Your gas stove really heats things up, whether you're sauteing chicken and vegetables or cooking up your famous spaghetti sauce. But even the neatest home cooks occasionally spill, and it's impossible to keep all crumbs and grease off your stove. Learning safe gas stove cleaning methods helps you keep your range looking bright and clean.
Wipe Away Crumbs
Gas stove cleaning starts by removing any obvious loose food remnants and crumbs from all areas of your cooktop. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the crumbs, being careful not to push them toward the burners. Remove the grates to clean away any loose food near the burners.
If you notice crumbs or food remnants stuck in the burner, use a paper clip to get it out. You can also use a tooth brush to gently remove crumbs from the small nooks and crannies in the burners.
Wash Burner Grates
Take the gas stove grates to the sink for a thorough cleaning. Fill the sink with hot, soapy water. Using dish detergent helps break up any grease that's on the grates.
Wipe the grates with a soft cloth. You can also use a non-metallic pad for gentle scrubbing without scratching the grates. Wash the burner caps using the same method. Rinse away the soap with clean water and dry off the grates and burner caps to keep them from rusting.
Some stoves feature grates and burner caps that are dishwasher safe. Refer to your stove owner's manual to determine if yours is safe for the dishwasher. When in doubt, go with the hand-washing method to prevent damage to the stove parts.
Tackle Burnt-On Food
If it's been a while since you've cleaned your grates, it may take a little more than soap and water to remove the built-up gunk. Start by soaking the grates in the hot, soapy water. That extra soaking time may loosen up the debris enough to easily remove it.
If that doesn't work, soak the grates in ammonia for about three hours. Scrub the grates if the debris doesn't rinse off after soaking. Rinse the grates well before drying.
Wipe Down Stove Top
Gas stove tops are easiest to clean when you wipe them down after every use, but sometimes you're in a hurry or forget. Grab a damp dishcloth to wipe off the top of your gas stove. Use warm, soapy water to help loosen the food remnants. You can use stove top scrubbing pads that aren't too abrasive to help remove gunk without scratching the stove's surface.
Make DIY Gas Stove Cleaner
If the stove top or burners need a little extra cleaning power, make a DIY gas stove cleaner with natural ingredients to safely remove the debris. One option is to make a paste by combining water with baking soda to gently scrub away food without scratching or damaging any surfaces. Rub the paste onto the stove top and burners, give it 20 minutes to rest, then scrub it with a soft-bristled brush. Wipe the stove clean with a damp cloth to remove all baking powder.
Spraying the stove top and burners with vinegar can also help get them clean. Give the vinegar at least 10 minutes to help power through the food debris. Wipe off all the vinegar using a clean, damp cloth. Once your stove top is clean, replace the burner caps and grates.
Consider Potential Dangers
It's a good idea to unplug your stove before cleaning for safety reasons. Since gas stoves rely on open flames for cooking, avoid any flammable cleaning products to wipe down any parts of the stove, especially the burners. Chemicals can also damage the electric starters on gas stoves. Wipe down the burners and all surfaces well with clean water, even if you only use natural cleaning products, to avoid any damage or issues when you use your stove.