How to Clean Electric Stove Elements

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap

  • Soft clean cloth

  • Baking soda

Clean Electric Stove Elements

Food and other debris can cause a number of problems on electric stove elements and may even present a fire hazard. It is important to keep these essential parts of your stove as clean as possible to ensure their full effectiveness.

Step 1

Remove the burners from the stove by gently pulling them out.

Step 2

Wash the elements with a soft cloth and warm water. You may use a mild soap such as Dawn.

Step 3

Rinse the elements thoroughly and allow them 30 minutes to dry before placing them back on the stove.

Step 4

Apply vinegar to a soft clean cloth, enough to dampen it but not soak it.

Step 5

Remove the elements and wipe them thoroughly with the cloth, adding more vinegar as needed.

Step 6

Rinse the elements with water, careful not to get the connection wet.

Step 7

Dry the elements before putting them back on the stove.

Step 8

Combine a mixture of equal parts baking soda and water and allow to sit for about 30 minutes to form a paste.

Step 9

Using a clean cloth scrub the elements with the baking soda paste until the debris is gone. If this doesn't help, leave the paste on the element for at least 20 minutes and then scrub again.

Step 10

Rinse the element with warm water and dry the coils with a clean cloth.


A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a fast and easy way to clean elements. To make this a much easier chore, incorporate preventive maintenance by wiping down elements after each use. Most grease stains will burn off if the element is kept on long enough. Keep the fan above the stove on as this will create a lot of smoke.


Use caution to avoid getting the electrical connection to get wet. Do not submerge the electric elements in water. Be sure that the element is turned off and is not warm before removing it.

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.