How often do you clean the stove in your home? If it gets used as often as mine, it probably needs to be cleaned at least once a week. Regular cleaning is what keeps a stove looking new, functioning properly, and more importantly, will get rid of those nasty food odors that can stink up the kitchen.
Along with cleaning the flat surfaces of your stove, the temperature control knobs should also be cleaned to remove cooking liquids that are trapped in the seams. While this seems like a super simple task, it’s not. I’ve discovered by accident that scrubbing too hard can erase the numbers which means having to guess at the temperature settings.
Not all temperature control knobs are this vulnerable to cleaning. Unfortunately there isn’t any way you can tell which ones are easily damaged and which ones are not. This is why I clean all my control knobs as gently as possible. Here is how it’s done.
Remove the knobs carefully
Control knobs can be removed by grabbing the edges with your fingertips and then gently pulling them towards you.
Place in a jar
Carefully place the knobs in a clean canning jar, clean coffee jar or some other container. Add a half-teaspoon of a degreasing type dish detergent (I prefer Dawn). Fill the container with hot water until the knobs are under water.
Let the control knobs soak 10-15 minutes. Gently agitate two or three during the soaking process.
Remove and finish cleaning
After soaking, rinse the knobs with clear water. Stubborn grease caught in the seams can be rinsed away using the sink’s sprayer attachment or removed with a cotton swab.
Dry and replace
The knobs can either be air dried or patted dry with a soft towel before returning them to the stove.
Stoves are one of the more important appliances in our kitchens. Regular cleaning keeps them functioning properly, a little TLC when it comes to cleaning the temperature control knobs will ensure that the numbers stay readable.
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