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How to Clean a Glass Cooktop: Put Down the Razor Please

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Remember when you first got your glass cooktop and it was so clean and shiny? You probably wiped it every day like I did with mine. Then the newness wore off, your cooktop started looking grimy, and now you’re worried those bits of burnt-on food will never come off.

Take a deep breath and let’s talk about how to clean that cooktop without damaging the glass.

Glass Cooktops are Mostly Ceramic

First things first: although we call smooth stovetops “glass,” they actually contain ceramic materials that help the glass withstand temperature changes. And while few things can scratch glass, lots of stuff can mess up ceramic. That’s why it’s important to clean them properly or you’ll wind up with a damaged one.

Glass Cooktop Cleaning Spray

Make a homemade cleaner for your glass cooktop by filling a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar, plus one or two drops of liquid dish soap. Swirl it together, spray your cooktop when it’s cool, and wipe with a microfiber cloth. This cleaning spray stays good indefinitely.

Cleaning Paste for Glass Cooktops

Even with a daily wipe, cooktops can always use a little extra attention to make them sparkle. For that, I use a homemade soft scrub as part of my weekly kitchen cleaning, or any time I’ve been on a cooking spree. It cuts through grease and lifts grime while gently polishing your cooktop, too.

Combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide plus a couple drops of liquid dish soap. Use a damp cloth to rub it on your glass cooktop in circles to loosen grime. Let it sit 5 minutes to dissolve stubborn messes, then rinse well and buff dry.

Debunking the Razor Blade Remedy

Now, like I said, “glass” cooktops are mostly ceramic. So, using a razor blade is not a good idea and here’s why: you’ve keep it at a 45-degree angle to lever it under the mess without slicing into the cooktop. But, imagine what happens when a stubborn mess suddenly gives way?

That’s right, the blade will skitter across the top of the cooktop at the wrong angle and leave scratches. And that’s assuming it doesn’t slice your finger open. Fortunately, there’s a safer method.

How to Get Burnt Food off of Glass Cooktops

To get burnt residue off your cooktop, use a combination of soaking, gentle abrasion, and possibly a plastic scraper.

  1. Spread a paper towel soaked in warmed vinegar over the spot for 15 minutes to loosen the mess.
  2. Scrape the loosened mess with the edge of an old credit card, plastic spatula or plastic putty knife.
  3. Wipe the spot with more vinegar then sprinkle on baking soda and wait for the fizz to stop. Rub the area with additional baking soda if more gentle abrasion is needed.
  4. Rinse with clean water to remove the residue and buff your stovetop dry.

Ultimately, cleaning your glass cooktop is like any long-term relationship. In the beginning, giving it a lot of daily attention is a joy but down the road it’s not nearly as fun. That doesn’t mean you have to let things go. A daily quickie with a bit more attention on the weekend will keep your glass cooktop happy for years.

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