How to Clean Blackened Stove Burners

how to clean blackened stove burners

Hey, all! My day was a lot better than yesterday. While I was unpacking and putting a lot of the things we received from our baby shower away, I decided I was going to keep the momentum going. I have a little spike in energy and I want to take advantage of it. I made Scott lunch/dinner for work and then I put it away. I wanted to clean the kitchen before I didn’t feel like doing it, as well.

Call me a ditz but a few times while I’d allowed something to boil, there was spill over. And unfortunately, when I went to clean the burners, the spill over wouldn’t come out. I’d kind of just given up. I Googled and searched Youtube for how to clean blackened burners and couldn’t find anything that fit my situation. Most of what I found was only for cleaning the burner caps or that area that the burners are set in. But our range doesn’t have burner caps — which sucks. I even went to the manufacturer’s website to find the care manual and was disappointed.

One Saturday morning, while Scott and I were cleaning the apartment, I decided to give baking soda and vinegar a whirl. It was the only thing I hadn’t tried. Here’s what I did:

  • combined about 1 cup of baking soda with about 1 cup of vinegar
  • added 1/4 cup of water
  • mixed the three together to get a nice pasty consistency
  • applied the paste to each burner and let it sit for 10-15 minutes
  • vigorously scrubbed the burners with an old toothbrush
  • wiped the extra paste up with a damp sponge

I was BEYOND excited I’d finally gotten them clean! I wish I had a before picture because they were bad. The picture above is a far cry from what they looked like. Someone just told me what I’m experiencing is nesting but I’ve always been a binge cleaner who likes to deep clean. I figure if I’m going to do it, I might as well do it right!