“Reusing Old Coffee Filters to Clean Your Stovetop Burners”

“Reusing Old Coffee Filters to Clean Your Stovetop Burners”

Reusing Old Coffee Filters to Clean Your Stovetop Burners


As a frequent coffee drinker, I accumulate a lot of used coffee filters. Rather than throwing them away, I realized I could reuse the filters to clean my stovetop burners. This simple hack has saved me money on cleaning supplies and reduced waste.

Why Reuse Coffee Filters for Cleaning?

There are several benefits to reusing old coffee filters to clean stove burners:

  • Coffee filters are designed to absorb liquid, so they work well for soaking up baked-on grease and food splatters on burners. The filters cling to the burner grates.

  • Coffee filters are abrasive enough to loosen debris when rubbed on dirty burners, yet gentle enough not to scratch.

  • Reusing items you already have on hand reduces waste and saves money that would be spent on specialty cleaning supplies.

  • Used coffee filters are free and unlimited for people who drink coffee daily. No need to buy paper towels or sponges specifically for cleaning the stove.

How to Clean Stove Burners Using Coffee Filters

Cleaning stove burners using old coffee filters is a simple process:

Step 1: Remove Burner Grates and Soak Filters

  • Allow the burners to fully cool after use before handling them.

  • Carefully remove the grates from the stove.

  • Place the grates in the sink and lay used coffee filters over each burner surface. You may need 2-3 layers of filters.

  • Soak the grates for 15-30 minutes. The filters will soften and loosen baked-on residue.

Step 2: Scrub and Rinse

  • After soaking, use the coffee filters to gently scrub the burner surfaces in a circular motion.

  • The filters provide a gentle abrasion to remove stuck-on grease and food particles without damaging the burners.

  • When finished scrubbing, rinse the burners and filters thoroughly with hot water to remove all debris.

Step 3: Dry and Reassemble

  • Allow the burner grates to air dry fully before returning them to the stove. Any water left on the burners could affect ignition.

  • Once completely dry, carefully place the burners back onto the stove.

  • Give the stove a test run to ensure the igniters are working properly after cleaning.

Tips for the Best Results

Follow these tips for the most effective stove cleaning using reused coffee filters:

  • Opt for white paper filters rather than specialty brown filters. White filters show dirt and grime better.

  • Change filters as needed during scrubbing. Replace with a fresh filter once one becomes too soiled.

  • For heavy buildup, let the filters soak longer, even overnight if needed. Extended soaking loosens stubborn grime.

  • Use a dry brush after soaking to dislodge large food chunks before scrubbing.

  • Rinse filters thoroughly to avoid coffee residue contaminating the burners.

Benefits Beyond Clean Stovetops

Reusing old coffee filters provides other bonuses beyond clean stove burners:

  • Used coffee filters can clean sinks, countertops, stainless steel appliances, and other areas. They are great all-purpose cleaning cloths.

  • Soaking filters in vinegar and water makes an effective odor-eliminating cleaner for garbage cans. The used filters absorb odors well.

  • Staining shoes? Stuff damp coffee filters inside to absorb excess dye and prevent stains on other items.

With just a little creativity, used coffee filters prove themselves endlessly useful around the house for cleaning and more!


Reusing old coffee filters is an eco-friendly, frugal way to clean stove burners thoroughly. Allowing the filters to soak on the burners lifts dirt then scrubbing with the filters removes residue. With proper drying afterward, the burners come out like new. Beyond stovetop cleaning, used coffee filters have many other helpful uses around the home. An item once destined for the trash transforms into a versatile cleaning tool. Give reused coffee filters a try – both your stove and wallet will thank you!