Simple DIY Trick to Clean Gas Stove Burners – Week 1

I read a great tip on how to clean gas stove burners with ammonia without any elbow grease at The V Spot and I’m amazed with the results! I’m embarrassed to show how dirty our stove top burners are but I’m sure I’m not the only one who has neglected cleaning them over the years (I hope). But now I finally get to see the black shiny part underneath all the grime that accumulated over many many years of cooking… It’s so easy, even I could do it! LOL

You will need:

  1. Ammonia (can get 64 oz at Target for less than $2)
  2. Ziploc or zipper plastic bags (can get the generic Target brand for less than $3)
  3. Measuring cup (or you can wing it without it, no problem)
Ammonia from Target

Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup of ammonia

Ziploc Bags from Target

Make sure your stove burner fits inside the bag.



  1. Place your gas stove burner inside the zipper bag. I would recommend doing two at a time so that you can still cook while you let the other two sit in ammonia.
  2. Measure ¼ to ½ cup of ammonia and pour inside the zipper bag. It may look like it’s too little but you can use my photo as a reference of how much it covered. I would say it’s like a tiny puddle that barely covers the bottom.
  3. Seal the zipper thoroughly and place outside under the sun (preferably) for 12 hours or until you are satisfied with how much grime has come off. It took me over 24 hours but mine were really disgustingly grimy…

    Clean stove burner with ammonia

    Place stove burner inside plastic bags with ammonia.

  4. After you are satisfied and can’t wait any longer to see the results, open slowly AWAY from your face. The fumes will burn your eyes and nose if you open it facing you, trust me, it burns. Also, don’t take a whiff of the ammonia. The pretty color is deceiving, it smells terrible…
  5. You can pour the dirty ammonia down your drain without any issues (our urine is essentially ammonia and ammonia is water soluble). Just let the water run while you slowly pour the dirty ammonia down the drain.
  6. Take the gas stove burners out from the plastic bag and run water through them. Then scrub the remaining grime with dish soap detergent.
  7. Let the stove burners dry and voila! You have now sparkling clean gas stove burners. And all for a few dollars! And a bit of patience 🙂
Ammonia Clean Stove Burners

Before After Clean Stove Burners

My stoves aren’t perfectly clean but I’m still very happy with the results. I will continue doing this when I see the burners getting some build up and I’m sure it will just get cleaner and cleaner each time.

Ammonia Clean Stove Burners

Before After Clean Stove Burners

Thanks for reading! Let me know if it worked out for you 🙂


PS: I researched about the damage ammonia could cause to the burners and found nothing that I would be alarmed by… But follow this cleaning tip at your own discretion.

PPS: Never mix ammonia with bleach. Poisonous it is.

PPPS: Don’t place the zipper bags with ammonia on top of aluminum trays or grass. It will damage your trays and your grass.

  1. Thank you for posting your before/after photos of your stovetops grates. I googled “how to clean stovetop burner grates” which led me to the “V Spot”, which then led me to your Simple DIY blog. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I live in DIY hell (remodeling a kitchen) with much more to do on my fixer upper house, so I just love your site. I also LOVE cats too. So grateful for your posts!

    • Hi Danielle!

      Thanks for your kind comment! I’m so glad you find the DIYs here easy to follow 🙂 I can’t wait to get back home to continue on the DIY projects.

      How’s your remodeling going? I need a major remodel of a very old kitchen as well. I would love to see what your before and after looks like!


  2. Terrific job! i appreciate your for sharing this awesome DIY with us! HUGS

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