What Are The Top Ways To Clean A Dirty Stovetop?

Raise your hand if you want a sparkling clean stovetop that magically makes spills and stains disappear before the holidays. Yeah, us too! While we wait for that to be invented, got any stovetop cleaning tips to share with your fellow Hometalkers, as we cook up a storm this week?
Join the community discussion; tell us what kind of stovetop you have and how you keep it clean in the comments.

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7 questions
  • Phyllis Ittas
    Phyllis Ittas
    on Dec 18, 2015

    My question is how to get the streaks and finger prints off the stainless appliances. I wipen clean with just about evey thing to no avail !!! PLEASE HELP !!

    • Joan A
      Joan A
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas Windex, is the best

    • Diane Fitzpatrick Justice
      Diane Fitzpatrick Justice
      on Dec 18, 2015

      Use Lemon oil furniture polish. It's the only thing I have found that prevents finger prints on stainless steel appliances...and it smells nice.

    • Shonda Thornhill
      Shonda Thornhill
      on Dec 18, 2015

      I grabbed a clorox wipe a few days ago to get a nasty mess off the dishwasher and it dried streak free. That was a pleasant surprise.

    • Barbara
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas For stainless, nothing works better than WD-40! Amazing!! We use it on our Viking appliances. I got this tip from the salesperson we bought the appliances from.

    • Rhonda Gregg
      Rhonda Gregg
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas Apply a little olive oil and buff. Works like a charm.

    • Pat
      on Dec 18, 2015

      Stainless steel spray or the wipes work like a charm.

    • Maria C
      Maria C
      on Dec 18, 2015


    • Terri Loveland
      Terri Loveland
      on Dec 18, 2015

      The oil is the cheapest, lest toxic and works great!

    • Colleenclarke4
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas use WD40 and clean with even strokes not circular

    • Green Cleaning Coach
      Green Cleaning Coach
      on Dec 18, 2015

      For a quick clean I use a blue microfiber cloth. If you've got some real problem spots - use shadazzle to remove oxidation then a light coat of orange oil. No more streaks,smears or fingerprints.

    • Henry Denson
      Henry Denson
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas GO to automotive store and get invisible glass in the spray can it works wonders on stainless,glass, faucets and more.

    • Kathy Kopac
      Kathy Kopac
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas I use a micro cloth with just water rung out very dry and it removes the streaks and fingerprints

    • Robin Lueddeke
      Robin Lueddeke
      on Dec 18, 2015

      I use windex on my stove top after I clean it. It makes it absolutely streak free!

    • Grandma jean
      Grandma jean
      on Dec 18, 2015

      Buy Zap Cloths - Zezo-Fiber - online. Amazon.com has them. You just wet them, ring them out and go to town cleaning. I use them on our stainless steel topped table, refrig, dishwasher and farm sink. I am 64 yo and have tried many products and every potion that I can find online and Zaps are the best. You can clean anything with them. I even used one to mop our wood floors. Throw them in the washer when dirty, hang to dry and their ready again. Love them!

    • Kathy
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Grandma jean Also the water wonder cloth works the same. Wet, Wring & Wipe. No streaks, Really shines every surface! Love ,mine!

    • Penny
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas i make a home made glass cleaner of 2 parts rubbing alcohol, and1 part water....works great!

    • Connie Winter
      Connie Winter
      on Dec 18, 2015

      Try lemon oil on a soft cloth. You don't need very much, just wipe it on then buff to a shine. The bonus is that it smells nice.

    • Bonnie
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Henry Denson I LOVE that stuff. Never without it.

    • Shirleyj
      on Dec 18, 2015

      Wipe down with white vinegar and then olive oil and buff.....

    • Barbie
      on Dec 18, 2015

      microfiber towel leaves no streaks

    • Liz Kennedy
      Liz Kennedy
      on Dec 18, 2015

      I use Pledge furniture polish. Shines up the stainless steel and I get no fingerprints, also cuts right through any grease stains on it.

    • Janice
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas I have tried Every cleaner out there...and found out that Germ-X, hand sanitizer works miracles....Rub some on with a soft microfiber cloth....and use another one to shine it up...no streaks.....or fingerprints....and stays so clean for a long long time....>>Love this method. Works the same on my Black Refrigerator......never saw it look so good.

    • Angel
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas Have you tried using windex and a clean terry cloth towel?

    • Carol Harris
      Carol Harris
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas one of my friends cleans houses for a living and she said most of her clients have stainless steel appliances, and she has found a product made by J and J. Its Pledge Orange, you can use it on almost everything. I've tried it on my leather chair, works great.

    • Ramona
      on Dec 18, 2015

      After the regular cleaning I use alcohol. Makes it sparkle.

  • Kathy Parisian
    Kathy Parisian
    on Dec 18, 2015

    How do you get boilover stains off glass stovetops? The cleaner that's s'posed to do it, doesn't. :)

    • MaryAnn
      on Dec 18, 2015

      The easiest way is to get a straight edge razor and scrape the stove top. Once the biggest mess has been cleaned up wash with soapy water. Once that is cleaned up get an empty spray bottle and fill it with vinegar. Spray your stove top with it and wipe off. The vinegar leaves no greasy streaks and your surface looks great.

    • Connie Skoruppa
      Connie Skoruppa
      on Dec 23, 2015

      This is how I clean my glass top. Bought a scraper that uses single edge razor blades and scrape off heavy boil over. Then I spray with Perfect Glass (block bottle from Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart) and wipe with paper towels. Perfect Glass cuts grease and doesn't leave streaks. It also works great on granite and Corian countertops.

    • Connie Skoruppa
      Connie Skoruppa
      on Dec 23, 2015

      I'd guess they carry it at most groceries too.

      , Hopes Perfect Glass
  • Phyllis Ittas
    Phyllis Ittas
    on Dec 18, 2015

    Wont WD40 stay greasy on the stainless applianses ???

    • Barbara
      on Dec 21, 2015

      @Phyllis Ittas you rub it on and thenbuff with a clean, soft cloth. Try it on a small appliance first to prove it to yourself. No stainless cleaner can take off all of the fingerprints like WD40!

    • Lee-Jerry France
      Lee-Jerry France
      on Dec 23, 2015

      @Barbara but the smell is there for a long time. i wouldn't want my house smelling like that

    • Barbara
      on Dec 23, 2015

      @Lee-Jerry France Not true. The only smell is when you first put it on your cloth (I use an old sock). Have you ever checked out all of the wonderful uses for WD40? But using it on stainless is my absolute favorite!

  • Sheila B
    Sheila B
    on Dec 18, 2015

    How do I keep my Black stove top clean??? Everything show up on it.

    • Jeanna Barr Gordon
      Jeanna Barr Gordon
      on Dec 18, 2015

      Have you ever tried Tub 'n Tile by Melalueca? It's not only amazing in the shower but it a wonderful cleaner for jobs like this

    • Jeanna Barr Gordon
      Jeanna Barr Gordon
      on Dec 18, 2015

      And it contains no chemicals or ammonia

    • Jewell Moore LaCour
      Jewell Moore LaCour
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Sheila B Use the Glass cooktop cleaner and polish after you clean it. Black shows everything so just have to clean more often, Clorox wipes will clean stove top, but still have to polish out streaks with glass cooktop cleaner.

    • Glenda
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Sheila B I had soapstone counters that I used mineral oil on and a black and stainless steel stove. I would clean the stove top with a mild cleaner, then put the mineral oil on the black top to make is shine and it looked fabulous! Just don't put it on the grill as it will burn and smoke.

    • Susan Dye
      Susan Dye
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Sheila B I have the same problem and have found that using a little Pledge on your dust rag leaves no streaks and puts a nice shine on the stove top. I can usually get by with just wiping up with my sponge a few times before having to bring out the Pledge again.

    • Kathryn Russell
      Kathryn Russell
      on Dec 18, 2015

      @Sheila B Clean any grease etc. with a soapy sponge then let dry then follow up with window cleaner. Wipe off the cleaner and buff with a good quality micro fiber cloth. Nice and shiny with no streaks. Make sure you wash the cloth regularly.

    • Mike
      on Dec 19, 2015

      A microfiber cloth. First soapy and then just water and wring it very dry. Any stubborn spots will come off with those white Mr. Clean sponges that do not scratch. Everything else goes into the dishwasher regularly.

    • Susan Cryor
      Susan Cryor
      on Dec 19, 2015

      I want to know too!

    • Missbev
      on Dec 19, 2015

      @Sheila B Using a cleaning spray of your choice, spray stove top and wipe with a micro fiber cloth only. This keeps smears away :)

    • Jeani Miller Miner
      Jeani Miller Miner
      on Dec 19, 2015

      @Sheila B I hated my black cook top. After 15 years I finally replaced it. No matter what I used, it never looked clean.

    • B
      on Dec 19, 2015

      @Sheila B Sheila, what ever you do don't use EZOff and let it sit. It will stain your black top like my stove. I've used warm soap and water and scrub with a plastic scrubber. Then I polish it of with Stainless steel oil.

    • Linda
      on Dec 19, 2015

      @Sheila B After wiping the grease off with a warm dish cloth, I use regular rubbing alcohol !! Make sure your burners are cooled down of course but I found that alcohol on a soft dry cloth will not only remove any residue but it will shine, shine, shine, all of my black appliances. I use it on my refrigerator as well, even gets the water stains off the ice dispenser tray.

    • Mindy
      on Dec 19, 2015

      @Sheila B I recently watched an episode of Cooks Country. In the segment where they compare different cooking utensils and products, Method general purpose cleaner (purple liquid) was compared to other cleaners on the market and it won everyone's highest praise. I have been using it ever since and I absolutely love using it on my black stove. It is better if you use a clean wet cloth and let it dry naturally. Method is also eco friendly.

    • Kathy Friston Collier
      Kathy Friston Collier
      on Dec 20, 2015

      Ammonia based cleaners work the best on glass and enameled steel. Hot hot water mixed with the ammonia and elbow grease. Scrub,scrub, scrub.

  • Mabeline
    on Dec 18, 2015

    I have an old white enamel okeefe and merritt with burn stains. Any suggestion to removing those?

    • The Hometalk Team
      The Hometalk Team
      on Dec 19, 2015

      @Mabeline have you tried Arm and Hammer Washing Soda? Below @Stephania Potter mentions that she uses to loosen burned food from stainless steel pots.

    • Mabeline
      on Dec 22, 2015

      I will try this as I have washing soda on hand. Thanks

    • Linda Ward
      Linda Ward
      on Dec 23, 2015


    • Cherie
      on Dec 23, 2015

      @Linda Ward I use Barkeepers Friend on everything!!! Love this stuff!!! Follow directions as it can burn.

  • Spo2322837
    on Dec 18, 2015

    Best way to clean gas stovetop

  • Drgoodie
    on Jan 10, 2016

    I have a black Sears Kenmore gas cooktop. Immediately it developed water spots that nothing will erase. I have tried everything I can think of - long vinegar soaks, Dawn, Barkeepers Friend, stainless steel cleaner. They seem to be forever baked into the surface. Has anyone solved this problem or have a suggestion? For routine cleaning I sponge on Dawn soapy water and let it set for a few minutes. I sponge it off, rinsing the sponge after every swipe. I then dry it with a cloth or paper towels. I polish it with microfiber cloth. It can take 20 minutes to get it grease-free and streak-free. I will never own black appliances again. A photo of three of the water spots is attached.

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  • Betty Bradley
    Betty Bradley
    on Jan 14, 2016

    i boil a cup of water in my tea kettle. Grab a bunch of my used but still very useable paper towels. Then i pour boiling water over my stove top, and wipe up the water with my paper towels. This method instantly lifts up any hardened food spills. Its quick, easy, and sanitizes too.

  • Sarahlu
    on Jan 26, 2016

    easy off.

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