How to Remove Baked-on Food From a Stove Top


Frequently exposed to food splatters and debris, stovetops can become grimy and unsanitary. Failure to clean a stovetop after each use can lead to baked-on food debris on the stovetop. Baked-on food attracts insects and causes stovetops to smell foul. Acid-based foods can eventually damage porcelain enamel surfaces on stovetops. Regularly cleaning stovetops preserves their aesthetic appeal and keeps them functioning properly. Remove baked-on food from a stovetop using basic supplies and techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. liquid dish detergent
  • Warm water
  • Plastic bowl
  • 2 clean dishrags
  • Butter knife
  • Baking soda
  • Paper towels
  • Allow the stovetop to cool completely.

  • Combine 2 tbsp. of liquid dish detergent with 1 qt. of warm water in a plastic bowl. Thoroughly mix the solution.

  • Dampen a clean dishrag in the soapy solution. Wipe the dirty stovetop with the damp rag to remove loose food particles and debris. Frequently rinse the dishrag with fresh water to avoid reapplying grime to the stovetop.

  • Scrape off the baked-on food particles with a butter knife. Keep the stovetop lubricated with the solution to prevent the surface from becoming scratched. Apply light pressure to the knife. Remove as much stubborn gunk as possible.

  • Sprinkle baking soda liberally over any remaining baked-on debris to act as an abrasive.

  • Continue scrubbing the stovetop with the dishrag and solution to remove the remaining baked-on food thoroughly. Frequently rinse the dishrag with fresh water to prevent reapplying debris to the stovetop.

  • Moisten a clean dishrag with warm water. Wipe the stovetop with the moist rag to rinse away the soapy solution and any remaining grime.

  • Wipe the stovetop with a clean paper towels until thoroughly dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can substitute a commercial stovetop cleaner for the soapy solution. Use a cleaner approved by the stovetop manufacturer. Apply the cleaner according to the instructions on the product's label.
  • Harsh abrasive cleaning supplies can damage stovetops.

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