For an enjoyable cooking experience, a clean stove is very necessary along with a well-kept atmosphere in your kitchen. The functionality of a stove gets increased when it’s cleaned on a regular basis. Moreover, cleaning a stove is not a very difficult task and if you have all the items necessary for cleaning, you can easily do it at home. There are different types of stoves used. Most of them are the sealed glass electric stove tops, the unsealed gas and electric stove tops. All these can be easily cleaned using some baking soda, vinegar or a good cleaner. Let’s see how easily you can do the task with the help of these simple instructions and tips.
Complexity Level: Basic
Time Required: 15-30 minutes
- Heavy duty garbage bag
- Quality cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Warm water
- Old cloth
- Scrub pad
- Heavy duty aluminum roll
1. Disconnect gas or electricity
Since you may need to move the stove around, first disconnect the electricity and switch off the gas for convenience and safety reasons.
2. Remove all other items
Remove all the parts from the stove like the racks, dip pans, gas burners, handles and knobs and take them to the bathroom. Do not remove the electric burners. Use a heavy duty garbage bag and put all these items into it. Pour one gallon of ammonia and seal the bag. Leave it for about 24 hours.
3. Use a good oven cleaner
Buy a good oven cleaner for cleaning the surface of the stove. Use a good pair of rubber gloves while doing the cleaning. Use newspapers under the stove to protect the area beneath the stove. Use the cleaner according to the instructions given on it.
4. Wipe the stove clean
Use the cleaner as directed and let it sit on the surface of the stove for the specified time. Use a sponge and warm water and wipe the stove’s surface. Rinse the sponge well in between the wipes. Use the gloves while cleaning. With the help of the cleaner and a scrub pad, remove all the dirt. If there are stubborn spots, soak them with the cleaner and wipe them off.
5. Reassemble your stove and resume power
Remove the seal of the garbage bag with all the parts and remove them one by one. Use a scouring pad to clean everything properly. Rinse well in clean water and let them dry properly. Wipe the stove again with a clean cloth and ensure that the burners are working. Now, assemble all the other parts and connect the power. The stove will look as good as new.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How to clean under the stove top?
Lift the top’s lid and place it on the surface. Use the cleaner or a mixture of warm water and baking soda to clean the under part. Take an abrasive pad, dip it in the solution and use it on the area. Take a damp cloth and wipe the area clean. Then, use dry cloth and to remove all the moisture. After drying, place the lid back on the stove.
- Buy a wide roll of heavy duty aluminum foil. Cover your drip pans with the foil while using them. The foil is cheaper to replace.
- The foil can also be used in the stove top and to line the bottom of the stove. It should not contact the heating element. Check occasionally and replace whenever necessary.
- The stove may smell of the cleaner when you use it next time. To prevent this, run the stove on low heat and keep the door open for an hour. Switch off the connection and cool. Use a damp cloth and wipe again. Let it dry. This should be able to get rid of the smell.
- If you are using baking soda for cleaning, use a thick layer of the powder and then dampen it using a water or vinegar spray.
Things To Watch Out For:
- Do not mix chlorine bleach and ammonia.
- Use rubber gloves for protecting your eyes from chemicals.
- Read the label carefully and used the cleaner accordingly.