Cleaning the hob is nobody’s favourite chore, but it’s a good idea to regularly clean it to stop germs from spreading and to help keep it working properly.
Wiping spills up as soon as you’ve finished cooking is the quickest way to keep your hob looking new. However, if you don't have time or you've got some built up grime, this guide shows you the easiest way to clean every type of hob currently available.
There are a few things to grab before you start cleaning:
If you’d rather not use a chemical cleaner, check out the recipe for a natural and environmentally friendly alternative at the bottom of the page.
Regardless of what you use to clean it, always make sure your hob is turned off and completely cold before you start cleaning.
An electric plate hob has several raised elements that heat up your pans and pots. If they’re not cleaned regularly, food can burn into the grooves and become really difficult to remove.
It’s worth noting that the coating on the elements of older hobs can come away and rust can appear. If this happens, it’s probably time to start looking for a new one. However, if you aren’t able to, clean them as below but make sure spills aren't allowed to remain on the rust after it’s used.
Soak a few cloths or old towels in warm, soapy water and lay them over the elements. Leave them to soak for a few minutes to soften any ingrained dirt or dried grease.
Wipe off any loose grease and spray the elements with your anti-bacterial spray. Let it soak in for a minute or so.
Wipe the spray off with a clean, damp cloth until brown residue stops appearing on the cloth.
Use the toothbrush to work the spray into the grooves on the heating elements, making sure any cleaning fluid is completely removed.
Make sure the whole hob is dry before you use it again. When you turn it on, don’t worry if a small amount of dried cleaning fluid burns off. If any of the elements start smoking heavily, turn them off, wait until it cools down and wipe them with a damp cloth.
Ceramic hobs are the most popular type of electric hob. The smooth surface makes cleaning up spills quick and easy if you catch them in time.
If grease or spills burn on, getting them off can take a bit more effort - luckily, it’s not too difficult if you follow the steps below.
Dry the hob with a paper towel.
Buff the surface with a clean towel (or microfiber cloth if you have one) until any streaks disappear.
Induction hobs are quite easy to keep clean; because the actual hob doesn’t get hot during cooking, you can wipe up spills soon after they happen.
If you missed a few spots and sauce or grease has dried on, the steps below take you through removing it.
If you like, you can polish it with normal glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth to really bring out the shine.
A gas hob is the most labour intensive hob to clean, but it’s still easy to get great results.
Before you get started, you need to remove the metal pan supports and burner tops (they should just lift off). Fill the sink with hot water and washing up liquid and let them soak while you clean the rest. Don't let them soak overnight though, as the underside of the burners can rust if left in water for too long).
If you’d rather not use a chemical spray, you can make an alternative that works just as well (some say better!) than pre-mixed solution.
For a normal size spray bottle, mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of white vinegar. Empty the mixture into the spray bottle and top up with water. If you find you need more cleaning power, just add more vinegar and baking powder.
Hopefully this is everything you need to know about cleaning your hob.
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