It’s all very well to clean the rest of your cooker daily (as we all do, right? Right?!) but how to get to the smaller, more fiddly bits? How to clean gas hob burner caps? We’re here to show you how!
How Do You Clean Burner Caps On Gas Stove?
You don’t need a lot of time or effort to clean your gas burner caps, and it can improve your cooking experience immensely!
Making sure the caps are clean, with no residues of food or cooking gunk, can help your cooker to run more efficiently, plus it will prevent that burning smell while you’re cooking.
- Start by ensuring that your cooker is off, and that all the parts are cool.
- Remove the burner caps (you can remove the burner bases at this time too, if they need a clean).
- With a sink filled with warm water, use a soft cloth to wipe off any debris or cooking oils off the cap.
- Add a little dish washing soap if your caps are especially grimy.
- You can also scrub at your burner caps, as long as you don’t use an abrasive sponge that may scratch the surface.
- Set them to dry, or wipe them with a tea cloth to remove all the moisture.
- Replace the burner bases and caps, making sure they are set straight (otherwise your flames will be all over the place!)
How Do You Get Stains Out Of A Burner Cap?
A good and simple fix is to remove your gas hob burner caps from their position, and soak them in a sink of mild detergent and warm water for about half an hour.
After this time, lift them out and check their condition – they may need a longer soak, or even a gentle scrub with a non abrasive cloth.
If your burner caps are really stained and the above methods don’t work to remove them, try the following:
- Make a paste with bicarbonate of soda and a splash of water.
- Apply the paste to the burner caps, using either your finger or an old toothbrush.
- Leave the paste to work its magic for half an hour or so.
- Gently scrub the paste away, using a soft cloth or your old toothbrush.
- Rinse them well under clear running water, then allow to air dry naturally.
You should notice a beautiful sparkly finish to your burner caps after this; it will be as if you have bought a brand new cooker!
How To Clean Clogged Gas Stove Burners
Keeping your gas stove burners will not only give you a sense of satisfaction and a shiny, clean cooker, but it will also increase your cooking efficiency.
This is because if the burners are not letting enough gas through then they will not perform very well, and your beautifully crafted meals will not be as good as they should be.
Cleaning your clogged stove burners is easier than you may think, and you don’t need to hire an expensive technician to do it for you.
- Make sure your gas cooker is turned off, and that everything is cool, before you start the cleaning process.
- Remove the burner caps, then take off the burners themselves.
- First, soak the burners in some warm, soapy water.
- After about half an hour, take them out of the water and gently scrub them with a non abrasive cloth or sponge.
- If there are really stubborn stains, or any blockages, take a small toothbrush and dip it into a dish of baking powder.
- Wet the brush a little, then use it to scrub at any clogged parts of the gas burners.
- Rinse them gently under running water, and check the clogged areas – if they are still partially blocked then you will need to repeat the process.
- Let the burners air dry, to ensure that no water is left on them.
- Reassemble the burners and put the rest of the hob back together.
- Light each burner to test it, then enjoy your new cooking efficiency!
How To Clean Gas Burner Nozzle?
Although it is not recommended that you mess about with gas appliances unless you are a qualified engineer, something simple like unblocking nozzles can be safely done yourself.
Using a straight pin, a needle or a piece of wire, gently insert the pointed end into the opening of the gas nozzle.
If there is any blockage in there, this should remove it and get all your jets firing well. You’ll be “cooking with gas” before you know it!
Try to ensure that you poke the pin in very straight, to avoid damaging the gas jet as you go in, and use the thinnest implement that you can.
This video shows you a quick and simple way to clean your clogged nozzles, along with some helpful measurements to use and where the nozzle itself actually is:
How Do You Clean A Gas Stove With Baking Soda And Vinegar?
Baking soda and white vinegar is a great way to clean a cooker – in fact, it’s a great way to clean anything!
All you need is a little dish, with a few drops of dish washing soap, 1 part vinegar and 1 part baking soda.
Using an old toothbrush, spread the mixture over all the parts of the cooker that you want to clean.
Leave it on for at least 20 minutes to allow the mixture to work its magic, then scrub it off with a soapy sponge.
If there are areas of your cooker that are more caked in grime than other areas, you can leave this mixture on for even longer, and even repeat the process if you feel it’s necessary.
Keeping your gas stove clean and free from blockages, stains and leftover foodstuffs will improve its efficiency and cooking ability no end. Now you know how to clean it yourself, without the help of costly cleaners, then you can enjoy your cooker as if it was new!