How To Clean Electric Stove Coils?

Chef Electra Sparks

Throwing a big dinner party for family or friends involves a lot of stuff. From preparing the meal to taking care of the drinks every intricate detail gets your undivided attention. You would not want the attendees to find out about any sloppiness in your hospitality. It doesn’t have to look suspicious when you host. You get so involved in the preparation part of the dinner, that you forget what the next step after eating holds for you. Yes, you guessed it right! Now all you have to determine is how to clean electric stove coils. The word sounds so excruciating at that moment, that you try to evade it, thinking that you will clean up your stove by tomorrow. You know that you would not do it the next day. We put our best efforts into cooking delicious meals but often feel reluctant towards cleaning the stovetop afterward.

How To Clean Electric Stove Coils?

Wondering how to clean electric stove coils?

Most of the electric range now comes with a self-cleaning functionality making it pretty easy to clean the oven cavity with just a push of a button, but the range that does not carry the functionality of self-cleaning has to be intricately cleaned by us. The cooktop, on the other hand, has to be cleaned manually. The cooktop encompasses ceramic glass which makes it smooth. The smooth glass top makes it pretty fussless to clean.

Unfortunately, the glass top is not the only part that needs cleaning. Buried under the beautifully cut ceramic glass top are spiraled coils that induce heat into the cookware. The coils also need to be cleaned and their complex structure and the placement of the coils make it a very difficult task. In this article, we will be looking at some of the instructions that need to be kept in mind while cleaning a kitchen stove. When it comes to the gas stove, it is equally hard to clean the body of a gas stove too, just to let you know that the question “ How to clean electric stove coils?” is not just on your mind.

Electric Stove Coils

Materials required

The material required for cleaning an electric stove are:

  • Baking soda(half cup)
  • Water (three-tablespoon; lukewarm, preferably)
  • A microfiber cloth
  • A sponge
  • A sprayer

Cleaning the glass top

The glass top of an electric stove is what gives life to its sleek design. The coiled burners underneath the luster glass or ceramic are the fuel providers. Cleaning the glass top might sound easy and effortless, but the intricacies are to be kept in mind to not only make it look clean but immaculately polish it. The tops are the easiest part to clean inc comparison to the rest of the body.

The first thing that you are supposed to do is heat up some water till it is lukewarm, then pour it across the glass/ ceramic top, with the use of cloth to wipe it clean, turn on the stove and crank up the heat to full and let the burners do the drying up. Right after the water has dried up, make sure to turn off all the knobs and let the burners cool down. Make sure they are cool before making contact.

Designated cleaning kits are provided that are efficient enough to clean the glass top neat but you can also go for alternatives like baking soda and water, mushing them both into a pulp and applying that paste on top of the glass top helps a lot. The baking soda and water paste is proved to be a natural stain cleaner, one wipe at the stovetop, and you can scrub the most stubborn stains clean.

In case of heavy spills or dry food stuck on the top, you can always use the wooden scraper. If in doubt, please go through the cleaning part of the user’s manual. Every detail about cleaning is provided in the guide. Going through the manual you can also find out what tools can be used in cleaning the hard spoils of food.

Cleaning the glass top

Cleaning underneath the glass top

Cleaning underneath the glass top on a daily basis is not necessary. Once a week is recommended, though chile cleaning under it is considered dangerous given that you have to lift the glass top off the surface and then place it in a safe place. After taking off the glass from the surface you will notice the coils present inside. Make sure that the coils are at a fairly low temperature for you to be able to touch them, also make sure that the plug is not hooked in the outlet. After eliminating all the potential risk factors, you can use a  razor to clean through some tough spots and grease.

Cleaning the drip pans

The drip pans are the unsung heroes of the cooking world, they accept the trickling drainage from the stovetop and keep your kitchen clean. Drip pans need to be cleaned on a regular basis owing to the accumulated amount of oil and grease present in them. Cleaning the drip pans is a tough task. The best bet against solid and inevitable marks is putting the pans in boiling hot water and letting it sit for around 10 minutes. Try to scrub off the obstinate stains with either a sponge or a microfiber cloth. If there are still some tough spots in there, use some baking soda and vinegar into the pan and let it sit for around 25-30 minutes. After that, drain the vinegar-baking soda solution out of the pan and run it through the boiling water again. This would probably clean up even the dirtiest, toughest spots.

Cleaning the oven

Things that you are going to require to clean an oven cavity in your range:

  • Sprayer with oven-cleaning liquid
  • A pair of good rubber gloves
  • A piece of clean cloth
  • A scrubbing pad.


  • The first thing that you are supposed to do is take everything out of the oven; the racks, drip pans, etc.
  • Spray the oven cleaner thoroughly within the cavity except for the heating element. Let it sit for around half-hour. Meanwhile, spritz the oven racks with the oven cleaner and keep it in a bag or on a newspaper to prevent a mess in your house.
  • After the designated time of 30 minutes, start scouring thoroughly the insides of the oven walls for tough spots.
  • Wipe the walls lean with a damp cloth. Shut the oven door to start the oven and set the timer for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 mins, clean the racks under a faucet and place the racks back into the oven.

Cleaning the oven 

You can also try

There is an alternative method for cleaning the oven: Instead of using the standard store-bought oven cleaner, you can also go for the iconic mixture of baking soda and water with vinegar. The steps for this method are a little different from the latter:

Things that you will require for cleaning:

  • A pair of gloves
  • A cleaning rag
  • A sprayer
  • Baking soda and water
  • vinegar


  • The first step of removing all the parts will be the same.
  • Use your hands (wear gloves) to manually apply the baking soda paste everywhere inside the oven cavity except for the heating elements.
  • Use the paste to coat the racks that you took out.
  • The oven cavity and the racks are supposed to be left untouched for a period of around half a day (12 hours).
  • After that, use a cleaning cloth or a scouring pad to clean the insides as well as the rack wires.
  • Soak the racks in warm water and clean them thoroughly. And wipe them.
  • Use some vinegar mixed with water and baking soda to make a liquid solution and put it in a sprayer.
  • Spray through the insides of the oven and clean using a damp cloth.
  • Try drying the oven using a dry cloth.
  • Put the racks back in their own places.

Cleaning the coils on the cooktops

The cleaning process of the coils does not require you to perform arduous tasks. Ti is pretty simple. There are, however, prerequisites like checking if the coil is cool to mitigate burns. Let’s take a look at the things required in cleaning the coiled burners:

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • Baking soda
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Dry cloth.


The first step involves resisting touching the red glowing spiral. I know that it looks like candy but NO!

  • Wait until the stove coils have cooled down to an extent where you can touch them. Remove the coils carefully. A two-prong cable is used to attach the coil to its intended port which is present underneath the surface of the burner. You need to discord the prongs by applying pressure from opposite sides of the prongs, this will dismember the coil.
  • Use regular dishwasher soap with a clean rug and try to scrape out any residual matter(if any).
  • Use the same ol’ baking soda and water paste and spread it all over the coils and deterge it off after 20 minutes.
  • You can then proceed to remount the coil on the stovetop and reconnect it to the plug socket.

Disclaimer: approach the pronged ends of coils with dry hands do not soak the coils into the water as they may louse up the mechanism of the coil.

Cleaning the coils on the cooktops 

Self-cleaning in ovens

The improvement in the functionalities of the range has facilitated amelioration among us. The steps towards making machines self-reliant are proved as a boon to the human race. The self-cleaning option in the range is the specimen supporting that statement. We know that with just a push of a button, we can make our machines clean themselves. But how does it work?

The time duration of the self-cleaning cycle can vary from 2-3 hours. As soon as the cycle starts the insides of the oven are scorched up to 500 degrees Celsius almost equivalent to the summers in Australia. The high temperature then brutally incinerates the residual matter down to mere ashes and once the cycle completes you can easily wipe it off with a clean damp cloth.

There are other ranges that possess the steam clean option. Just as the name suggests it uses strong steam power to soil up the stuck-on food which can be cleaned later on with a gentle touch. The advantage of using the steam clean option is that it is less time taking compared to the former.

Dos and don’ts of cleaning the oven.

If you are new to the oven cleaning business and have zero clues about how and where to start, this might be a good time to pick up the phone and call and hire a professional cleaning service(provided by local businesses). If you think you are efficient enough to conquer this yourself, then buckle up. We will take you on for a ride through the dos and don’ts of cleaning your oven:


  • Your primary objective should be waiting until the oven has exhausted the heat inside it and is at an appropriate temperature. Don’t try to hasten the process and end up getting a severe burn.
  • Individual washing of each piece of equipment is necessary for easy and effective cleaning of the parts.
  • You have the choice of either using standard oven cleaners, dishwashing soap, or even baking soda and water-based paste. Do clean every part of the inside of the oven except for the heating elements.


  • You are faced with the question “How to clean electric stove coils?” again. If your range has a self-cleaning option, go for it, instead of going through a tedious process of cleaning it manually. Being inexperienced adds a lot to the negative side of the weighing machine. You would not want this part to be heavy. When you try on new things you carry a prominent risk of ruining them.
  • You will end up damaging certain parts of the thee electric range if you clean them. It would make the process a lot easier if you keep one eye on different parts that are meant to clean.

Some sanitization products that can be used to clean your Electric Stove Coils

  • According to Spruce, an Easy-off professional oven and grill cleaner is the best product to buy for cleaning the oven range. It can metamorphose into lather and foal in a few minutes. The product can easily rub off even the toughest spots.
  • The next product according to Spruce is versatile when it comes to the usability factor. Be it the oven, racks the windows of the oven, or the grill. The fit cleaner and degreaser can be the ideal choice for you.


Cleaning is part of the daily routine, and we all hate it (except for the Monicas’). We hate putting our time and effort into something that we know is going to turn messy again after we use it. We cannot run away from it, however, we can be equipped with all the necessary and best quality products that can help us in cutting down the time and the elbow grease that is put into it.

By following the tips mentioned in the above article you can easily master the art that follows the question “How to clean electric stove coils?”. We have descriptively categorized and elaborated on each step of how to clean an electric range, the racks, burners, and the coils. Also, the dos and don’ts of cleaning the oven cavity are briefly mentioned. We hope that this was informative enough to inform you of the cleaning protocols and the tips that are to be taken into account before proceeding to start the cleaning. We hope to have answered the question dissolving in your mind, “How to clean electric stove coils?”

Frequently Asked Questions

How does one clean electric stove coils?

Follow a simple series of steps that we have shared above to clean your stove coils along with the entire range. Hear’s are a small tip to get you started. You will need oven cleaning fluid. One thing you have to remember is to cool down and remove the stove’s coils.

What is the best way to clean a black stovetop?

It is easy to clean a black stove top that is overwhelmingly dirty. All you need to do is make sure that all the extraneous elements are removed from your stovetops and then use baking soda by sprinkling it on top of your cooktop. Use the friction granted to you by the baking soda to crack any tough stains and then clean the entire thing again using just a dab of vinegar.

Can you wash stove coils?

yes, you can. Clean your coils by first removing them from the smooth top. Use regular mild soap and a cloth to wipe away any crud that is left on the coils. Don’t ever dip the coil or any of the electrical elements into the water. This is not safe.

How does one remove the stove coils?

Once the coils are cool and the range is shut off, slide your fingers beneath the coils. You will feel nothing as there is a depression that is a hollowed-out space for your drip pan. Gently lift the coil. Don’t expect to feel any feedback as the coils are not locking onto anything.

About the author

Chef Electra Sparks is a culinary expert specializing in the art of electric stove cooking. With a passion for delicious and efficient meals, she shares her expertise, tips, and recipes for maximizing the potential of electric stoves.

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