If you’re cleaning after you’ve cooked, let the stove top cool off first. Fill the sink with hot water and enough dish soap to make the water nice ‘n’ sudsy. Don your gloves then take off the grates and burner caps, and plop ‘em in the soapy water for at least three hours — let ‘em soak overnight if they’re really icky.
Clean the softened residue off the grates and burner caps with a scrub brush. Depending on how gnarly they are, you might have to employ a bit of elbow grease. Once they’re clean, rinse them off and dry with a microfiber cloth or set on a towel to air dry.
Now for the stove top. Remove crumbs and debris from the stove with a dry cloth, then make a paste with 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup warm water. Use a cloth to cover the stove top with the paste, then spray cleaning vinegar over the paste and let it sit for half an hour.
Scrub! If the stove isn’t too dirty, you can use a microfiber cloth. If your stove could use a bit more TLC, grab an abrasive sponge and start scrubbin’. If stains remain around the burners, sprinkle a little more baking soda straight onto the stove and spray with a little vinegar until it fizzes, then scrub the stains away.
Soak a cloth in warm water and wipe away the baking soda and vinegar mixture. Once it’s all gone, dry off the stove top and replace the grates and burner caps. Et voila! Admire the fruits of your labor.