How to Clean a Stove With Heavy Grease Buildup

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Things You'll Need

  • Grease-cutting dish soap

  • Sponge

  • Rubber gloves

  • Dish towels

  • Spray bottle

  • White vinegar

  • Nylon scrubbing pad

Clean your greasy stove top with common household products.

Stove tops often see a lot of grease and grime. Sometimes, the grease buildup is thick and requires heavy-duty cleaning. Although cleaning a greasy stove top seems like a labor-intensive chore, with the right products and cleaning methods your stove top will be clean and grease-free in no time.


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Step 1

Remove the burner grates and drip pans from the stove top. Soak them in a sink full of hot, soapy water.

Step 2

Squirt a few drops of grease-cutting dish soap onto a sponge. Scrub as much of the grease buildup off the stove as possible. Rinse out and reheat the sponge, and apply more dish soap as necessary.


Step 3

Rinse the sponge well with water to remove all of the soap and grime. Rinse the loosened grease buildup and soap residue from the stove top with the wet sponge. Dry the stove top with a clean dish towel.

Step 4

Fill an empty spray bottle with two parts water and one part white vinegar if the stove is still dirty. Spray the entire stove top generously with vinegar. Let the vinegar sit on the surface for 15 minutes.


Step 5

Dampen a sponge with water. Put it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds to heat it up. Take it out with your gloved hands, then scrub the stove. Remove difficult grease spots with a nylon scrubbing pad.

Step 6

Rinse the stove with a clean, damp rag. Dry thoroughly with a clean dish towel.


Step 7

Scrub the grates that were soaking with a rag and the soapy water. For difficult spots, use the nylon scrubber. Rinse and dry well before putting them back on the stove.