Glass stovetops are a favorite for both novice and experienced chefs and it’s no wonder why. They are sleek in design, look great in all types of kitchens, and more importantly, are super easy to clean.
Unlike traditional gas ranges, there are no clanky parts to scrub around or take apart. But just because glass stovetops are easy to clean, doesn’t mean you can use any old cleaning routine on them.
Here’s how to clean a glass stovetop with effective, natural ingredients that you likely have in your pantry already.
Glass Vs Ceramic Stovetop
Before we get into the nitty gritty of how to get rid of the nitty gritty, let’s talk a bit about glass stovetops and ceramic stovetops.
The names are a bit misleading because flat surface cooktops will never be made out of just glass or ceramic. Rather, all flat surface cooktops are a mixture of ceramic and glass.
Different appliance brands have their own trademark name for the type of ceramic glass they use.
This mixture of materials creates an incredibly durable surface that can withstand extreme heat. However, you can still crack the surface of a glass stovetop if you drop something heavy on it, or more commonly, scratch up the surface by using the wrong cookware or cleaning supplies.
here's what not to do...
- Avoid glass and ceramic cookware as they will scratch up your stovetop’s surface.
- Avoid using cast iron cookware. Cast iron not only will scratch your stovetop but it holds heat really well and can transfer the heat back onto the stovetop surface.
- Don’t clean your stovetop with ammonia as it will leave streaks behind once you turn the burners on.
- Avoid using common household glass cleaners. If you use a cleaner, be sure it's specifically designed for glass stovetops.
- Don't scrape off dried food using metal utensils. Use plastic instead.
- Never use abrasive cleaning tools such as steel wool or metal brushes.
Regardless of the type of flat surface stovetop you have, the cleaning methods are relatively the same. Here’s how to clean a glass stovetop and get it looking like new again.
How to Clean a Glass Stovetop with Baking Soda
Baking soda can be an effective cleaner for your glass stovetop because of its ability to dissolve away grime and loosen up cooked on grease. You can use baking soda to clean your stove top in several different ways.
Quick Cleaning with Baking Soda
Baking soda used on its own can be a great scouring powder that's mildly abrasive, yet effective in cleaning. If you want to be a little bit more thorough in your stovetop’s upkeep, use this routine once or twice a week.
- Start by sprinkling a generous amount of baking soda onto your cooled glass stovetop surface.
- Use a small towel or large washcloth and soak it in hot water so that it is nice and damp but not dripping.
- Place the small towel or large washcloth on top of your stovetop. You want to make sure that you are covering the entire surface of the stovetop.
- If you don't have a small towel or large washcloth, you can use four smaller size washcloths and place them over each burner.
- Let the towel sit on top of the baking soda for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wipe away the surface of your stovetop and polish with a spritz of distilled vinegar.
Create a Baking Soda Paste
While baking soda is great for cleaning when used directly on an item’s surface, it can work even better if you use it as a paste.
To create a baking soda paste simply mix together three parts baking soda and one part water. You want the paste to have a consistency similar to loose ketchup.
- Start by applying the baking soda paste directly onto your stovetop oven. Be sure to completely cover parts of your stovetop that have tougher stains on them.
- Let the baking soda paste sit for about two hours.
- After two hours, spray a generous amount of distilled vinegar on top of the paste. You should start seeing a fizzing reaction.
- Wipe away the baking soda paste. If there are tougher stains, you can use the paste as a mildly abrasive cleaner to scrub with and lift up the stain.
To combat tougher stains, you can also use a hydrogen peroxide baking soda paste. To make this paste, mix together three parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide.
You can use this paste as a sort of scrub that you apply directly onto a tough stain and scrub out using a soft brush or a washcloth.
Clean Your Glass Stovetop with a Razor Blade
A razor blade can be a great tool to use on a stovetop surface that has baked on food and burned on rings. Before you use a razor blade, make sure to consult your stovetop’s manufacturer booklet to ensure that it is safe for you to use a razor blade on your stove’s surface.
- Start by spraying your cooled down stovetop surface with vinegar or a warm soap water mix. Let the vinegar or soapy water mix set on your stove’s surface for about 10 minutes to help loosen up the grime.
- Next, you're going to use the razor blade to help lift up any grime. Don't use the corners of the blade to work out caked on food, this can damage the ceramic glass. Rather try and lay your blade at a 45 degree angle against the surface of the stovetop. This will keep you from accidentally etching into your stovetops surface.
- You can spritz vinegar as you work to help lift away stains. For tougher stains, you can rub on a baking soda paste and then run the razor blade over it once you have given the paste a couple of minutes to loosen up the food.
Use a Glass Top Stove Cleaner
Common ingredients like baking soda and vinegar can work wonders in helping loosen up caked on food. But sometimes, using a household cleaner can be helpful as well.
If you are going to use a household cleaner, be sure to use a product like Simple Green that won’t harm your stovetop’s surface. Also, you should be aware that some cleaners can produce harmful fumes once you turn your stovetop on.
While it may seem harmless to use a glass cleaner on your glass stovetop, you should never use a glass cleaner like Windex. Glass cleaners often have ammonia which should not be used on your stove's surface.
Prevention is Key
One of the best ways to keep your glass stovetop clean is by preventing burnt on grease and grime in the first place. The way to do this is through regular maintenance. Get in the habit of cleaning your glass top stove daily, preferably after the end of the day when you have finished using your stove.
Once your stovetop has cooled down, spray it with warm water and wipe it down using a microfiber or lint free cloth. This will give your stovetop a nice, streak free shine. If you have a stubborn cooked on food stain that has settled from the day’s cooking, mix a little soap with hot water to help loosen up the stain.
Deep Clean Once a Month
You can use any of the above cleaning methods for a deeper clean. Depending on how often you use your stovetop, you should do a deep clean anywhere from once or twice a month.
Regular deep cleanings are the best way to prevent burn water and grease buildup from becoming too stubborn to lift.
Final Thoughts on How to Clean a Glass Stovetop
One of the best ways to keep your glass stovetop looking like new is by regularly cleaning it. While you don't have to vigorously wipe it down after every use, you should give it a thorough once over at the end of the day.
Do you have any easy hacks that help you get your glass stovetop looking like new? Let us know below!