Cleaning the Burners on a Gas Stove

June 25, 2013

Put your grimy burner grate into a gallon-sized zipper lock bag along with 1/4 cup of ammonia. Close the bag and let it sit overnight. The fumes will dissolve and loosen years worth of crud. Wipe it all off the grates with a sponge or rag. They come out looking like new!


I wish I tried this before I bought new ones!

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April 14, 2005

I clean my stovetop with oven cleaner. Spray it on and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off. It melts all the greasy dried on cooking messes with minimal effort.


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June 1, 2010

The members here seem to know how to clean everything. I am having a big problem cleaning the burners for my gas stove. I have tried soaking, SOS pads, and they clean to a point.

Any suggestions on getting all the baked on grease off will be most appreciative. I am having a service man repair my over the stove microwave and don't want them to think I never clean the stove. Thank you everyone.


By Barbara from Youngstown, OH


June 4, 20100 found this helpful
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I spray oven cleaner on the entire top of the stove. Spray the grates and burners as well. (Make sure you do not spray the oven cleaner on the top back clock digital area.) Leave it on for 20 minutes, and then wipe the oven cleaner off with a hot wet rag. If you still have some burnt food here and there use a magic sponge with simple green then wipe with a micro rag. At the end I spray the top with glass cleaner to give it a nice shine with no smear marks. Another tool I use is a "Sonic Scrubber" to get in between small areas. This sounds like a lot to do but it is really easy and cheaper then running your self-cleaning oven just to clean the grates and burners.

June 30, 20111 found this helpful
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I put my gas stove burners and grates in a large ziplock bag with a little ammonia in it and let it soak overnight. The baked on grease practically just washes off! Very little scrubbing! You can use 4 ziplock bags and do all your burners at once, but I take a few days and use the same ammonia. It looks dirty, but I think the fumes are what lifts off the grease. I wish I had discovered this years ago...I have been scrubbing these for years.


Also, WD40 (a spray) lubricant will get your greasy stove hoods spotless too. Just spray and wipe off with a paper towel. Easy!

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March 5, 2013

I want to clean the aluminum rings around my gas burners, but I can't get them out. The screws are rusty. Any suggestions please?

By Chloe I. from Cairns QLD Australia


November 24, 20160 found this helpful
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Product called PB Blaster. Soak with spray on product, let it set for about and try to undo the screws. May take more than 1 try if they are really bad.

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February 1, 2014

We recently purchased a home that had been rental property. The gas burner grates are filthy with burned on food. I have tried the combo of Dawn dish soap with white vinegar and baking soda; bought a so-called restaurant product used for difficult cleanup jobs called "Greased Lightening"; Brillo scrub pads, and on and on. I don't recall everything I've tried, but they still look awful.

I am embarrassed for other people to see them so dirty, like it doesn't matter to me. Any helpful suggestion of specific product(s) would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance of your helpful suggestions or information.


By Miriam K.


February 4, 20140 found this helpful
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Have the same problem here, though not as bad as yours. And like you, I tried many products, techniques, & so forth.

So I've gotten them as clean as possible, with still visible burn markings, dry black lines, & more. But I clean them once a week, usually with a combo of baking soda/ peroxide/vinegar-water mix. Also soak the center caps along with the dials every so often.

Like you, I don't care for the look of older gas grates & porcelain surrounds. (BTW, my parents had a flat white porcelain electric burner, & despite all their efforts to clean & even soak them under paper towels overnight, like the gas burners it still looked very used, if that's any consolation.)


Ultimately what I did was chose an unused cabinet door roughly the size of the entire top - still hinged - & cover it the entire thing up. And I have the benefit of another countertop space to use as I want. Cutting any board to same length & width would have worked instead.

I know that's not the answer you want, but you might just have to live with them. Good luck with them regardless,

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June 15, 2016

How do you clean your gas burners that have burnt on junk? I just want to get that junk off the burners. They light OK.


August 16, 20160 found this helpful

I too had bad Grime on my grates for my gas stove. I took a gallon-size Ziploc bag put 1 grate in each bag and put 1/4 cup ammonia in the bag turn the bag upside down and left overnight.


The next morning I scrub them and low and behold they are gray again. Make sure you wash them very good after. I ran mine through the dishwasher.

September 22, 20160 found this helpful

Put them in a plastic bag with ammonia in it. Be carful of the fumes but if you let them siak in it that black build up will come right off

September 30, 20161 found this helpful

I tried this. IT MAKE THEM WORSE. Didn't help to remove burnt on grime at all but also made metal craze, so have thrown the lot in the bin and will have to buy new set of burner. So please be aware.

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January 14, 2015

I have a black enamel fast stove. The two front burners have charred grease and when I clean what will come off around the burners it has left dry dull areas. How can I remove all the charred buildup and make the stove top shiny like the rest of it? The dry dull spots are driving me crazy. I heard from the store I purchased it from that after I clean it I should polish it with car wax, but I'm a little nervous. Any suggestions? Thanks.

By Tammy


January 22, 20150 found this helpful

No don't waist your time with car wax. I also have a black stove. It was my Mom's stove and is now over 60 years old. First do not use anything that will scratch it like those sponges that have a rough side. My husband scratched the daylights out of Mom's stove because he always used those even when I begged him not to. Just use a mix of water, a little ammonia, and a drop or two of Dawn Dish Soap. Spray that on then wipe off. If you have a real stubborn area, spray a little Easy Off Oven Cleaner on the spot, wait about ten minutes then wipe off. Only use the one in the blue can, the one in the yellow can is nasty. After you wiped the stove off, get a soft cloth that has been sprayed with Lemon Oil. Wipe the stove down again using the Lemon Oil. It will shine forever after that and after sixty years, still look new. The heat from your stove or burners might make the Lemon Oil smoke a tiny bit but it doesn't smoke allot or stink bad. Like I said, I have been using it for many years.

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August 27, 2013

I have a gas stove that takes forever to cook everything. I have one burner that seems to work better. I have to switch everything around to the one burner that gets the hottest to finish cooking each dish.

By Janie P


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August 30, 20130 found this helpful

Burners do get old and need to be replaced. It is not to expensive for an electric stove, but I am really not sure about a gas stove. I think I would google that one to be sure they are not just dirty and need cleaning.

June 27, 20160 found this helpful

Don't know. My mother bought her stove in 1950 and had it until Hurricane Katrina flooded it in 2005. Never had a problem with any of the burners.

August 18, 20160 found this helpful

We had the same problem which was caused by an old gas inlet connection at back of the stove and very cheap to have repaired.

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June 6, 2010

How do you clean burners? I have used too many grease removing cleansers, but they have not worked. And when I turn on the burner, it doesn't light on.

By Celia from TX


June 6, 20100 found this helpful

I use Mr Clean pads.

April 25, 20110 found this helpful

I use a wet sos pad to scrub and have a cloth on hand to wipe mess.

April 26, 20110 found this helpful

SOS pads to scrub and sounds like your pilot light went out. Lift top of stove and look for the little hole right between your 2 burners and light the hole with a match or lighter.

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September 10, 2016

I used Easy Off oven cleaner on my black cook top and now I have big white spots on the burner. Help!


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

If it is a glass top, and has the solid burner, there is a product that is almost like a black paste shoe polish made to clean the burners. I forget the name of it. But, years ago I used to get it at sears (where my cook top came from). I still have that unit in a rental house and it worked very well. Check in some appliance stores.


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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Try the Mr Clean Magic Eraser.

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September 26, 2015

I have a gas stove; underneath the grates is a round aluminum piece and it is getting burnt brown grease on it. How can I get this off of it? I can't seem to take it apart from the stove.


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September 27, 20150 found this helpful

You can contact the manufacturer's website-customer service to ask how to clean the stove and it's parts.

September 27, 20150 found this helpful

This should come right off. Maybe it is stuck on with grease.

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April 17, 2015

How do I best clean residue of cooked food on gas burner base to bring back "new" look?

By CeeCee


November 20, 20170 found this helpful

Try Magic Eraser, it will virtually take the grime off of anything with little effort.

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March 1, 2014

Do you take the gas burners off to clean them? If so how?

By R Chatman


December 12, 20140 found this helpful

You just pick them up. They aren't attached so much as just sitting there to keep the pots and pans from sitting directly on the part that the flames come out of.

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June 23, 2012

I guess I had the flame too high on the burner. Now it's black and brown. I have used the things suggested, but cannot get it off. Can someone help me. Thanks.

By Marilyn


June 25, 20121 found this helpful

Have you tried making a paste of baking soda and water? Use it like you would cleanser. Also, you might want to try a credit card as a scraper if the burn is thick like burned on food. But as jeff Campbell from the Clean Team warns, always use a plastic scraper with liquid like water to prevent scratching. The water works as a lubricant.

Good luck

June 25, 20120 found this helpful

Use a low grade sand paper.

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August 3, 2011

How do I clean the burners on a gas stove?

By Donna from West Haven, CT


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August 4, 20110 found this helpful

Every gas stove I've ever seen (to be fair, not that many because gas scares the heck out of me) had lift off burners that could be soaked in the sink and then replaced on the stovetop. Look at your burners to see if there is a hinged looking thing on any of them, sometimes you have to push the cool burner in and then pull up-yours may be different so just have a look. You can also Google the name and model number of your range to get the owner manual (usually free to download); read through the manual to see what the manufacturer suggests.

August 4, 20110 found this helpful

If yours are the removable metal kind, see if you can 'google' your stove brand, to find the manufacturer site, for recommended cleaning.
Mine are like cast iron, but don't rust, so I either put them in the dishwasher, or spray with oven cleaner, then scrub with a wire brush to get the burnt on stuff off. Good luck to you!

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December 16, 2014

How do I clean burners on a gas stove?

By Staff

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December 13, 2014

How do I clean my stove? I can lift up the top, but what can I use to clean it with it where food spills when cooking?

By Margaret

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August 27, 2011

Can I clean the burners on my gas stove to improve gas flow? One is uneven and the other doesn't light at all.

By Anthony


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August 30, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like these are clogged up. Try using a metal brush and lightly prick the holes after you remove the burner from the stove. Blow loose debris/dust out and see if that helps.

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June 8, 2013

How do I clean my Jenn Air stove? My burners are a solid piece. You pull out the whole piece with 2 burners in it.
The top is gas and the bottom is electric. The gas top is a mess. I have tried Dawn dish soap, scratch pads, and vinegar. And I can't afford the so called Jenn Air cleaner. It is too much $$$$.

I hate this stove. And paying over $2000.00 for it and not being able to clean it easy is crazy. Never again. Thanks.

By Bev in OH

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April 5, 2013

The burners don't come out and I also can't seem to lift the stovetop up to get to them.

By Shirley D

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December 2, 2012

How do I clean my gas stove burners? I shot air into them and the main one messing up and made it worse. When I cook on that burner, I get soot on my cookware. Any suggestions how I can do it myself?

By Alease

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August 19, 2012

My stove's gas burners don't fully light up. I've cleaned and taken off all the parts. All that's left is the little burner. I guess it it clogged up.

By Jan

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July 26, 2011

How can I remove the white residue on my gas burners? My father likes to leave the flame on even with no pot on the burner. The manufacturer says the white stuff will result.

Is this a job for vinegar?

By Ken K.

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