How to Clean Electric Stoves

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Keeping your electric stove clean is a fairly simple task. Just make sure that you always have the appropriate cleaning supplies on hand and that you do it on a regular basis. This will not only keep your electric stove looking good, but it will prolong the life of the appliance as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning rags Baking soda Warm water Detergent Toothbrush
  • Clean up spills as soon as they happen. Some substances, like tomatoes for example, are mildly corrosive and can damage the surface of the stove if you let the spill sit or bake on. Use a cleaning rag and the mild detergent to wipe up spills immediately.

  • Keep the burners clean. Any time that you get food or other gunk on the burners, you will have to wait for them to cool before you can clean them. Once they are cool, remove them from the stove itself. You should not get them wet while they are plugged into the stove. You can simply unplug them from the stove and clean them in the sink using baking soda and warm water to loosen the gunk and the toothbrush to scrub it off. Do not use scratchy, abrasive sponges to clean your burners.

  • Dry your burners completely before replacing them. Even if you towel-dry them, let them air dry for an hour before plugging them back in.

  • Clean your reflector bowls once a week. Keeping them shiny not only looks good, but it also improves your stove's energy efficiency. They can be lifted out of their holders when you have removed the burners and washed with a cleaning rag with detergent and warm water. If necessary, you can use the toothbrush to scrub any baked on food off the bowls as well. Make sure they are completely dry before you replace them.

  • Wipe down the entire stove. Use a cleaning rag dampened with warm water and detergent. Make sure that it is not sopping wet, but merely moist. Clean the knobs as well as the back-splash area if your stove has one.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never clean your stove while it is hot or still on.

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