Keeping a newly purchased stove clean is easy as you are still in love with it and still filled with excitement. You treat it like a newborn baby, and thus keeping it clean almost comes naturally with a clean-up after every cooking session.

However, with time and decreased excitement, you tend to leave the cleaning to once a day or a week leading to sticky and rusty coil tops but that shouldn’t be the case.

Electric Stove Coil Tops

So here’s a step by step guide on how to clean electric stove coil tops and keep them in pristine condition:

1. Assemble Cleaning Equipment and Supplies.

These include a non-abrasive scouring pad, dish soap, kitchen paper towel, dishtowel, small water bowls, warm water, baking soda, lemon, and vinegar (if dealing with stubborn stains).

2. Remove coil tops from the stove

Ensure that the power of the stove is turned off and the coil tops have cooled down before removing them from the stovetop.

Place them on the kitchen countertop for easy cleaning and to also prevent water spillage on the stove.

3. Clean the coil tops

Mix your dish soap with warm water in one bowl and dip the dishtowel in the mixture to start cleaning the coils.

If there are any hard stains, mix some baking soda and warm water or vinegar to make a paste. Apply the paste on the parts of the coil with stubborn or hard stains.

You can alternatively mix lemon and baking soda if your coils have grease on them. Lemon has natural grease-cutting properties while baking soda has natural antibacterial properties.

Leave the paste on for about 10-20 minutes, use a non-abrasive scouring pad to remove the stains, and rinse off with a wet dish towel.

You can then wipe dry with another dish towel.

4. Clean the rest of the stove

You can now clean the rest of the stove using your mixture of dish soap and water using a dish towel.

The mixture of baking soda and water or vinegar can still be used to clean out hard stains on the stove top.

Wipe the stove dry with a clean dish towel or kitchen paper towel to get that sparkling finish.

5. Reattach stove coils

You can now put the coil tops back onto the stove when you are sure that they are thoroughly dry.


  • Some stains from things like milk, peanut paste, porridge, and similar items should be cleaned immediately to prevent them from creating messy sticky stains on your stove.
  • Aluminum tin foil can also be used to scrub long term rust and dirt off your coil tops.
  • Avoid using sharp objects like knives and forks to remove food scraps from your coils as they may cause damage to your surfaces. Consider using a stove scraper instead.

Whether it is for personal reasons, preparing dinner for your friends or family, cleaning stove coil tops is an important and fulfilling task that can now be made easy by following these easy steps on how to clean electric stove coil tops.