Cleaning a stove can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools and techniques, you can easily clean your stove without damaging it.
- Start by removing any large debris or food particles from the stovetop. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe down the surface.
- Next, use a stovetop cleaner specifically designed for your type of stove (electric or gas). Spray the cleaner onto the surface and use a sponge or scrub brush to gently scrub away any remaining dirt or grime. Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaner to avoid any damage to the stove.
- For tough stains, such as burnt-on food or grease, use a paste made of baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing with a sponge or brush.
- Finally, wipe down the stove with a clean, damp cloth to remove any remaining cleaner or paste. Dry the stove with a clean towel or let it air dry.
- For the oven, use a non-abrasive cleaner such as baking soda and water. Use a sponge or brush to apply the cleaner to the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry with a clean towel.
- Clean the knobs and buttons with a damp cloth, and dry them with a towel.
You can use several household ingredients to clean your stove, including:
- Baking soda: Baking soda is a gentle yet effective cleaner that can be used to remove stains and grime from stovetops, ovens, and drip pans. Mix baking soda with water to create a paste and apply to the area you want to clean. Scrub with a sponge or brush and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- White vinegar: White vinegar is a natural degreaser and can be used to remove grease and grime from stovetops and ovens. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the area you want to clean. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Lemon juice: Lemon juice is a natural cleaner that can be used to remove stains and odors from stovetops and ovens. Mix lemon juice with water in a spray bottle and spray the solution on the area you want to clean. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Salt: Salt can be used as a gentle abrasive to remove tough stains from stovetops. Sprinkle salt on the area you want to clean and scrub with a sponge or brush. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Soap and water: Soap and water can be used to clean stovetops and ovens. Mix a small amount of mild dish soap with warm water to create a cleaning solution. Use a sponge or cloth to apply the solution and wipe clean.
- Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda: Mix a small amount of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Apply to the area you want to clean and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub with a sponge or brush, and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
It’s important to note that not all stovetops and ovens can be cleaned with the same methods, so always check the manufacturer’s instructions before using any cleaning solutions. Also, test a small, inconspicuous area before applying to a large surface.