These expert-approved tips will help you keep your stovetop squeaky clean.
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If you ask the average person, cleaning the stovetop probably won't score too high on their list of chores. Nevertheless, keeping the stove clean not only contributes to the look and feel of your kitchen, but also ensures your cooking surface stays hygienic and prolongs the life of your appliance. While certainly cumbersome, there are straightforward, fail-proof ways to clean the stovetop. Just keep the following expert tips in mind:

How to Clean a Stovetop

Prepare the surface.

If you're cleaning a gas stove, don't forget about the grates and the accessories. "Begin by removing the grates on your stove and placing them in an empty sink. If possible, remove the knobs and the burner covers as well," says Becky Rapinchuk, founder of the cleaning advice website Clean Mama and the author of the upcoming book Clean Mama's Guide to a Peaceful Home (Buy it: $16 on Amazon).

Reach for the soap.

For electric stoves, Bailey Carson, Head of Cleaning at Handy, a platform for cleaning and handyman services, likes soapy water. Use a cloth with warm water mixed with dish soap," she says. "If you find that the stove has a lot of stains that a quick wipedown won't fix, sprinkle some baking soda, let sit for about 20 minutes, then clean with a sponge or melamine foam."

Have a gas stove? The same trick applies. "Fill a bowl or container with warm water and a squirt of dish soap," says Rapinchuk. She also recommends a microfiber cloth or bar mop towels (we like these ones from Amazon, $13). "Dampen the cloth with warm water and thoroughly spray the stovetop, carefully avoiding the mechanisms of the stove or the gas outlets. Thoroughly wipe the entire surface of the cooktop using a circular motion. After wiping down the surface with the cleaning solution, rinse and wring out the cleaning cloth thoroughly. Spray again and wipe down the entire surface once more to catch any errant crumbs and cleaning spray residue. Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth."

Take care of the details.

The grates and knobs and deserve some love, too. Carson likes to place the grates in the sink, filled with lukewarm water and some dish soap. "Let it sit while you clean the stove. Use a rag or a brush to clean out any crumbs or dirt, then scrub thoroughly with a sponge and spray solution that's tough on grease," she suggests. Rapinchuk has an even easier solution: "If I'm not feeling like soaking the burners and grates, I'll put them in the dishwasher instead," she says. She suggests checking and making sure that this is safe for your appliance.

Get rid of the stubborn bits.

"Food that has sat and baked on requires the help of a little extra cleaning powerhouse: baking soda!" says Rapinchuk. "Sprinkle a little directly on to the damp grates and scrub using your wrung out cleaning cloth with a bit of soap." If you have some stubborn baked on bits that need some extra effort, Rapinchuk suggests adding a dash of Kosher salt to the mix - and don't forget the grates. "Sprinkle a little salt on the grate as it sits in your sink and use the same damp cloth and dash of soap to scrub away those more challenging spots. The salt is just a bit more abrasive, but is still gentle enough to not damage your grates."