A plate with burnt on grease

How to Remove Burnt on Grease From Stove Top

You want to know what women dream and fantasize about. If you thought, ‘the perfect man’ then you would be wrong. Women dream about having the power to clean without actually cleaning. I dream of being a princess and having magical woodland creatures clean for me.

Sadly, I have to resort to doing it myself…Alas! As a woman who literally LOVES cooking but hates the ‘after’, I had to find ‘ways’ to help make cleanup faster.

In this article, I’m going to share my tips and tricks for how to remove burnt on grease from stove top – quickly, easily and without any elbow grease required (okay maybe a little). Let’s get started!

How to remove burn marks from stainless steel stove top

If you use a stainless steel stove top, you know that it’s almost impossible to keep it looking perfect all the time.

A stove plate with burnt on grease, and traces of early rust.

No matter how diligent you are about wiping up spills immediately, at some point you’re going to end up with a stubborn burn mark. I have a lot of experience with burning things; unfortunately, even manage to burn my casserole dish 🙁

A plate on a stainless steel stove with burnt marks and traces of rust.

Thankfully, like cleaning my burnt casserole dish, a few simple tricks can remove even the most stubborn stains. First, apply a generous amount of baking soda to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.

Baking soda applied to a burnt stove plate.

Then, using a slight-abrasive sponge or cloth, scrub the area in a circular motion until the stain starts to lift.

Scrubbing baking soda to remove burnt marks from stove top plate.

 Finally, wipe away the baking soda and any remaining residue with warm wet cloth.

A wet blue cloth used to wipe clean a burnt plate after being cleaned.

 With just a little elbow grease, your stovetop will be looking good as new in no time!

Four plates of a stainless steel stove top after it had been cleaned.

How to remove burnt-on grease from gas stove top

If you’ve ever cooked a big meal on a gas stove, you know the frustration of dealing with burnt-on grease, it can seem impossible to remove. But with the right cleaners, you can get your stove top looking like new again.

Here’s how:

Step 1 – Scrub affected areas

First, start by scrubbing the affected area with a sponge or brush. If the burnt-on grease is really stubborn, you may need to use a putty knife or other sharp object to scrape it off.

Step 2 – Apply degreaser

Next, apply a generous amount of dish soap or degreaser or my favorite; baking soda to the area and let it sit for a few minutes.

Step 3 – Continue scrubbing

Then, scrub the area again with a sponge or brush.

Step 4 – Rinse and wipe

Finally, rinse the area with warm water and dry it off with a clean towel.

If you follow these steps, you should be able to remove most burnt-on grease from your gas stove top. However, if the stain is still persistent, you may need to repeat the process or try a different cleaning method.

Does baking soda and vinegar remove grease?

Baking soda and vinegar in two small containers placed on a brown wooden table.

Ask any housewife from the 1950s (or me) and they’ll tell you that baking soda / bicarb of soda and vinegar is the key to getting rid of grease. And why wouldn’t we? It’s cheap, accessible and it actually works.

But how does it work? The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive, helping to lift the grease away from the surface. The vinegar, meanwhile, is a weak acid [1] that helps to break down the grease molecules.

Together, these two common household ingredients can effectively remove even the most stubborn grease stains. So the next time your stovetop is looking a little greasy, reach for the baking soda and vinegar instead of expensive commercial cleaners. You might be surprised at just how well they work.

How to make bicarb and vinegar mix

Baking soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarb for short) [2] is a versatile ingredient that can be used for cleaning, cooking, and even health and beauty. One of the most popular uses for bicarb is as a deodorizer, since it helps to neutralize odors.

A green container being used to make a bicarb and vinegar mixture

Bicarb can also be combined with vinegar to create a powerful cleaning agent. The acidic vinegar reacts with the alkaline Bicarb to create a foaming action that is great for removing stubborn dirt and grime. To make mix, simply combine equal parts of each ingredient in a bowl or jar.

A green container bubbling with a bicarb and vinegar mixture.

For tough cleaning jobs, you can add a little bit of dish soap to the mix to create even more bubbles. Mix mixture well, I use a toothbrush (an old one not my own cause that would be weird) to mix with because that is what I mostly use to clean my stove plates.

A bicarb and vinegar solution stirred using a toothbrush in a green container.

When you’re finished cleaning, be sure to rinse the area with clean water to remove any residual vinegar smell.

How to get burnt sugar off stove top

The first time it happened, I was making my favorite African comfort food, Malva pudding, when I smelled it!  A sickly sweet ‘toffee-apple’ smell. I turned around to see that the sugar bowl had tipped over, and a sticky stream of caramel was running across the stovetop.

A plate burnt with sugar and smoking.

I quickly grabbed a rag and tried to wipe it up, but by that time caramel had already hardened into a dark brown shell.

A plate with melted sugar burnt to a dark crust on

If you’re ever in the same sticky situation, just follow these simple steps – first, use a putty knife or something to scrape off as much of the hardened sugar as you can. Next, apply a generous amount of bicarb or bicarb & vinegar mix (don’t freak out when its bubbles) to the area.

A bicarb and vinegar mixture applied to a burnt stove top to remove crust of sugar.

Let it sit for a few minutes with a wet warmish cloth over it.

A white wet cloth placed over a stove top plate after cleaning off burnt sugar.

Then, scrub the area with a brush. Finally, rinse the area with a warm cloth and dry it off with a clean towel. If you follow these steps, you should be able to remove most burnt on sugar from your stove top.

How to remove rust from electric stove hob

A rusted stove top plate, fitted to a stainless steel stove top.

Over time, even the most well-cared-for electric stove hobs can start to show signs of rust. While it may be tempting to simply ignore the problem, rust can eventually cause serious damage to your stove like . The good news is that there are a number of easy and effective ways to remove rust from your stove hob.

One popular method is to simply apply a rust remover gel with a soft cloth. Let the gel sit for a few minutes, then wipe it away with a clean cloth. Another option is to make a paste out of baking soda and vinegar and use an old toothbrush to scrub away the rust.

Using a toothbrush to apply rust removal agent to a plate with rust on it. Similar to how to remove burnt on grease from stove top.

For stubborn rust stains, you may need to resort to using a wire brush sponge. However, be sure to use caution when doing so, as you don’t want to damage the hob’s surface.

Using a black scourer to scrub rust removal agent onto a rusted plate.

With a little elbow grease, you should be able to remove all of the rust from your stove hob and restore it to its original condition.

Wrapping up: How to remove burnt on grease from stove top

The truth is, once you’ve had a little experience with burnt on grease (or just burning things in general, yes I’m a klutz, I own that), you develop a knack for removing efficiently. I hope these ‘tips’ were helpful the next time you find yourself dealing with this problem.

And if it fails, remember: there’s always Google 😉 Happy Google-ing!

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Charlene Gallant

Charlene is a lover of good food. She enjoys nothing more than cooking up a storm in the kitchen and sharing her favourite recipes with her readers. She also enjoys reading a good book.

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