Much to my husband’s dismay (he’s the cook in our family), our little house did not come with a gas stove. We looked into routing a gas line to our kitchen but the price was too steep to justify, so instead we purchased a basic and super affordable electric stove/oven complete with old fashioned coils and drip pans.
Because it was our first time using an electric stove, I had to learn how to clean an electric stove top via trial and error – read below for my how-to.
Tools for Cleaning Electric Stove Burners & Drip Pans
HOW TO CLEAN ELECTRIC STOVE BURNERS
- Make sure all burners are turned off and cooled completely
- Grip the outer edge of the burner opposite of the socket, push the coil burner towards the socket then lift and pull away from the stove
- DO NOT get the electrical connection part wet or submerge the coil/burner in water
- Use a soapy sponge or cloth to scrub off residue then rinse with water
- For stubborn residue, create a paste from baking soda and water and scrub away
HOW TO CLEAN ELECTRIC STOVE DRIP PANS
- Lift the metal drip pans from the stove
- Wash with soap and water
- For stubborn stains, sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a sponge
- For extremely stubborn (impossible to remove) stains and burn marks, I suggest cutting your losses and buying a new set of drip pans (you can purchase for around $10 on Amazon)
HOW TO CLEAN ELECTRIC STOVE TOP
- Using a surface cleaner (I use a DIY recipe of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water), spray the stove top and allow the cleaner to sit for a minute before wiping up with a microfiber cloth
- Lift up the stove top – this works similarly to how you would lift and prop up the hood of your car
- Repeat the same process in step one for the area underneath the stove top
- For stubborn burn marks and oil stains, create a paste with baking soda and water then apply to the surfaces with a sponge
- Allow the baking soda paste to dry, then spray with vinegar/water and wipe up with a damp sponge
How Often to Replace Electric Stove Drip Pans
Unless you’re incredibly diligent about cleaning and caring for your drip pans, they will reach a point where they need to be replaced. You will likely need to replace your drip pans every 1-3 years (depending on use and upkeep) and replace your coils every 3-5 years (depending on wear and tear). Luckily it’s easy and relatively inexpensive to do so:
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