When your drip pans are blackened with burned-on food or your burners are smoking from spilled over oil, you’ll know it’s high time to clean those areas and get your stove back in good health.
So, how to remove electric stove burners?
How to Remove Electric Stove Burners
Burners can easily be taken off and reinstalled for washing purposes. To do it, first, you need to make sure your burners are completely cool.
Then grip the outer edge of the burner coil and lift it up above the edge of the drip pan. Pull it away gently from the socket.
If it is tight, then you can gently rock the coil back and forth until it releases. After that, you can take out the drip pan for ease of cleaning.
So, that’s the removal part now let’s move on to the cleaning part.
For regular cleaning, you can use a water-dampened lint-free cloth like an old t-shirt to lightly wipe all the surfaces of the stovetop including the sides of the coil burner.
The reason behind only using lint-free cloth is, lint left behind on coil burners will smoke unpleasantly when you turn on your stove later.
Some suggest cleaning the burners by letting it burn on a high note to get rid of food residues.
But it a very smoky, smelly, dangerous and possibly worst option if it doesn’t work out the way you imagined.
This can also make your smoke detector at home go off and making your place wet will increase your work.
So, if you consider it as a smart remedy, the truth is it is not so.
For thorough cleaning, you can either use specialized chemical products from the market or use non-chemical products which are available at home.
If your items have become crusty and rusty over time, then it’s better to dump them and get a new one.
You can find replacements for most electric stoves at your local home improvement stores.
If the drip pans aren’t too bad and you just want to degrease them and put them back to work again, then you can follow a few simple steps.
Many people choose to avoid the usage of harmful chemicals and go with more natural methods of cleaning.
For Home Remedy the Things That You Need are-
- Dish soap
- Plastic scrubber
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Spray bottle
First, mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water in a bowl. Dip a cloth into it, wring it well and wipe the coils but never drown the coil fully into the water.
This will help to clean the greasiness. To remove stubborn spots, make a paste of baking soda with few drops of water.
Place the coil on to a towel over a flat surface. Apply the paste onto the spots.
Allow it to sit on the stained area for several minutes (15-20 minutes) before washing it away.
You can treat the drip pans in the same process. You can also use a ratio of vinegar to the water, 1 to 1 and use it by putting it in a spray bottle.
If you fear to work with vinegar because of the odor, the addition of essential oils might help in this case.
Use a plastic scrubber to work on the hard stains. Clean the mixtures off using a dampened cloth. Then allow them to air dry completely before restoring the items.
Cleaning the Stovetop
Most stovetops are very delicate and can get easily scratched if not maintained properly. If you see any burnt area, never use a steel or metal scrapper.
That will damage the surface for life.
Instead, take out the drip pans and coils to clear the surface and wipe the area well with boiling water and a soft cloth to see what remains.
You will find out the stubborn burns left behind. To remove that you can-
1. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface then drizzle it with peroxide and watch while it fizzes.
Then simply rinse and dry the area with a nylon scrubber which won’t create any scratch.
2. Blend a tablespoon of salt with a tablespoon of baking soda.
Add water to create a paste. Dip your nylon scrubber in the paste and scrub the spotted area to clean.
3. Use liquid soap water mixture in a spray bottle to repeatedly scrub the area with it until all the burn mark is gone.
4. White vinegar is the best solution for a glass cooktop. The acidity of it helps to remove grime.
Just mix one part of white vinegar with two parts of tap water, and you can use it for everyday cleaning by putting it in a spray bottle.
5. Baking soda has antibacterial properties, and lemon has a natural grease-cutting characteristic.
The combination of both makes a perfect solution for removing stains.
First, sprinkle some baking soda on the surface then rub the stained area with a slice of lemon and wash away the mixture with a damp cloth to discover a shining stovetop.
6. Combine equal parts of baking soda and dish soap in a bowl to create a foamy texture and use it on the surface to clean burn marks.
7. Oven cleaner works well on strong stains if it left on for a few hours before washing it away.
After you are satisfied with your cleaning to reinsert your burners into their positions on the stove and run each burner to make sure you installed each one correctly.
Then continue with using as you please. To be saved from the hard work, wipe up the messes as they occur instantly with a lint-free cloth after the burner cools down.
This habit will make your burner last long with a clean look. Spill happens, but that does not mean it has to hang around for a long period.
Your cooking area can look new again with these helpful cleaning tips if you just follow.