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How to Clean an Electric Stove

How to Clean an Electric Stove

Got a dirty electric stove? Check out these tips for a sparkling clean.

In everyday life, we rely on our ovens more than we realize. From scrambling eggs to creating the perfect dinner, our stovetops and ovens tend to take on the heaviest duties. With so much cooking, grime is inevitable. With electric stoves, cleaning can feel like facing off with a beast. Below are tips on how to clean an electric stove effectively.

Burners

Some stoves have burners, round plates that contain steel coils that heat up with electricity. If this describes your stove, make sure the burners are completely cool before removing them from the stovetop. 

If the dirt and stains are mild, some warm water and a little detergent will be all that’s necessary. 

However, if you have serious black grime coating the coils, you can create a baking soda and water paste, apply it to the grime encrusted surfaces, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Wash it off, and your burners should be stainless steel-shiny as if by magic. Make sure they are completely clean and dry before replacing them on the stove.

Glass Top

Meanwhile, some stoves will have a glass top, consisting of a tough ceramic glass that conducts electricity. To clean this electric stove, you could purchase a highly-rated cream cleaner. Simply wipe off all crumbs from the surface, apply the cream cleaner, and wipe it off after letting it sit for a while. You can make it shine even more by buffering it with a dry cloth!

An alternative method is to use natural products. First, sprinkle a thin coat of baking soda over the glass. Then, spray white vinegar overtop and listen to the fizzing sound as chemicals react. Soak a tea towel in hot, soapy water, wring it, and lay it on top of the glass. After 15 minutes, you can use the towel to wipe down the glass and leave it sparkling clean. Wipe with a damp cloth to remove any excess.

Oven Racks

Next, it’s time to tackle the oven. Racks can get black stains over time, but soaking it in the bathtub or in a large sink in hot, soapy water for a few hours or overnight can adequately loosen the grime. In any case, you’ll want to remove the racks when you clean the oven.

Oven

Electric ovens have a heating element that you will want to keep dry during the cleaning process. Avoiding this element, apply a baking soda paste on the interior walls and scrub with a stiff-bristled brush. Leave the oven overnight and spray it down with white vinegar to wash the baking soda off. Your oven should be good as new!

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