How to Soak Stove Burners


When cooking on a stove, you will likely encounter splattering grease, pots that boil over and spilled foods that can leave your stove burners a mess. Cleaning stove burners is not fun but is necessary and important, as it will help prolong the life of the burners and avoid fires caused by stuck-on foods or grease. Soaking stove burners is a good way to get them clean.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket
  • Dish detergent
  • Water
  • Nylon brush
  • Oven cleaner
  • Towel
  • Fill a bucket with hot, soapy water containing dish detergent. Water should be as hot as possible.

  • Lift up the stove cover or grate and remove the burners by simply lifting them out. Spray the burners with oven cleaner and leave sit for 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Set the stove burners into the bucket of hot, soapy water and soak for about 1 hour. Scrub the stove burners with a nylon brush to remove debris and rinse under hot running water.

  • Dry stove burners off with a clean towel. Lift up the stove cover and set the burners back in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • It may be necessary to repeat this process more than once to get the stove burners completely clean.
  • You can also add vinegar, baking soda, and lemon to the hot soapy water; this acts as a degreaser.
  • Make sure the burners are turned off and cool before attempting to remove them from the stove top.
  • If soaking burners from an electric stove, be sure not to submerge the end of the burner that connects to the electric socket.

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