How to Clean a Gas Range

Cleaning a gas range means wiping up spills as early as possible. Of course, when cooking and multitasking in the kitchen, not to mention dealing with kids and the stress of life, sometimes you just have to let spills go. That means when you come back to clean your gas range you will have to use more elbow grease and give it a more efficient scrubbing. Keeping your gas range as shiny as it was the day you moved in or bought it from the Home Depot means moving grease and food away from the epicenter as quickly as possible.

Cleaning your gas range quickly does not mean cleaning it while it remains hot. Above all else, wait for this particular kitchen appliance to cool down before cleaning. The enamel section of a gas range can be cleaned fairly easily with nothing more sophisticated than hot water and a detergent like Dawn. I prefer the mountain pine scent myself, but it’s up to you. After cleaning away the grease and food particles from the range, simply rinse with clear water. Any food that has been allowed to burn onto the gas range can be worked off with the meshy side of a two-side sponge.

Cleaning the pans beneath the burners on a gas range means soaking them in hot water with a strong detergent. Rise away with clear water. The burners on a gas range will probably need a more robust detergent unless you’ve got a very strong soap. Allow the gas burners to soak for a while and then use a stiff brush. The soak is great for loosening grease and the stiff brush will allow you to pare away anything that the soaking doesn’t cleanse. For gas range burners that have not been cleaned since Mike Vick was admired, you can drop them into a large pot—as long as the pot is not made of aluminum—and boil them in a mixture of two tablespoons of baking soda to a gallon of water.

Remember, also, that items like milk, vinegar and citrus juices can cause stains on enamel so try to wipe them up immediately.