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How to clean gas stove burners

Updated February 21, 2017

The burners on gas stoves often become caked with grease and dirt. They needn't stay this way , as cleaning them is a relatively fast fix. A couple of household staples and some old-fashioned elbow grease will have your gas stove burners looking brand new.

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  1. Turn off the pilot light in the gas stove. Most stoves have a switch that shuts down the pilot. Older stoves may require blowing out the flame. Be sure that all of the burners are shut off prior to turning off the pilot. Check the manufacturer's instructions for your stove if uncertain about how to turn off the pilot.

  2. Allow about 20 minutes of cooling time before proceeding with cleaning the burners. Some gas stoves have small flames that remain lit even when the burner hasn't been ignited, causing the burner and grates to become warm to the touch.

  3. Use a potholder just in case the burner and/or grates are still warm. Remove the dripping pans and grates from the burner. Prepare a sink full of hot water with a half cup of baking soda and a quarter cup of ammonia added to it.

  4. Place the dripping pans and grates in the baking soda and ammonia solution. Allow them to soak for about an hour. While they are soaking, turn your attention to the burners on the stove. Soak a sponge in the ammonia and baking soda solution and squeeze to rinse. Scrub the indentation of each burner on the top of the gas stove. Repeat as needed. Gently wipe any spills from the top of each flame element.

  5. Use the steel wool pad to scrub any stubborn stains and build up from the dripping pans and burner grates. Rinse and dry them. Dry the burner indentations on the hob, and replace the dripping pans and grates.

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Ammonia
  • Bucket
  • Rubber gloves
  • Steel wool pad
  • Sponge
  • Potholder

About the Author

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, N.H. She has authored five books and hundreds of articles and short stories. Her work has appeared various publications, including "Parenting," "Writer’s Digest," "Vacations" and "Discovery Travel." She studied at the University of Maine and later pursued her writing studies through numerous classes and workshops.

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