in warm, soapy water to wipe down the stovetop burners. If you want to keep the electrical connection dry, be cautious while you clean. Wash it out and let it air dry.

Scrub the Cooking Surface

While the burners are drying, clean the remainder of the surface of your electric stove top with a damp cloth or sponge. To eliminate stubborn spills, an all-purpose cleaner should be used.

Washing the Drip Plates

We recommend using vinegar and baking soda to give your stove a thorough cleaning. If the drip plates beneath the burners can be removed, do so.

A microwave can be used to heat the vinegar. Carefully pour hot vinegar into the drip pans after sprinkling baking soda. After 30 minutes, wipe down with a damp sponge and flush with water to remove the mixture.


To finish wiping down the stove, a microfiber cloth is ideal. Reinstall the coil burners and drip plates after they have dried.

Now that the stove top is spotless, you should check to see if the oven needs to be scrubbed as well.