Stoves are an essential part of your home. Cooking food in a gas stove is a childhood memory for many of us, and gas stoves continue to be used today as a popular and versatile piece of kitchen equipment. However, these gas stove top burners often get overlooked when it comes to your regular kitchen cleaning. It’s easy to take a swipe over the top of your oven, but how often are you going underneath and inside of your stove top burners? Probably not nearly enough. You add more dirt and dust to your oven every time you cook, whether it’s residue building up underneath the gas stove tops from the burners or dirt and food grime caking up and molding underneath your burners. Dirt piles up quickly when you cook (as you probably know) but what you might now know is just how dangerous that dirt can be!
What’s The Problem with Gas Stove Top Dirt?
Those food residues and remains are a danger for a number of reasons. Primarily, dirt is a hygiene hazard. It doesn’t quite build up your immune system like the old wive’s tale says- in fact, that residue can cause fire safety issues and other health concerns. It can also cause electrical or fire hazards; the build up can hold onto grease or oils that are more likely to catch fire when you next light them and could spread quickly, creating an electrocution and smoke hazard. That dirt is also a health hazard: old food harbors a number of bacteria or other germs that might disease or damage your cooking and the people who eat it. Solving those problems can vastly improve your family’s cooking and food safety, getting things back to normal again. here’s where we come in handy, and show you how to clean your gas stove top and burners.
What’s the Solution to Gas Stove Top Dirt?
When it comes to gas stoves, you may find it hard to know exactly where to start. There’s a lot of contradictory information out there about the best way to clean stove tops, but you never know what to try first! We’ve put together the best methods here to help you prevent short and long term gas stove dirt.
To start out, it’s very important to regularly wipe down your gas stove tops every time you cook. By immediately tackling any spills or dirt build up, you eliminate the possibility of grime building up over time, and save yourself the harder cleaning that comes with grease and dirt buildup. However, there are also plenty of solutions to removing all degrees of dirt and grime from your stove. We’ll walk you through some time tested natural techniques for dirt removal as well as some advice for heavy-duty stains you just can’t seem to get rid of.
Natural Remedies to Gas Stove Top Dirt
Gas stove tops seem to be a magnet for attracting dirt and all kinds of gross material, which makes being able to clean it well a top priority. However, it’s important to use the right ingredients when you’re cleaning. Regular or highly chemical cleaning products might trigger a chemical reaction which could stain your oven top, ruin the coating, or cake your burners in chemical residue that lights on fire or explodes when you use your burners next, so it’s best to turn to natural remedies first to avoid the risks associated with cleaning with heavy chemicals where you cook.
- Plastic Cleaning Gloves
- Lemon juice
- Microfiber cloth
- Baking Soda
- White Distilled Cleaning Vinegar
Clean Grates and Burner Caps: Fill your sink half with warm water and half with vinegar. Make sure to have enough water to completeley cover the grates and caps when you put them in the sink. Then, remove the grates and burner caps from the stove and place them in the water to soak. This will help soften any food stuck on them. Let it sit for around 30 minutes, and remove the grates and burners from the sink.
Rinse the sink, make a thick paste of water and baking soda, Coat the grates and burners in the paste allow to sit for around 20 minutes, use a toothbrush/scrub brush to remove any remaining food or grease.
Spray Down the Entire Stovetop Surface:
Spray distilled cleaning vinegar all over visible dirt on gas stove tops. Let the vinegar sit and soak for around fifteen minutes.
Wipe Away Vinegar: Use a dry microfiber cloth to remove the vinegar (and hopefully most of the dirt) from your stove top. Apply force to difficult stains.
Add Paste: For especially difficult stains, you can create a cleaning and bleaching powder paste that’s made from all-natural ingredients that pose no threat to your health. Mix baking soda and lemon juice and apply to remaining grime. Once the mixture is applied, let sit for an hour or so to settle.
Scrub Paste Away and Wipe Down:
Once your paste has set, use an old toothbrush to scrub the paste away, focusing especially on corners and crevices you might regularly be missing when doing a quick cleaning. Wet a microfiber cloth and wipe remaining residue away until your stove top is sparkling clean.
Heavy Duty Cleans
For stove-tops that are especially dirty, it’s time to break out the big guns. Bar Keepers Friend is a powerful powder cleanser that’s designed to clean and polish the most disgusting and tightly bound of all stains. An all-purpose home cleanser that can handle cook tops, porcelain, fiberglass, stainless steel, and more, this is an all-purpose solution to your cleaning woes.
- Plastic Cleaning Gloves
- Bar Keepers Friend
- Toothbrush/Steel Wool Pad
Remove Grates: Remove the grates and burner caps from your stove and place them in your sink. Put the grates directly in your sink so you can wash them without making a mess anywhere else in your kitchen.
Make sure to wear gloves to avoid direct contact with the cleaning spray, especially if using one with strong chemicals.
Clean The Grates: Coat the grates with an degreasing cleaning spray and let it sit for 25 minutes. This helps break down grease and grime so you have an easier time cleaning them. After 25 minutes scrub any remaining grease with a toothbrush/steel wool pad and rinse.
Dust Down Entire Stovetop Surface:
Sprinkle Bar Keepers Freind powder all over visible dirt on gas stove tops. Spray with water and let sit for around ten minutes.
Scrub Paste Away and Wipe Down:
Once your Bar Keepers Friend has set, use a wet sponge/cloth to wipe the grime away. You’ll be amazed at how even the toughest of stains falls away with ease.
Though these cleaning solutions might feel far too easy to work, they’re proven to succeed. Take on the gunk and grime of oven cleaning with ease and enjoy a clean gas stove top that sparkles as you cook.
Thank you for this great article, not only how to clean a gas stove but the dangers of not cleaning it! When I was a young bride in my first apartment, I was cooking and my stove caught fire! The flames went right up the wall but luckily we had a fire extinguisher so no real damage was done. The fireman told me it was caused by a build-up of grease under the stove lid. Lesson learned! I love the use of all-natural ingredients as well. Thank you for posting!
Hi and thank you for taking time to comment on my post. Most people don’t think about the dangers of buildup in any kitchen appliance that they use to cook until its too late. We are here to make people aware so that they know just how important stovetop cleaning is.