Many modern kitchens today have an oven with a sleek glass stove top. They are minimalist in design and boast of being easier to clean up after cooking than traditional stoves with their drip pans and burner grates.
Best DIY Cleaners for Cleaning a Glass Stove Top
But when that pasta water boils over or when the kids insist on helping to scramble the eggs, that modern glass stove top can quickly become a grimy, grit-filled eyesore. Even the smallest spill or splatter will show up on any glass stove top!
Often times, those unsightly spots of burnt-on food require more than a simple wiping down of the stove top. That’s when some crafty DIY glass stove top cleaners and a little elbow grease brings a scorched stove top back to its pristine, brand new state. Using natural ingredients you probably already have in the pantry, learn how to clean a glass stove top without scratching it and keep your kitchen looking its sparkling best...until the next meal!
Glass Stove Top Cleaning Tips
When your glass stove top is lacking that cook-on-me luster, it’s probably time to clean the stove cooking surface. But before you set out to get rid of those food stains and dark burn marks, it’s important to keep these cleaning tips in mind:
- Wait to clean the glass stove top until it is cool. You don’t want to put any cleaners on a hot stove top.
- Consult the stove manufacturers instructions as to how to best clean the glass top as well as whatever cleaners they recommend.
- Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners on the stove top, such as steel wool, which can scratch the glass surface.
- Apply gentle pressure when cleaning to avoid cracking the glass stove top.
How to Clean a Stove Top with Products from Home
Sometimes the best cleaning products turn out to be products meant for something altogether different. Like toothpaste. Who knew you could use toothpaste to clean a glass stove top?
Familiar with the old cleaning solution of making a baking soda and water paste to scour stains and marks, Anna M. discovers that she can just as easily use white toothpaste with baking soda in it as a DIY glass stove top cleaner.
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In place of making her own baking soda and water cleaning paste, Anna M. smears the toothpaste on all the burned on food areas on her cool cooktop. She lets it sit and penetrate for 15 minutes. She then uses an old toothbrush to gently scrub the stains off the glass stove top.
Clearissa, a self-proclaimed cleaning freak, is beside herself with happiness when her sleek glass stove top oven was installed. She soon realized that the glass cooktop requires some (easy) maintenance to keep it looking shiny, spotless, and streak-free.
After years of using store-bought chemical glass stove top cleaners, Clearissa learns that she can easily wipe down the cooktop with a soapy dishrag to remove any loose food particles and sprinkles baking soda over the entire stove top.
She sprays the baking soda with white vinegar until it bubbles and lets the chemical reaction sit for 15 minutes. She wipes down the entire glass stove top with a wet dishcloth.
Sometimes the best cleaners are simple, inexpensive, and can be found in the pantry!
The Best Way to Clean an Electric Stove Top
Angela loves her glass stove top, especially its lack of messy, sticky drip pans. Even though she gives the cooktop a wipe down after every use, she still realizes that occasionally it requires a good thorough cleaning. So how does she clean an electric stove top?
She uses a wet, soapy cleaning cloth to wipe the glass stove top and sprinkles the surface liberally with baking soda.
She then places a wet cleaning cloth over the baking soda and lets it sit for 10 minutes. She wipes up until all the baking soda residue is gone. The baking soda will leave white streaks. The best way to clean an electric stovetop is to use glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth until you get a streak-free, shiny surface.
One Ingredient Glass Stove Top Cleaner
Alexis, of the blog Chemistry Cachet, uses one, yes just one, ingredient to clean her glass stove top. She uses a product called Bon Ami Powder, which has no harsh chemicals in it.
She gets the entire cooktop wet with water and sprinkles it with Bon Ami Powder. She uses a soft scrubbing sponge and works in small circles to scour those burnt-on areas. Once she finishes, the stove top is wiped down with a clean wet sponge and is buffed shiny with a dry microfiber towel.
Postcards from the Ridge blogger also uses just one ingredient to clean her glass stove top. For less than $5 she uses a cleaning product called Bar Keepers Friend to remove all the baked on grit, grime, and food that accumulates on her glass cooktop.
She wets the surface of the cooktop and sprinkles it with Bar Keepers Friend. She uses a scrubbing pad and a little elbow grease to wipe clean the cooking messes of her busy family!
DIY Stove Cleaner Products
A well-stocked cleaning arsenal will have you ready for any cleaning battle! Some items to have on hand in a cleaning caddy can include:
- Empty spray bottle
- Microfiber towel
- Soft scouring pad or soft scrubbing sponge
- Dishrag or cleaning rag
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Glass cleaner
And of course, a little elbow grease! These DIY stove cleaner products not only make for a shiny glass stove top, but can work to clean and freshen other heavily-used rooms, like the bathroom and kitchen.
Get the Cleanest Glass Stove Top Quickly
A glass stove top is a great modern touch to any kitchen. Its sleek design can modernize any kitchen and free up valuable counter space. But constant, everyday use can quickly mean this once sparkling glass stove top becomes covered with burnt-on food that can harden into a tough crust that is often impossible to remove with a simple wipe down.
Let’s skip a trip to the cleaning aisle when you can easily and inexpensively shop your pantry for versatile, natural cleaners like baking soda and white vinegar. They are safe and abrasive-free to use on a glass stove top and make for a great solution to clean off that rock-hard cooking crud. For even more ideas on how to make DIY cleaners using everyday household products be sure to check out Hometalk today!
Written for the Hometalk community by: Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Maxine on Dec 28, 2020
I have a glass top stove my second. For a quick clean I spray the top with a mix of 3/4
vinegar, 1/4 water. I then go over it with a Scrub Daddy. This does a decent job quickly.
Burned on food can be removed carefully with a razor. I like quick. I do use a commercial
product occasionally. Things may have changed. My first stove indicated soap was no
was a no, no. Now you have plenty of choices.
Beth on Dec 28, 2020
When your headlights get foggy, you can use white toothpaste to clean them, too! They will eventually get foggy again, but I paid over $30 to get them "professionally" cleaned and they returned to the foggy state after a month or so, too. So a $3 tube of toothpaste and a good rubbing is a much better deal!