There's no reason for your stovetop to be plagued by greasy buildup and cooking spills. It's easy to clean—just time consuming. For a gas range, remove burner caps, grates, and control knobs, and place them in hot, soapy water. Clean the stovetop with a scrubbing sponge and dish soap, then rinse. For an electric range, soak drip pans and knobs, but not the burners; clean around the burners.