How to Clean Stove Grates with Vinegar Mixture![Easiest Ways]

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What You Will Need


First Step

Mix the baking soda and vinegar in a bowl till you form a thick paste.

Second Step

The baking soda will help scrub off the gunk on the grates and the white vinegar will kill all the germs etc.

The vinegar smell will go away once it dries, but if you care about the smell, you can add 12 cups of water to dilute it.

Third Step

Apply the vinegar paste onto the grates. Use a scrub like cleaning brush.

Fourth Step

Wash the paste off with water. Rinse well. Dab with a clean rag & let it dry on its own.

The Vinegar Cleanser

Cleaning the stove grates with vinegar mixture is very cheap and simple.

This cleanser is easy to make, not harmful, and safe to use. You can prepare a larger batch and leave it in glass bottle until you need to use it again.

The main idea behind it is to make your stove grates clean and shiny. It is also useful for removing built up grease and it prevents re-depositing of grease.

Ingredients needed to make the cleaner:

1 cup of hot vinegar.

1 teaspoon of salt.


Heat one cup of vinegar and add one teaspoon of salt to make a cleaning mixture. Let it cool down and place the mixture into a glass container until you are ready to use it.

Spray some water on the stove grates and if you use a sponge, dip it into the vinegar mixture before using it.

Remember this mixture is hot and it might harm you if you directly touch it. Please be 100% cautious while using it.

Let it sit and rub the stubborn spots with a sponge.

Use kitchen paper towel or some rags to wipe it. You can also use a sponge dipped into the vinegar solution to wipe the stove grates. After wiping, let it wipe or dry with a soft cloth or absorbent paper towel.

Preparing the Stove

Before you start cleaning, you should prepare what you need to clean.

Prepare a mixture of olive oil and white vinegar, in a 1:2 combination.

Now, scrub your stove grates with a steel wool pad to remove any rust or debris on it. After that, wash the grill with warm water, followed by the oil and vinegar mixture to remove tough grease stains.

Clean Up Method When Grates Are Fairly Clean

You'll need 3 items for this, Vinegar, Salt, and Hot Water. Start off by making a 4% vinegar solution.

Then add roughly a tablespoon of salt and some hot water to the solution and use it to scrub down your hot plate. The acidity of the solution will help to dissolve any residue buildup on the stove.

I'd recommend adding an extra tablespoon of salt if there is a large amount of grease. Continue scrubbing until the grates are completely free of all build up of residue and grease and are shiny metal looking again.

If the grates are not completely free of build up, then you may need to use a more pressure based method and use a brush to scrub off the grime.

Clean Up Method When Grates Are Solid Dirty

To clean grates where food and other burnt items have stuck, using a fine scrub brush, scrub the grate under warm running water with dish soap and rinse. If food is stuck in parts of the grate that you can’t get out using the brush, you may need to add a little more elbow grease.

If food has burnt onto your cast iron or porcelain stove grates, fill your sink with warm soapy water. Dip your re-wash pad into the water and scrub the grate. Rinse thoroughly with hot water. Repeat if necessary.

Alternative Method: The Overnight Technique!

(You Will be Surprised)

This method will surely surprise you!

If you want to clean your stove grates overnight without having to scrub hours on end, this tip is for you! All you need is:

Vinegar *Salt ( I used rock salt.)*Water

Firstly, sprinkle a layer of salt Liberally on the stove grates.

Cover the salt layer with vinegar!

Make sure the stove is off and cool and that the oven seals are properly closed. Then, let the vinegar and salt sit overnight and do their thing. The next morning, simply wipe off any excess salt and vinegar.

After Cleaning Up

Could I Use Vinegar and Water on the Stove Top?

Yes, you can use vinegar solution on top of your cooktop. Vinegar has quite a few cleaning uses. And it is a great cleaning solution to have in your home as it is cheap, effective and can be a substitute for many commercial cleaning products you use. (you can use it to clean your shower curtain, your granite countertops, your bathroom tiles, windows, sinks, your stove and your kitchen cabinets. It prevents mildew growth, fights odors and tastes great)

You can read on vinegar cleaning uses here:

But the question is, could you use vinegar mixture to clean the stove grates? ( I am sure you are more interested in stove cleaning than hearing about vinegar uses)

Despite vinegar being a great cleaning solution, I don’t think it is a good idea to use vinegar mixture on stove top. If you are seeking to simply clean the gunks and grime off from your stovetop, then you can give it a try. (I would not personally)

The main reasons I would not advocate cleaning stove grates with vinegar are:

How to Clean Gas Stove Burner Grates

If you own a gas stove, the top of your burners can pretty soon start to look very gross and unkept, that place is very hard to reach almost the same as cleaning the oven filter. But luckily, you can clean it with just a little vinegar solution!

In a large pot, mix 2 cups of water and a cup of vinegar. Wash the stove’s burner top with a sponge and dunk it into the solution. The burners will start to look shiny again. Dry them with a paper towel and then wipe them with a soft cloth.

In case you are not very comfortable with using a cloth, you can try a scouring sponge or a scouring pad and electric toothbrush and degreaser to make your burner top very clean and shiny.


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