How to Deep Clean Your Gas Stove Burners


Dirty stove burner grates not only look messy, they can affect your cooking and present a fire hazard. If you are looking for advice on how to clean gas stove burners quickly and effectively, we have everything you need to know right here. Push up your sleeves and let’s get to it!

How to Clean Stove Burner Grates

When it comes to your stove grates, assess if it’s going to be an easy job or one that requires elbow grease. From there, you can choose whichever method does the trick best.

The Vinegar Method

For daily maintenance and light grease stains, pull out the vinegar from under the sink, and get to work!

• Spray burners with vinegar and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes.
• Wipe down with a clean cloth.
• Done! You should see cleaner, shinier grates. Just remember, this method is most effective as ongoing maintenance, as it cuts through grease before it has a chance to be baked in.

The Baking Soda Method

For harder grease stains and grime on your stove grates, try the baking soda method.

• Wash all burners with lukewarm water and dishwashing detergent to remove initial film.
• Make a thick paste of baking soda and water.
• Coat all burners with paste and let stand for 20 minutes.
• Scrub the softened food residue with a sponge and rinse thoroughly.

The Ammonia Method

For those truly tough stains that won’t come out with vinegar and baking soda, bust out the ammonia.

• Place each burner grate into its own gallon-sized zipper lock plastic bag.
• Add ¼ cup undiluted ammonia.
• Seal the bag and allow it to sit for several hours or overnight. You may want to put the bags outside in case the ammonia smell leaks out (it’s pretty strong and unpleasant). During this time the fumes will dissolve and loosen the griminess safely from the enameled iron.
• Remove from bag, wipe off grates, and admire.

How to Clean Stove Drip Pans

Don’t forget to clean those drip pans while you’re touching up the grates! Those little saucers under the grates collect burnt pieces of onions, peppers, salt, and anything else that’s fallen into them. Here are some easy ways to make them shine:

The Soak Method

The easiest method of getting those pans clean is to use the soak method. With some dish soap and some baking soda, you’ll be on your way to shiny drip pans (and who doesn’t want that?).

• After taking the pans off the stove, give them a good shake and rinse in the sink.
• Combine dish soap and baking soda at a 1:1 ratio. Lather the mixture all over the discs.
• Put the sudsy pans in some ziplock bags for an hour, and then rinse them off once the time has expired. Done!

The Boil Method

If those pans are really caked with burnt grease and food, try using the boil method as a final step for truly tough stains.

• Mix half a cup of baking soda with water in a large pot.
• Heat the mixture until it hits the boiling point and drop the pans inside.
• Leave in the boiling water for 10-15 minutes.
• Use tongs to get them out of the water, and wipe them down once they’ve cooled to room temperature.

When you’re asking yourself how to clean a gas stovetop, just remember that routine maintenance is the sure-fire way to never spend too much cleaning the grates and pans. And once those are taken care of, it’s easy to clean your oven the right way, too.

If you’re intimidated by cleaning your gas stove grates, or any other place in your kitchen, don’t fret. Call The Maids at 1-800-THE-MAIDS for a free estimate! That good-as-new feeling is closer than you think.

*Safety First!*

If the electric starters (which sit on top of the stove under and to the side of the burner) get wet with any chemical, it will fire constantly until the chemical is completely dissolved. Lighting the burner and letting it burn in most cases will not remove the overspray. Many times it takes either letting it fire constantly for 24 to 48 hours or replacing the starter. Use caution and avoid getting the electric starter wet.


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