A hotplate is one of the simplest cooking appliances available. It is made up of metal coils that heat electrically. Like the burners on electric stoves, hotplates can create smoke and foul odours if you try to cook with them when they are dirty. Check the surface of your hotplate before you start cooking to make sure it is clean.
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For maximum safety, unplug your hotplate before you begin cleaning it. An unplugged hotplate will not start to heat while you are cleaning it. Unplugging the hotplate also eliminates the danger of electrocution from handling a live appliance with wet hands.
Removing Spills and Particles
To remove spills of thick liquids such as pea soup or solid particles such as meat or vegetable residue, clean the hotplate with a slightly damp, old toothbrush. Clean the toothbrush as you remove particles until it is completely clean and you are cleaning the coils with only water. Clean spilt liquid with a lint-free cloth or a sponge. Check the hotplate to make sure the cleaning cloth or sponge does not leave behind fibres or pieces. If you see any fibres or pieces, remove them.
Cleaning Under the Coil
The coil of the hotplate is attached to a hinge that allows you to raise the heating surface and clean underneath it. Lift the coil and use a damp cloth or sponge to remove any spills or particles that have collected in the frame of the hotplate.
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