I love my glass top stove. I miss having a gas range, but I guess not very many people around here have those, so electric it is. It’s a lot different to clean, but as long as you follow some basic tips, it’s very easy.
- First off, try to get a black stove top, as these don’t show dirt as easily.
- Clean it as soon as the heat indicator light goes off.
- Clean it after using it, EVERY TIME. Don’t let spills sit for any length of time.
Good tips, right? But here’s a slight problem. This stove/oven was already here when we moved in. And it’s white. The second problem is that real life (aka: 4 kids) gets in the way of my cleaning routine, and sometimes it can be a few
days hours before I can get back to the stove to clean it. On a good day, my stove usually looks something like this:
Isn’t it gorgeous?! Ya, not so much. That will not come off with some soapy water, let me tell you. Still, it’s pretty simple to clean with one of those commercial glass top cleaners. Except for another problem: I don’t like the idea of using chemicals on something that gets that close to my food. It just icks me out. So I found a replacement cleaner that is just as good (IMO). You can make it yourself, and it only takes two ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Elbow grease
Ok, so elbow grease isn’t a real “ingredient”, so just the baking soda. First make sure to take a scraper or straight razor and get all the bits of cooked on food off. Then all you do is dampen a clean cloth, sprinkle a little (or a lot) baking soda on the stove, and scrub those marks off (that’s where the elbow grease comes in). It does take some effort, but it’s simple and doesn’t require any horrible chemically stuff. Here’s what that same burner looked like, just a couple minutes later:
Still not perfect, but something closer to what I can live with. Excuse the cut marks, people who shall remain nameless thought that it was perfectly fine to use the stove as a cutting board (no, it actually was not me for once).