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Can You Soak Stove Burners? (All You Need to Know)

Are you thinking of cleaning your stove burners? Are you wondering whether you should spray the cleaning solution onto your stove burners or fully submerge in the cleaning solution? 

Can you soak stove burners?

Although you can soak stove burners in different cleaning solutions, there are still some stove burners that should not be submerged in such cleaning solutions because some negative consequences such as disruptive electrical components, loss of ignition, and corrosion may occur.

Several negative consequences may occur especially if you do not know in which liquid you should soak your stove burners, therefore, being aware of such phenomena will help you to choose the appropriate cleaning solution.

In water: 

Although you can definitely soak stove burners in water, it will not give you the best result as water alone cannot loosen up all the dirt and debris that are stuck on the surface of the stove burner.

In bleach: 

 When it comes to bleach, you should keep in mind not to soak any tainted stove burners in bleach as it will completely ruin and tear off the paint of the stove burner.

In addition, in the case of eradicating stains, grease, and spots, soaking stove burners in ammonia will work better than soaking them in bleach because bleach only seems to eradicate stains.

In vinegar: 

Nothing can beat the effectiveness that can derive from soaking stove burners in a vinegar solution.

Accordingly, all you need to do is to make a vinegar solution with equal amounts of water and vinegar to clean up all the spots and stains.

In ammonia:

Ammonia is another important liquid that helps to remove any type of grease, debris, dirt, stains, and so on effectively and efficiently.

In soapy water: 

You can definitely soak stove burners in soapy water because it gets the maximum amount of debris out of the surface in spite of being a cheaper option.

Is it okay to soak burners? 

Generally, it is okay to soak stove burners however, it also depends on which type of burners you have.

Sometimes, stove burners will get damaged due to the soaking process, and therefore, you need to separate stove coils so that these won’t get damaged due to water.

Additionally, you also need to be mindful not to soak any kind of electrical parts into the cleaning solution rather you can spray the cleaning solution onto these parts and let it soak for some moments, and then you can scrape off the spots and grease successfully.

What happens if stove burners get wet? 

Several positive and negative consequences may occur if your stove burners get wet therefore being knowledgeable about such consequences will help you in the future.

Water Damage:

There are some stove burners that work electrically and if you get your electric stove burners wet, you are exposing the whole electric system of the stove to deteriorate.

Accordingly, this will not only destroy the whole system rather your stove burners won’t be able to ignite fire due to the permanent damages.

Cleaned Stove Burners:

Apart from the negative consequences, one very positive consequence include having a clean stove burner that won’t have any gross spots, stuck-on food, burned-on food, debris, dirt, and so on.

Therefore, submerging your stove burners in cleaning liquids made with vinegar, baking soda, liquid soap, and so on will help to make sure your cooking procedure is maintained properly.

Problem Regarding Ignition:

Another consequence of getting your stove burners wet is related to the loss of ignition. Accordingly, your stove burner will not ignite as long as it is soaked therefore, you have to wait a long time for stove burners to dry before you can turn the stove burner on.

Can you soak these stove burners? 

Being knowledgeable regarding whether stove burners’ different types and materials are susceptible to the soaking process or not will help you to eradicate any unnecessary incidents.


Gas stove burners:

Gas stove burners are the most adaptable to the soaking process which will clean out all the debris, dirt, burned foods, scraps, spots, and so on.

In addition, you can soak the gas stove burners with different cleaning solutions only by spraying whereas in the case of the different parts of the gas stove such as stove grates, pan, and so on can be submerged completely in soapy water to provide a spotless cleaning.

Electric stove burners:

You cannot soak the whole electric stove burners into liquid elements because this may disrupt the coordination of the stove.

Although you cannot soak electric burners themselves into liquids, you can nevertheless separate the drip pans, and stove grates to soak in cleaning liquids.


Aluminum stove burners:

It is better not to soak aluminum stove burners in any type of cleaning liquid as it may discolor/damage the surface.

Accordingly, you can instead create a paste of baking soda and water which by scrubbing with a scrubber on the surface of the aluminum stove burners will give a cleaner finish.

What to soak your stove burners in? 

It is really important to know which liquids are best for your stove burners and which can give your stove burners the proper cleaning therefore being knowledgeable about such things will help you to avoid any confusion.

Soapy Water:

One of the best ways of soaking your stove burners is by the usage of soapy water which only requires you to mix detergent or liquid soap with water.

In addition, all you need to do is to soak your stove grates, stove burners, and stove coils in soapy water for almost one hour after which by scrubbing, you will get the perfect clean.

Baking Soda:

Baking soda is another important element that can help you to clean your stove burner very easily.

Accordingly, all you need to do is to soak your stove burners by spraying a liquid prepared by the mixture of water and baking soda and then leaving to make sure the cleaning solution gets absorbed for 30 minutes, and then you can scrub to eradicate all the stains, gross spots, and burned-on foods.


Vinegar is another cleaning material that you can use to soak your stove burners in. Accordingly, you need to soak your stove burners in a liquid that is made with equal parts of water and vinegar which you will spray on the stove burners to soak well.

Accordingly, you need to let the solution soak in before scrubbing it with a toothbrush or scrubber.

How to soak stove burners?

It is really important to be knowledgeable about the proper ways of soaking your stove burners to mold your decisions accordingly.

Get all the Necessary Equipment Ready:

At first, you need to make sure you have all the possible equipment ready such as baking soda, dishwashing soap, scrubbers, water, a bucket, vinegar, a spray bottle, and so on.

Turn Down the Stove Burners:

This is a very important step for you to follow because you need to make sure that your stove burners are not turned on while you are trying to soak them or clean them.

Accordingly, you need to make sure that your stove burners are cooled down all the way so that it is comfortable for you to touch them and work accordingly.

Fill the Bucket:

In this step, you now need to take a large bucket where you will add water with detergent or liquid soap to make a soapy water solution.

In addition, you need to separate the stove grate, pan, and stove cover from the stove burner and you now need to spray the cleaning solution on them and let them sit for a couple of minutes.

Accordingly, you now need to put the stove burners in the concoction of soapy water for almost one hour.

Use Baking soda, Vinegar, or Ammonia:

Sometimes soapy water concoction will not give you the perfect result therefore, you can also use baking soda or vinegar and can make a concoction with water.

Additionally, you can also go up a step further and use some ammonia in a zip lock bag and then you can put the stove grates, pan, cover, and so on into the bag overnight so that any spots that may have been left during the soapy water cleaning process will get eradicated easily.

Scrub the Stove Burners:

Soaking your stove burners or stove grates in ammonia, baking soda solution, vinegar solution, and soapy water concoction will not be enough as you also need to manually scrub the surface to get all the oil spots, food scraps, gross spots, and so on off of the stove burners.

Final Thoughts

Nothing can be more beneficial than soaking stove burners (which are compatible) in liquid cleaning solutions which will help to loosen up the stuck-on food, burned-on food, debris, oils, spots, grease, and so on to make your cleaning process effective and easy.