A gas stovetop might seem a little harder to clean than an electric glass stovetop. You have your stovetop, the burners, the burner caps, and the burner grates. A lot of crumbs and fluids can fall through those grates over the course of a cooking session! If you’re looking for a couple of effective ways how to clean a gas stovetop, you’ve come to the right place.
Safety First: Preliminary Tools
The first step is to gather your supplies. Even if you use relatively safe cleaning products, it is best to wear gloves when applying the product and cleaning your stove. Aside from gloves, you may also need a screwdriver to remove the grates or burners, depending on your model. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions on how to take these parts apart. In all, your supply list may include some of the following:
- Rubber gloves
- Mask and goggles
- Paper towels
- Dish scrubber
- Dish soap
- White vinegar
- Multi-purpose cleaner
- Baking soda and water
Method 1: Clean a Gas Stovetop with Baking Soda
One way to clean a gas stovetop is to use a baking soda paste. First, remove the grates and burner caps and soak them in warm, soapy water in the sink. If necessary, you can also coat these pieces in a baking soda paste.
Next, you can coat the entire surface of the stovetop with a thick, pasty mixture of baking soda and water, leave it for at least twenty minutes, and then use a scrubber and paper towel to remove the remains. The baking soda paste will break down the burnt-on stains and soak them up. You may need to repeat the process multiple times, depending on the severity of the stains.
You can finish off by wiping down the stovetop with a multi-purpose cleaner.
Method 2: Clean a Gas Stovetop with Ammonia
Another highly effective method is to use ammonia, as per this video. Ammonia is a highly toxic substance, so if you use this chemical, open the windows and wear protective gear, such as a face mask, before applying.
Remove the grates and burner caps and clean them separately. Cover all dirty surfaces of the stove and its parts with paper towels soaked in ammonia. Then seal off the stove and its parts with plastic wrap to limit ammonia fumes. Leave it overnight and see the grease peel off the next day. Repeat the process and scrub for tough grimes.
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