Grease on stovetops isn’t just an untidy look for your stove, it could also be a safety hazard if the grease on your stove starts to smoke or even catch and start a fire.
Cut through the burnt-on grease on your stovetop with ingredients already in your kitchen and less elbow grease than you might think.
Continue reading to learn more…
Tools and Materials
- Dish brush
- Baking Soda
- Dishwashing soap
- White vinegar
- Lemons or lemon juice
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Cleaning Gloves (optional)
- Essential oil (optional)
- Sprayer bottle (optional)
Prepping Your Stovetop
To prevent your hands from drying out, put on reusable cleaning gloves before starting to clean your stovetop. These latex-free Pacific Household Cleaning Gloves are functional and stylish.
No matter what method you choose to remove the grease off of your stovetop. First, take a warm, damp cloth or sponge and wipe down the stovetop grates and burner plates, removing all the excess grease. Try a soft and absorbent microfiber cloth or Lysol’s Odor-Resistance Scrub Sponges.
Next, remove your stove’s grates and burner plates and soak them in the sink in warm, soapy water.
Take the same or a new warm, damp cloth and wipe away excess grease from the stovetop. There’s no need to be pushing grease around your stovetop. It’ll just make your cleaning process arduous and time-consuming.
Finally, cover your gas stovetop’s heating elements with newspaper or an old grocery bag free of holes and secure with masking tape. This will prevent any cleaning solutions from getting into the heating elements of your gas stovetop.
Safe, Non-Toxic Methods for Cutting Through Grease on a Gas Stove Top
- Soap and Water
The old standby, warm and soapy water, is the obvious and easiest place to start. Soak a rag or a sponge in warm soapy water. Wipe down your stove top and your grates and burner plates. Use a dish brush to help scrub stubborn spots and stains. The Evriholder Scrub Brushes are economic and sustainably sourced with handles made of mildew-resistance bamboo. They also come in different sizes for whatever suits your fancy.
When finished cleaning, rinse your sponge or rag or grab a new sponge or rag to wipe off the soap from your stovetop and your grates and burner plates. Take a dry cloth to dry your stove top and your grates and burner plates.
For this method, you can choose to use straight vinegar or you can choose to dilute the vinegar with water in a 1:2 ratio. Feel free to add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to the mixture. Citrus scents work the best. Try Woolzies’ Pure Natural Citrus Blast Essential Oil gift set with lemon, grapefruit, and orange.
Take a sponge or rag and soak it in your vinegar solution or you can transfer the solution to a spray bottle and spritz the solution on your stovetop and grates and burner plates. Wipe down your stovetop, as well as the grates and burner plates.
This method is best used on the actual stovetop, but if you are able to, you can lay your stovetop grates over your sink and sprinkle with salt. Your burner plates can rest on a towel and then be sprinkled with salt. Sprinkle salt on your stovetop. Let the salt sit for about 10 minutes before wiping up with a warm, damp cloth. Rinse your grates and burner plates in the sink.
- Baking Soda
Mix baking soda with water to make a paste. You want the mixture to be easy to spread, but you don’t want it to run all over the place. Start by making a small batch and adding baking soda and water as needed to make more of the solution or to remoisten and loosen the mixture.
Smooth the baking soda paste on the stovetop and/or stove grates and burner plates. Let the baking soda paste fully dry. Once dry, take a warm, damp cloth and wipe off the vinegar paste. If needed take a dish brush and scrub at particularly stubborn spots.
When finished, take a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz your stovetop and/or grates and burner plates. The vinegar and the baking soda will react, fizzing and loosening the excess baking soda residue on your stovetop. Wipe stove top and/or grates and burner plates down with a warm, damp cloth, removing the vinegar and the last of the baking soda.
- Baking Soda (Version 2)
Take a warm, damp cloth and wipe down your stove op and/or your grates and burner plates. Sprinkle baking soda onto your stovetop and/or your grates and burner plates. Allow the baking soda to try. Take a warm, damp cloth and wipe away the dried baking soda. Take a spray bottle with vinegar and spritz residual baking soda, causing a fizzing reaction. Wipe away the vinegar and the left over baking soda.
Take either straight vodka or equal parts vodka and water. Feel free to add a couple drops of your favorite essential oil to add a scent to the mixture. You can either take a rag or a sponge and soak it in the solution before wiping down your stove top and your grates and burner plates or transfer the solution to a spray bottle. Working in small sections, spritz your stovetop and/or burner plates and wipe away with a clean cloth.
If all else fails, turn to soda. This effervescent beverage is strong enough to clean a corroded battery, so it’s sure to cut through grease. Pour Coca-Cola on harder to remove, burnt-on grease spots. Leave the soda to fizz and soak into the grease spot for roughly five minutes before scrubbing with a sponge or dish brush. Wipe down your stove top with warm, soapy water to remove soda residue and keep your stove from becoming sticky.
- Lemon Juice
One of the best natural cleaners you can use in your kitchen is lemon juice. For this method, you can choose to either take a whole lemon and cut it in half. Working in small sections rub the cut side of the lemon on your stovetop and/or your grates and burner plates before wiping away with a warm, damp cloth. When finished wipe down with soapy water and then rinse with a clean, damp cloth.
- Clean Magic Eraser
The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is great for all kinds of surfaces, stains, and stubborn messes and it’s so simple. Choose either the original or extra durable variety. All you need to do is take one of the Mr. Clean industry-leading Durafoam Magic Eraser sponges, dampen it with warm water and start scrubbing. Rinse your stove top and your grates and burner plates when finished to wash away any of the Magic Eraser’s excess cleaning solution.
- All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreasers
If you would rather just have a bottle of cleaner and degreaser that you can whip out and use, there are plenty of non-toxic and eco-friendly cleaners on the market.
A great place to start is with Krud Kutter Original Concentrated Cleaner/Degreaser. Its no odor formula and food safe certification makes it an obvious choice for cutting through grease. Feel free to dilute the solution with water to make it last longer.
Simply spritz your stovetop and your grates and burner plates with Krud Kutter. Allow Krud Kutter to sit and saturate the grease for up to a minute for easy to remove stains and up to five minutes for harder to remove stains. After the degreaser has been allowed to sit, wipe down your stovetop and your grates and burner plates. Use a dish brush to scrub stubborn grease spot.
Another great and cheaper option is Better Life Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. This clean is only about $6 per 32-oz. bottle and is safe for use around, kids, pets, and of course, food. This cleaner is free of dyes, synthetic fragrances, alcohol, bleach and sulfates.
Better Life’s Natural All-Purpose Cleaner is plant-based, never tested on animals, and scented with natural botanicals, meaning there are no harsh fumes when using the product. This cleaner also has the easiest instructions of any cleaner to follow. Simply spritz and wipe. For stubborn spots, allow the cleaner to sit on the grease stain. Use a dish brush to scrub stubborn spots.
Once you have removed all the grease from your stovetop and your grates and burner plates, remove the masking tape and covers from your stovetop’s heating elements. Place your burner plates back on their respective heating elements. Then, place the grates back on top of your stove.
Do keep messes from getting to big and to keep grease from becoming caked and baked on, wipe down your stovetop everyday with a warm, damp cloth or sponge.
When you make a big mess on your stove, let the stovetop, grates, and burner plates cool down slightly, but not completely. It’ll be easier to remove the stain or grease before it dries and hardens.
Again, take a warm, damp cloth and wipe down your stovetop. Feel free to use soap, baking soda, or any of the other materials mentioned above to help get out stubborn spots and stains
Cleaning Greasy Gas Stovetops
A clean stovetop is a simple and easy way to elevate the whole look and feel of your kitchen. Not to mention, nobody likes when old, burnt-on food that’s left on their stovetop starts to smoke and burn. It’s a safety hazard and a surefire way to put everybody off their food.
Try these methods and cleaners to get a spotless stovetop.