I’ve had a lot more free time here lately and with the arrival of Fall I’ve been inspired to get some deep-cleaning projects crossed off my to-do list. Many of these projects are in the kitchen and last week I showed you how I deep cleaned my stove vent hood filter. This week I will show you how I clean my electric stove heat coils and “burner bowls”.
Here’s the finished result. Honestly, this picture almost has me welling up with pride. 😉
Clean Electric Stove Heat Coils & Burner Bowls
What You’ll Need:
- 4 x Gallon Freezer Bags
- Bottle of Ammonia
- Dish Gloves
- 1/2 cup Measure
- Scouring pad/sponge
Steps to Take:
- Open all windows/doors and turn on any extractor vents to “High” to ensure adequate ventilation. This project is SMELLY!
- Remove the bowls from your stove. To do this, lift up the heat coils from the side opposite the plug-in point and lift out, then retrieve the bowls
- Place each bowl in a freezer bag.
- Measure out 1/2 cup of ammonia and pour into the bowl.
- Place the heat coil upside down on top of the bowl – I try and keep these out of the liquid completely.
- Quickly seal the bag and place inside your COLD oven. (Be sure that your oven is not turned on)
- Repeat this for each of the bowls.
- Leave bowls in the oven for 4-6 hours.
- Sometimes I will remove the bowls one at a time and scrub a little about half way through the process — I mostly do this when/if there is some SERIOUSLY baked on grease. This isn’t necessary and you should still get a really great result if you just leave them alone for the full time.
- When the time is up, go ahead and remove the bowls one at a time. I like to keep some hot water running while I do this, as that scourer tends to get pretty gunky.
- You should not need to scrub terribly hard to get most of the stains up – however there will be some areas that will require a little extra elbow grease. The coils wipe clean easily, and that disc in the center needs just a little scrubbing to get back it’s shine.
- You may also notice some rusty patches on the bowls – yes, I know these are not supposed to be able to rust, but some do. For rust spots I use a little steel wool – I try and keep that ONLY to the rusty area so as not to scratch up the surface elsewhere – this will just cause more rust in the future.
- Rinse bowls under the hot water – and if you’re really into this project, feel free to run them through a cycle in the dishwasher.
- Wipe coils with a damp cloth. (I avoid submerging them in water.) Set them on a paper towel to dry.
- That’s it! You now have super clean electric stove heat coils and bowls. 🙂
To prevent future stains I swear by these little disposable foil burner liners. Really, the stains on my oven bowls mostly happen those few times when I run out of replacement foil liners. Very little gets by these, but they’re not cheap to buy considering they’re disposable. I used to buy them at Walmart in the kitchen section. They come in packs of 12 for $27 there, but because these catch all of the gunk that drips over your pots they get pretty nasty fast, and it’s best to change them out frequently. The 12-pack only does 3 changes for your $27 investment. I plan on purchasing these 50 pack liners from Amazon in the future. (affiliate link) The Amazon liners cost $21 for a pack of 50 (25 large, 25 small) and while I cannot yet vouch for how strong they are, at this price I don’t need them to last super long so durability is less important to me.
How do you clean your electric stove coils? Do you have a Fall Cleaning routine? What deep clean projects are you tackling right now? Is there anything you’d like me to research? Let me know in the comments below.
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