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How to clean your gas cooktop without harsh chemicals

All you need are some supplies you probably already have at home.

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Gas cooktops

Gas cooktops are a different monster than smooth electric ones. But you can still take care of big messes with simple supplies.

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Supplies

Here's what you'll need:

  • Paper towels or lint-free cleaning cloths
  • A big bowl or bucket
  • Dish soap
  • Dish gloves
  • A gentle scrubber
  • A spray bottle of water
  • A toothbrush
  • Glass cleaner
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Safety first, folks

Make sure your cooktop is cool to the touch.

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Clean the grates

Remove the grates that cover the burners. Check your cooktop manual to see if your grates are dishwasher safe; if so, clean them in there. Otherwise, wash them in hot, soapy water, rinse and let them dry completely.

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Burner caps

Newer gas cooktops have caps over the burners. Remove them, wash them in hot, soapy water, rinse and let them dry completely.

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Now, on to the cooktop

Use a paper towel or cloth to wipe away any stray crumbs from the cooktop. If food is stuck around the burners' ignition, use a toothbrush to gently clear away any blockages. 

Squeeze a generous amount of dish soap into a big bowl or bucket, and fill it with hot water. Put on your dish gloves, dip your scrubber in the water and clean the cooktop surface. Make sure you're careful around the burners. 

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Burner knobs

Give your burner knobs a good wipe down, too. Many are removable, which makes it easier to clean them.

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A good rinse

Spray the surface down with clean water, and wipe it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

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The control panel

Use a glass cleaner and paper towel or cloth to wipe down the control panel.

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Finally...

After everything's dry, replace the burner caps and grates.

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