Asking not to see melted plastic on your electric stove burners is completely unavoidable. It is a common natural accident that is bound to occur in every homemaker’s kitchen.
Your plastic spoon, nylon bag, the plastic plate may have been accidentally melted by the heat on the electric stove burners.
So all you need to do is to ensure that you get the melted plastic removed before it causes further damage to your electric stove burners.
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How Can You Get the Melted Plastic Out?
To get them out, you need no expensive cleaning agent or tool. In fact, you do not need to call an electronic technician.
All you need to do is to observe some common home measures. But, there are diverse methods on how to get the melted plastic off your electric stove burners.
- (a wooden scraper)
- Scouring sponge. (Steel)
- Mild liquid dishwashing soap
- Warm water
- Glass cleaner
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
All these tools and cleaning agents are easy to get and also very affordable.
In this method, you can get off the melted plastic with the use of warm water and liquid soap.
What you need to do first is to turn on your electric stove a little bit then, allow it to be heated then turn it off. Slip on a rubber glove just in case your skin may be too sensitive to heat.
Next, get your wooden scrapper and begin to scrape the surface of the affected gas stove burner. As you scrape off the melted plastic, you will observe that tiny burnt pieces are falling out.
These burnt pieces are the melted plastic that you have now scraped off from the surface.
Next, allow the electric stove burners to cool, then detach them and soak them for fifteen minutes in a large bowl of warm soapy water.
After fifteen minutes, scrub them thoroughly using a steel scouring sponge or foam. But a steel scouring sponge is very much preferred.
Once you are done with the scrubbing process, rinse the burners with warm water and dry them with a paper towel.
Now you will observe that the melted plastic has been scrapped off completely from the burner’s surface.
Using Baking Soda and White Vinegar
It is almost the same process as liquid soap and warm water.
Except that, this would require you to make use of baking soda and its accomplice; the white vinegar! These two work perfectly together, getting rid of all the stubborn stains and debris.
Once you notice that there are melted plastics on your burner, turn on the electric stove burner and allow it to heat a little bit.
Then, turn off the heat once it is fully heated.
Next, sprinkle some white vinegar on the affected surface; just in case your stove burner isn’t removable, you can sprinkle the white vinegar on the surface.
You will get a sizzling effect because something liquid has touched a heated surface.
Next, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the surface, followed by some generous squirt of mild liquid soap.
Then get your steel scouring pad and begin to work! Scrub the surface of the stove burner until there is no more melted plastic to contend with.
Next, get a dry kitchen cloth and wipe the surface until it is entirely clean. Get another damp kitchen towel and clean the surface again.
If your electric stove burner is detachable, then instead of turning on the heat, detach it from the entire stove and drop the stove burners into a large empty bowl.
Heat a pot of boiling water, but ensure that it is warm before pouring directly on the burners in the bowl. Now add white vinegar and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
Next, mix baking soda and mild liquid soap to form a pasty solution.
Then grab your scouring sponge and begin to scrub the surface of the stove burners using the pasty baking soda solution.
Scrub until the melted plastic is out and the entire burners are sparkling clean. Then rinse with warm water, and allow them to air dry before putting them back to use.
Use of a Glass Cleaner
If you are not fully convinced about using baking soda, white vinegar, or the liquid soap method, you should totally try the glass cleaner method.
You should probably have some glass cleaner remaining from the one you have been using in cleaning your windows.
If yes, then you should use it to remove the melted plastic from the stove burners. Turn on the electric stove burners to get some little heat.
Once it is fully heated, turn off the stove and spray the burners until they are well-covered with glass cleaner.
Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then get a scouring sponge and liquid soap, if necessary, and begin to scrub the surface.
Clean the top with a dry towel when you are done, and you will get a melted plastic-free burner!
However, if your stove burner is detachable, then get it detached! Put them in a nylon bag and spray the burners in each nylon bag.
Then tie/seal them up for 20 minutes. Once you are done, get them out and put them into a bowl of warm soapy water and get to the work of scrubbing.
Scrub gently, applying just the right amount of pressure to the steel scouring sponge. By doing this, you would have gotten the melted plastic out!
Finally, leaving melted plastic on your electric stove burner can be quite dangerous if you do not attend to it immediately.
So a quick tip to give you is, whenever there is a melted plastic accident on your stove burner, kindly get them off immediately using any of these tips because the longer you leave them on the stove burner, the shorter the lifespan of your stove burners.