10 Simple Ways to Clean Gas Stove Grates

Use a Degreaser

Now you may think that Maura already stated she used a degreaser so why try again?  Now I don’t know from Maura’s post if she actually let the product sit for a while or not which is why I’d be remiss not to recommend it.  Huh?

You see, we are made to believe that powerful degreasers cut through grease and grime with one spray and one wipe (so says the commercials we see anyway) but that’s really not the case.  Degreasers do work, but as the saying goes ‘knowing is half the battle’ and many of us just don’t know how to use a degreaser properly.  What we are not overtly told (i.e. read the fine print if you dare), is that a degreaser needs to sit wet on a surface for a period of time before it actually works.  Your grease and grime isn’t any different from your neighbour’s who claims the same product works for them.  It comes down to the methodology of use!

Let me give you a comparison.  Think about an onion; we don’t cut it open and toss it in a greased skilled for 30 seconds, stir it around a couple of times and expect to have beautifully caramelized onions.   We know it’s a process, things need to happen and time needs to pass before we get our tasty onion reward.  The same goes for a degreaser, it takes time and proper technique to effectively get the job done.  So what does this look like?  Well, if you have a particularly greasy stove top, be very generous, spray the area liberally and ensure it’s wet for the duration of the soak time. If you do notice it starts to dry up, grab that bottle and re-spray the area.

The heavier the build-up, the more time the product needs to physically deteriorate the bond the grease and carbonized chunks have with the surface.  I recommend leaving it for at least 15 minute and don’t be shy, if you want to leave it on for 30 minutes go for it.

I know I have a habit of rambling, sorry, but I just want to make sure the degreaser situation has been clarified.

So having said that, my first recommendation would be to spray a degreaser on the grates and let them sit for at least 30 minutes, soaking wet, before scrubbing clean with a superfine steel wool pad (assuming the grates are enamelled or iron).  Superfine steel wool or a non-scratching scrub sponge actually, either is fine.  The key word here is non-scratching. If you don’t heed my warning you’ll see ‘spiderwebbing’, those very fine scratch marks that show up on surfaces from using an abrasive product.

If you want to use a store-bought degreaser the you can try any brand you fancy, I know the brands with citrus additives (i.e. orange or lemon oils) are the ones that I find to be particularly good with degreasing.  I’ve heard brands like Soft Scrub, Bam, Dawn and even some generic brand degreasers work.

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What Are Stove Grates Made From?

Yours are likely made from cast iron. Some have a porcelain finish which needs to be cared for well, since exposed cast iron can rust easily. Cast iron needs to be treated with care so make sure to avoid metal scouring pads and harsh chemicals such as ammonia.

Top Tip

Always dry your stove grates thoroughly before putting them back on your stovetop. If too much moisture stays on cast iron, it can rust.

How to Clean Gas Stove Grates with Washing Up Liquid

Although washing up liquid is a great degreaser, it’s not our favourite choice for stove cleaning if there’s burnt on grime. 

If you’re cleaning a stove that’s greasy but not completely caked in dirt, then washing up liquid does work well. 

Here’s our step by step for how to clean stove top burners with washing up liquid or dish soap. 

  1. Fill a bowl or sink with hot water and dish soap, and put the stove components in the water to soak for 10 minutes. 
  2. Take each component and a scrubbing brush or a Scrub Daddy and go to town with some hard elbow grease. Apply more dish soap if necessary. 
  3. Rinse each piece thoroughly and make sure it’s completely dry before putting it back together on the hob. 

Your Gas Stove Grates Will Be Grateful

I hope you enjoyed these cleaning tips and tricks. If you have any tips and tricks of your own, feel free to share them in the comments along with your personal experiences.

Regular grease splashes and food spills can make your gas stove messy in no time and if you’re someone who doesn’t tackle stains right away, this detailed cleaning guide is for you.

The household cleaning agents I listed above can help you clean the gas stove grates. And get their shine back quickly. Thanks for reading this article and sticking up till the very end.

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How to Maintain a Gas Stove?

Let me be honest with you. There’s no dirt or stain you cannot remove using my cleaning methods. However, I would still recommend you adopting some tips to maintain a gas stove from my blog. It will only help your appliance last longer with maximum efficiency. And it will keep you away from unpleasant circumstances.

10 Easy Ways to Maintain a Gas Stove

Get your gas stove serviced once in six months. In case of any overflows, wipe it immediately. Keep an eye on the burner flame. You must do the basic cleaning after every use. Deep clean your gas stove once a week (soak & scrub). Do not involve a knife in the cleaning procedure. Keep all the gas stove components always dry to avoid rust. Do not pour water on the gas stove directly. Keep the burner knobs clean as well. Avoid using too much water in the mixture.

How to Clean Gas Stove Pipes?

Most people tend to ignore this part. Cleaning the gas stove pipe is as pivotal as the other components. Let’s have a look at how you can do it conveniently.

1. Lemon Juice + water

Step 1: Pull a plastic bag and fill it up with water and lime juice. Step 2: Insert the pipe in it and let it rest for one hour. Step 3: Then, take the pipe and scrub it with a hard brush. You will be surprised to see how lime juice can remove stuck-on grease so comfortably. Step 4: Rinse it through clean water and then let it dry out naturally. Step 5: Once dried, wipe through with a clean cloth.

2. Vinegar + water

Step 1: Take a big bowl and prepare a mixture of vinegar and water. The mixture should have an equal amount of both. Step 2: Detach the pipe and immerse it in the solution. Step 3: Let it stay soaked in for 30 – 40 minutes. Step 4: Once you pull out the pipe from the solution, scrub it hard with a brush. Step 5: Rinse it through clean water and dry it. Step 6: If you still find any stains on it, you can repeat the process.

Other Easy Methods to Clean Your Gas Stove

If the good old soapy water and wipes don’t work on your gas stove, and you see the debris still sitting and staring at you, then here are 8 other ways to clean your gas stove.

1. Ammonia

Ammonia works wonders in cleaning the grates of your gas stove. Get some ammonia from a nearby pharmacy and soak the burners and grates overnight. Seal these in zip-lock bags before adding in the ammonia. Next morning, rinse them with water and watch the debris float away.

2. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

If you’re wondering about how to get rid of grease stains, try this. Layer your stovetop with a few sprinkles of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Give it a while to act and you’ll notice the pesky stains and debris breaking down. Just rinse with water, dry, and voila – your gas stove is spotless.

3. Water

If you don’t have any chemical-free alternatives lying around the house, try this technique. In a pan, bring water to a boil. Pour this on the areas that have stains and let it sit. Scrub using a sponge, a few drops of liquid soap and watch the stains disappear naturally.

4. Salt and Baking Soda

Take a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda. Mix them together and add water to make a fine paste. Get a kitchen rag and soak it in this paste. Clean the stove tops with this, scrub, and wipe well.

5. White Vinegar

White vinegar is a fantastic stovetop cleanser and works like a charm every time. If you want to wipe away caked-up stains and overflows without breaking a sweat, try this. Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of regular tap water. Spray this on the affected areas and wipe. White vinegar is acidic which loosens up the particles and helps them come off easily.  You can use this solution for glass stovetops too. If you don’t have white vinegar, you can try cleaning gas stove burners with vinegar of the regular kind (like apple cider vinegar) to compare the results.

6. Dish Soap and Baking Soda

Mix baking soda and dish soap in equal parts. Blend until you get a slightly foamy paste. Apply this mix to the drip pans and let it sit in ziplock bags for one hour. Scrub and put the pans back in place. They’ll be squeaky clean in no time.

7. Baking Soda and Lemon

Baking soda helps remove tough stains while lemon has antibacterial properties, acting as a natural disinfectant. When you combine the two, they work wonders to remove even the finest particles and caked-up messes. The solution won’t scratch glass stovetops. You can make it just by adding a handful of baking soda to the surface and cleaning the top with a lemon slice. Use a damp cloth to wipe away the stains after they loosen up and you’re done.

8. Razor Scraper

A razor scraper is your last resort when none of the above options works. Set it at an angle and carefully scrub the stains away. Rinse later, using any one of the blends mentioned above and they should go away. If any of the above solutions aren’t strong enough or aren’t working, try using a commercial oven cleaner. These work well with gas stovetops. Another trick you can try is pouring vegetable oil on the stains and scrubbing them by spraying a few drops of the commercial cleaning agent.

If you’re using a commercial oven cleaner, just apply and leave it overnight. And use the razor scraper, if the masses don’t go away after rinsing and drying. Repeat a few times to clean it up completely.

Tips for Cleaning With Ammonia

These handy tips can help you save money and keep you safe when using this potent ingredient.

  • Always read the instructions on the bottle carefully: Use and store safely. Dilute ammonia correctly. Learn how to handle an ammonia accident.
  • Use gloves when using it: Skin contact with ammonia can cause redness, pain, irritation, and burns.
  • Glass cleaner formula: Make an ammonia solution (5 percent to 10 percent by weight) by mixing 1 tablespoon of clear ammonia with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spritz it on and wipe it dry immediately with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Oven cleaning formula: To clean your electric oven with ammonia, warm the oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit while boiling a pot of water. Open the windows to ventilate the area. Put 1/2 cup of ammonia into an oven-safe, non-reactive bowl on the top shelf and put the container of boiling water on the shelf beneath it. Shut the door and let it sit for 8 to 12 hours. After the time has elapsed, open the oven door and let it ventilate for an hour before using a sponge, warm water, and dish soap to wipe away the loosened food particles. If you must use this method on your gas oven, make sure that the pilot light and gas lines are turned off.
  • Use in the laundry for regular stains: Soak stubborn stains on cotton, polyester, or nylon fabrics with a solution of 2/3 cup clear ammonia, 2/3 cup dish soap, 6 tablespoons of baking soda, and 2 cups warm water. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, then launder as usual. Never use ammonia on wool or silk. Never mix with bleach.
  • Use in the laundry for blood or grass stains: Pretreat with a solution of one-part ammonia to one-part warm water on cotton, polyester, or nylon fabrics.

How to Care for Stove Grates Daily

The above methods are good for deep cleaning which we recommend doing once a week or so. But what about keeping the grates clean daily? Here are our top tips.

  1. Clean with vinegar daily. Mix together a 1:1 ratio of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add some essential oils for a nice scent, if you like. Spray over your grates and let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping with a clean damp cloth.
  2. If you spill a liquid or food onto the grates, clean it up right away. It’s really easy for food to harden over the grates and be almost impossible to remove.
  3. Keep the stove grates dry. If they get particularly damp or wet during cooking, give them a quick dry with a towel. Make sure to do this after the vinegar spray method, too.
  4. Use a scrubby brush to loosen baked on food if you can’t remove it with just your fingers. Do this every evening as you clean your kitchen.
  5. Spot clean when you notice a nasty spot but don’t have time to deep clean. Dip a cleaning toothbrush in baking soda or salt and scrub the area. This will help lift the dirt or stain.

How to Clean Gas Hob Burner Caps – Final Thoughts 

We hope this post explaining how to clean gas hob burner caps has been helpful. 

Considering a range of different methods and cleaning products should help you find one that works for you and your household. 

At Clean and Tidy Living we like to use natural products wherever possible, but with ovens and stoves, mild cleaning agents might not cut through the burnt-on grease. 

As long as ammonia or oven cleaners are used safely and following manufacturer instructions, they can be a fantastic addition to a regular cleaning routine. 

Maintaining a clean stove can help your hob work at its best and even prevent fires when cooking. 

If you’ve enjoyed this post and are looking for some more cleaning advice, tips and how-to’s check out some of our other posts on the Clean and Tidy Living website. 

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