How to clean burnt grease on a stove top

When your hob is showing the evidence of hamburger spatters or spaghetti sauce splotches, do some damage control to remove the grease. Clean burnt grease on a hob to keep your stove sparkling. If you remove the grimy grease before it hardens, it will not be as difficult to clean. You will have an easier time maintaining your hob.

Apply white vinegar to the areas with burnt-on grease and allow it to sit on the stains for 10 minutes. The vinegar will start to dissolve the grease.

Wipe the hob with a cleaning cloth, rubbing the greasy areas with the cloth.

Spray the hob with the degreaser and use the nylon scrubber to work at areas where the burnt grease remains. Wipe off the degreaser with paper towels when you finish scrubbing.

Make a paste of equal parts baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stubborn grease areas and work it in with a cleaning cloth or the nylon scrubber. Wipe off the baking soda with a damp cloth.

Remove dripping pans, if applicable. Fill the sink with hot water and add dishwashing soap. Wash the dripping pans, scrubbing them with the nylon scrubber, if necessary, to remove any burnt-on grease. Rinse the dripping pans with warm water and dry them.

Cover dripping pans with aluminium foil to prevent grease from burning on them. Change the aluminium foil when it becomes soiled.

Wipe the hob dry with a towel to prevent streaks.


Clean greasy stains promptly to make them easier to remove.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Spray degreaser
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Baking soda
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Dishtowel
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