Basic Stovetop Cleaning Tips

Basic Stovetop Cleaning Tips

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Thoroughly clean your stovetop using these basic stovetop cleaning tips. Whether you use a flat top ceramic cooktop or an electric range, you will find everything you ever wanted to know about cleaning it thoroughly.

Cooking on a stove top or cooktop can be messy. Food boils over, spills, steam and grease go everywhere, it can lead to a big mess that can end up cooked-on to your cooktop.

Here are basic stovetop cleaning tips for maintaining your stove by properly cleaning your cooktop. Let’s get it clean!

Electric range

Wipe down your electric range cooktop after every use with a non-abrasive spray cleaner or a mix of 1/2 cup vinegar, 3 cups water, and a few drops of tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle.

Lift the range top and clean the sides where they butt up against the countertop. Did you know that you can lift that up? Go try it. Then go wipe down any spills that made it under the cooktop.

Remove the knobs, clean them with warm, soapy water or a spray cleaner as well as the control panel of your stove.

Cleaning cooked-on stains on drip pans

Remove the burners to clean the drip pans. On an electric range, you can just pull those burners out where they plug into the stove. Then remove the drip pan and clean with warm, soapy water.

If these are in bad condition it’s inexpensive to replace them. Alternatively if you are being frugal and practicing zero-waste, then roll up your sleeves and clean them!

Here is a tip that I use to do that. Get a pot of water large enough to submerge your drip pan, add about 1/2 cup vinegar and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Take it out, put the next batch in. I do two at a time.

Use tongs, remove them and put them in the sink. Sprinkle baking soda generously over the drip pans and scrub with an abrasive sponge. This works like a charm and the boiling vinegar cleans the air of odors in your home.


Replace them after drying and plug the burners back into the slots that you removed them from.

Cleaning flat top range tops

I love these cooktops as there are no drip pans to clean. However, when you boil over and it cooks on the flat top, this is a pain to get cleaned.

Until now. In a small bowl mix enough baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Scrub those marks with the paste and a non-abrasive dish towel or sponge. Rinse with a damp cloth and buff to a shine.

Cleaning the crack between the counter and a flat top cooking surface

You can’t lift these stove tops like you can with an electric range. Instead, grab a spatula, spray a cloth or paper towel with cleaner, wrap it around the spatula, and slide it back and forth in between that void.

Now that you have mastered the basic stove top cleaning tips, let’s move up to the vent hood.

Vent hood filters

Did you know that if you have a vent hood over your stove, there are filters in there to stop grease and other flying objects from being sucked up the exhaust and causing a fire?

If you didn’t know they were there, there’s a good chance they are filthy with grease and a fire hazard. Might as well clean those as well since we are at it. I have an entire article with step-by-step instructions on how to clean those filters with very little effort.

Take a look at that article here.

Only you can prevent a stove top fire. Go take a look at how nasty mine were, just don’t judge me.

You should inspect these once a month, how often you cook on the stove will determine how dirty and greasy they become.

In conclusion

This is an area of your home where food is cooked. It’s important to keep it clean. Grease covering your cooktop or range hood is also a fire hazard in addition to being gross.

Use these basic stovetop cleaning tips to keep you safe and your kitchen sparkling. Please see my other articles on Housekeeping in the Modern Age for cleaning tips and hacks using natural cleaners.

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2 Replies to “Basic Stovetop Cleaning Tips”

  1. A female I was with wanted me to clean the stove. She was shocked when I opened up the top. Apparently no one ever showed her that most range tops lift up for easy cleaning.

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