It’s almost impossible to make a meal without a bit of sauce or grease splashing onto the range. Fortunately, this is a relatively quick and easy cleaning job.
Remove Any Crumbs
Use your hand or a paper towel to get any loose crumbs or debris off of the (cool) stovetop before you begin cleaning. Sweep them into your hand or a dustpan to avoid having them land underfoot. Be sure that all knobs are switched securely to the off position before you proceed any further.
This doesn’t mean you have to head to the toolbox and grab a screwdriver. Your stovetop should come apart pretty easily. If you have a gas stove, the burner covers and drip pans are easily removable. You should be able to simply lift them off.
If you have an electric stove, you should be able to lift up the coils in order to remove the reflector bowls. If your stovetop lifts up, you can also remove the surface burners.
You can remove the oven knobs on your stove as well, in most cases. Just make sure you don’t accidentally turn the burners on as you pop them off.
Fill the sink with hot water (but not so hot that you will burn yourself!) and add a couple squirts of dish soap. Then put the burner cover, drip pans and any other parts in the water to soak for ten to 15 minutes.
Spray the surface of the stovetop with an all purpose kitchen cleaner or dip your paper towel in a mixture of one part vinegar, two parts water. Wipe down the surface, using your finger nail or a steel wool pad to scrub off any rough spots.* Do not use a knife or any other sharp object that may scratch the stove. Then use a rag or towel soaked in clean water to rinse off the surface.
*If you have a glass stovetop with painted burners, do not use steel wool over the burner markings.
Now that the pieces of the range have had a chance to soak, they may have come clean on their own. If not, scrub them with the steel wool pad until any debris is removed.
All parts of the range, with the exception of the surface burner if you have one, can be wiped dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel. To dry the surface burner, put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Be sure to use an oven mitt to take it out when it’s dry.
Replace the parts
This step is easy. Just put all of the parts you took off back where you found them. Then celebrate your newly clean stovetop, and make a vow to clean up spills as they happen from now on.