If you find yourself avoiding cooking at home because you dread removing grease stains and sauce splatters on your stove, ordering takeaway all the time is not the solution. With our best tips on how to clean your stove top, home cooking (and the clean-up after!) can turn out to be an enjoyable experience.
Types of stovetops
When cleaning a stove, you must first know what kind of stovetop or cooktop you have. This will help you pick the right cleaning materials so that you can clean your stove top efficiently. You’ll also minimise accidents when you know how to clean your kitchen appliance properly.
There are 2 types of stove tops: the electric cooktop and the gas cooktop.
Gas stove top
With a gas stove top, you get to cook the traditional way using fire. By controlling the flame, you control the intensity of the heat you’re using.
If you love having family and friends over as much as I do, cooking steak over a hot flame is always a no-fuss crowd pleaser. I do the talk-while-cook kind of entertaining during dinner parties, and I find that gas stove tops make the whole process much more fun for me and my guests.
Electric stove top
Instead of using fire as its heat source, an electric stove uses electricity instead. For this type, you have coil stoves, glass stoves, and induction stoves.
Coil stoves are less expensive than induction or glass electric stoves. Glass electric stoves, on the other hand, are more convenient to handle and add a nice aesthetic touch to any modern kitchen. Their sleek design also makes it easier to clean and store them.
How to clean a stove top
With a little elbow grease, a lot of patience and a great Spotify playlist you can sing along to while scrubbing, you can have your stove looking good as new.
When cleaning a cooktop, you will need the following:
- stove top cleaner (dishwashing liquid or cream cleaner, depending on the surface of your stove)
- baking soda
- clean cloth
- drying towel
- scouring pad
- razor scraper
How to clean a gas stove top
Gas stoves have more components, which means more nooks and crannies to clean. To thoroughly clean your gas stovetop, start by removing the grates and running them in the dishwasher. You can wash them by hand using warm soapy water then rinsing well. Warm water helps to remove the stains, while dish soap cuts through the grease to make the grates squeaky clean.
Proceed with wiping your stove’s burner caps with a clean damp cloth dipped in a vinegar solution. If there are stubborn grease stains, you can completely dislodge the burner caps and wash with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Rinse well, then dry thoroughly with a clean towel. It’s important that your burners aren’t clogged with any residue before you return them to your stove.
Remove food debris on your stove top with a sud-free or cream cleaner, then wipe off with a clean damp towel. For more stubborn stains, sprinkle your stove top with baking soda, leave on for 30 minutes to an hour, then gently scrub with a damp microfiber cloth. Spritz vinegar to loosen the grime while you’re scrubbing.
You may need to leave the bicarb soda overnight if the stains have already hardened or caked in. Gently scrape off any residue with a scouring pad or scraper, if necessary.
How to clean an electric stove top
Just when you thought there are a lot of stove tops out there, it gets even more interesting. There are 2 kinds of electric stove tops available in stores, the coil stove top and the smoothtop or flat-top stove.
How to clean a coil stove top
Don’t write off your grandma’s coil stove just yet. You’ll find that it has its advantages, too!
Coil stoves have coil burners that are better suited for low heat cooking, like stewing meats, simmering sauces, or pan-frying fish. In short, it’s for cooking comfort I-want-a-warm-hug-right-now food. Not bad for an old-timer, really.
Cleaning a coil stove top isn’t as hard as it looks. Using a damp cloth dipped in warm water, scrub off any residue from the coil burners until they’re clean. Apply a sud-free cream cleaner or baking soda paste on the surface of your stove top, then gently wipe off with a damp cloth.
How to clean a glass stove top or induction cooktop
Flat-top stoves are recommended when you need to cook with high heat, such as boiling water for pasta or deep frying meats. Read the manufacturer manual on how to clean your glass top stove and make sure that the appliance is unplugged before you clean.
If you own a glass stove top, you’re in luck because it’s a fairly easy surface to clean. For stains like grease and sauce splatters, simply spritz on dishwashing soap and water and wipe away. A solution made with vinegar, lemon essential oil and water works just as well if you prefer using eco-friendly cleaning materials.
You can remove stains that have dried on your glass stovetop by gently scraping them off with a single-edged razor scraper. Hold the scraper at a slanted angle to prevent scratching the glass surface. Wipe off the debris with a clean damp cloth then dry with a paper towel or cloth.
For a thorough clean, you can try this effective deep cleaning hack.
Spritz your stovetop surface with vinegar then put a generous sprinkling of baking soda. Don’t be shy with the bicarb soda powder! Soak a towel or piece of cloth in hot water, then wring out any excess moisture. Cover your stove with the warm damp cloth for 15 minutes to loosen the stains.
When the 15 minutes are up, remove the cloth and wipe off any remaining residue. Deodorise your stove top with a vinegar solution mixed with lemon essential oil, then dry with a towel. Your stove will be smelling and looking good as new.
How do I remove grease and gunk off my stove top grill plate?
There are two ways to clean your grill plate.
You can heat your grill plate on your stove stop, then run it under hot water until the grime has fallen off. Gently scrape off any food bits that are still clinging onto the grill plate and rinse again with hot water. Return the grill plate to the stove and heat it until all the moisture has evaporated.
Another method is to sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda onto your grill plate and cover the surface with a damp cloth. Allow this to sit for at least 30 minutes to loosen the grease and stains. Once done, clean up the bicarb soda powder using the damp cloth and wipe off any excess residue using a paper towel. Rinse with hot water and allow to dry on your hot stove top.
For both methods, make sure to rub olive oil or cooking oil into the crevices once you’re done cleaning to prevent your grill plate from rusting.
How do I get melted plastic off a stove top?
To get melted plastic off a stove top, sprinkle baking soda on the stained area and spritz with vinegar. Using a scouring pad, gently scrub off the melted plastic until it comes off. You can spritz more vinegar onto the surface to help loosen the stain.
Is there a difference between a ceramic stove top and glass stove top?
All flat-top stoves are made of a blend of glass and ceramic. This means that all flat cooktops are actually glass-ceramic types, rather than just pure ceramic or pure glass.
Which is better, a gas cooktop or electric cooktop?
An electric cooktop is recommended for families with small kids or pets because it’s relatively safer. People living in smaller spaces like apartments also find electric cooktops easier to manage.
With an electric cooktop, you don’t run the risk of a gas leak. As long as you don’t leave your stove plugged in and switched on when you’re not using it, you can minimise the risk of it being a fire hazard.
Electric stoves may be more convenient to use, but there’s a caveat. You’ll find that using an electric stove will cost you a few more dollars on top of your usual electricity expenses. If you love preparing slow-cooked dishes like beef stew or coq au vin, get ready because you’ll definitely see a spike in your monthly bill.
If you want the safety of electric stoves but don’t want an electricity bill that’s off-the-roof, there are energy-saving cooking appliances that you can use.
An induction cooktop is more efficient than traditional gas or electric stoves because it only works with induction-compatible pots and pans. This means that when your stove is not paired with induction-ready cookware, your stove will not switch on.
Maintaining a clean kitchen
There’s something satisfying about a thoroughly clean kitchen with sparkling appliances. When your stove top is free from grease and gunk, puttering around in your kitchen becomes more enjoyable and your cooking becomes more efficient.
Maintaining a clean kitchen may prove to be a challenge if you’re always on the go, however. During those days when you’re too busy to give your stove top an overhaul, there are professional cleaning services in your area who specialise in deep cleaning your kitchen and kitchen appliances. Your cleaners will remove all the nasty grease and food grime from your stove top while you sit there and relax. Once they’re done, you’re left with a stove (and kitchen) that’s spick and span and ready to use.