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A gas stove is your most precious piece of equipment when it comes to cooking and whipping up your favourite dishes. Maybe you have a microwave or induction oven at home, but we bet nothing feels more sentimental as compared to that vintage kitchen equipment. For those who eat on a budget and enjoy making gourmet meals at home, learning how to clean the gas stove is vital if you want to keep it running.
A little cleanup and maintenance go a long way or as they say: it helps your equipment last longer and go that extra mile. Worry not, beginners. Just keep reading and learn how easy it is to clean up.
How to Clean a Gas Stove Using Soap and Water
Let’s start with the old fashioned way – dish-washing soap and water. Really, all you need to clean your gas stove are these two things.
What You Need
- Soapy water
- Scrub brush
- Kitchen towel
How to Clean
Cleaning the stovetop takes a few simple steps. Here’s how you do it.
- Get your supplies and start by removing the grates and burners from the stovetop.
- Wipe away any dry debris at this stage and don’t scrub.
- Soak the grates and burns in soapy water by adding in a few drops of dish soap.
- Take a look at the fuel ports of the burners to see if they are clogged. If they are, use the brush to clean them up and unclog. Clogged burners pose a hazard in the kitchen which is why this is important.
- Time to clean the stovetop! Scrub it clean by using the side of a sponge soaked in a few drops of dish soap. Work in circular motions, squeeze out the liquid and add dish soap in drops. Don’t go crazy on soaking with the dish soap since too much will saturate the fuel ports, forcing you to wait until it dries out.
- Finish the cleaning process by rinsing the stovetop and the sponge. Use water to rinse, and dry with a kitchen towel to finish.
Other Easy Methods to Clean Your Gas Stove
If the good old soapy water and wipes don’t work on your gas stove, and you see the debris still sitting and staring at you, then here are 8 other ways to clean your gas stove.
Ammonia works wonders in cleaning the grates of your gas stove. Get some ammonia from a nearby pharmacy and soak the burners and grates overnight. Seal these in zip-lock bags before adding in the ammonia. Next morning, rinse them with water and watch the debris float away.
2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
If you’re wondering about how to get rid of grease stains, try this. Layer your stovetop with a few sprinkles of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Give it a while to act and you’ll notice the pesky stains and debris breaking down. Just rinse with water, dry, and voila – your gas stove is spotless.
If you don’t have any chemical-free alternatives lying around the house, try this technique. In a pan, bring water to a boil. Pour this on the areas that have stains and let it sit. Scrub using a sponge, a few drops of liquid soap and watch the stains disappear naturally.
4. Salt and Baking Soda
Take a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda. Mix them together and add water to make a fine paste. Get a kitchen rag and soak it in this paste. Clean the stove tops with this, scrub, and wipe well.
5. White Vinegar
White vinegar is a fantastic stovetop cleanser and works like a charm every time. If you want to wipe away caked-up stains and overflows without breaking a sweat, try this. Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of regular tap water. Spray this on the affected areas and wipe. White vinegar is acidic which loosens up the particles and helps them come off easily. You can use this solution for glass stovetops too. If you don’t have white vinegar, you can try cleaning gas stove burners with vinegar of the regular kind (like apple cider vinegar) to compare the results.
6. Dish Soap and Baking Soda
Mix baking soda and dish soap in equal parts. Blend until you get a slightly foamy paste. Apply this mix to the drip pans and let it sit in ziplock bags for one hour. Scrub and put the pans back in place. They’ll be squeaky clean in no time.
7. Baking Soda and Lemon
Baking soda helps remove tough stains while lemon has antibacterial properties, acting as a natural disinfectant. When you combine the two, they work wonders to remove even the finest particles and caked-up messes. The solution won’t scratch glass stovetops. You can make it just by adding a handful of baking soda to the surface and cleaning the top with a lemon slice. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the stains after they loosen up and you’re done.
8. Razor Scraper
A razor scraper is your last resort when none of the above options works. Set it at an angle and carefully scrub the stains away. Rinse later, using any one of the blends mentioned above and they should go away. If any of the above solutions aren’t strong enough or aren’t working, try using a commercial oven cleaner. These work well with gas stovetops. Another trick you can try is pouring vegetable oil on the stains and scrubbing them by spraying a few drops of the commercial cleaning agent.
If you’re using a commercial oven cleaner, just apply and leave it overnight. And use the razor scraper, if the masses don’t go away after rinsing and drying. Repeat a few times to clean it up completely.
Tips for Keeping Your Gas Stove Clean
If you don’t look after your gas stove and give it the care it needs, it won’t work for you. Or at least – not efficiently. Taking some steps to keep your gas stove clean will save time, make cleanups a lot easier, and also increase the shelf life of your kitchen equipment. Here are a few tips that will help keep your gas stove clean:
1. Wipe Away Overflows Immediately
Sometimes our minds drift away as we cook and we forget to notice the stains that set in. If you notice boiling water spilling from the pan or any other thing spilling, wipe it away immediately using a sponge, soapy detergent, and water. If the overflows sink in, it’ll take you more time to clean up which is why this is a real cleaning hack, as simple as it sounds.
2. Notice the Burners
Burners are the hearts of your stovetops. They have many pores and the flame arises from those. Clogged burners can quickly turn into a kitchen hazard when left unnoticed. To remedy this, put in the extra time to take care of them. Check before and after cooking to see if they are clogged. If yes, then let them cool down, and spray water blended in with a soapy detergent. Let this soak for 20 minutes and carefully scrub away using a toothbrush or a fine kitchen brush. Just make sure you clean it up in detail and don’t miss any areas. For the stovetop grates, do the same thing. Soak them in soapy water for 20 minutes and clean them up as usual.
3. Don’t Forget to Dry
When you are done cleaning, let the burners and grates dry up completely and make sure there’s no moisture cloaking the surface. Put them back in place only after they’ve completely dried out.
Cleaning your stovetop is absolutely essential if you want it to last longer. You don’t have to deep clean it every month and go through a gruelling moment if you take steps to clean it every day. Using the above tips and tricks, cleaning it every day is easy, and all it’ll take is a few minutes.
So, what are you waiting for? Start cleaning your stovetop today. Happy cooking!