How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods?

By Ebony Porter, March 7, 2017, Family, Green

Welcome to Green Cleaning Solutions from Bounce Energy! In this series, we will share our best practices, favorite tips, and homegrown cleaning recipes – all designed to keep your home clean using environmentally friendly products and methods. We’ll help you skip the gadgets and toss the harsh products by embracing cleaning practices that use items you likely have in your possession already. And you might even save money by creating your own cleaning supplies and keeping it simple!

We turn our green cleaning this month to the visual center of the kitchen and a very important appliance, the stove top. If there is one area of my kitchen that I need to sparkle besides the sink, it’s this.

How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods? | Bounce Energy Blog

We cook every day on our stove top, and it collects grime faster than any other surface besides cutting boards. Water and oil splashes out of pots and pans, and leave their mark all across the top. Cake batter dripped on accident tends to bake onto the stove top. To save from having to scrub with extra ‘elbow grease’ further down the line, it’s a good idea to keep the stove top clean weekly, and save that extra build up of grime.

Whether you use a range cooking appliance, one where the stove and oven is built into one, also known as a “slide-in unit”, or a stove top, where the cooktop sits entirely on top of the counter and is separate from your oven, they are going to get filthy in the kitchen of those who love to cook.

How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods? | Bounce Energy Blog

The problem with most stove top cleaners is they are loaded with toxic chemicals. You certainly don’t want to use them in a closed in space, and you definitely want to avoid using them around children.

How can you clean the top naturally? Check out these tips to keep your stove top safe and clean, while nurturing your home and environment.

1. Water for Most Surfaces

How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods? | Bounce Energy Blog

From smooth glass induction cooktops to electric or gas enamel stoves, a simple wipe down with a wet sponge will clean off any food debris, and give your stove top a quick clean.

For stainless steel stove tops, be careful not to allow too much water to sit, as it could rust the metal. Give a final wipe with a dry microfiber towel, or a soft cotton rag.

2. Cleaning Your Enamel Stove Top

How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods? | Bounce Energy Blog

Begin by wiping off the food debris. Sprinkle table salt all over, then a splash of white vinegar. Follow it up with baking soda, and rub all ingredients into a paste. Allow it to sit for as long as possible. If your stovetop is a real mess then let it soak longer. Rub with the rougher side of a two sided sponge and see the grime disappear!

Another all natural, simple recipe, that includes an essential oil for your stove top, is to use baking soda, water and lemon oil. The lemon oil not only adds a fresh citrus scent, but has been shown to be a natural degreaser. Using about 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1/8 cup of water, make a paste. Add 4-5 drops of lemon oil and rub onto the surface. The baking soda gives it that abrasive texture it needs to rub right off .

3. Cleaning Electric Stove Top Burners

How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods? | Bounce Energy Blog

If you’re cooking with electric as opposed to gas, then you’ll know that sometimes soups and oils over boil onto the electric plate. Overtime this gets gunky and funky, and even begins to stink when you fire up the plates.

Wait until the burners have completely cooled, and gently remove them from their connectors. Place them into the sink, and wash with warm water and soap. For those hard to remove food spots, take baking soda (it really works miracles!) and make a paste with water. Work to remove the spots and bring the burner back to a clean, smooth surface.

4. Glass Stove Top Shine

How Do I Keep My Stove Top Clean with Green Cleaning Methods? | Bounce Energy Blog

Getting that glass stove top back to it’s show room sparkle is possible! Don’t be lazy with cleaning it either, as over time you can chip your glass if it’s not properly cared for.

First, you’ll want to make sure that the oven is cooled, and remove the food debris. Next, mix a solution of one part vinegar, two parts water. Spray on and wipe off with a micro fiber towel. The vinegar cuts through tough grease, but will also leave the glass top shining like brand new. Wipe down with a micro fiber towel, and bring that shine back.

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Born in Australia, Ebony has been in Texas long enough to consider herself a Texan-Aussie. Ebony has been writing for magazines, newspapers, and blogs, for more than 10 years. When she's not writing she's building quilts, growing her own food, or camping with her family somewhere far from the sounds of the city.

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