There are some general methods that be used when cleaning an electric stove but you have to always read and use the manual that comes with your stove. This is due to the fact that different stoves differ immensely. However, the tips herein will be helpful in cleaning your electric stove.
About Electric stoves
These models are available mostly in older homes, apartments, and condos. They are easy to operate and cinch to install. They are preferred by most people over gas ovens due to various reasons;
- Considered to be safer since no open flame is produced.
- No risk of leakages.
- They are quite affordable.
- Easy to install and use.
- Superior distribution of heat.
- They come with standard features.
The electric stove is not preferred by some cooks due to these reasons;
- Limited color and style options.
- Slower to heat up and cool down.
- Difficult to clean heating elements.
- Expensive to operate.
Despite the setbacks, electric stoves still remain a favorite to most people.
Cleaning your Electric Stove
Excessive food and grease are the major causes of smoking in electric burners. This may have a negative impact on the way you cook and thus it is good to clean your stove regularly. You should clean the electric stove properly so as to avoid excess grease from sticking in the future.
Method 1-Burn the Grease Off
To get you started, try to burn off the grease. This method will smoke up your kitchen but you can do it safely and ensure there is an open window so as to rid off the smoke. By simply burning off the grease you can completely remove it. Nonetheless, while doing this you have to avoid using too much heat. Keep the stove on medium-high heat until it stops smoking. With this method, you will be able to burn off any caked food within a few minutes. Do not leave the room while doing this and watch out on the stove until after you switch it off and attained a safely cooled state.
Method 2-use of Water, Dish Rag, Dish Soap and Baking Soda
This is one of the most popular methods of cleaning electric stove. It is quite simple and effective.
Step 1-wait for the burners to completely cool down the remove them from the stove. They simply slide out when you apply a gentle tug and lift. However, if not sure about how to remove it, look at the manual that came with the stove.
Step 2-take the dish rag and put a few drops of dish soap after dampening it. You can then scrub lightly and rinse the coils. While doing this, avoid getting the electrical connection wet. You should also avoid submerging the burners.
Step 3-if some stubborn stains still remain, make a paste from baking soda and water. Apply this to the area that will not budge and let it sit with the paste for about 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse the coil.
Step 4-let the burners dry up completely then place them back on the stove top.
Method 3-Drip Pan Cleanse with Vinegar and Baking Soda
Step 1-The drip pans may be one source of your problems and therefore they should be cleaned as well. Remove the coils while ensuring they are completely cool before removal. You can then remove each drip pan and place each of them in a separate zip-lock bag.
Step 2-add ¼ cup of baking soda to each of the bags and ¼ cup of vinegar. Shake the mixture until it is fizzy and allow each of the bags to settle for about 5 hours. When you remove them you will be surprised of their overall look. They will come out squeaky clean.
These steps of cleaning an electric stove may sound outdated but if you follow them you will completely eliminate that smoky taste. It is recommended that you deep clean your stove at least once a month not forgetting the daily cleaning. Always wipe out spills on the smooth surface using warm soapy water on a soft cloth or sponge. Do this every day after each meal. You should also remove the knobs weekly or monthly and wash them using soapy water and dry it well.