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How to Clean Grimy Oven Knobs

How to clean oven knobs

Oven knobs are one of those overlooked kitchen tools that can easily become sticky and gross but are so easy clean! Oven knobs can get SUPER grimy if you’re an avid cook – sticky oil splatters and all. Luckily, with some vinegar and just 5 minutes of time, you can make those oven knobs look brand new again.

how to clean grimy oven knobs with vinegar

Why should you clean range knobs?

Besides the sticky build up from oil splatters and the fact that your hands aren’t always clean when you touch them, you run the same risk of cross contamination when touching range knobs that you do when touching your microwave keypad. To be safe, make an effort to deep clean your oven knobs regularly.

What do you need?

  • 3-4 cups of vinegar
  • Bowl large enough to contain all of your oven knobs
  • Spray bottle filled with 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, and a few drops of essential oil (for cleaning I recommend tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, or lavender)

How to clean oven knobs

  1. Remove knobs from your oven (most oven models have knobs that will easily pop off) and soak them in a bowl filled with white vinegar for 5 minutes
  2. Spray vinegar and water mix (or plain vinegar if you can stand the smell) onto your stove where the knobs once were and let sit for about 30 seconds to 1 minute
  3. Using a sponge or microfiber cloth, wipe away remaining grime
  4. Rinse the knobs under water with some dish soap then let them air dry completely before placing them back onto the oven

how to clean grimy oven knobs naturally without chemicals

Alternatively, I haven’t tried this but I read that popping those knobs in your dishwasher will get the job done just as well. I worry a little about the painted labels on your knobs rubbing off after a few times of doing this but if that doesn’t bother you then it might be worth a try!

While you’re at it, don’t forget to also clean the inside of your oven and if you have an electric stove – give those coils a clean as well!