If you come to this article and wonder how to clean the stove top, let me tell you that you are in the right place. Here, I will share with you a full guide to clean gas and electric stove top. So, you won’t be confused because I completely differentiate them here.

The tips I share here mostly need particular stuff such as dish soap, brush, sponge, baking soda, vinegar, and etc. So, it will be easy and cheap for you to get all the things you need in cleaning the stove top.

Then, in this article, I divide the sections into three main parts namely gas stove top, electric stove top, and additional tips and tricks. Those sections are separated to make you easier in analyzing and picking the most appropriate technique you need.

Now, let us start with cleaning the gas stove top.

How to Clean Gas Stove Top? 

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To clean the gas stove totally needs much effort and time. It is because there are more parts in a gas stove than that you can find on the electric one. Some parts that usually you need to clean are the grill, burners, griddle, and drip pans.

So, in this section, we will discuss more cleaning gas stove top based on those parts. Do not worry if you, sometimes, can find burner grates around them. Just pick a precise technique to clean all of them.

Now, let us start with cleaning the grill.


Cleaning Stove Top Grill

Cleaning the stove top grill can be so difficult when it is so messy and the debris hardened. Usually, you can find some dried broth, fat, sauce, and every single thing, you name it. In this case, the residue can be quite tough to be cleaned. So, you need to pay attention to the residue.

So, how to clean the stove top grill?

First, there is some equipment that you need to use such as hot water, paper towels, dish sponge, dish soap, grill brush, and vinegar. Those tools are useful, so prepare them before you start cleaning.

Then, here are the directions as follows:

  1. To clean the grill, surely you need to remove the grill first. It makes it easier to clean it.
  2. Pour hot water and put some dish soap on the grill brush. Just brush it then.
  3. If the grease or crust is so tough, you can soak it with vinegar for about 30 minutes before brushing.
  4. Rinse it with dish soap again and scrub it with a sponge.
  5. Repeat the process if you find it is difficult to be cleaned.
  6. At the last, spray the vinegar to polish it.

Here, you need to use a rough sponge because sometimes the crust is so tough. Then, you can also use a metal dish sponge to remove all the crust, debris, and grease. Those are all tough problems that you cannot deal with easily.


Cleaning Stove Top Burners

One of the art in cooking is the moment when you can adjust the burner. In this case, you can adjust the fire by using a gas stove easily. This is also the reason why people still love to use it to cook meals. They can adjust or set the temperature whenever they want. Well, of course, this is only for the pro, not an amateur.

However, it is useless when the gas burner part is clogged. It is like you waste your time, waiting for the right temperature to cook. Here, what you get is only a weak flame or even no flame at all. So, cleaning the stove top burner can be easier if you know how actually it works. Here, I mean by knowing the possible spots where the clogs are located, you can work more efficiently.

So, how to clean stove top burners?

Here, you need firstly prepare some tools such as dish soap, paper clip, baking soda, toothbrush, and a non-abrasive scrub pad. All those things are necessary to clean your stove top burner. So, just prepare them before we start this process, and here are the directions as follows.

  1. Check carefully the manual instruction from the manufacturer. Here, the product manual is the best source to understand how your stove works. It also means that maybe some tips or suggestions from the manufacturer.
  2. Uninstall the burner caps. Before doing this, make sure that the stove is cool and even the gas cylinder is not connected.
  3. Uninstall the burner heads. Some types of gas stoves not only have burner caps but also burner heads. So, remove all of them.
  4. Soak those burner caps and heads in soapy warm water for about 30 minutes. It will help you to soften the debris.
  5. Scrub them carefully with the toothbrush and scrub pad. Here, you can use a straightened paper clip to reach the debris in difficult spots.
  6. Additionally, you can use baking soda but do not use bleach or steel wool. They can damage your stove top burners.
  7. Rinse and clean them.


Cleaning Stove Top Burner Grates

It seems strange but the stove top burner grates sometimes produce grease and even crust from the spilled out foods. So, it is normal to get those tough specks of dirt when you do not frequently clean the stove top burner.

So, how to clean stove top burner grates? Well, there are some great methods to clean the grates. You can use ammonia, degreasers, and baking soda to clean it. Here is how to use those substances to clean the grates.



To use ammonia in cleaning the grates, you need a sealable plastic bag. Or, you can use some tight plastic bags. Then, you also need to prepare some ammonia. It is not a much amount of ammonia you need because it also depends on how tough your problem is.

Now, put the grates inside the bag (trash bag for a bigger space), add 2 cups of ammonia, and seal the bag. Let it locked for about 12 hours. Just wait till all the tough grease, stains, crust, whatever you name it, dissolved. Just rinse the grates and clean them with water.



Some people say that degreasers do not work well. But, the reality is that they do not even give enough time for this product to clean all the problems. Here, you need to soak the grates first before sprinkling the degreasers’ powder.

The other tip is that you need to wait at least 15 minutes. Just let the degreasers work in decomposing all the stuck dirt, grease, debris, or whatever it is. Repeat this process if you find that the problem becomes more difficult. Also, the lemon oil degreaser seems to be the best one.


Baking Soda

When vinegar is used to clean mild grease, the baking soda can add more power to deal with the more difficult one. Well, it is a simple way to use baking soda in cleaning stove top grates. Here is the detail as follows:

  1. Clean the grates first with soap and warm water.
  2. Make a baking soda paste.
  3. Apply the paste to the burner grates and wait for 30 minutes.
  4. Scrub it with warm water.
  5. Rinse and repeat if it is necessary.

Well, that’s how to deal with stove top burner grates. After a few treatments, your stove must be clean and shiny like a new.


Cleaning Stove Top Griddle

Having a griddle can help you to cook like a pro. It is like a Japanese or Korean chef that usually uses this as their main playground in cooking. But, on the other side, some people do not use it because they do not know how to keep it clean and shiny. So, here is how to clean stove top griddle.

  1. Keep the griddle be hot a while. Then, use a spatula to clean the debris. Use the edge, so you will not scratch it.
  2. Pour water with dish soap as needed. Let it boil to remove the rest of the debris.
  3. Turn off the stove.
  4. Use a paper towel to scrub the wet griddle. Here, you can use the spatula to help you.
  5. Repeat the steps until it clean.
  6. Remove the griddle and wash it in the sink.


Cleaning Stove Top Drip Pans/Burner Pans

Now, we come to the last but not the least part of the stove top. Yup, this is the drip pans/burner pans. How to clean stove top drip pans/burner pans? Well, here is what you need to do.

  1. Soak the drip pans in very hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour white vinegar and wait for 30 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda and scrub it a bit into the crust.
  4. Let them stay for about 15 minutes or more.
  5. Rinse the drip pans with hot water.
  6. Repeat the process if you find there are still some crusts/stains left.
  7. Clean it with a towel.


How to Clean Electric Stove Top?

Cleaning electric stove, especially the stove top, needs some tricks to make the parts stay in a good condition. Here, the modern look of the electric stove is the coolest part of this kind of stove. So, a little tiny scratch can make this stove lose its artistic value.

Thus, how to clean the electric stove top? Well, there are two main parts of the electric stove top that we will discuss namely the coils and the glass. Here, cleaning the coils may be easier because you do not really need to pay attention to the aesthetic part. But, on the glass part, you surely need to be more careful because this one is the stunning one.

Now, let’s start with the cleaning coils.


Cleaning Stove Top Coil

How to clean stove top coils? Well, this should be an easy part of the electric stove. So, actually, you only need soap and water to clean the coils. But, still, if you don’t clean it for a long time, there will be more dirt, stains, crust, or whatever you name it.

To clean the stove top with coils, you need some great weapons such as a scrubby sponge, dish soap, water, baking soda, and a couple of towels. Those are the things you need to clean the coils.

Now, let us discuss the steps.

  1. Remove the coils. Here, you need to remove the coils from the stove to make it easier to clean.
  2. Use water and soap. Wipe it with a wet towel or clothes.
  3. Use a scrubby sponge. Sometimes, wiping out coils with textiles is not enough. So, you need the help of a scrubby sponge to rub the crust/dirt.
  4. Dry it with a dry towel or clothes.
  5. Reinstall the coils.


Quick tips and tricks

First, It is not recommended to soak the heating coils. Just stay safe because soaking may be harmful to the electronic parts. In this case, do the hand washing instead. Also, please read the manual first to see the possibility of other cleaning technique option.

Second, you can use baking soda and vinegar. It is a simple yet effective thing to do, especially for the coils that have not been cleaned for weeks. Here is the direction:

  1. Make a paste. Use this ratio: 3 baking soda and 1 water. Mix it until it becomes a paste.
  2. Coat the paste over the coils.
  3. Wait for about 15 minutes.
  4. Spray it with vinegar.
  5. Wipe out the dirt.

Alright, now, let’s move to the glass part.


Cleaning Stove Top Glass

Glasstop stove is the most satisfied yet difficult part to be cleaned in the electric stove. Have you ever imagined that there are some stains, scorch marks galore, and baked crust waiting for you to clean them? Well, this is what I personally call as a disaster.

Then, on the other side, you realize that cleaning the stove top glass is a must because you have to cook or prepare anything else every day. So, I hope that what I share here an help you a lot to deal with this problem.

So, how to clean stove top glass?


Cleaning stove top glass with baking soda and vinegar

You can use the combination of baking soda and vinegar.  This formula is well-known to deal with stains, dirt, and even crust. Here is the step as follows:

  1. Spray the vinegar on the glass. Use a towel or clothes to wipe out any dirt or debris on the surface. Sometimes, it is enough to clean all.
  2. Spread the glass with baking soda. Let it sit there for a while.
  3. Soak a towel or clothes with hot water.
  4. Cover the glass top with the wet towel. In this case, you may need more than 1 towel to cover all the surfaces. Let it be there for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the towel and scrub softly the glass until it clean.
  6. You may need a razor blade to help to clean the crystallized or hardened crust. Do it carefully like you are shaving your body.
  7. Polish the glass with vinegar. Just spray it and use a dry cloth to buff it.


Cleaning stove top glass with Clorox

The other formula you can use to clean it is Clorox. It is a chemical product that you can find easily around you. It is a powerful formula, so be careful and wear your latex gloves. Here is the step as follows:

  1. Clean the glass with a dishrag or any soft clothes you have.
  2. Use a razor blade to clean the dried and any sticky kinds of stuff that make your glass top stove dirty.
  3. Wipe out the surface once again.
  4. Pour some baking soda powder on the glass.
  5. Soak a towel or clothes with hot water.
  6. Cover the glass top with the wet towel. In this case, you may need more than 1 towel to cover all the surfaces. Let it be there for 15 minutes.
  7. Scrub and wipe out all the dirt. It helps you to lift the grease.
  8. Use Clorox as the final step. Mix ½ cup Clorox with one-gallon water.
  9. Soak a towel or clothes with the Clorox mixture and then wipe out all the debris and grease.

Well, that is all about cleaning stove top for both gas and electric stove. In brief, cleaning the gas stove takes more time because there are more parts in this stove than the electric one. However, everything has its pros and cons. So, do you have any other tips or tricks? Feel free to share it with us.