I’ve never been a fan of cleaning. I admit it.
And there’s some things I really despise. Like cleaning the bathroom. Yuck. Especially with three boys (four counting my husband.)
Cleaning my stove top used to be one of those cleaning tasks I dreaded. I couldn’t figure it out. Even the special stove top / cooktop cleaner didn’t work. It was so frustrating. And clearly based on reviews of cooktop cleaners, I was not the only one feeling defeated.
When my new Maytag stove arrived last fall, I was determined to keep it clean and beautiful looking. But good intentions don’t always work and it didn’t take long to get dirty.
It wasn’t until I went to the Whirlpool headquarters in November that I learned the secret.
The Secret to Cleaning Your Stove Top
It’s this handy little razor blade.
You need this bad boy to scrape off the grime. Literally. And it really works.
Get the metal razor blade. Plastic isn’t gonna cut it. And it doesn’t have to be labeled for “cooktop cleaning” – a regular ol’ razor blade for a couple dollars is perfect.
You’ll also need paper towels or a cleaning rag (that’s what we call it in our house), a cooktop scrub pad and cooktop cleaner. I tried going without the cleaner and haven’t found a good substitute. And this stuff costs what? $3 or $4 a bottle. It’s worth it.
The Second Secret
Ahh! Yes, this is a two step secret.
Clean your stove top when it’s warm.
Just like how it’s easier to wash dishes with hot water, the most-efficient way to clean your stove top is right after you’ve used it, when it’s still warm.
That being said, it might be ideal to clean your stove right after you’ve used it, but let’s face it – ideal isn’t often realistic. The kids need their baths, it’s bedtime, then before you know it, it’s the next day and you’re looking at a stove top with stuck on food.
Never fear, I’ve got a couple tips.
1) Clean the stove while your oven is turned on. Usually the stove top surface will be warm from that. It’s the perfect chance.
2) Disclaimer: I won’t recommend this to you because it’s kinda stupid. I’m just sharing what I do. If you try it, you do this at your own risk and I assume no responsibility if you burn yourself! You can turn on the burner for a couple seconds, then turn it off quickly, and scrub away. I do this often and it works well. But obviously I have to be very careful.
Here’s a close up at the before picture of my filthy stove top. Feel better about yours? I thought so.
Start by squirting on cooktop cleaner and scrubbing with the cleaning pad. Make sure you use the “approved” cleaning pad because the scrubbing back of your regular kitchen sponge can scratch the surface.
Some of the grime will come off, but not all. That’s where the razor blade comes in.
See the rings around my burner here? Water boiled over and we all know what a lovely mess that can make. This picture was taken after I had scrubbed it with the cleaner.
Look what the razor blade did:
You might be wondering if the razor blade will scratch up your stove top. Unless you gouge your stove top with the razor blade, it will not. Use it firmly and smoothly. It’s not hard and you’ll get a feel for it as you go. And the results speak for themselves.
You may need to go back and scrub some more with the cleaner and cleaning pad if the grime is really built up. When you’re satisfied with the results, wipe it clean with a paper towel and buff with a cleaning rag.
And with these tips, I was able to restore my range to its former sleek and shiny self.
And that, my friends, is the secret to cleaning your stove top.