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How to Remove Burnt On Grease From Stove Top [5 Steps]

Sometimes, not the cooking, but the cleaning takes the most time in the kitchen. Especially burnt-on grease stains. They can be very stubborn on your stovetops when it comes to cleaning. They build up fast and appear even when you don’t cook often.

How to remove burnt on grease from stove top?

Burnt-on grease stains can be removed by initially using a dishwasher liquid. Scrub your stovetop with a brush or sponge. Clean off the residue with a cloth soaked in hot water. You can also use a lemon and baking soda paste for extra efficiency. 

But, this is just a summarized answer. I’ve made a detailed guideline covering the process in 5 steps.

So what are you waiting for? Get your handyman hats on and let’s get right into it!

The Source of Grease Buildup on Your Stovetop

To understand the source, think long and hard about the steam released when cooking or frying. 

The delicious food I consume has a fair chunk of fat and oils. Even when we’re not cooking, this vapor carries oil particles to different parts of the stove. 

Not to mention, the direct splattering of oil when cooking. 

These cause grease buildup on stoves. Over time, it becomes visible stains that are very difficult to remove. It’s even more difficult to remove stains when cleaning a black stove top.

So let’s look at how we can get rid of these stains.

What You Will Need

It’s a no-brainer that you need more than just a piece of cloth to get these stains. You will need a couple of other essentials to get rid of these stubborn stains. So, let’s run through the essentials. You will need the following:

  • A microfiber fabric (cloth) 
  • Brush or sponge
  • Hot water 
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon

These should be all you need to achieve a shiny good as a new stovetop. 

The Step By Step Solution

Once you’ve gathered all the essentials, it’s time to start cleaning! 

A clean stove is essential for a clean kitchen. You need to properly maintain every part of the kitchen, primarily the stovetop. Most of the hardest stains to clean build up there. 

Additionally, you can follow it up by reglazing your kitchen sink for a holistic look. 

But please note that removing stains from the stovetop will take more than one go. 

The key here is to remain patient. You have to keep at it until the grease has completely disappeared. Fortunately, you can do it yourself, without buying expensive cleaning agents.

With that out of the way, follow these 5 easy to follow steps to get a squeaky clean stove.

Step 1

Firstly, use a drop of dishwashing liquid and lather up your brush or sponge.

Step 2

Use this lathered brush or sponge on your stovetop. Be sure to rub it in a circular motion. Focus mainly on the greasy areas. You should see the grease loosen. 

Step 3

Now, damp the microfiber cloth with hot water to remove the grease stains. Heated water has a temperature that will loosen the burnt on grease stains. 

Work with small areas, and clean properly. You might have to use a little force. 

Step 4

Now if that didn’t do the trick, it’s time to bring in the big guns. That is, baking soda and lemon. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the stovetop. 

Baking soda is also used when removing stains from Linoleum. Moving on, slice the lemon into two pieces. 

Rub the open side of the lemon on the stovetop with baking soda. This should create a paste. 

Step 5 

Now, continue scrubbing this paste on the stovetop using a brush or a sponge. Do this until the stain completely fades. 

You should have a brand-new-looking stove. Be prepared to hear a lot of compliments about your kitchen maintenance skills. 

Now that should remove all stubborn grime on your stovetop. But remember, you need to keep maintaining and cleaning your stove. It is vital to keep everything squeaky clean.  

If your problem isn’t resolved there are other alternatives as well. You could explore a baking soda plus dishwashing liquid paste. 

Again, you could also try using a store-bought degreaser spray. Take a look at our recommendations.

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These methods should allow you to have the hardest part of the kitchen squeaky clean. Now, you are one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams!


Question: How often should we clean our stove?

Answer: The rule of thumb would be to clean your stove once every month. But you should definitely make a habit of wiping it once a day after cooking. This can prevent grease buildup in the first place.

Question: What can we use as a scrubbing agent?

Answer: Borax is an excellent scrubbing agent. You can use borax without worrying about scratching the surface of the stove.

Question: How expensive are store-bought degreasing sprays?

Answer: These sprays are usually not very expensive. They can be bought for under 10 dollars. For example, ‘Method Kitchen Degreaser’ can be bought on target for around $4.

Question: How do stains form in inaccessible areas of the stove?

Answer: As we said, vapor from steam carries oil particles. Now, these vapors can reach places that are impossible for oils to reach.


That’s all on how to remove burnt-on grease from the stovetop. We hope our article has provided some value and has helped resolve your sticky-stain problem.

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Take care of yourself and of course, your stovetop!