How to Degrease a Stove Top
To someone who loves to cook, a clean stove top is like a blank canvas to an artist. There’s a real feeling of joy and endless possibilities when you can start cooking in a clean area. So don’t let spills and splatters mar that feeling. Keep this star appliance nice and clean, it’s really not that hard.
First and foremost, it’s important to get into the habit of cleaning grease splatters from the stovetop every time you cook. Fresh grease splatters are much easier to remove than hardened grease. Just follow this two-step process:
- Wet a microfibre cloth with warm soapy water and wring it out, then wipe the surface of the stove.
- If the grease has been sitting on the stovetop for a while, wet the spill first with a little warm water.
For tougher, baked-on grease stains, you may have to use a degreaser. Here’s how:
- Spray the degreaser on the stovetop, and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe away the grease.
- Don’t forget your backsplash! Make sure to clean any grease splatters off the wall and behind your stove as well.
Looking for a DIY degreaser alternative? We have two:
- White vinegar is a popular choice as the acid helps to dissolve and soften tough particles. However, vinegar doesn’t cut grease by itself the way a commercial product will. But it will soften up the mess and make clean-up relatively easy. Just give it a little soak time. Add 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water in an empty spray bottle and you’re good to go.
- Baking soda is a second option. Baking soda is an alkali, which means it is able to dissolve grease. Just mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 cup of water. Apply with a microfibre cloth to scrub grease and food particles from your stovetop.
To reduce the amount of grease splattering on the stovetop and hood, use a mesh splatter screen over pots and pans while you’re cooking. Available in most hardware and kitchen specialty stores, they really reduce the mess.