How to Clean and Degrease a Kitchen Stove

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Cleaning a kitchen stove will take a bit of elbow grease, especially if it hasn't been cleaned for some time. The biggest challenges are dried splatters, charred spills and grease remnants.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water Liquid soap Sponges, cloths, paper towels Metal spatula Ammonia Baking soda White vinegar
  • Remove burner caps, grates and control knobs on gas stoves. Drop them in a bucket filled with hot water and liquid soap. Soak for about five minutes and wipe each item clean with a sponge. Rinse with fresh water and air dry. For electric stoves, soak all the same parts except those related to the burners. These usually are self-cleaning, but a damp cloth also can be used on them.

  • Clean the stove top. Use a non-abrasive scrubbing sponge soaked in hot water and a liquid cleaner. Extra attention is needed for stuck-on stains, especially around burners. Rinse with clean water and air dry.

  • Wipe control areas. Use a wet and soapy sponge or cloth. Rinse, air dry and then reassemble all the parts for the stove top.

  • Get rid of dried oven spills. They can lead to unpleasant odors and can cause smoke each time the oven is used. For self-cleaning ovens, set a schedule to run the cycle on a weekly or monthly basis, depending on how often the oven is used. If it isn't self-cleaning, first focus on the worst stains. Use a metal spatula and chip away loose pieces. For tough areas, spray with full-strength ammonia and let sit for about five minutes. Cover stains with baking soda and add several drops of white vinegar. The areas will bubble. After a few minutes, wipe stains away with a cloth or sponge. Wash with clean water.

  • Clean the door glass. Any baked-on spills can be cleaned with the same ingredients. After wiping areas clean, use a nonabrasive scrubbing pad to remove any remnants. Rinse with a wet cloth or sponge and dry with a paper towel. Also rinse and wipe dry the outside of the glass.

Tips & Warnings

  • Prevent future messes by covering unused burners with pot lids or burner covers. Use aluminum foil to line oven racks below items that drip during cooking. When oven spills occur, quickly sprinkle the area with salt. After cooling, the spill will loosen with a spatula.

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