How to Clean Stove Burners

Among household chores, there are certain chores that seem to be more tedious that others. Cleaning stove burners is one of those postponed chores. However, it’s important to get it done every once in a while or after a big splatter.

We get it. You come home late from work, or you’ve been cooking for the whole family and you just don’t feel in the cleaning mood. But keeping your stove burners clean is important for their correct functioning, and it reduces the possibility of unpleasant smells the next time you want to cook. So let’s see the best way to clean stove burners.

First, we have to keep in mind that the type of stove we’re dealing with will determine how we’re going to clean it. There are gas stoves and electric stoves. Let’s see how to clean gas stove burners first.

Cleaning Gas Stove Burners

What you’ll need:

  • A cleaning cloth or rag
  • A scrubbing brush
  • Soap or dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar

You’ll not always need both vinegar and baking soda to clean gas stove burners. It’ll depend on the splatters you’re trying to clean. There are two methods to clean stove burners, the vinegar method and the baking soda method.

The vinegar method implies regularly spraying the stove burners with white vinegar to keep the burners clean. It’s a simple method. You put white vinegar in a spray bottle, so it’s easier to apply. Once you sprayed the burners, let it sit for about 15 minutes, and then wipe them clean with a cloth. This is an effective way of keeping the stove burners clean, preventing the splatters from piling up and getting stuck.

If you’re going to work with baking soda, the first thing to do is to remove all the burners and wash them with warm water and dishwashing liquid or soap. This step helps you remove the surface dirt. Then, mix 1 part baking soda to 1 part water into a thick paste. It’s important to put the right amount of water so that your paste isn’t too runny. Spread the paste over the burners and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Use a brush to remove all the residue and then rinse the burners. Make sure the burners have dried completely before putting them back in their places so that the burners can function properly when you light the stove.

Cleaning Electric Stove Burners

What you’ll need:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda
  • A cleaning cloth or rag

Even though you should clean splatters as soon as they happen, make sure you let the burners cool down before cleaning. When it’s safe for you to handle the burners, remove them. The best way to clean electric stove burners is using a wet cloth with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Warm water helps you remove the fat that cold water couldn’t. Make sure the electric components remain dry throughout the cleaning process.

In most cases, this process is enough, but it depends on how dirty the burners were to begin with. If this is not enough, use the baking soda method mentioned above. Apply the paste directly on the spots to need to deep clean and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then, remove the residue with a brush or cloth and rinse the burner. Make sure the burners are dry before putting them back on the stove. Damp components may be hazardous when working with an electric stove.

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