13 Brilliant Tricks To Make Your Dirty Stove Sparkle

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Yuck! Now, there's something you never want to see.

Scrubbing off that cooked on gunk is everyone's least favorite cleaning chore! Instead of scrubbing til your fingers are sore, here are the best hacks and tricks you need to make your stovetop sparkle again.

1. Wipe It with a Mr.Clean Eraser

Whether you're using a Mr. Clean brand eraser or any of the other magic erasers out there, these guys really are miraculous. Dunk it in hot water and soap and start scrubbing, or pair it with baking soda and lemon juice for an added kick.

2. Spray It with WD40

Make sure to cover up the burners with painter's tape or plastic wrap, and then spray the whole surface. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then wipe it all off with paper towels, for a gleaming, scratch-free surface.

3. Sprinkle with Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Make a mixture and slather it on your stove -or sprinkle baking soda and then follow it with drops of lemon juice- for a gritty, whitening scrub that will leave a gleaming surface.

4. Sprinkle on Bar Keepers Friend

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Bar Keepers Friend comes in cream, liquid, and powder, and it's a mess-busting hero, especially when it comes to getting that glow back into your kitchen appliances.

5. Make a Degreaser with Coconut Oil

A coconut oil based scrub can help you knock the grease off of your dirty stovetop. For the best natural degreaser, use 2 parts baking soda to 1 part coconut oil, and add 2-3 drops of orange essential oil.

6. Soak It in Ammonia

Lay down paper towels so that they cover the surface of your stove and then soak them in ammonia. Wrap the whole thing in Saran Wrap and then leave it over night. The next morning, wipe the mess away easily! (Tip - this works wonders on oven grates, too!)

7. Make a Baking Soda and Vinegar Paste

Mix up a bubbling paste scrub using two heavy hitting pantry cleaners: vinegar and baking soda. Vinegar will help bubble up the baking soda and get it into every crack & crevice.

8. Scrape Gunk off Flat Surfaces with a Razor

This clever trick is definitely a short cut, but you have to be careful not to scratch the enamel or finish off your stove, because that can make it much more difficult to clean in the future. This works best with flat, glass stovetops.

9. Clean with Pledge Lemon Oil

In case you haven't tried it yet, Pledge lemon oil is the cleaning expert's best friend. Citrus oils will break down the cooked on mess and they smell awesome, too!

10. Vacuum off the Larger Messes First

If your stove is really messy, you'll have an easier time deep cleaning it once the larger pieces are out of the way. Grab out your handy vacuum and suck up the mess, so that you can get down to the scrubbing.

11. Spray It with Your Oven Cleaner

Surprise - oven cleaner isn't just for ovens anymore, it works equally well on your stovetop. Spray it on, let it sit and then wipe it off with a paper towel and rinse it using warm water and a handy wipe.

12. Cover It in Car Wax for Protection

When your stove is finally looking clean, it's time to take preventative measures. After cleaning, put a light coat of car wax on your stove, to make it much easier to clean the next time around.

13. Clean After You Cook Each Time

Keep your stovetop gleaming, by wiping up your messes as you make them instead of letting gunk build up. It's much better to clean a tiny bit every day and never have to deal with that nightmare again!

Which is your favorite trick? Is there anything else that works for you? Let us know below!

More Oven Cleaning tips

For more brilliant ideas on cleaning your oven, read this comprehensive guide on Easy Ways to Make Sure Your Oven is Always Spotless.

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  • Cathy Cathy on May 30, 2020

    How can I remove rust from my stainless steel stove?

  • Ann Bennett Ann Bennett on Dec 28, 2020

    Will any of these work on oven drip,pan?

  • Pra28313410 Pra28313410 on Dec 30, 2020

    What abt electric glass tops on stoves? MagicEraser failed. Cooktop cleaner bombed. Goo Gone flopped. Afraid some of these suggestions will eat that black glass.

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  • Mega Loki Mega Loki on Dec 29, 2020

    ZEP Purple Industrial Degreaser. Full strength. (Wear a mask and gloves)

    Wipe down with water. Dry. Done!

  • William David Sackett William David Sackett on Dec 29, 2020

    I use Dawn Ultra Platinum Powerwash spray. Works great on grates and oven racks as well. Real time saver.