The Ultimate Guide to Maintaining a Sparkling Stove Top with Everyday Household Items

March 20, 2024 • Jamie Dorman

Clean up those splatters, spills, spots, and stains covering your stove top to reveal a sparkling kitchen appliance that looks as good as the food you cook on it. Why, oh why does everything from water to waffles and soup to sauce have to pop out of the pan and make their mark? The best way to keep it as clean as a whistle is to wipe off the spills and splatters right after they happen. If you don’t, food and funk can build up and create cruddy layers of cooked-on messes and take more time to clean. Who has time for that? Plus, if you wait too long, they might just make themselves right at home...forever! But don’t fret. Toss out those harsh chemicals and cleaners that stink up the whole house. We have you covered with fresh-smelling natural solutions to maintain a sparkling stove top with everyday household items. Not only are they better for you, they are friendlier for the environment.

Whether you have a gas stove or an electric stove, these tried and true tips will have you whistling your way to a beautiful stovetop. Before moving on, it is a good idea to please refer to your owner's manual for the dos and don'ts of cleaning your oven model.

TikTok Takes Lemon Juice & Baking Soda To A New Cleaning Level

Once a grandma’s solution for cleaning glass top stove successfully is now a viral TikTok cleaning hack. All you need is a lemon, baking soda, a sponge, water, and a towel. This hack is so safe you don’t even need rubber gloves! First, generously sprinkle baking soda to cover the entire stovetop. Next, squeeze the fresh lemon juice on top of the baking soda. As the two ingredients magically fizz, take a sponge and scrub the mixture around. Take a clean sponge with warm water and remove the mixture. Finally, take a dry towel and wipe all the moisture away, revealing an incredibly clean stove top. And you get a nose-friendly bonus. The kitchen will smell lemony fresh!

Boiling Water Melts Cooked On Crud

If you’re in a pinch, you don't have a glass stove top cleaner solution, and you need to clean up in a jiffy, get out the kettle and boil some good old-fashioned H2O. Pour it carefully and gradually over the stovetop. The heated water will magically melt the cooked-on crud. Wipe with a clean sponge and paper towels, and voila, your stovetop is back to beautiful. Keep in mind that you should wipe away grease and spills after each use to avoid oils and spills accumulating, causing stubborn stains.

Baking Soda and White Vinegar Breaks Down Grit and Grime

Baking soda and white vinegar are two pantry staples that are natural household cleaners that never disappoint. With the right combo of elbow grease, and these two powerhouses, you’ll have your stovetop in tip-top shape in no time. The gentle abrasive texture of the baking soda helps lift grit and baked-on food, while the acidic nature of the vinegar removes oil and grease. Simply make a loose paste with baking soda and vinegar and apply it to your stovetop. Allow the duo to sit for five to ten minutes. Use a sponge or paper towel and, using circular motions, scrub the area. Take a clean, damp, lint-free towel and remove the mixture. The results are amazing. No white vinegar? Apple cider vinegar is a great sub.

Cleaning Grunge Covered Gas Stovetop Grates

Gas stoves feature grates that usually sit above the flame, allowing you to use traditional cast iron skillets and pots and pans that would scratch and damage a flat or glass oven top. One of the great things about these removable grates is that you can fill the kitchen sink with natural cleaning solutions and hot water and soak them while you clean the stovetop. A mixture of baking soda and vinegar is a grease-busting combo for greasy grates. Use a stiff brush or sponge to scrub them clean. Allow them to air dry before returning to the stove. Always refer to your owner's manual for cleaning advice and dos and don’ts.

Lemon Lifts Grungy Gas Stove Grates

If the grunge on your gas grates is thicker than you thought, a lemon is ready to come to your rescue. Cut it in half and rub it directly up and down onto the grates. The citrus has cleaning properties that break down the grease and oil. You can use this method either as the first step to loosen the dirt before soaking in the sink or the final step to remove lingering leftovers. Put the used lemon into the garbage disposal for a refreshing fragrance.

Table Salt & White Vinegar Breaks Down Dirt

Everyday table salt has many hidden talents. This tasty, inexpensive pantry staple ingredient isn't just reserved for chips and dips. It is also a natural antibacterial and has been used for household cleaning tasks since the beginning of time. Get that salt shaker out and mix a generous amount with hot water, a splash of white wine vinegar, and create a thin paste. Cover your stovetop with the mixture and allow it to break down the dirtiness for 15 to 20 minutes. Using a clean, damp towel, wipe away all the grease, stains, spills, and smells. If you don't have vinegar, replace it with lemon juice for wonderful results.

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