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How to Clean Stove Grates with Ammonia


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How to clean an enamel stove top

Enamel is a durable material, but if you have one of these stove tops, make sure you wipe up anything acidic that spills straightaway as it shouldn’t be left on the surface. We’re talking vinegar, tomato sauce, marinades, fruit juice and so on. 

Dish soap and water will keep the surface clean, but if you prefer to pick up a product from the supermarket, go for one specified for enamel stove tops and follow the instructions on the pack. 

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How to Clean Stove Drip Pans

Drip pans are often one of the most neglected parts of your stove. In fact, you may have forgotten about them until you saw this article or pulled your cooktop grates off to clean them! If you fit that description, check out this quick five-minute video below.

How to clean a glass top stove

Congratulations! Your cooktop is a little easier to clean thanks to its smooth top – no nooks and crannies for debris to fall into. To give it a thorough clean, let it cool first then use a cleaner designed for a glass stove top to get rid of any grease that’s built up. Make sure you apply it with a soft cloth – never use an abrasive cleaner on a glass stove top. When you’re done, rinse, then dry with a microfiber cloth. 

How to clean glass top stoves with baking soda

Like the idea of using natural cleaners on your stove top? If yours is made from glass, you can spray it with vinegar then wipe with a microfiber cloth for a speedy clean. 

For a more thorough clean, you can also use a combination of vinegar and baking soda. Spray the cool top with vinegar first, then sprinkle on the baking soda. Wet and wring out a soft cloth and lay it on top and leave for around 10 minutes. Remove the cloth then wipe the stove top with a microfiber cloth. Spray it with vinegar again, and use a new clean microfiber cloth to wipe and buff it. You’ll need to repeat until all the residue is gone.

If there’s burnt-on residue on your glass stove top, get yourself a scraper designed for glass stove tops like the one in the HG Glass Stove top Cleaner

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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 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 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. 

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.