How to Clean Electric Cooker Rings

Updated February 16, 2017

The coils on an electric range are fairly simple to clean because most food debris simply burns off during the cooking process. Don't submerge the coils in water or get them excessively wet, advises Whirlpool, because you may damage the electrical parts. Keeping the dripping pans underneath the electric coils clean requires a bit more maintenance because food spills and juices that collect there harden with exposure to heat.

Wipe the electric rings on your stove with a damp cloth when they are slightly warm to remove dirt and debris. The electric rings stay fairly clean because food burns off during cooking.

Pull the coils gently out of their sockets and set them aside. Remove the dripping pans underneath the coils to wash them.

Fill a sink with warm water and add 1 squirt of liquid dish soap. Wash the dripping pans in the soapy water, using steel wool or a nylon scrub brush to remove debris.

Soak a paper towel with ammonia and place it over encrusted dripping pans. Wait 30 minutes while the ammonia softens the food debris. Rinse the pans and wash as previously directed.

Dry and replace the dripping pans on the stove. Gently insert the coils back into the sockets.


Don't use abrasive cleaners or steel wool to clean glass or ceramic range tops. These products may scratch the surfaces. Occasionally, food spills may run out the holes in the dripping pans into the top of the oven. Open the oven top to wipe out these stains.

Things You'll Need

  • Cloth
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Steel wool or scrub brush
  • Ammonia
  • Paper towels
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Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."