How to Clean Stove Burners

You can achieve clean stove burners in a few simple steps, even if you need to remove burnt-on food.

Stoves take on endless messes – boiled-over pasta, splashed-on sauce, grease, and more. So it’s no wonder that stove burners get dirty so often.

If your stove burners have seen better days, you can get them back to like-new without much effort. Here’s the easiest way to clean your stove burners, depending on your stove type.

Before You Clean Your Stove Burners

How to Clean Stove Burners

Consult your user manual if you’ve never cleaned a stove burner. Different manufacturers recommend different products for cleaning. So, to keep your warranty in good standing, read the user’s manual to see if there are specific cleaners to avoid.

How to Clean Glasstop (Induction) Stove Burners

If you have a glass stove, you can use any mild multipurpose cleaner for daily cleanings – spray the cleaner on the cooktop and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. If you prefer the natural method, fill a spray bottle with half-white distilled vinegar and half water.

For burnt-on food, there are three methods you can use.

  • To clean your glass top stove burners using natural products, sprinkle baking soda over the burners. Then, fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar and spray the baking soda. Cover the burners, baking soda, and vinegar with hot damp towels and leave them on for 15 minutes. Then wipe everything clean.
  • Use a glass cooktop cleaner, like Weiman cooktop cleaner. To use Weiman stovetop cleaner, squirt it on your cooktop, wipe it with a sponge, and then buff the glass with a paper towel until it shines.
  • Scrub off stains with a baking soda paste or the Pink Stuff Miracle Paste. Both options work as mild abrasives – removing burnt-on food without scratching the glass.

How to Clean Gas Stove Burners

You can get your gas stove burners and grates back to new in a few easy steps. Start by removing the stove grates and setting them aside. Then knock all crumbs off the stove and wipe it down with a damp microfiber cloth.

You can now clean your stove grates

  • Place your stove grates in the sink 
  • Scrub them with dish soap and water using a soft scrub brush or sponge
  • Rinse well
  • Dry and put back on the stove

If your stove grates didn’t come clean, consider using Fume-Free Easy Off. It’s one of the easiest no-scrub methods to get them back to like-new.

How to Clean Electric Stove Burners

How to Clean Electric Stove Burners

Electric stove burners are the most intimidating to clean. Because everyone knows, water and electricity don’t mix.

But don’t worry. You can remove your electric stove burners for cleaning.

To remove an electric coil stove burner, lift it and pull to remove it from its receptacle. Repeat for all burners.

With the burners free, wash them with dish soap and water using a microfiber cloth. Use a damp towel to rinse them. Avoid submerging the burners, and be careful not to get the electrical connection wet.

Use a paper towel to remove crumbs underneath the stove’s burner. 

Allow the burners to dry before returning them to the stove.

Final Thoughts

Unless your stove burners are covered in food, cleaning them is easy. Even if you have crusted food or grease spots, a light scrub using dish soap, baking soda, or a scrub brush should be enough to take it off. For more challenging jobs, turn to commercial cleaners like Weiman’s or Fume Free Easy-Off, depending on your burner type.

You can keep your stovetop and burners spotless by cleaning up messes as you see them and wiping down your stovetop at least once per week.