Since upgrading to a glass stovetop, you haven’t looked back. Using the proper cleaning agents will maintain the luster and beauty of your stovetop so it can continue cooking meals to perfection. I’ll tell you the exact cleaning methods you need to know.
What are some ways to properly clean your glass stovetop? Here are 6 ways to properly clean your glass stovetop:
- Water and dish detergent
- Baking soda and a hot towel
- Spray-on vinegar
- Hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, and baking soda
- Razor blade
- Baking soda and lemon juice
Did you notice something about that list? That’s right, all the ingredients are natural! Keeping your kitchen clean without harsh chemicals doesn’t have to be difficult. Ahead, I’ll show you exactly what to do, so let’s get started!
6 All-Natural Cleaning Methods to Make Your Glass Stovetop Shine
Water and Dish Detergent
Ideally, you’re supposed to clean your glass stovetop every single day. If you do, then you can prevent stuck-on messes from accumulating. This will save you cleanup time and elbow grease, and who doesn’t want that?
If your glass stovetop is only a little dirty, then you don’t need strong natural cleaners. Instead, water and a few dollops of your favorite dish detergent should suffice.
Fill a shallow bucket with the ingredients, then dip a soft microfiber cloth into the solution. Begin cleaning your glass stovetop, ensuring you get the entire cooktop.
When you’re done cleaning, moisten the other end of the microfiber cloth only with water and then wipe the stovetop to remove soap residue. Dry with a clean microfiber cloth.
The key when drying a large glass surface is that you need to wipe in the same direction every time. This little trick will prevent a streaky finish that makes you want to clean your glass stovetop all over again!
Baking Soda and a Hot Towel
Baking soda is a cleaning superstar that has many uses outside of the kitchen. It’s slightly abrasive, so you will have to work carefully with it, but it can clean your glass stovetop without damage.
To use this method, apply baking soda over the stained and dirty areas of your glass stovetop. You don’t want to go too light-handed here, but it’s always better to use less than more due to the above-mentioned abrasive properties of baking soda.
Next, fill your bathtub or sink with hot water and put a towel in there. When the towel is soaking wet, take it out and drain the water.
Squeeze out some of the water so the towel isn’t dripping on its way to the kitchen, but you want the towel to still be quite wet.
Drape the towel over the stovetop, covering the area where you applied the baking soda. Let the towel sit for 15 minutes.
Gently begin cleaning the stovetop stains using the wet towel. Don’t dig into the stain.
With a fresh, damp microfiber cloth, remove any baking soda residue the wet towel didn’t pick up.
Who needs harsh cleaners when there’s vinegar in your pantry? Like baking soda, vinegar is adept at so many cleaning jobs that you might never want to use anything else.
If yours is a glass jar of vinegar, then all you need is a spray bottle head and voila, you’re ready to start cleaning.
If it’s more convenient, you can always transfer some vinegar into a spray bottle.
Mist the top of your glass stove with the vinegar and allow it to sit. Those stains that seemed like they would never come off will begin to lift. Remove the vinegar residue with a wet microfiber cloth.
FYI, vinegar is great on glass, but it can damage kitchen parts that aren’t glass such as your counter or the rest of your range. If you’re worried, you can always dilute the vinegar with water.
Hydrogen Peroxide, Dish Soap, and Baking Soda
For those serious stovetop messes, you need triple the cleaning power. Rather than use a strong, harsh chemical cleaner, I’d suggest combining hydrogen peroxide, dish detergent, and baking soda instead.
First, take some dish detergent and apply it generously on the glass stovetop. Don’t rub it in when you’re done. Next, sprinkle baking soda over the area, covering the dish soap.
Then pour at least a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. You can add two tablespoons if you wish. Dump that directly onto the stovetop.
With a soft sponge, begin working the ingredients into the stovetop. You don’t want to scratch or damage the glass, so the key is to apply some force but not too much.
Then let the ingredients work together for three to five minutes. Use a soft, wet cloth to remove all residue.
A razor blade on its own is not a cleaning agent, but you can rely on the blade to scrape up burnt cheese and pancake globs that the above cleaners haven’t easily removed.
I must always caution you to take your time when using a razor blade on your glass cooktop. Never dig in deep. You’re just lightly scraping across the surface, not gouging.
By following that technique, you can easily clean food residue off the glass stovetop without leaving any scratches behind.
That said, if you don’t feel comfortable using a razor blade on your new stove, you can always skip this method.
Baking Soda and Lemon Juice
My last suggestion for getting your glass stovetop spotless without chemicals is a combination of baking soda and lemon juice.
You already know what a godsend baking soda is. The highly acidic juice of a real lemon works like vinegar. The juice is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial, and it can even bleach surfaces.
That’s why this cleaning method comes with a warning to only use baking soda and lemon juice on intended surfaces like your glass stovetop.
Here’s what you do. Generously apply a thin but even layer of baking soda until it covers the stovetop.
Take a whole lemon and cut it in half. Begin rubbing one half of the lemon over the baking soda, sort of like a scrub. Feel free to use both halves of the lemon to cover the entire stovetop.
The citric acid in lemon juice interacts with the baking soda, producing sodium citrate and carbon dioxide. You’ll see it happening right in front of your eyes when the baking soda begins to fizz!
Next, moisten a microfiber cloth to remove any residue. Your glass stovetop should look shiny and new!
Glass Stovetop Cleaning FAQs
If you still have some questions about cleaning and maintaining your glass stovetop, I’ve got the answers in this helpful, handy FAQs section.
How Do You Clean a Burnt Glass Stovetop?
Last night, you were cooking dinner when your kids or the dog took you away from the kitchen for too long. By the time you came back, your poor glass stovetop had burn marks on it.
You’re concerned the burn marks are permanent, but they aren’t necessarily!
Using baking soda and lemon like I recommended in the last section is effective in not only cleaning your glass stovetop but removing those ugly burn marks as well.
You again want to generously sprinkle baking soda on the affected area.
This time, rather than rubbing the lemon on the baking soda, squeeze the juice from the lemon one half at a time.
Then give the ingredients 10 minutes to work. The same chemical reaction as I talked about above will transpire.
Like you did before, use a clean, wet microfiber cloth to remove the baking soda and lemon juice residue. As you clean, the burn marks will come up with the residue!
Will Magic Eraser Scratch Glass?
You have a pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers in your pantry. You rely on the Magic Eraser to clean so much around your house that you were wondering if you can use it for your glass stovetop as well.
The Magic Eraser is made of melamine foam that’s heat-compressed so it’s flexible and durable. It’s a soft enough sponge when wet or dry, so it shouldn’t scratch your glass stovetop.
That said, I always caution against rubbing too hard when cleaning.
Can You Ruin a Glass Stovetop?
Glass stovetops are gorgeous and built for years of use, but only if you care for them.
You can absolutely ruin a glass stovetop if you’re not careful. Dropping a heavy pot or pan on the stovetop will cause the glass to crack.
Using cookware materials such as stone or cast iron can scratch the glass or leave marks and residue, sometimes permanently.