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How to Clean a Stove: An Ultimate Guide

It is a daunting task to clean a stove. It is easy to clean the top surface, but there are many things that you cannot see. This article goes over how to clean your stove from top to bottom and all of the steps in between. By following these tips, you will have an easier time cleaning your kitchen appliances and preparing food for your family!

Clean the Stovetop

First, clean the stovetop with dish soap and a sponge. Get into all of the nooks and crannies to remove any food particles or dirt that may be stuck there. If your stove is stainless steel, you can use an abrasive cleaner in addition to standard dish soap. In between each knob on your stove (if they are removable), clean the area with a damp cloth.

Remove All of the Knobs to Clean

After you clean your stovetop, remove all of the knobs from it and clean in between them using a damp cloth. The space directly behind each knob may be difficult to clean - use an old toothbrush or similar tool to get into these areas for maximum cleaning! Look at our clean stovetop image to see the clean knob area.

Use a Damp Cloth to Wipe Down the Inside

Use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of each drawer and then clean out any food particles that may be stuck there as well. If you have an oven, clean it next by spraying cleaner on an old rag and scrubbing away the residue with it - do not forget between all of the knobs on the oven door.

Spray Cleaner on an Old Rag

If you are using a mixture of vinegar and hot water to clean your stove, start with the inside of your oven by spraying it onto an old rag or paper towel. Wipe down all surfaces that need cleaning until they shine brightly - do not forget around each knob! For any tough areas where there might be grease or grime, clean with a mixture of vinegar and hot water.

Use a Mixture of Vinegar and Hot Water

If you do not have an oven cleaner, simply spray the inside of your oven with vinegar and then wipe it clean once it evaporates (about five minutes). You can also use this method to clean out any drawers that may need cleaning in between their knobs.

Wipe Down Stove Doors With a Wet Rag and Dry

When your stove is clean, spray it with a kitchen cleaner to remove any grease or grime from around the oven door and clean off all surfaces using a damp cloth. Wipe down countertops, backsplashes, and inside cabinets as well. Finally, dust off all areas of your stove then wipes clean with a sponge or damp cloth. Your stove will be clean and shiny after following these tips!

Remove Grease and Grime From Around

After you clean your oven, wipe it down with a wet rag to remove any excess moisture then allow the area to air dry (do not use a fan or open windows that may bring dust in). Afterward, clean around the outside of your oven door using an old rag or paper towel.

Wipe Down Countertops, Backsplashes, and Other Elements

Wipe clean all surfaces and cabinets of your stove. Dust off the outside, and use a damp cloth to clean it as well! After cleaning the stove it is a must to clean the other nearby items to make the kitchen look beautiful.

Use an Old Rag or Paper Towel

Using an old rag or paper towel, clean the outside of your oven to remove grease and grime. This will help make sure that all surfaces are clean enough for cooking!


After following these steps you should have a clean stove ready to cook dinner on tonight!

If you have a clean stove, pat yourself on the back! You can clean your other appliances like this as well - it may take much longer but is definitely worth the effort to clean them all at once rather than washing and rewashing each one by hand.

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