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Weekly Organization Tip 5 – How to Clean a Glass Cooktop – The Method that Works

I don’t know about you but I was beside myself when I saw my first glass cooktop. I thought to myself, how can I disable my current stove in order to justify purchasing one of those slick machines.” I thought surely they would be easier to clean and besides, the stove looked so very sleek. I knew I had to have one.

As luck would have it, I was able to get one a few years back and I loved the shiny new look.  For the first month, I cooked very little on top of the stove for fear of messing it up. But as all things do, this got old and I had to prepare meals so I began to use this sleek new dream as it was intended.  For another little while I would not allow anyone else to cook on it or to clean it, but again the newness eventually wore off and we were back to hubs making an occasional meal and helping me clean up the kitchen after meals.  It didn’t take me very long to figure out that although this was a sleek new appliance, it required some pampering if the top was to remain shiny and pretty.

I had used the suggested glass stove top cleaner for about 6-months when I noticed the dullness of the glass top. It was no longer gleaming, even when clean. I noticed the top had a wax buildup if you will and that made it appear dull. Also, a pot or two has boiled over and the suggested cleaner did not remove all of the burnt on stains. I was not happy with the look any longer.

I decided that because I am now stuck with this stove for a while, I had better find a better way to clean it…and the research began.  I came across all sorts of suggestions beginning with 409, which I thought, would also eventually leave a film. There were also suggestions for using lemon juice, vinegar and all sorts of special scrapers (specifically made not to scratch the service).  I don’t trust that because I tried one of those and I have a scratch on my stove. Humphf!

I tried a couple of the suggested cleaning remedies but I have settled on the old tried and true vinegar and baking soda.  See pictures of my stovetop before, during and after the cleaning below. I apologize in advance for the lighting of the photos but believe me, once I buffed, there were no streaks and all of the stains were gone. And best of all…no film was left behind. I wish I had tried this method before I used the scraper and put a scratch in the glass. Oh well, I have learned that all things are not what they are advertised to be.

Stovetop

(This is what my stovetop looked like when the process began. I did make breakfast a little carelessly in order to get this shot)

Supplies:

  • Spray Bottle
  • Baking Soda
  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • Clean & Soapy Dishwater
  • Dishcloth
  • Clean Dishtowel

The cleaning recipe that worked best for me is below:

  • Wipe the stovetop down with the dishcloth soaked in the soapy dishwater.
  • Make sure to remove any loose food particles
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the clean surface making sure to cover the entire area of the stove top
  • Pour the white distilled vinegar into the spray bottle
  • Spray the entire surface of the stove top making sure to saturate the baking soda until it bubbles
  • Allow this mixture to sit for 15 minutes or longer if the stains are crusted over
  • Do not allow the baking soda to dry out
  • Continue to saturate the baking soda with the vinegar
  • Wipe up the baking soda with the wet dishcloth
  • Put in a little elbow grease on the more stubborn stains
With Baking Soda and Vinegar

(This is a photo with the baking soda sprinkled on and the vinegar sprayed on and left to sit for 15 minutes. You can’t see the fizzing but it does fizz when the two are combined)

  • Ring out the dish cloth thoroughly
  • Once dry, buff with clean dish towel

Simple, inexpensive and it works and what I absolutely love is that there is no build up. I am beginning to think there is nothing vinegar and baking together cannot do.

Baking Soda & Vinegar Wiped Off

(Baking Soda/Vinegar solution wiped off but not buffed. Can you see the streaks? But notice all of the cooked on stains are gone)

Note: My pictures are not the best but I hope you can see there are no streaks and no build up once the stove top is buffed. I have asked for a new camera for my birthday next month…keep your fingers crossed for me. 🙂

Stovetop Buffed

(All buffed and shiny without streaks or buildup. I love how this works, easy peasy)

Do you have a smooth, glass top stove? If so, how do you clean yours? Will you try this method?

Until next time…

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