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This is a guide about homemade cleaner for glass top stove. Rather than buy a commercial product to clean your smooth top stove, make your own.
Instead of buying the expensive cleaner to clean my glass top stove, I keep a shaker jar of baking soda (like the jars you would use for grated cheese or sugar) beside the stove and shake it on any spilled food. Use a damp cloth and a little scrubbing, then wipe clean with a towel and it comes up sparkling clean.
By chevygirl1224 from West Brandywine, PA
There are two products that work the best. Softscrub (with bleach or lemon) or Proforce Oven, Grill and Fryer Cleaner.
The Softscrub is excellent. You have to shake the container vigorously before applying and then wait 5-10 minutes. Use the abrasive side of a sponge or an abrasive pad and gently rub, increasing force gradually.
The Proforce is a spray and is more liquefied than the Softscrub. You do use rubber gloves. Spray on and wipe away with paper towel after 5-10 minutes. Be sure to wipe the stove top thoroughly.
The smudges can be tiresome, but I like the Softscrub the best.
Source: A small vial of the Soft Scrub came with the stove when they installed it.
This is a guide about removing burnt food stains on a glass top stove. While often easier to clean than traditional stoves, glass top stoves do have their own cleaning issues.
This is a guide about cleaning spills on a smooth top stove. While there may be no more grates, elements, or drip pans to clean, food still gets on your smooth top stove. Once it dries or cooks, on these spills can be difficult to remove without damaging the surface.
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How do I clean an electric smooth top stove top?
I use Weiman glass cook top cleaner and it does a nice job. You can find it at WalMart in the grocery department.
Use ice and a straight blade on a angle as not scratch surface. Let ice sit for about a hour and then go back and forth with blade going back to icing. Wipe down in between.
Where can I get a "razor blade" scraper specially designed for glass-ceramic cooktops?
By Elaine from Woodridge, IL
I bought mine at Home Depot in the appliance department. It came in a kit with the cook top cleaner. Good luck!
I got them in a dollar store, they should be little ones, not big
I have metal stuck to my glass cooktop. The metal is copper off a pan. While cooking the pan got stuck and I am able to remove pan, but the metal is still stuck in the glass cooktop. I tried cleaning with ceramic cleaner and also scraping the residue off with a razor blade - carefully. Still the metal is there in the glass cooktop.
Has anyone experienced this with an induction cooktop before? How to remove the metal?
How can I get the burnt bottom of the tea kettle off my glass top stove?
Spray the stain with the Easy Off oven cleaner, or similar brand. Cover it with a glass pot lid or any pot lid that can withstand the heat. Turn on the burner until it gets red hot, then turn it off after four or five seconds. Let it sit until the burner cools. Then uncover and wipe off with a scrubber or you can use the razor blade. It should come right off.
While cooking, I stupidly grabbed a dry J-cloth to remove food off a still hot element and now there is melted J-cloth on my glass top stove. I have tried all the normal tricks for cleaning, such as the cleaner and letting it soak. Does someone have any suggestions?
By Lynn from Saskatchewan
I don't have a glass top stove, but thought about trying steam iron cleaner. I buy it at our local fabric store. If it gets the "gunk" from ironing synthetic fabrics at too high a temperature off, maybe it will work on your stove - ?
I am not sure but I would think carefully using a sharp razor blade to lift it up would work. Angle it like you would when removing paint from a window.
We accidentally wiped a cotton dish towel across our new, black glass cooktop when it was hot and a baked-on residue formed.
By Bob P.
Try making a paste of baking soda and water. Apply and leave on for at least hour, or maybe over night. Then scrub off. The baking soda shouldn't scratch!
I had a glass top electric stove. Use glass top cleaner and a rag that has been dampend with hot tap water to scrub it away.
I have tried everything, baking soda, a razor, and cook top cleaner. I am left with this big black stain that won't budge. Now what do I do? There has to be something that will remove it. Believe it or not I have even tried oven Easy Off. Anyone have any answers? Please help. I wonder if hot steam would do any thing?
By Susan from Longmont, CO
Spray the stain with the Easy Off. Cover it with a pot lid. Turn on the burner until it just gets red hot, then turn it off. Let it sit for about a half hour. Then uncover and wipe off with a scrubber or you can use the razor blade. It should come right off.
I tried the easy off on my black glass top,now I have a big white mark on the burner that I cannot get off. HELP I HAVE SCRUBBED UNTIL MY ARM FEELS LIKE IT IS GOING TO FALL OFF
What is going on with my stove top? I recently moved and my new place has a white electric stove top that's seamless (ie., completely flat surfaced). The problem is, whenever I use it, huge black marks (they look like burn marks) show up on the stovetop. I thought it was from my cheap pots and pans so I got new ones and it did no good!
What is going on? And how can I clean them?
By Jennie from Tempe, AZ
Use an old credit card or other such plastic to scrape any burned on residue. At Walmart a product called Weiman glass cook top cleaner in a 15oz bottle is what is good for cleaning the glass top. Just reapply if it doesn't all come off the first time around.
Also just in case you are not aware of the type of pots and pans to use on glass; don't use teflon on high heat or aluminum pans. Stainless steel is recommended and no porcelain coated pans (they are usually speckled over another color) or cast iron. You can actually pit the glass stove top if cooking with these and who knows what temperature is safe for using.
I have the same stove. It's a ceramic stove top. It will stain each time you use it, but it is not burn marks. Do not scrape it. Try a Mr. Clean eraser which works quite well, and also a scotch brite scrubber for stubborn stains. There is also a cleaner for this that you can buy which cleans it easily.
My black marks seem to be under the glass. The surface is slick. I got that with a scraper, Dawn, and the cooktop cleaning liquid they sold me. This happened shortly after buying it. Any ideas?
By Pat M
Does anyone know how to get my blue towel marks off my stove top? I had a boil over of pasta and grabbed the first thing in sight. :(
I am looking for info for cleaning glass stove top with sugar cubes. Need info on how. Suppose to be able to remove burnt and messes, without scratching.
Jo from CT
Be very careful. I had a glass top stove, and it was great, but the instructions warned to immediately clean up ANY split sugar on the surface, as it can cause pitting and damage. Also, never use any type of abrasive pad or cleaners, as this will damage the surface. I used a product called Crema Brite avaliable at hardware stores and some groceries, but it seemed like it was mostly lemon juice and paste. I would try making a paste with baking soda and lemon juice. This should not hurt the surface, but try in a small spot. Use a washcloth or soft rag to apply and wipe clean.
Cleaning with a sugar cube is one of the cheapest, easiest and best ways I've found to clean the surface of a glass cooktop. Always try your best to clean up messes as soon as possible. (Sometimes its best to wait til the stove top cools a bit though, as I have melted cloths on the element before and it's not fun to clean that off) so what I do is a dampen a wash cloth with super hot water and wipe down the whole surface.
Just enough to make the top damp, not wet. (If its too wet the sugar cube just melts away.) Take note of the stubborn stains and scrub the cube over those areas until completely cleaned away. For clean up of the sugar on the surface just use the same clean damp cloth to wipe it down. It's that easy. For day to day cleaning of lighter stains I use Cermabrite (not sure of the spelling) with the scrub pad privided or just a regular cloth. Hope this helps!
I have my second ceramic glasstop stove and it seems as though the finish is being scrubbed off when I scrub the dirt off. I don't know why this is happening.
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What can I use to clean accumulated grease on glass ceramic stove tops?
By accumulated grease, I must assume it's been burnt on? Wet a Scotch no-scratch kitchen sponge and keep dipping the scour side into baking soda, to give a thorough scrubbing. Then, rinse thoroughly and buff dry before using the range. Also, be sure to apply a polish made especially for glass top stoves after each cleaning. This helps to repel the next round of cooking mishaps. My brand is Weiman Cook Top. I think you can find it really cheap in any Walmart, Dollar General, Freds, etc. I also think they sell it at Sears appliance stores. Be sure to clean your cook top after every use. It makes life a lot easier! Good luck. (07/24/2010)
Razor blade held absolutely flat will loosed the burned on, but it will scratch to top unless it is flat to the surface of the cook top. Never, never, never cook on a dirty burner; clean after every use or before use. Usually the razor blade will scrape the stuff enough the cleaners will work. Use lots of elbow grease. (07/25/2010)
I have an all white glass top stove and I use baking soda with a couple drops of dish washing liquid. Make a paste and scrub. Sometimes I add salt to the past, that is an abrasive but won't scratch the surface. I've used the Mr. Clean erasers too, but I think the good old baking soda and Dawn or Joy paste works the best. (07/29/2010)
Lemon juice to a towel cleans the grease from a stove top and makes it sparkle. No streaks. (07/29/2010)
For best results in cleaning a ceramic smooth top stove, use Vileda. It easily removes baked on brown spots. It can be purchased at Canadian Tire for approximately $5.00 for 2 sponges. I had a very hard time cleaning mine, until I found this product.
By Donna R.
I just looked at ebay and found 4 of these sponges for $8.99 postage paid. They will ship from Ohio. (04/03/2010)
If I do get burned on food or the cooking water from food spills over, I use the single edge razor blade to get the most of the gunk off. Then continue to follow directions from Cerama Bryte cooktop cleaner (I get it at Home Depot ). They also have Cerama Bryte cleaning pads for all smoothtops. A little elbow grease helps, too. ;-) CERAMABRYTE.com (04/04/2010)
I have a flat top ceramic stove. I cannot find anything to get off the burnt and dark places on the burner.
By Janice from Princeton, WV
I use a cleaning product called Soft Scrub (01/21/2010)
Bleach will help, good luck. (01/21/2010)
I'd try the Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. There are generics and store brands available. (01/21/2010)
I use Weiman's Cook Top for my stove top and I wipe it on with a dampened paper towel and let it dry and wipe off with a dry towel. You may need to repeat a few times and a bit of elbow grease, but you will be able to see the darkening material on the towel that's being rubbed off. This product came with my stove and can be purchased at WalMart. (01/21/2010)
I spray clorox bleach on it, let it sit for a few minutes, and come back to wipe down. It shines! I am messy and usually have lots of dried food and burnt spots on my ceramic cooktop. This works every time. I have the cook-top cream cleaner, but it requires a lot more sweat and effort. (01/23/2010)
Hi! I'm not into bleach and other chemicals (a natural gal, I'd say). The most success I've had with removing the black gunk from the stove top is by first wiping the glass with mild dish soap and very warm water (to activate the gunk). Then take a widget (see picture) and slide it over the glass top at a 45 degree angle. It takes the gunk right off and anything else that you couldn't see - you'll be quite happy with the result! (01/23/2010)
Well, I was making jelly and left the room for a minute. Wrong idea. The sugar and contents boiled over on ceramic cooktop. Well we know we can't turn that heat down very quickly, so did the best I could with the mess. Trying not to burn myself I mopped it up with towels and whatever I could grab.
Well that was several months ago. I have cleaned and tried to carefully scrape with a razor blade. I am not just using it again, but there is still a ring of the baked on mess. I've used all the ceramic cleaners I can think of. Anyone else ever done this dumb thing and have a suggestion?
Try EZ Off Cooktop Cleaner or Wellman's. Use according to manufacturer's instructions. If the residue isn't completely removed, you can also use one of those thin, green Scotch Brite pads and gently scrub it off. Using the Wellman's and the pad worked great but required plenty of elbow grease. The EZ Off may work better and require less work. (01/19/2010)
I did the same thing making fudge. But mine is embedded in the surface itself. I cannot get the one burner clean. It is like it bubbled up the glass top so I am stuck with it looking like that I guess. Have you really looked yours over? I read in my book if you spill sugar based things, it could ruin your cooktop. It certainly has ruined mine. (01/21/2010)
LOL, I've tried all of the suggestions except the Magic Eraser guy. No it is not bubbled up (the surface) but the big ring of crust is still there. I've used every cleaner I can buy, razor blades, and on and on. So I guess I'll just start cooking on it. It does not leave anything on the bottom of my pans. Thank goodness my cooktop is black. Thanks to all (01/22/2010)
Can you feel the ring when you run your hand across the cool surface? If not, then you have probably removed all you can hope to get off. If you can feel a difference, look carefully to see if it is raised or pitted. When I did this on my stove, the high temps the sugar went to actually pitted the surface. If it is still a raised deposit, I'd keep at it with the razor, stovetop cleaner (or baking soda or Barkeeper's Friend) and elbow grease :) a little every day. I have also noticed that most of these black-surfaced stoves have some kind of a white dot pattern, and sometimes that burns(?) off and makes it look like a dark spot.
I used my stove with the pitted burner for a long time, and when the surface finally cracked, it was in the middle of a different burner, one that I'd been running long hours at high setting with canning. It seems to be recommended to not do much canning on this type of stove. I'm considering getting a gas turkey fryer stand for canning, and using it outdoors to keep the house cool. (01/22/2010)
I got my mess up with a generic Mr. Eraser sponge that I got at the Dollar General store and those generic ones work well as well as name brand. It will come off. Good luck. (01/22/2010)
Depending on the type of smooth top you have, you may not be able to fix it now. Sugar damages the type I have, and like others have stated, short of replacing the top, I just have to live with it. (01/24/2010)
I have a white one that stains every single time it's used. It looks very nice, but sure gets cleaned a whole lot. I use a ceramic stove top cleaner. One brand is Carbona. There are others that work well. Sometimes just a nylon scrubbing pad works depending on how long I used the burner. These cooktops are much more delicate than gas or regular electric. (01/30/2010)
My flat top stove has circles around the burners from where I have put wet pans on them. Does anyone know a way to get rid of these?
I have a 2 year old KitchenAid glass cooktop. I need help removing what appears to be burnt scorch marks on the burners.