As with any chef in the kitchen, the best work gets done with a bit of a mess. It’s natural, it happens, but you’re going to want to have your kitchen revert back into the sparkling sheen it once was. If you have an electric stovetop, then no worries. Learning how to clean an electric stove top shouldn’t be too daunting of a task, it is only a few wipes away.
Step 1: Prepping the Stove Top
Make sure the stove isn’t hot, if it is, gives it a bit to cool down. Then you can wipe down the stove with a lint-free rag and some warm water. This is to help get rid of some of the crumbs and spills that are just surface level.
This is also the time where if you have a coiled-stove top, remove them and place them off to the side. We’ll get to how to clean those in Step 4.
Step 2: Setting the Cleaner
After getting the first layer of grime off the stovetop, you can use either a ceramic glass cleaner or a paste made from baking soda and water to get down and dirty.
You can find ceramic stove top cleaner at your local supermarket, same as baking soda. The baking soda paste is going to be a mixture of three parts baking soda to one part water, preferable warm water. Warm water breaks down grease quicker than cold, and it doesn’t leave a chill on your hands while scrubbing.
Whichever method of cleaning you choose, you’re going to want them to sit on the stovetop anywhere between ten and twenty minutes. During this, it will start to break down any grease and food residue left on the stove.
Step 3: Wiping Down the Cleaner
Take a lint-free dishrag, and have it soak up some warm water, and ring it out. Then wipe down the stove. Do this in sections to ensure full cleanliness. If there is still any leftover food residue, redo the process of Step 2 over those sections. If there isn’t then you successfully cleaned your stovetop.
Step 4: Coiled Stove Top Cleaning
If you’re one of the lucky people who have a coiled burner glass stovetop, then you’re in luck because here’s how you clean them.
For the stuck-on food residue, you can use a cooktop scraper. If there isn’t then using a gentle cleaning pad and some of the baking soda paste you created to clean the stove can be used to wipe down the coils. Remove the paste the same way as the stovetop, with a warm moist rag, then dry it down with a different one. Then you can plug the burners back in and you have a nice clean stove.
How to Remove Burn Marks off an Electric Stove Top
If there are any burn marks on your stovetop, then a baking soda and vinegar paste will be your best bet. This paste is much stronger and combines two parts vinegar to one part baking soda. Adding this to the burn marks will cause a fizzling reaction and soften up the marks. Then you can wipe with a lint-free rag. If there are still burn marks after wiping, let the paste sit for five minutes, and then wipe.
How to Keep Your Stove Top Clean
Wipe down messes as they occur. Generally, it’s easier to clean up a mess as it’s still fresh and easily wipeable. If you let it sit it’ll only get harder to remove the next time you deep clean it. Try to do a deep cleaning of your stovetop every week or two, depending on how often you cook.
When cleaning, try not to use an abrasive sponge as it will only leave scratches on your stovetop, especially if it’s a glass-based one.
Comparing Cleaning Methods
If you’re in a pinch then the DIY cleaning methods may be up your alley as they use basic ingredients found in the kitchen. This method may just take a bit longer and require a bit more of an arm workout to get the stovetop back to sparkling. The vinegar and baking soda mixture for the stuck-on messes have a fizzling reaction that is bound to entertain anyone for a minimum of thirty seconds. Chemical reactions have a hold on everyone. The other method, being a store-bought electric stove top cleaner might for faster being that was its created purpose. Either method will bring some life back into your dirty stovetop.
How to Clean an Electric Stove Top: Conclusion
Now you know how to clean an electric stovetop, you’re on your way to becoming a stovetop cleaning pro. Just remember, a little bit of elbow grease will take you far. Plus, imagine how shiny and good-as-new it’ll look once it’s all polished up. You’ll be able to see your own reflection in it. Talk about sparkling!
Written by Hannah Lindenberg