How to Clean A Stovetop

How to clean a stovetop is much easier than it looks. A few simple tools and good kitchen soap is all you need.

You will need:

  • A dirty stove 
  • A clean sponge
  • Steel wool or a sponge with a good scrubby
  • Instant Liquid Soap
  • A dish towel
  • Your favorite podcast, music, chatty person, and or whatever you like to listen to while cleaning

How to clean a stovetop step by step

How to clean a stovetop:

1. Make sure the stovetop and oven are turned off.

2. Remove all of the racks and burner disks.  They should easily lift off. The following images are for a simple, basic gas stove.

3. Plug the kitchen sink with a drain plug and fill it with warm water. Add about a baking teaspoon squirt of Instant Liquid Soap while the water is running. 


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Stove types

There are many different types of stoves. You may have a Sub Zero or an old fashioned  commercial cast iron Franklin. Or perhaps you have an antique 1940's Chambers.

How to clean a stovetop may vary depending on the type of stove.

The newer Amana in the photos is a smaller basic propane stove. Instant Liquid Soap  will clean any surface equally, since it is simple vegetable oil soap, aka old fashioned lye soap, aka Castile and not a chemical detergent that can have a chemical reaction. 

See the caked on food?
Remove the burner caps, to clean underneath.
Soak the burner racks in warm soapy water for 15 minutes or more, to easily loosen up cooked on food.

Older electric stove burners have a tray underneath that can either be carefully removed or carefully washed while in place. Read your stove instructions to see how it comes apart and if it's recommended that you do so for cleaning

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Newer electric stoves, may have a smooth glass or ceramic top with the burners underneath. These stove tops do not need to come apart for cleaning. Simply make sure the stove is turned off and the stovetop is cool. Clean the whole surface.


Fill your sink with soapy water to soak the stovetop burner racks

4. Carefully place the burner racks in the soapy water to soak.

5. Set the burner disks aside to be wiped off with a damp soapy sponge later. Do not submerge them in the soapy water in the sink.

These are the burner discs

The burner disks are sometimes 2 pieces. The image on the left is the flat cap that spreads out the flame.

The image on the right is the flame spreader and lifts off.

The flame spreaders usually lift right up.

Soak the burner racks in a little Instant Liquid Soap

A clean stovetop may inspire you to cook more.

6. While the racks are soaking, wet the sponge thoroughly and squeeze out 1/2 of the water.

7. Squirt about 1 baking teaspoon of Liquid Soap Refill onto the sponge. Squeeze the sponge to spread the soap around and activate the suds.

8. Add a little more water to the sponge, by letting it trickle over the whole sponge area. This makes sure all of the soap is getting diluted evenly.

9. Over the stovetop, gently squeeze out the soap and water out from the sponge, evenly distributing it over the stovetop. Avoid getting soap and water into the burner wells. Repeat this process until the stovetop is covered with about 1/8" of soapy water.

10. Let the soapy water soak on the stovetop for 10 minutes or more.  This process will soften and loosen burnt cooked on food and debris, making for easy removal. 

Soak a greasy stovetop while you scrub the racks


11. While the stovetop is soaking, scrub the stovetop racks in the sink. Make sure you scrub both sides.

12. When all of the old hard debris is loosened and in the now dirty soapy water, drain the sink, catching all of the debris in the sink strainer. Rinse off the racks and set aside, while you clean the debris out of the sink.

13. Rinse out the sponge, and add a small amount of soap. Squeeze the sponge to activate the suds. One by one, place the stovetop racks back in the sink and wash them individually, again, like a dish. Rinse each one and place them in your dish drainer drying rack.  Let them air dry.

14. When using natural soap, all of this used up soap and food debris can be be put in your compost bucket. This is the zero waste way to clean a greasy stovetop.

While you are cleaning your stovetop, you may be inspired to clean your sink and counter tops also. 

Dish soap and hand soap being the same soap, makes kitchen cleaning much smoother.

Get the underside of the racks paying close attention to where the welds meet and curves
Stand the stove racks up and lean them against the dish drainer for faster air dry time

These are the burner disks

15. While the racks are drying, and the stovetop is still soaking, rinse out the sponge again, and add a small amount of soap. Take each burner disk and wipe it off with the soapy sponge. Then rinse all of the soap and any debris out of the sponge and wipe all of the soap off each burner disk. Place each one in the drying rack.



How to Clean the stovetop

16. Now for the stove top. Take the sponge and soak up about 1/2 of the soapy water that has been soaking the stovetop. Gently scrub all of the loosened food scraps, and put them in the compost bucket. 

17. When all of the excess debris is removed, soak up the rest of the dirty water. Rinse out the sponge as it fills up with the dirty soaking water, and remove all of the excess water and food scrap debris.

17. Rinse out the sponge, and wipe the stove top, gently removing stains and the last of the debris. 

18. Rinse the sponge again, and squirt on a very small amount of soap. Wipe down the stove top one more time. Rinse out all of the debris and soap from the sponge, and wipe off all of the soap from the stove top. 

Stovetop soaking is sudsy Instant Liquid Soap
Take care to soap under the flame spreaders without getting soap and water on the burner pipes underneath the stovetop
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Dry the stove top with a clean dishtowel. Replace the burner disks and burner racks and the stovetop is good to go for another round of delicious meals.

Cleaned and ready for the next meal
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