How to Clean a Gas Stovetop

By: Jennifer Hodorowicz How to | Affiliate Disclosure

Cleaning a gas stove, though different from cleaning an electric stove, isn’t hard to do—all you’ll need is a few household products and a little elbow grease to make your stove look brand new. Cleaning your gas stovetop should be incorporated into your weekly cleaning schedule, not just for aesthetics, but to keep the stovetop clear of any debris that could cause a fire hazard and to keep your stovetop from aging prematurely.

Anatomy of a gas stovetop

Before cleaning a gas stovetop, make sure you plan to cover these essential parts:

  • Stove grates—The stove grates are cast iron frames that pots and pans sit on during cooking. Gas stovetops typically have two to four grates that are removable for cleaning. Be sure to dry them thoroughly after cleaning to ensure they don’t rust or leave residue on your cooking dishware.
  • Burner covers—Also made of cast iron, burner covers are round disks that sit on top of the ports and cover the igniters. When removing these covers for cleaning, pay attention to where they fit size-wise on the ports. Burners must line up properly with the covers or they won’t ignite.
  • Ports—Located under the burner covers, ports are typically silver and round with notches around them. Since gas for the burners comes out of these ports, it’s important to keep them clean and clear of debris so that the gas flow isn’t compromised.
  • Ignitors—These are small metal or wire sticks in the port that create a spark that lights the gas and allows you to cook. Keep these dry and clear of debris.
  • Stovetop—A gas stovetop isn’t the cooking surface, rather the space in between each of the burners. You can keep this clean by wiping it down with a damp paper towel after every cooking session.

3 ways to clean a gas stovetop 

On a weekly basis, remove the parts of your gas stovetop to clean it thoroughly and keep it in good working condition. There are three household products that are often used to clean a gas stovetop: dish soap, baking soda, and white vinegar.

Here are a few safety tips before you get started:

  • Remember to never clean a stovetop right after cooking—Trying to remove the grates and burner covers may result in burns.
  • Be careful not to get the electric igniters wet when cleaning—The igniters won’t work when wet, and water may damage them to the point of needing to be replaced.   

Method #1: dish soap

A simple mixture of soap and water is one of the easiest and quickest ways to clean your gas stovetop.

Materials

  • Dish soap
  • Clean rag or paper towels
  • Mesh sponge
  • Small wire
  • Sink stopper

Instructions

  1. Plug your sink with a sink stopper and fill it with hot water. Add two tablespoons of dish soap to the water.  
  2. Remove the grates from the stovetop and soak them in the water for 20 minutes.  
  3. Scrub the grates with a mesh sponge to remove any baked-on food.  
  4. Spray the grates with warm water and then set them aside to dry. 
  5. Remove the burner caps and soak them in warm, soapy water.
  6. Scrub the caps with the mesh sponge to remove food debris and grease. 
  7. Once they’ve been scrubbed, spray them with warm water and set them aside to dry.  
  8. Examine the ports and remove any food particles using a small wire, such as a pipe cleaner or a straightened-out paperclip.
  9. Using a clean rag or paper towels soaked in soap and water, wipe down the stovetop and knobs, removing any food debris or spills. Be careful not to get the igniters wet when doing this.  
  10. For stubborn pieces of food stuck to the stovetop, use a plastic knife to scrape them off the surface. Never use a metal utensil, as it may scratch and ruin the finish of your stovetop.  
  11. Thoroughly dry the burner caps and grates so they don’t rust, and replace them on the stovetop.  
  12. Replace the burner caps on the appropriate burner, as misplaced caps will prevent the burner from igniting.

Method #2: baking soda

If you have some tough spots that you can’t clean with dish soap alone, try a baking soda and water paste to help lift those stubborn stains.

Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Soft scrub brush, such as a toothbrush

Instructions

  1. Follow steps 1–7 mentioned above to clean the grates and burner covers.  
  2. Mix a paste of equal parts baking soda and water in a bowl and set it aside. 
  3. After rinsing the grates thoroughly, coat them and the burner covers with the baking soda paste. 
  4. Let the grates and burner covers sit for 20 minutes. 
  5. Use a soft scrub brush to scrub the grates and burner covers, breaking up any caked-on food.
  6. Rinse the grates and burner covers with warm water to remove any remaining debris.
  7. Dry them thoroughly and replace them on the stovetop.  

Note: Do not use the baking soda paste to scrub the stovetop—it could scratch and damage the finish. Simply wipe down the stovetop with a damp paper towel or commercial cleaning product, like Lysol wipes.

Method #3: white vinegar

For another DIY stovetop cleaning method, try a solution mixed with white vinegar and water.

Materials

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels

Instructions

  1. Clean the stovetop grates and burner covers with soap and water or the baking soda paste.  
  2. For stubborn spills and burned-on food, mix a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle.
  3. Spray the stovetop with the solution and let it sit for 10–15 minutes.   
  4. Scrub the stovetop with a sponge.  
  5. Rinse the stovetop with plain water to remove the vinegar smell and any other residue.  
  6. Replace the stovetop burners and grates.

How to remove tough messes from your gas stovetop 

For those extra stubborn messes, such as burned-on food or grease, try one of these additional cleaning methods.

Materials

  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towel
  • Commercial oven cleaner
  • Sponge

Instructions:

  1. Mix equal parts water, white vinegar, and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray on the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Scrub with a sponge and rinse the solution off with water.

To remove streaks from the stovetop  

  1. Soak a paper towel in rubbing alcohol.
  2. Wipe the entire gas stovetop surface with the paper towel.
  3. Make sure the surface is entirely dry before lighting the stovetop, as rubbing alcohol is flammable. 

If your stains have sat for longer than a month, you may need to try a commercial oven cleaner. While these cleaners are typically used for cleaning the inside of an oven, they can be used for the stovetop, as well.  

  1. Make sure the area is ventilated before you start—open any windows and have the air conditioning running.
  2. Spray the oven cleaner onto the stovetop and let it sit for the recommended time outlined on the bottle.
  3. Wipe down the stovetop with a sponge.

Preventative maintenance for your gas stovetop 

The easiest way to keep your stovetop clean and in good working condition is to clean up spills as they happen. Here are a few additional tips to help you maintain your gas stovetop:

  • After cooking, spray your stovetop with vinegar and wipe down with a clean, moist cloth. 
  • Clean your stovetop immediately after spills to prevent them from hardening and becoming caked onto your stove’s surface.  
  • Regularly inspect burner covers and ports, removing food particles and oil residue.
  • Clean the stove at least once a week—this will prevent deep cleans with hot towels or commercial oven cleaners.

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