Many people are choosing smooth surface electric ranges, if gas is not an option. They can be wiped down more easily than a traditional electric range, and don't have to be taken apart to get them clean. However, if you have ever burned something onto the smooth surface heating elements (burners), you know they can be tough to get clean. Here is a simple tutorial for getting your smooth surface range clean for little or no money.
Clean, damp dish rag
*Note: Before you begin, the range top should be completely cool.
Sprinkle baking soda on the heating element you want to clean. Start with a small amount, perhaps 2 tablespoons is all you need. You can add more if necessary. Add a one capful of lemon juice. It will go a long way once mixed with the baking soda, but again, you can add more if necessary.
The lemon juice causes the baking soda to sizzle, which activates its cleaning power. If you have a lot of build up on the heating element, let the mixture to sit for a few minutes. Begin buffing the surface in small circles, pressing lightly on the tough spots. As you buff, you will notice that the baking soda will turn brown or gray. This means it's working! If you feel that the mixture is too wet, simply add a little more baking soda. If you feel that it's too dry, add a little more lemon juice. Once the element is clean, wipe away the excess mixture and dry the surface with a clean dish towel.
If it has been a long time since you cleaned your smooth surface range top, it may take you a little while to get it clean. Regular maintenance is the key to easier cleaning later. I spot clean as needed to prevent major build up over time.
Additional note: I have tried using baking soda and borax together on my range, however I have found that it works better with just baking soda, since a soapy ingredient is not necessary. Also, the texture of borax is rougher, and may scratch your smooth surface.
You can spend a lot of money on smooth surface cleaners, however my opinion is that nothing works better than baking soda and lemon juice. It works faster and with less effort than other cleaning options. The biggest advantages are that it's all natural and it's FREE since I already have these items in my kitchen.
Please feel free to leave comments below sharing your experience using this method, or perhaps another method if you have a gas range or traditional electric range.
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