How to Properly Clean an Electric or Gas Stove

Your stove top is the visible part of your range. It is where you do most of your cooking. It’s also one of the first impressions people have of your kitchen. For these reasons, and because of hygiene and the fact that it just looks nice, you want your stove to be sparkling. But how to clean a stove depends on the type you have. Whether you have traditional electric elements, a gas range, or a glass-top stove, the cleaning method will be different. Let’s take a look at each.


How to Clean an Electric Stove

Electric stovetops are relatively easy to clean. There are four main parts of an electric stovetop to clean, the coil elements, the drip pans, under the stovetop, and the surface of the stovetop. Before you clean anything, make sure your stovetop is off and completely cool (this goes for any type of stove).


Coil elements

The coil elements simply need a wipe with a damp cloth most of the time. You can then burn off any excess grime by turning the burner on high for about three minutes. If they were particularly grimy, you can let the burner cool down again and give it a second wipe.


Drip pans

The drip pans are located under the elements of the stove. You can access them easily by pulling out the coil element, which should come out with a gentle lifting and pulling action. Then you can lift the drip pan out and soak it in the sink with soap and water for a few minutes.


After soaking, cover each drip pan with a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts baking soda, with a few drops of dish soap added. Let this sit for about 20 minutes, then wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge (you may need to do some scrubbing if the grime is caked on).


Under the stovetop

When you removed the drip pans, you probably saw that it was dirty beneath them. You can access this area under the stovetop by lifting it up much like you would the hood of a car. You can prop open the stovetop and use a vacuum to clean out the crumbs or wipe them out.


Surface of the stovetop

Finally, you want the surface of your stovetop to gleam. So, before you put your drip pans and elements back in, give it a good wash. Most of it will wipe up easily enough, but you may have a ring of grime around the hole for each burner. You can use the vinegar-baking soda paste on this too, applying it and letting it sit for about 15 minutes, then wiping it up with a damp cloth or sponge.


Once you are done cleaning the stovetop, replace the drip pans and burners (you literally plug them back in) and your stove is ready to use.


How to Clean a Gas Stove

When cleaning a gas stove, be sure not to use anything abrasive. You will need to clean the grates and the burner caps underneath.



The grates of many gas stoves are removable, making them easy to take off and wash in the sink. In this case, giving them a wash in hot, soapy water may be all you need. If you can’t remove them, wipe them down with a soft cloth or sponge.

If the grates are particularly dirty, cover them with the vinegar-baking soda paste described above and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then wipe the grates down with a damp cloth or sponge.


Burner caps

Wipe the burner caps with a damp cloth to get rid of any crumbs and bits of food. You can then use something small, like the end of a paperclip, to gently scratch off any buildup in the ignition port or burner holes. Once you’re done, you can wipe the burner heads down again, scrub them gently with vinegar, and give them a final wipe.


Surface of the stovetop

You can clean the surface of a gas stovetop the same way you would an electric stove for a shiny finish.


How to Clean a Glass-Top Stove

Cleaning a glass-top stove is the easiest of all because there are no burners or grills to remove and no nooks and crannies to clean. All you need to do is clean the stove surface. You can do this by doing the following:

  1. Wipe the stovetop surface with a dry cloth to make sure there are no bits of food on it.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda all over the stovetop.
  3. Spray vinegar over top of the baking soda.
  4. Wet a couple of tea towels or other towels with hot, soapy water from a bucket or the kitchen sink. You want to wring them out only to the point that they aren’t dripping.
  5. Lay the wet towels on the stovetop and leave them there for 15 minutes. The heat from the towels will activate the baking soda.
  6. Remove the towels and scrub the stovetop clean.
  7. Give the stovetop a wipe to clean up the remaining grime and baking soda.


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Published 03.31.22

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