For those of you that are used to a gas stove, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to clean an electric cooktop. You won’t have to take off greasy, grimy grates. You won’t be digging burned up good out of the holes and crevices. You don’t have to scrub the individual grates and soak off the grease and stains.
Cleaning an electric stove requires two things: (1) daily wipe-down and (2) monthly scrubbing. If you do these things, you’ll never lose another Saturday to cleaning your stove.
The first step is easy – just wipe down your cooktop at the end of each day. Use a wet sponge or dishrag. You don’t even need soap. Just wipe off any crumbs or grease that accumulated throughout the day. If you do this, it’ll be quick and easy to scrub your stove down later in the week. One trick to use is to wipe down your stove daily with vinegar. It is cheap and handy. It is a universal cleaner that a lot of people overlook.
How Does my Electric Cooktop Get So Dirty?
One reason your electric cooktop gets dirty is general use. All appliances get dusty or dirty over the course of a week. You also have to remember, you’re cooking on this stove probably once a day or more. Food spills on the stove. Grease spatters out of pans and pots. Seasoning may fall on the top of the range while you’re cooking. There are all sorts of things that may cause your electric cooktop to get dirty. The important thing is that it’s not so hard to clean.
What Materials Do I Need to Clean my Electric Cooktop?
You won’t need much to clean your electric stove. You’re going to need the following:
- Warm soapy water
- Aluminum foil
- Baking Soda
- Wet cloth
- Dish soap
Much of what you need is probably already in your kitchen cabinet. You can even grab some baking soda right out of the refrigerator if you want. You won’t need much – just half a cup.
How to Clean Your Electric Stove
There is no right or wrong way to clean your stove. However, if you want a sure-fire way of getting and keeping your stove clean follow these simple instructions.
- Pre-treat your stove – Use a lint free cloth to wipe down the top of your range. Wet it with plain, warm water. Make sure the burners are cool. Wipe down the top and sides of the burners. Wipe at tough stains and grease spots with aluminum foil. It will loosen up the debris and stubborn parts.
- Turn Burners to Highest Setting – This is sort of a self-cleaning tactic. The hot burners will burn off any leftover grease or food. Open a window or turn on the fan over the stove so you don’t set off your smoke alarm.
- Remove the burners – Make sure they have cooled down! You don’t want to burn yourself. Just place them on the side or on a counter-top.
- Clean your burners – Wipe the burners off with warm, soapy water. Make sure you try to not get the connectors wet (the part that attaches back to the stove.) If they’re extra dirty, you may have to rinse off a few times and repeat.
- Deep clean with baking soda– Cover the top of the cooktop with baking soda with water. Scrub vigorously. After the baking soda sits for a few minutes, wipe down with clean, wet rag.
- Wipe down the areas beneath the burners – Wipe the area around and below the burners with vinegar. It will get out any stuff stains and grease. Once you wipe it down, dry it with a clean towel.
- Put your stove back together – Put all the burners back on the stove. Connect them to the unit.
Now that your stove is nice and clean, you want to take a few steps to keep it that way. You want to cook your meals on a clean, healthy surface. Don’t let old grease and crud get in the way of a healthy meal.
How to Prevent Your Stove from Getting Dirty
If you don’t have time to clean your electric cooktop, there are things you can do to prevent them from getting dirty. You can use liners beneath the burners. These liners will catch the food and grease before it gets a chance to reach your stove.
If you don’t want to spend money on liners, just make your own out of aluminum foil. When they get dirty, just throw them out. It will save you time and keep your stove nice and clean.
What if I Have a Glass Top Stove?
If you are lucky enough to have a glass topped stove, you’re lucky enough! In all seriousness though, these are really easy to clean. You don’t have to take anything apart.
If you have a glass cooktop, cleaning your stove will be easy as pie. All you will need to do is wipe it down daily. Then, once every week or so, scrub the top with a stovetop cleaner.
What Will I Need?
You don’t need a whole lot of tools to clean your glass top stove. You probably have all of the materials you need in your house already.
All you will need to clean your glass to stove is:
- Warm, soapy water
- Cooktop cleaner
- Paper towels
- Clean cloth
Clean Your Glass Top Stove in 5-Easy Steps!
Follow these steps to clean your glass top stove:
- Use a sponge soaked in warm, soapy water and wipe down the top of the stove. You want to get all crumbs and debris off first, before you clean the stove. Scrub off as much grime and crud as you can.
- Dry the top off with a clean, dry towel.
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Spray the vinegar liberally on the top of your glass cooktop.
- Next, sprinkle baking soda all over the vinegar. It will bubble up and eat off any grease or residue.
- Finally, fill a bucket or pot with dish detergent and hot water. Soak a rag in the hot water. Wring the rag out and lay on top of the cooktop. Let is sit there for fifteen (15) minutes. This will steam clean any existing grease off of the cooktop.
- After 15 minutes, wipe with newspaper or a rag. Newspaper actually works really well to clean glass. It leaves absolutely no fibers. And, since it is recycled, it is good for the environment. This will wipe off any leftover baking soda and debris.
- Use a dry cloth to dry and shine.
Now you know how easy it is to keep your electric cooktop nice and clean. The key is keeping it clean. Make sure you wipe it down after each use.
Daily maintenance just takes some getting used to. You’ll be thankful when it comes time to do heavy duty cleaning on your stove.
Whether you have a traditional electric stove or a glass top range, cleaning your stove can be painless and hassle-free.