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How To Clean a Greasy Stove-Top With Only Soap and Water

July 6th, 2016

When it comes to cleaning a grimy, greasy stove-top that’s covered in caked-on stains and burnt-on mess, you’d be forgiven for assuming it will take 10 products, 2 hours and a whole lot of elbow grease to get the thing shining again.

Thankfully, we’re here to tell you that that’s not the case. You may feel like you need the latest, greatest, most heavy duty cleaner available in the cleaning aisle of your grocery store, but in reality, a little Palmolive, Dawn or Meyer’s goes a long way.

Read below to see how easy (and affordable) it is to give your stove the deep clean it deserves!

Materials You’ll Need:
Dish soap
Cleaning cloth/sponge
Scrub brush
Kitchen towel

1. If you are able to remove the knobs and grates from your stove-top, do so.

2. Before you wipe down the stove-top, toss the knobs into a bowl of soapy water and let them soak.

3. Take your cleaning cloth or sponge and squirt a small drop of dish soap onto it, and then wet it. Squeeze out the excess water into the sink.

4. Wipe and scrub at any grease stains and sauce spills, reapplying soap and water where necessary to create suds. (Tip: Do NO worry about any soapy residue yet; this will help to continually loosen the grime and grease while you scrub at other spots!)

5. Make sure to rinse the sponge out until the water runs clear, to ensure you’re not just spreading dirt around instead of actually getting the surface clean.

6. With long strokes using the wet sponge, wipe away any lingering soap residue, rinsing the sponge as you go. Really scrub at any lingering, crusted-on stains with the rough side of the sponge.

7. Buff lingering water streaks using a clean, dry towel; wipe in the direction of the grain if you have stainless steel.

8. Continue to buff surfaces until they are shiny and free of streaks.

9. Scrub the grates in the sink using a soapy scrub brush; rinse and dry completely.

10. Vigorously scrub the knobs which have been soaking; rinse and dry completely.

11. Wipe everything down… everything! Replace knobs and grates when stove-top is dry and viola! You’re done, and should have a sparkling stove-top.