Glass cooktops are beautiful and a safer and more efficient way to cook, however, cleaning them can be a challenge. Glass cooktops are more susceptible to scratches, pits and stains, especially when not cared for properly. Here are 4 tried and true, safe, non-abrasive ways to clean your cooktop regardless of what you’re cleaning off of your glass cooktop!
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How To Clean Your Glass Cooktop In Various Situations
Cooking on electric glass cooktops or induction cooktops is a great efficient, safer and more economical way to cook your food, however, they get dirty very easily and all imperfections can be seen. Lets discuss some situations you may find your glass cooktop in.
1. Water boiled over and made white marks all over my cooktop
I have an awful habit of setting a pot of water on the cooktop and then starting another task while I wait for the water to boil. I’m always drawn back to my kitchen when I hear the sizzling and crackling of the water boiling over and spilling all over my cooktop.
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2. Leaving a pan on the cooktop at too high of heat and it makes a black ring
Another thing I do from time to time is turn the heat up too high. Typically I’m in a hurry and want to quickly cook whatever meal I’m making. The pan gets super hot and then leave a black ring around the perimeter of the burner. So annoying!
3. Food spilled on the glass cooktop and got burnt on
I hate to admit it, but this happens from time to time when I’m cooking…especially when making eggs! I crack the egg on the side of the pan and inevitably some of the whites drip down the side of the pan. You would that having a blog that began based around cooking, I wouldn’t have this issue…but I do! Also when making my 8 ingredient spaghetti sauce, it often times bubbles up and over the pan causing burnt on food.
How to Clean A Glass Cooktop
Now that we’ve discussed several ways that you glass cooktop gets grody, lets talk about how to clean it without harming the glass surface!
- Step 1: Wipe the glass cook top with a soapy, wet rag immediately
- Step 2: Pour water on the glass cooktop and turn on burner
- Step 3: Create a baking soda paste
- Step 4: Wipe clean with a wet, clean rag
Let’s break these steps down and go into more detail!
1. Wiping the glass cook top with a soapy, wet rag immediately
I know this one seems like a total “duh” but seriously I can’t tell you how many times I wish I would have done this right away and then I wouldn’t be scrubbing later! Use a safe, biodegradable dish soap like this one to wash your cooktop!
2. Pour water on the glass cooktop and turn on burner
Once the damage is done and your cooktop is full of burnt on food, pour around 1-2 tablespoons of water on your cooktop, over the burnt food, and turn the burner on medium heat. The heated water will help loosen the burnt on food and make it easier to remove. If you’re still having a difficult time, use a wooden spoon or spatula and gently try to loosen the food by gently “scrapping” it being sure to not scratch your glass cooktop. Be careful not to burn your wooden spoon or forget to turn off the burner.
3. Create a baking soda paste
For stains and/or black rings, make a paste with 4 tablespoons of baking soda plus a little water and spread it on the area that needs to be cleaned. Place a warm damp rag on top and let it sit for 30 minutes. Wipe the area clean. If the stain persists, make another paste using 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar. Let the mixture sit for about a minute on the stain, scrub it in with a microfiber cloth, then remove the residue with a wet cloth. (source)
4. The ultimate cleaner, Scour Off paste
If after implementing all of the above methods you still have stains or burnt on food, have no fear, Scour Off paste from Shaklee is the most amazing miracle working product! In all truthfulness, I usually skip numbers 2 and 3 and just go straight to this step! In my opinion, why waste time when I know that one product can fix all of my mistakes in a matter of seconds! Just a tiny amount of this non-abrasive, no chlorine or bleach paste goes a long way. Scoop out 1/2 tsp of paste and spread generously with water over the glass cooktop with a non-abrasive sponge and then wipe clean with water. Your cooktop will look as good as new!
Scour Off paste is made up of natural ingredients that remove the toughest dried-on splatters and spills, burned-on grease, baked-on food, and sticky messes without hazardous chemicals or toxic fumes.
Scour Off does not contain:
Cleaning Credentials of Scour Off
- Natural abrasives
- No harsh chemicals
- Biodegradable surfactants
- No phosphates
5. How To Clean A White Glass Top Stove
While all of my glass cook tops have been black, my good friend, Kim, has a white cook top. She shares how to successfully clean white glass cook top stoves here!