How To Clean an Electric Stove

If you’re like me the phrase goes “once you go gas you cannot go back”. Growing up the only type of stove I ever used was gas. In my early-twenties I lived a short stint in two apartments with electric ranges but I don’t think I did much cooking at that time. Shortly after getting married my wife and I bought a nice starter home and I was very pleased to see a proper gas stove. After about 8 years we moved into our current home and we have an electric range.

Now, I’m no Marie Kondō with perfect cleaning habits and the whole run-down of organizational methods but I do like a tidy kitchen. And, If you’ve ever had an electric stove, particularly the ceramic cook-top variety, you know that the struggle is real.

Recently, my wife was cooking up batches of marmalades and jams and had a boil-over. While I wasn’t super excited to get cleaning I did see an opportunity to share my technique. This technique has worked wonders for me but your mileage may vary.

Below is my approach to cleaning ceramic cook-top stoves. With this technique I’ve had very good success in restoring even some of the most filthiest ranges.

Disclaimer: Use these techniques at your own risk, I am not liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with my recommendations. And please, use/wear proper personal protective equipment.

Step 1: Allow the Stove to Cool Down

We want to reduce our own personal risk of harm, so let that mess cool before attacking it. To some, this may sound counter-intuitive because some messes may be “easier” to clean up while hot. I’d rather error on the side of safe rather than sorry.

Step 2: Clear Any Loose Debris

This may sound obvious and it should. We want our work area to be as targeted on the hard stuff as possible. Take a rag (wet or dry) and give the stove a good once over to ensure that it is clear.

Step 3: Spray Problem Areas with Oven Cleaner

Spray Stove Cleaner

Pro Tip: Use the fume-free formulation.

Word of warning: If you have any stainless steel, aluminum or other surface/item nearby that will react with the cleaner (as we do) be sure to wipe them immediately with a moist towel to prevent damage from the cleaner.

This is one of the keys to getting the stove exceptionally clean. Spray, coat and re-spray until the area is coated with a nice bubbly white layer of cleaner.

Step 4: Wait

Set a timer for 5-20 minutes and let the cleaner do the work.

Step 5: Scrub, Scrub, Scrub

Scrub Stove

For this step, I prefer to use these Stainless Steel Scrubbing Scouring Pads. They really get the job done with little effort. I just run some warm water over the pad and scrub the surface of the stove in a circular motion. Do this until you think it’s either clean or not getting any better.

Step 6: Wipe with Paper Towel

Wipe Stove

Lets see how we did.

If we got everything and it looks good proceed to step 6; otherwise, you can repeat steps 3-5 and see if it gets any better.

If you’re like me and ran-out of oven cleaner or you want to try some other finishing techniques.

You can rinse the scouring pad and add some dish soap and give it a scrub.

You can also take out a razor blade and carefully scrape at the remaining stain.

I personally prefer re-spraying the stove because I feel that the cleaner makes it easier and is less error prone than scraping and scrubbing (as I have damaged this stove before with the razor blade).

Step 7: Final Wipe Down and Buff

For this final step I usually wipe down the entire stove with a moist towel and dry it off. And to finish it off I wet the surface with Cooktop Cleaner and dry and buff with a micro-fiber towel.

Clean Stove


I hope that this tip comes in handy so you too can have a super clean ceramic/glass electric stove.

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