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How to clean gas hobs

While the general idea is that cooking on a gas hob is faster than using an electric cooker, this is not always the case. The gas hob will only be faster if the burner is clean. If the burner is clogged up the gas cooker will not work efficiently and may stop completely.

You will also notice that the burner has a very weak flame which may eventually not burn at all if it is coated with grease and burned food.

How often should they be cleaned?

A good indication of when you should clean the burners is when the flame becomes irregular or gives off a yellow colour. Most manufacturers advise cleaning at least once a month, maybe more frequently if the cooker is used constantly.

What do we use?

  • Dish soap
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Old toothbrush
  • Non abrasive scrubbing pad
  • Paper clip

How to clean the hob

Remove the burner caps

If the cooker is the older type with a standing pilot light you should shut off the gas valve before starting. Make sure that the caps are cold before you touch them.

Soak the tops

Use a mixture of dish soap and warm water or distilled vinegar and soak for about 30 minutes. This will help to loosen hard debris.

Clean the heads and caps

Use non abrasive pads and an old toothbrush to remove any food from the heads and caps. If you need to open the tiny ports you can use the paper-clip, but be careful not to damage the metal.

For stubborn stains you can make a paste from the baking soda and water. Rub on and scrub with the toothbrush.

Rinse and dry

Use running water to remove all the soap or baking soda. Dry with a clean cloth.

Reassemble burners

Put the burners back as you found them. Take care not to damage any ignition electrodes when you do this.

Final thoughts

If the gas cooker burners are kept clean they will make sure that the cooker works more efficiently. It does not take a huge amount of

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