20 Painlessly Easy Cleaning Hacks For Any Stovetop

These stovetop cleaning hacks are actual game changers and you’ll be able to clean you stovetop faster and better after you read these tips.

I promise!

cleaning hacks for stove top

I am always on the hunt for cleaning hacks and tips that make my cleaning game so fast, that I could literally clean on autopilot.

Whether you have an electric stovetop, stainless steel or glass-top stove all of these hacks will apply. 

Hack #1 Soda Crystals

I discovered this hack from Nancy Birtwhistle on Instagram.

She used soda crystals to unblock her drains and I certainly had an aha moment. If they can remove grease and grime in my drain, they can remove grease on my stove top.

soda crystals

To clean your stove top with soda crystals: 

  • Sprinkle a generous amount of the crystals into a large sink or tub filled with hot water.
  • Soak your stovetop grates and burner cover in the solution for 2-3 hours or overnight.
  • Do not soak the aluminium burner rings because it may dull the finish. Wash in warm soapy water or use another hack below.
  • The soda crystals will dissolve and break down the grime, making it much easier to remove. 
  • Clean with a sponge and dish soap.
  • Dry off and put back on the stove.

Soda crystals are non-toxic and environmentally friendly, so you can feel good about using them in your home.

Hack #2 Toothpaste

The humble toothpaste can so so much more than clean your teeth.

It's the cleaning secret weapon you never knew you needed.

I use it to clean shoes, pots and to remove set stains on my stove top. 

To use: 

  • Simply apply a small amount of toothpaste to a brush or damp cloth and gently scrub the stains away. 

The mild abrasive properties of the toothpaste will help loosen the dirt and grease, while the chemicals in the toothpaste will work to dissolve and remove them.

Hack #3 Steel Wool

Steel wool is one cleaning product I cannot do without.

It is particularly useful when it comes to removing those annoying burnt stains on the aluminium ring burners.

You can buy #0000 steel wool from any home improvement store or the soap soaked version at the supermarket.

steel wool

To use steel wool: 

  • Start by wetting the steel wool with water or warm soapy water if using plain steel wool. 
  • Gently scrub the surface back and forth, applying a bit of pressure to remove any stubborn stains. 
  • Wipe away any residue with a damp cloth or paper towel.

Hack #4 Dishwasher Pods

Dishwasher pods are really good for not just your dishes, they can clean toilets and even stove tops too.

Dishwasher pods have citric acid in it and that's why it cuts through grease so well.

To use: 

  • Dissolve one or two a dishwasher pods in warm water. 
  • Then, dip a cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution and wipe down your entire stovetop. 
  • If your stove top is really dirty, soak a clean cloth or paper towels in the solution and spread over your stove. Let it sit for about five minutes. 
  • Clean and wipe off with a cloth.

It will remove any stubborn stains and grease, giving you a spotless stove top.

Hack #5 Oven Cleaner

Oven cleaner can clean so much more than just your oven.

It's a really good solution for your stove top but please don't use it on the grates as those are made out of cast iron.

Some oven cleaners are not compatible with cast iron and can damage the grates. 

oven cleaner

To use: 

  • Simply spray the cleaner on the surface and let it sit for a few minutes to work its magic. 
  • Use a soft cloth or soft sponge to wipe away all the dirt. 

You'll be amazed at how shiny and clean your stovetop looks afterwards.

Hack #6  Oven Scraper

I use an oven scraper on my stovetop when the stain is thick, like this time when I had burnt sugar all over my stove top.

oven scraper

Photo Credit: Brizmaker via Deposit Photos

To use the oven scraper:

  • Gently glide the scraper across the surface, applying light pressure to lift off the residue.
  • After the residue comes off, wipe with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any remaining residue. 

You can also use a razor blade but be very careful when handling. 

Hack #7 Cream Cleaner

Cream cleaner is one of the best cleaning products hands down and I love it for cleaning my bathroom, sink and even my stovetop.

cream cleaner

To use cream cleaner: 

  • Pour a generous amount on the surface of your stove top. 
  • Begin to work it over the stains with a damp sponge in circular motions (don't forget to apply firm pressure).
  • Repeat or combine with the oven scraper/ steel wool if there is any left over residue.

Hack #8 Salt Scrub

Yes! Salt.

Salt is an excellent stove top cleaner and it acts as an abrasive to remove stubborn residue.


To use:

  • Mix some salt with a tiny bit of water to form a very thick paste. 
  • Apply the paste onto the affected area and work back and forth or in circular motions. 
  • Wipe with a damp cloth and repeat if needed.

The abrasive nature of the salt will help break down the residue. 

Hack #9 The Pink Stuff

This thick paste is one of those products I ALWAYS have under my sink.

It removes stains from my quartz countertops, pots, oven and stovetop pretty well. 

the pink stuff

To use The Pink Stuff: 

  • Scoop a generous amount of the paste with a sponge
  • Work over the stained areas of your stovetop. 
  • Wipe the residue with a damp microfiber cloth and repeat until it's completely clean towel

If you don't have access to The Pink stuff where you live, the next hack shows how you can make an alternative home made version. 

Hack #10 Baking Soda and Dish soap

If you don't have access to The Pink Stuff where you live, this baking soda hack is a game changer!

how to use baking soda and dish soap to clean shower head

To create the baking soda paste: 

  • Mix baking soda and dish soap in a small bowl until you achieve a thick consistency. 
  • Apply the baking soda mixture to the stained surface and work in circular motions.
  • Wipe the residue with a damp microfiber cloth and repeat until it's completely clean.

Hack #11 Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend, is legit my home cleaning superhero.

If you have a stove top or parts that are covered in stubborn stains: 

Bar keepers friend
  • Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend on them, and work it back and forth with a damp sponge 
  • Let it sit for a 1-2 minutes. 
  • Rinse or wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. 

The before and after difference is genuinely amazing. 

Hack #12 DIY Oven Cleaner

This simple DIY solution is so good and you don't need any harsh chemicals to make it.  

  • Mix baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap in equal parts to create a thick paste. 
  • Apply to the stove top and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  • Scrub with a sponge and wipe with a damp cloth.

Hack #13 White Vinegar

Vinegar is by far the most popular product for cleaning but for me, where it truly shines is for shining and degreasing my stove top.

Just a quick wipe-down using a mixture of white vinegar and water, my stove top looks so sparkling and streak free. 


To use: 

  • Clean your stove top with any of the methods I previously mentioned.
  • Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. 
  • Spray the vinegar mixture onto the stove top, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wipe it clean with a cloth or sponge. 

Hack #14 Olive Oil

I use olive oil, not for cleaning the actual stove top but for the cast iron grates on my gas stove top.

It's the easiest way to condition the grates, keeping them looking shiny and rust-free.

olive oil

All I do is: 

  • Pour a generous amount of olive oil on a cloth or paper towel, and then wipe down the grates. 

The oil helps to helps to prevent any rusting or discolouration from happening. 

Hack #15 Degreaser

Sometimes, the solution you need is a simple store bought degreaser. 


To use: 

  • Spray a generous amount of your favourite degreaser onto stovetop. 
  • Let it sit for a few minutes to penetrate. 
  • Then, wipe away with a cloth or clean with a sponge. It’s that easy!

Hack #16 Microfiber Cloth

This humble microfiber cloth may seem unassuming, but it is honestly so powerful.

What actually sets microfiber cloths apart is that fibers act like hooks that trap dust, dirt, and debris and they remove 99% of germs.

Seriously there's a whole research on this fact. 

what are the best microfiber cloths

If your stovetop is not too dirty and needs a quick clean, simply:

  • Wet it under the tap, and wring.
  • Use your damp microfiber cloth soaked in just water to lift dirt of your stovetop in circular motions.
  • Wipe off in an S pattern.

Make sure to properly use and maintain your microfiber cloth by washing it correctly.

I filmed a video here on how best to do that.

Hack #17 Rubbing Alcohol

I use rubbing alcohol the same way I use vinegar, to remove left over grease and shine the surface of my stove top. 

rubbing alcohol

Here's how I use it: 

  • After giving my stove top a good clean to remove any food particles.
  • I mix a solution of rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. I find that a ratio of one part rubbing alcohol to one part water works best.
  • Then, I spray the solution onto the stove top and wipe immediately with a microfiber cloth.
  • You can also use a rubbing alcohol wipe instead.

Don't knock it before you try it.

Give it a go and see the difference it can make on your stove top!

Also, check that your gas is turned off as rubbing alcohol is highly flammable.

We don't want any accidents please.

Hack #18 Lemon and Baking Soda

Lemon juice works extremely well especially on the burners, burner caps and drip pans. 

lemon and baking soda for cleaning

To use:

  • Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with fresh lemon juice (or bottled lemon juice) in a bowl. Add enough hot water.
  • Soak your burners and burner caps in the solution. 
  • Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, allowing the lemon juice's acidity to break down the stubborn stains. 
  • Afterward, scrub the pans with a firm sponge or even steel wool, and you'll be amazed at how easily the dirt comes off.

Hack #19 Steam

If you have a steam cleaner at home, you already know how versatile and effective it is. 

steam cleaner

To use:

  • Grab your steam cleaner and fill it up with water.
  • Use it to loosen and remove any stuck on dirt or grease on your stove top.
  • Follow up with a simple wipe with a damp microfiber cloth.

Next time you need to clean your dirty stove quickly, grab your steam cleaner and let it do the hard work for you.

Hack #20 Sand Paper

Finally if you have stains on your burner cap that just won't come off?

Well, I have the perfect hack for you: sandpaper! Yes, you read that right.

Sandpaper can actually be used if you don't have access to steel wool. 

  • Grab a piece of fine-grit sandpaper and start gently scrubbing away any burn-on food. The rough texture of the sandpaper will help remove tough stains and dried-on food residue.

You might be amazed at the results and you'll thank me for this.

It even removes stains that steel wool can't remove. 

Conclusion On The Best Cleaning Hacks for Your Stove Top

So there you have it! My top picks for the best cleaning hacks to keep your stovetop sparkling.

Remember, consistent cleaning is important if you want to prevent tough stains and making your life easier. 

But with busy schedules and limited time, it's easy to let things slide.

Hack #1 (soda crystals) is my go-to for tackling tough grease on the grates, while hack #3 (steel wool) always removes that annoying burnt stain on the burner caps. 

Give some of these hacks a try. You won't be disappointed! 

Share your favorite cleaning tips with me on Instagram and let's keep the cleaning inspiration flowing!"


Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!