The sun is shining and the snow is melting…… NOT! Nope, not at all, the snow is over 12 inches deep and no sign of it going anywhere! But that doesn’t mean I can’t get a jump start on spring cleaning because I have every intention of being outside as soon as it warms up, and not inside cleaning. Plus we are stuck indoors anyways so I might as well do something about it right? So I decided to tackle my glass top stove first! I can’t take credit for this though. When we first moved in it was even worse, and my mother in law actually showed me how to do this ; ) I don’t think she will mind if I share!
You will be amazed how easy this is! For so long I just thought it was permanent and I had to look at that nasty crud forever! WRONG! Feast your eyes on this!!
Can I get a “woot woot”?? I mean do you see how shiny and crud free that baby is?!
Just so you don’t get angry at me... this worked for me. It worked great actually, but if you are NOT comfortable doing any of this stuff to your glass top stove, please don’t. Unfortunately this blog doesn’t provide enough money for me to replace it for you…. so check all the manufacturer stuff first ok? I didn’t… but you should… unless you are dangerous like me ; ) In which case, don’t forget, I’m not a very rich dangerous person and won’t be able to provide you with a new stove. Just sayin ; )
So here is what you will need:
– A glass top stove, obviously ; )
– A paint scraper (those razor blades that retract)
– Homemade Laundry Detergent – You might be able to get away with just baking soda, but I used my laundry detergent and it worked GREAT, plus if you make it you can skip buying laundry detergent your next trip to the store : ) MONEY SAVED!
– An old sponge
– Paper towels
Now let’s see how to clean a glass top stove
First thing you are going to want to do is take your paint scraper and just run over any burnt residue to get the big chunks off. Don’t use too much elbow grease though because we have a few more things to do! Once you do that though, wipe away all the crumbs and cruddy stuff!
Next I got some tap water as hot as it would come out and poured it over the burners. This is where the laundry detergent comes in, you are just going to want to sprinkle some of that on top and let it sit a few minutes. While you are waiting you can do a little pre celebratory dance if you want… nobody’s watching! ; ) Unless you have creepy neighbors.
Ok, now take your old sponge and just scrub that around a little. Don’t wipe it away though, pull that paint scraper back out and go around until it’s all shiny and clean!
Oh yes, now you can do a post celebratory dance! It is done! Look it at and then go cook something : )
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Thanks so much!!
You are very welcome!
Penny Henson says
Worked fabulously! Thanks so much
Serena| Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch says
Great tip! I don’t have a glass cook top any more but when I did boy was it a booger to clean!
Thanks Serena! I much prefer gas cook tops, but until then I guess I will just keep scrubbing : )
Bonnie Mauney says
So needed this!! Thanks!
The difference is amazing isn’t it : ) Thanks for stopping by Bonnie!
Thanks for this. I spend many frustrating minutes trying to keep the stovetop clean.
You’re welcome Eileen! Once you do it, it really helps keep it clean for a while too! But I always end up scraping that stuff off!
I have never tried this method. I sprinkle it with baking soda, splash on some hydrogen peroxide to make a slight paste, then toss a dish towel over it and let it do it’s bubbly magic. I come back later and use my non-scratch scrubby pad and use the blade on any really tuff spots. But, I like your note about it keeping it cleaner afterwards because I feel like once it’s clean and sparkly, it’s time to get cooking again!
Hmm… I might have to try that if I’m ever out of my laundry soap. I’ve done it before without any soap… just the blade, but it seems to take a lot longer and definitely more elbow grease! I think the idea is to soften it up a bit ; ) Thanks for stopping by!
nicoke mckenzie says
if younot very dare devilish try sprinkling baking soda on it, then pouring whit vinegar over it, let bubble for a few min then scrub with a sponge. i watched my mom do this yesterday and was really skeptical and thought she might be making a science experiment at one point, but it really works!
Penny finkenstadt says
I did a similar method but found a hot wet towel and baking soda with a green scrubber works much better and doesn’t scratch the top. Put baking soda on it. Take a towel and get it wet with hot water. Let it sit on top for about 10 minutes. Lift it off, use a green scrubber and it comes off better and doesn’t leave it scratched. It takes a little elbow grease but not much. I am lazy and hate scrubbing but this works really good. Make sure you have baking powder on top of the scorch marks when you scub. Can add more if you need it.
Marion J Poke says
I used the razor blade method once as something boiled over and burnt, but as we are renting and the ceramic top was put in new after the solid electric plates were already stuffed, I did not want to risk scratching the surface. As we seem to regularly have foods spill over or splash on the surface I found another method.
Using a creme cleanser like “Jiff” or “Ajax” ..I just pour it out over the worst bits and around the cooking circle. Then with a nonscratch scourer dipped in my hot wash-up water I work the creme round in circles over the stove top. A check with fingers running over the top will show if you have missed any. Then I get a clean wet cloth and work the cloth up and down, up and down over the top. Then rinse cloth well and do this again. Then II dry the top with a terry cloth t-towel.
The cheaper store brand creme cleanser also works well, as should your cleaner mix as a paste……
No scratches, and a gleaming top………
Bar Keeper’s Friend, a little bit of Dawn dish soap and enough water to make a paste… a little elbow grease and Viola! A non-scratched surface, but nice and clean!
Wow I’m interested in saving money with homemade stuff
Soft Scrub bathroom cleaner — the plain old original stuff, no scratching, no scrubbing. Put it on, wet it up let it set just a bit. wipe it off.
Susannah Allanic says
There is an easier way. I use to use Vitro Clen and a microfiber cloth. It is messy and takes a few minutes and then paper towels to polish the streak marks away. Then I decided to try Brake Cleaner. You know, the stuff you spray on your car wheels to get the road grime and dirt off. That is what I use now. A couple of sprays and a microfiber cloth and my ceramic top looks perfect. It is not abrasive, it just cleans. I am careful not to get it on the butcher block counter top that the ceramic top is set into but other than that I’ve had zero problems.
We bought this house nearly 3 years ago. It came with IKEA kitchen cabinets. They are covered in a vinyl laminate that looks like what I call driftwood and coordinates with the rest of the house quite nicely. But like all kitchen cabinets there are drips and spills that happen. I thought a quick wipe with a damp and slightly soapy rag would do but then noticed it did not. It left a streak even after rinsing and seemed to act like a magnet for dust and pet hairs. I tried several different things then one day, I was cleaning my car with a vinyl cleaner (not armorall , I live in France now ) and had an ah-ha! moment. I grabbed one of my microfiber clothes and tried it on an out of the way place. It works great!
Both the vinyl cleaner and the brake cleaner are part of my kitchen routines now. Also, I polish the sink and bathroom sink with car wax. The car wax (not where a person will stand) makes everything look store new and means no scrubbing.
Very cool! I use stuff from the store but natural is always best. Visiting from Link Party Palooza.
I use bar keepers friend and used bounce dryer sheets with a few drops of water. It doesn’t scratch the cooktop and works every time. I also use it on my stainless steel pots and pans. Totally non abrasive
Spray 409 on the stove and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a dull scraper and gently go over the area. It cleans up everything and looks brand new again. I wipe it clean with a paper towel and then a wet sponge. It works great!
Audrey G. Crabb says
I really admire your post! It is helpful and informative post!
I like all the tips that you suggest to keep glass top clean. It is a big problem to everyone. Proper cleaning is essential to maintaining the effectiveness and longevity of cook-top range. You will also need a nonabrasive cleaner specifically designed for glass cook tops. If you don’t take care of it, you’ll get unsightly build-up along with scratching, pitting and that can lead to cracking.
Remember to clean the stove top after each use so that you never face this build-up issue.
Thanks for posting such a informative post! Keep sharing like this!
Audrey G. Crabb
Thank you so much!!! I am trying to do some hard-core spring cleaning over here in Detroit. We will totally be using these tips to get this place in shape. We are also having a professional carpet cleaner come this weekend which I am so excited about!!! Thanks again for all the great tips!