I've used a lot of elbow grease trying to get the inside of my oven clean, but cleaning daily splatters and spills on the stovetop? That's super easy. (Yes, really!) And I get slick, shiny results without special sprays. In fact, I have a bottle of spray that I never use; I find rubbing with a clean kitchen towel to be a far superior (and simpler) method. This is my basic routine.
How To Clean a Greasy Stovetop with Just Soap and Water
What You Need
- Sponge or cleaning cloth
- Dish soap
- Scrub brush
- Kitchen towel
- Gather your supplies: You only need a sponge or cleaning cloth, dish soap, a scrub brush, and a kitchen towel.
- Prep the stovetop: If you can remove the grates and knobs, do.
- Soak the knobs: Drop the knobs in soapy water and let them soak while you wipe down the stovetop.
- Get your sponge just right: Squirt a very small drop of dishwashing liquid onto a sponge or cloth. Wet, then squeeze out most of the water. You need some soap to cut the grease, but you don't want swimming pools of water dripping into crevices.
- Wipe and repeat: Wipe and scrub away the grease splatters and spilled sauces, rewetting and re-soaping your sponge if necessary. Repeat until the water from the sponge runs clear (no cloudy, greasy water, which can stick around). Then, with long strokes, wipe away the soap.
- Buff: Use a clean, dry kitchen towel to buff away the water streaks. If you have stainless steel, wipe in the direction of the grain.
- Keep buffing: Buff, buff, buff the shiny surfaces until they are streak-free, getting all water out of the corners.
- Clean the grates: Use a soapy scrub brush to clean the grates in the sink. (I don't do this every time I cook; maybe once every couple of weeks.) Rinse and let dry completely.
- Hit all the little details: Scrub the grease off of the knobs that have been soaking. Rinse and let dry completely. Wipe down the oven handle; grease lands there, too! Then replace the knobs and grates on the stovetop when dry, and you're done!
- You can also remove the gas burner covers, but I find that they're hard to clean (the intense heat must really solidify those stains) and not worth the trouble. Plus, I fear getting water where it doesn't belong near those clicking gas starters.
This is my method, but I realize it isn't perfect for every type of stove. What are your best tips? Any electric stove users have some advice?