How to remove baked-on grease from a stove top

Updated March 29, 2018

Anyone who cooks at home has faced the problem of grease build-up on a hob, backsplash or hood. With regular cleaning, grease can be manageable, but often grease is left on surfaces for long periods of time. This can lead to layers of baked-on grease, which can be difficult to remove without significant effort. Luckily, with a few basic items, it is easy to remove even baked-on grease from your hob.

Using a spatula, scrape off any hardened or crusted grease from the hob.

Add a few drops of detergent to hot water, and dip the rag or sponge into the solution.

Wipe down the entire hob with the hot, soapy water, going over the surfaces several times until the grease begins to loosen.

Apply baking soda or kitchen spray directly to the hob, and use the rag or sponge to scrub vigorously at the built-up grease.

When the heavy-duty layers of grease have been removed from the stove, go over the hob again with the hot soapy water, making sure that the surfaces and crevasses are all clean.

Finally, rinse your rag or sponge in clear, hot water, and use it to rinse down the hob.

Dry the surface of the stove with a soft cloth or rag.


If you have a porcelain hob, do not use baking soda for stubborn stains, as it can scratch the finish. Instead, use an anti-grease kitchen spray.

Things You'll Need

  • Spatula
  • Sponge
  • Rags or cloths
  • Baking soda
  • Dish detergent or kitchen spray
  • Hot water
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Ashley Friedman graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Social Sciences. She has experience writing copy for the websites of creative professionals, and regularly contributes to several blogs covering popular culture, travel, food, and social action.