How to Clean Grimy Oven Knobs
Oven knobs are one of those overlooked kitchen tools that can easily become sticky and gross but are so easy clean! Oven knobs can get SUPER grimy if you’re an avid cook – sticky oil splatters and all. Luckily, with some vinegar and just 5 minutes of time, you can make those oven knobs look brand new again.
Why should you clean range knobs?
Besides the sticky build up from oil splatters and the fact that your hands aren’t always clean when you touch them, you run the same risk of cross contamination when touching range knobs that you do when touching your microwave keypad. To be safe, make an effort to deep clean your oven knobs regularly.
What do you need?
- 3-4 cups of vinegar
- Bowl large enough to contain all of your oven knobs
- Spray bottle filled with 1 part vinegar, 1 part water, and a few drops of essential oil (for cleaning I recommend tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, or lavender)
How to clean oven knobs
- Remove knobs from your oven (most oven models have knobs that will easily pop off) and soak them in a bowl filled with white vinegar for 5 minutes
- Spray vinegar and water mix (or plain vinegar if you can stand the smell) onto your stove where the knobs once were and let sit for about 30 seconds to 1 minute
- Using a sponge or microfiber cloth, wipe away remaining grime
- Rinse the knobs under water with some dish soap then let them air dry completely before placing them back onto the oven
Alternatively, I haven’t tried this but I read that popping those knobs in your dishwasher will get the job done just as well. I worry a little about the painted labels on your knobs rubbing off after a few times of doing this but if that doesn’t bother you then it might be worth a try!
While you’re at it, don’t forget to also clean the inside of your oven and if you have an electric stove – give those coils a clean as well!
Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.
I had ordered some new oven knobs to replace my older, grimy knobs. They showed up but were not the correct size. I then started researching cleaning the existing knobs. My previous efforts were not a big success.. however, after following these instructions, my stainless steel oven knobs now look brand new!! Total transformation… BONUS TIP! for stainless, after following these instructions use Weiman Stainless Steel cleaner & polish. It makes it totally pop! I swear by that stuff as I use it on the outdoor BBQ, 2 Stainless refrigerators, microwave & stainless steel Stove hood. So now, I can use these tips for the brushed stainless steel hardware on the kitchen cabinets. Replacing all of this would have been hundreds of dollars, and now, I am getting a kitchen makeover for about $4.00 of white vinegar, a scrub sponge and some cleaner. We bought our home a little over a year ago and LOVE it, and now we will have even more to love!!! A TOATL WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s such a good feeling! So glad to hear this worked well for you 🙂