We know easy off as a popular oven and grill cleaner, but did you know you can use it to clean your stove top.
Here’s how to clean a stove top using Easy Off
Easy off kitchen degreaser can be used to clean grime and gunk build up on stainless steel, gas, electric and ceramic stovetop without any damage to their finish. To use easy off on a stove top, spray the product directly to the affected surface and use a rag moistened with water to wipe off the gunk. Follow up with a dry rag to remove the Easy Off residue.
What is Easy Off?
Easy off is a household cleaner specifically formulated to tackle grease and gunk that form on the surface of household items such as cabinets, countertops, backsplash, stovetops, ovens, sinks, etc.
The easy off brand offers a variety of products that are specifically suited for different types of surfaces.
Some of the products from Easy Off are perfectly suited for kitchen surfaces, whereas others work for both kitchen, outdoor and even garage items.
What chemical is in Easy Off?
The chemical composition of Easy Off vary based on the product line. Different products are intended for different applications, and as such, will have different constituents.
For instance, the heavy duty grill cleaner meant for cleaning the grill is made up of different chemical composition in comparison to the popular kitchen degreaser product from Easy Off.
That aside, here are the ingredients to expect in the Easy Off Degreaser line (both normal and heavy duty) meant for use on stovetops.
|s/n||Ingredient||Purpose||Safety to humans|
|3||Lauramine Oxide||Surfactant||Skin Irritation, Eye irritation.|
|4||Sodium Hydroxide||Ingredient for detergent||Skin BurnsEye Damage|
|5||Ethanolamine||Ingredient for detergent||Harmful if inhaledSkin burnEye Damage|
|6||Fragrance||Scent booster||Skin irritationEye irritation|
As you can see, kitchen cleaners aren’t exactly the nicest products for your skin, eyes, and even to inhale.
That’s why it’s always recommended to put on protective eyewear, a nose mask and gloves whenever you’re working with them.
When you’re done cleaning also, make sure to wash your hands properly to get rid of anything that many have gotten to your hands.
Is Easy Off oven cleaner safe to use on a stovetop?
As far as the integrity of your stove top is concerned, Easy Off will not damage it, especially when you stick to the particular line of product specially designed to be used on stovetops, which is the kitchen degreaser. It comes in both normal and heavy duty.
Easy off is meant to be used a certain way though, for instance, it’s supposed to be applied and allowed to sit only for a specific period of time after which you’re expected to wipe it off.
Letting it sit for a prolonged period can cause the surface to get damaged.
Does Easy Off clean the stove top and remove stains?
Easy off products are actually very reliable when it comes to doing what they promise to do, and that is tackling everyday grime and gunk that accumulate on our household items.
The regular products work like magic, and If you’re looking for something a bit stronger, there’s the heavy duty line that works great for stubborn stains and also those that have aged.
And the good thing about Easy Off Degreaser is that cleaning grease, grime and gunk, especially those that are fresh, is only a matter of seconds.
What kind of stovetop can you use Easy Off on?
When it comes to the stovetop, you can use almost all the Easy Off products to remove grime and gunk on it.
But the most recommended product is the kitchen cleaner or degreaser which comes in a normal and heavy duty variety.
You can use Easy Off Kitchen Degreaser to clean the following types of stove tops:
- Stainless steel
- Electric stove top
- Stove Top with grates
- Cast iron stovetop and grates
- Black stovetop
- Vitro Ceramic
- Black Enamel
- Pyrolytic Enamel
But these are as far as you can go with Easy Off degreaser.
Avoid using Easy Off degreaser on the following stovetop materials.
- Galvanized steel
It’s good to know that while the stovetop itself might not be made from these materials, other items such as the burner caps or even the grates themselves can be made from them.
So know what is made from what and avoid using the cleaner on them.
How to clean stove tops using Easy Off
The process for cleaning stove tops using Easy Off kitchen degreaser is quite simple.
First, inspect the stovetop to know what type it is.
If you have a stovetop that has burners or heating elements on it, for instance, the “electric or gas type” of stovetop, avoid spraying the product directly (such that it coats everywhere including the burners, knobs or even heater). Instead, spray the contents onto a rag and use the rag to clean the stove top while avoiding the heating elements, knobs and burners.
For these elements, you can use a separate rag dampened with water to clean them.
For the rinse, use a new rag moistened with warm water to go over the entire surface of the stove top. You can use this medium to clean the knobs, the heating elements and the caps if you aren’t using a seperate rage for them.
If you’re dealing with a stubborn stain, spray the product directly on the spot and let it sit for a while (but don’t allow it to dry).
Use a rag to lift off the grease and use a follow up rag moistened with water to clean the surface.
How long do you leave easy off on?
The Easy Off degreaser is a wipe as you spray type of product, unless you’re dealing with a more stubborn stain in which case you’re required to let it sit and work its magic for a minute before you wipe it off.
What you must never do is to allow the product to dry completely on the stovetop as that can cause staining.
Can you cook after using Easy Off on a stove top?
Absolutely, you can cook after using Easy Off on a Stove Top. The problem of “cooking after using” typically arises when the oven is in question, where you’d have fumes all over which can settle on whatever you’re cooking and serve as potential risk.
With a stovetop, fumes evaporate quickly and by the time you’re done cleaning the entire surface, the fumes must have disappeared completely.
But still, it’s recommended to allow a waiting period of about 20 to 30 minutes before you begin to cook to really ensure nothing funny is going to happen. Make sure the entire space is properly ventilated (with the windows wide open) to aid with the diffusion.
How do you get rid of Easy Off residue
When you use Easy Off on a stove top and still have residue on it, the best way to get rid of this residue is to use a cloth dampened with water to wipe it off from the surface, and then let the surface dry.
Make sure the cloth is not dripping but only moist. Another thing to do to speed up drying is to follow up with a clean dry rag.
What happens when you get oven cleaner on the heating element?
Because the heating element of an electric stove top is wired to electronic components, spraying on it can cause liquid to penetrate deep and get to the electronics which can cause damage.
This is why it’s best to spray on a cloth first and then use the cloth to clean target spots on the cooker. Now is a good time to clean panels and knobs as well.