How To Clean Electric Stove Top Coils

How To Clean Electric Stove Top Coils
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Most heating coils are durable and scratch-resistant while some are bound to accumulate burnt food over time and the longer you go without cleaning them, the harder it is to clean them. Keeping proper maintenance of electric stove coils is important if you want to keep it functioning and clean, once you learn the proper way to clean and maintain it, you won’t have to spend week after week to maintain it. If you did like to cook and keep a clean kitchen then you have to learn proper maintenance of your kitchen appliances, you can use commercial products however there are lots of DIY products that are better for your electric stovetop coils and you can find them in your kitchen. 

Some electric stovetop coils have been designed to be self-cleaning although some spills and messes might still require more thorough efforts from you and if this is not done, it can cause buildups and if you like keeping a clean kitchen, this might be a source of concern.

Electric stovetop coils are the most stress-free cooking choice and fortunately, they are easier to clean than their gas-fueled, there are various parts of an electric stovetop and before you start cleaning you should know their name.

How To Clean Electric Stove Top Coils

The coil Electric stovetops are not so easy to clean but are not as hard as you would think and one of the most important parts of an electric stovetop is the coil. The coil is the round part that gets hot when you cook and on an electric stovetop. To operate a specific coil, you turn the knob for that area of the stove. Keeping our appliance clean should be our utmost priority when it comes to a clean, healthy kitchen. When it’s time to clean your stove, ensure it is turned off and cools, and before cleaning electric stovetops, you should ensure to remove them and unplug them. Pre-treat your stovetops by wiping it with a damp rag after cooking however to get rid of food residue from stovetop coils, here is a simple process to follow.

The materials needed for cleaning electric stovetops are as follows;

  • Dishwasher
  • Soap
  • Clean cloth
  • Clean water
  • Baking soda or vinegar

There are two methods we can get our electric stovetop cleaned; we have the baking soda method and the vinegar cleaning method. In this article, we will be looking at the baking soda method.

  • Firstly,  you will need to unplug the electric stovetop from the main supply and allow it to cool off for about some minutes. To unplug your stove, you should lift your burner up and detach the wiring beneath, then pull the coil and the drip pan out of the stovetops. The drip pan is a metal bowl beneath the coil, the drip pan gets dirty a lot too because most of the dirt from your food particle slip down to the drip pan.
  • Using the baking soda method, mix the dish soap and water inside the dishwasher, then put the drip pan and the coil inside a dishwasher and allow it to soak for 30 minutes. While waiting for the drip pan and the coil to get soaked. You can get you baking soda paste ready, make sure your paste is not too watery.
  • Furthermore, open up your burner and apply the thick paste and allow it to wait for some minute. Then scrub out the food residue with a clean cloth or wipes. Scrub out all the dirt and rinse the baking soda out completely.

Make sure the burner, drip pan, and coil dry off completely and replace them back on the electric stovetop.

Can you soak electric stove coils?

No, you shouldn’t soak stove coils or any electrical parts in water as water can ruin the electrical connections that make the coils heat up. If you need to remove tough stains from your electric stove coils, allow baking soda paste to it on for up to 20 minutes before washing, this should get rid of any stain easily rather than submerging it in water. 

What are the coils on a stove called?

Coils from a stove are sometimes erroneously called burners or rings and they are constructed of spiral steels tubing and it houses a heating element that is powered by a means of electricity. Anything that is placed on these coils gets heated up hence why it is often called burners.

Is it safe to put aluminum foil on the stovetop?

No, it is completely safe to use aluminum foil on a stovetop as aluminum foil is flammable and at a certain temperature, it can catch fire. Foil can easily trap heat and melt which could result in a fire hazard hence do not use aluminum foil on or near a radiant cooktop burner.

How To Clean Electric Stove Top Coils