Electric stoves can be a pain to clean. Food spills get trapped under the burner coils and can become caked on and hard to remove. What makes it even more difficult is the fact that the coils have electric connections that need to be unhooked in order to really get a deep clean.

While you can set the burners on your electric stove to high to try and burn off any food debris from past spills, heat can only do so much. To get a deep clean, follow these five steps for an electric stove the shines.

1. First, grab the following items: A dish rag, some dish soap, baking soda and some water.

2. Next, when the burners are completely cool, remove them from the stovetop. You may have to give it a gentle tug, but if you have any trouble, refer to your stove’s owner’s manual. If you don’t have the physical copy, you can likely find it on Manuals Online.

3. Put a dab of dish soap on a dampened rag and wipe any residue from the coils. You can also wipe up any debris from the stovetop, just make sure you don’t get the electrical connection wet.

4. If the debris is really stuck on, make a paste with a little baking soda and water, rub the paste on the spot and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Then scrub and rinse— the gunk should come right off.

5. When everything is clean and the burners are completely dry, reinstall them.

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