How To Clean Clogged Gas Stove Burners [VIDEO]
Despite the popularity of electric stoves, many cooks still prefer gas stoves.
Stoves with a gas range offer homeowners the heat or fire control they need whenever they cook.
But the efficiency of cooking with a gas stove depends on how clean your burner is.
Over time, baked-on spills, grease, and residue will accumulate on your stovetop and clog your stove burners.
When your gas stove burner is not working properly, it may be due to clogged holes.
When that happens, the burners won’t give off the correct flame strength you need to cook food fast.
If the blockage is severe, your burner may not release flame at all.
Don’t let this happen and clean your gas stove burners regularly.
While you’re at it, clean your stovetop and its removable components, so you can have a spotless stove and kitchen.
If you don’t know how to clean stove burners, we’ll show you how in this article.
But first, let us guide you on how to remove gas stove burner heads.
Gas Stove Burner Removal
In order to clean them properly, you can detach your stove burners from your gas stovetop.
But, how do you take out these components? Follow the steps below to remove the burner heads.
- For your safety, you need to shut off the gas valve of your stove first. This is to prevent gas leaks and accidental explosions.
- Another safety precaution you need to practice is to make sure that your cooktop is already cool. Only then will you be able to touch the burners and other parts without getting burned.
- Next, remove the ceramic plates on top of the burners. These caps diffuse the flames from the stove burners. Over time, they can also become greasy and grimy, so you need to clean them together with the burners.
- Now that you’ve exposed the burner heads, you can simply lift them straight up to remove them.
How To Clean Clogged Gas Stove Burners
There are several methods you can employ to clean your stovetop components.
Some of the most widely used ones are using dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar.
Here’s a guide on how to unclog gas stove burner holes using dish soap and baking soda.
- Add a few drops of grease-cutting dish soap to a bowl of warm water to create a soap solution.
- Next, soak the burner heads and caps you’ve previously taken off the stovetop.
- Leave it there for about 20-30 minutes to remove oils, grease, and soften baked-on dirt.
- Next, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the caps and burners. Make sure to brush without damaging or scratching the stove components.
- For clogged holes, use a paperclip to push the clog out. We do not advise you to use a wooden toothpick as it could break and lead to more blockage.
- In case there is stubborn burnt-on food on the gas stove burners, apply baking soda paste on the area. The baking soda will act as an abrasive to thoroughly remove baked-on residues. In some cases, you may have to do this multiple times to get rid of the dirt.
- Next, rinse the removable cooktop components in running water.
- Dry the stove burners, caps, drip pans, and other items with a clean cloth. Let them air-dry to ensure that they’ve completely dried up.
- Finally, assemble them on your stovetop and reconnect the gas valve, so you can resume cooking.
In this next method, we’ll use baking soda and vinegar to naturally remove grease and leftovers on your stove burners.
- Create a mixture of vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio. Vinegar is an excellent grease cutter, disinfectant, and cleaner that is also safe to use.
- Next, submerge your gas stove burners, burner caps, drip pans, and other stovetop items.
- Let them sit there for half an hour.
- After which, you can now scrub these parts with a sponge or toothbrush.
- If you notice dried food and residue on the surfaces, apply a thin coat of baking soda. This ingredient will scrub off the stuck-on dirt and grime on your burners.
- Once you’re satisfied with the result, rinse them and dry with a cloth or paper towel.
- Let the stove burners and caps air-dry before placing them back on your cooktop.
Food spills, grease, and residues on your stovetop will burn even more if you don’t get rid of them.
In the long run, these will all become harder to remove.
Thus, rather than deep cleaning your gas stovetop twice a year, it’s better to clean it regularly.
That way, the leftover food is still fresh and easy to eliminate.
You also won’t have to deal with opportunistic pests since they won’t have a food source in your kitchen.
Thus, keeping your stovetop clean will give you peace of mind that your cooking area is safe and free from germs.
It will also ensure that you’ll be able to cook your meals effectively since the burners won’t be clogged.