Find yourself stuck at home? Now might just be the perfect time to deep clean your stove! It’s not difficult and you may already have everything you need.
Start With the Range Hood
Chances are, you have a range hood (also called an exhaust fan) above your stove. If so, it’s a good idea to start there, says Freeman D., a staffer at Home Depot in Eagle, Idaho who specializes in appliances and cleaners. “You’ll probably dislodge some crud down onto your stove when you remove the exhaust screen(s), so that’s why I recommend saving the stovetop for last,” he says.
Make sure the stove is off and cool, and then lean over it and look up under the range hood. “The screens will probably be discolored and greasy,” continues Freeman. “Most screens have hooks or handles on them for easy removal, so just gently pull the screen(s) off. You can soak the screen(s) in hot soapy water, followed by a good degreaser. I like Greased Lightning or Simple Green. I usually spray the degreaser on; make sure you get both sides. Let it sit a while, and then use a bit of elbow grease with a good stiff brush. While you’re soaking the screen, spray degreaser onto the bottom of the fan, or saturate a sponge with dish soap, and clean the area.” Wearing good rubber gloves will protect your hands from hot water and cleaning solutions.
Clean Your Black Glass Stovetop
Glass stove tops are usually the easiest to clean. Always make sure they are cool first. The best way to keep a glass stovetop clean is to spray Windex or a little distilled white vinegar on it daily, and then wipe with a soft cloth or paper towel. Try to clean spills up right away before they harden. “If that doesn’t do the trick,” says Freeman, “spritz a bit of distilled white vinegar on, and then sprinkle baking soda over it. Drape a hot, moist towel over that for ten minutes and then scrub with the towel, rinsing and then repeating if needed.”
As with a glass top, a quick daily cleaning prevents big problems later. Freeman recommends Simple Green or Formula 409, sprayed, as always, on a cool top. Microfiber cleaning cloths can be used as a finishing touch to bring out a mirror shine in glass or ceramic stovetops.
Again, be sure the stove is off and cool. Wipe the stove top and burners with warm soapy water. If you can pull the burners off (gently, so you don’t bend the connections) you can disconnect them and clean them in the sink. Next, remove the drip pans and wash them in hot, soapy water. Soak them if there’s hardened gunk on them. A good scrub sponge helps.
Freeman says, “Don’t forget to lift the top so you can clean burnt food below, too. Don’t get water in the burner connections.” After they’re dry, replace the drip pans. You can line the pans with aluminum foil; just replace the foil when needed. Plug the burners back in and turn them on high to burn off anything left on them. They may smoke, so turn on the exhaust fan first. After the burners cool, finish by cleaning your stovetop as above. If you have stubborn food spills on the stovetop, Freeman recommends making a paste using a half-cup of baking soda and 3 or 4 tablespoons of water, applied with a scrub sponge. Or just soak spills with Simple Green.
Make sure the stove is cold and then remove the grates and pans. Wash them in the sink with warm soapy water. Pans can be cleaned or soaked as above, if needed. “Use a scrub sponge, brush, or mesh pad to get any gunk off,” Freeman says, “the baking soda paste can help here too.” Remove the burner lids and clean the tops off with soapy water or degreaser or your paste if needed, and then move on to the stovetop itself. Dry everything off and finish with your microfiber towel. Reassemble the burner lids, pans, and grates, making sure the burner lids are properly seated.
“One last thing,” Freeman says, “there is a company called Weiman that makes a whole line of products designed to clean different kinds of stovetops. They even have special scrubbers. I haven’t tried them yet, but I hear they’re very good.”
Time to grab your phone and Instagram that sparkly stove!
Shop for stove-cleaning supplies:
- Greased Lightning degreaser
- Simple Green
- Dish brush
- Good rubber gloves
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
- Scrub sponges
- Mesh pads
- Wieman stove top cleaning products
Prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
Crista Worthy writes about aviation, travel, wildlife, and more from her home in Idaho.