How to clean your gas stove in 8 steps

The stove is the most difficult kitchen appliance to clean, especially if it is gas. Indeed, unlike an electric one, it has a grate made of heavy cast iron, burners that periodically clog up, and handles that get dirty very quickly with grease. Stationary gas stoves also have an oven and drying cabinet, back shield or cover. From this material, you will learn how to clean your gas stove at home from grates to buttons, as well as how to make cheap and super-effective DIY cleaning solutions..

8 steps to clean your gas stove

Before starting the general cleaning of your gas stove, turn off the gas supply valve, disconnect it from the electricity if the electric ignition function is available, put on rubber gloves and follow our step-by-step instructions.

  • Gas stove before cleaning Before cleaning
  • Gas stove after cleaning After cleaning

What you need:

  • Vinegar 9% (for cleaning the table, body and stove handles);
  • Ammonia or soda (for cleaning grates and handles);
  • Dishwashing liquid;
  • Plastic bag (for cleaning the grids with ammonia);
  • Brush;
  • Hard side sponge;
  • Rags or paper towels;
  • Basin;
  • Toothpicks (for cleaning crevices);
  • Paperclip, pin, or needle (for cleaning burners).


Step 1. First, let’s start cleaning the grates – the most problematic part of the gas stove. Remove them and use a scraper to scrape off food pieces, grease and carbon deposits in the corners. Next, choose one of three cleaning methods:

  • Method 1. How to clean the grate of a gas stove with soda. Dissolve half a glass of baking soda with water to form a pasty consistency. Coat each grate with the resulting product, paying special attention to the corners and joints, and then leave them for a few hours (during this time, proceed with the next cleaning steps described below). After such treatment, it will be much easier to remove grease and carbon deposits from cast iron. However, you will have to tinker a little with old dirt, using the hard side of the sponge, detergent or ammonia.
  • Method 2. How to clean the grate of a gas stove with ammonia. According to most reviews, this is the most effective method. Dampen a sponge with ammonia and simply cover every inch of the grate with it. Then put it in a plastic bag, tie it up and leave it for a couple of hours or more (at this time, proceed to the next steps of cleaning the stove). Finally, rinse the wire rack with dishwashing liquid and remove any loose grease and carbon deposits with a sponge..
  • Method 3. How to clean the grill of a gas stove with soapy water. Grate about a quarter of the laundry soap, dissolve the shavings in hot water (5-7 L) in a basin or sink and leave the grates to soak for several hours. After that, rinse them clean with dishwashing liquid, if necessary, treat difficult places with ammonia.

Soaking the grates of the gas stove

Soaking the grates of the gas stove

Keep in mind that washing cast iron grates in the dishwasher is not only not very effective, but also not good for cast iron. After all, after such a long stay in water, it will certainly be covered with rust..

Step 2. Also remove the burner covers and soak them for a while in a basin with hot soapy water (can be folded into the same basin where the grates are already soaked).

Burner covers

Step 3.Using a dry brush or paper towel, remove crumbs and any other surface contamination from the cooker.

Removing crumbs

Step 4. Let’s deal with the burners: remove them, wipe with a damp cloth and make sure that nothing is interfering with the gas flow. If necessary, clean the holes with a straightened paper clip (pin / needle) and replace the burners..

Cleaning gas stove burners

Step 5. Spray generously a solution of water and vinegar, diluted in a 1: 1 ratio, onto the stove body using a spray bottle. Do not forget to spray vinegar on the handles (if they are not removable), the control panel, the back of the stove, the oven, if you have one. Let the product work for you for a minute or so. Next, wipe the stove with a clean rag or paper towel..

Vinegar treatment

By the way, if the body of your stove is white, then you can sprinkle it with baking soda after processing with vinegar. The resulting mixture will act on fat and carbon deposits even more effectively, however, it will leave behind a white coating that will not be so easy to wash off. That is why washing the stove with a mixture of vinegar and soda is not recommended for owners of silver, black and other colored models..

Step 5. Soaking the stove in a vinegar solution will help remove most stains. However, in order to clean out old oily deposits, you should additionally work with one of the following products:

  • Dishwashing detergent;
  • Ammonia;
  • Ammonia.

Vinegar treatment - the result

Cleaning with soap and a brush

Apply the product to a small brush (a toothbrush is perfect!) And start brushing localized dirt with small circular motions.

Step 6. Separately, you should stop at the stage of cleaning the handles of the gas stove and the electric ignition button, which are so difficult to clean due to their small size, the existing cavities and crevices clogged with grease.

  • If the handles are removable, remove them and soak for several hours in a solution of equal parts vinegar and water or in a hot solution of grated laundry soap. If, after such treatment, old fat is still not removed, treat difficult areas with a solution of ammonia and water (1: 1), let the alcohol work for 5-10 minutes and wipe the handles clean.
  • How to clean the handles of a gas stove if they cannot be removed? The principle of operation is simple: treatment with solutions “vinegar + water” or “ammonia + water”, soaking for 10 minutes, cleaning with a toothbrush in a circular motion. The slots should be cleaned with a toothpick..

Vinegar treatment

Step 7. If your gas stove has an oven, now is the time to clean it as well. Follow our step-by-step guide to get it done efficiently and correctly..

Step 8. Return the clean grates, burners and their covers to their place, make sure that the alcohol has evaporated (if you used it) and check the operation of the stove.

Clean gas stove