Cleaning a Smooth Top Stove

August 7, 2018

I thought I turned on the small back burner on my white smooth top Jenn Air stove. You can imagine my panic when I turned around and saw smoke rising from the front burner where I had left an iron skillet on top of a braided hot pad. I grabbed another hot pad, pulled the skillet and burned pad off the burner to reveal a blackened, burnt on mess. The burnt pad had plastic threading and that (plus the fabric) had melted onto the burner. Another second or two and I'm sure I would have had flames. I was ready to cry thinking I had ruined my very expensive down-draft smooth top stove but, for once in my life, I didn't panic.


Instead, I went to Google and found the ThriftyFun tip site after I googled "help, I left a hot pad that melted on my burner." I read the tips on burned plastic tried one that suggested letting it cool, testing to see what Goo Gone and Cerama Bryte would do.

If they didn't work, it was suggested to turn the burner on high again for 12 minutes to see if the rest of the gunk would burn off.

Wow! I literally watched most of the black goo and crust disappear as it burned off. Finally, I turned off the burner, let it cool completely, wiped off the ash, and went after the remaining black spots with Cerama Bryte and a Scotch Brite Scrub Dots sponge.

Sweet Relief! Every speck of the burn is gone and my stove top gleams! The picture shows the blackened, burnt potholder next to the now clean burner! It didn't occur to me to take a picture before I cleaned it, but I wish I had. I am so grateful for this website that turned my disaster into a miracle!


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October 8, 2010

Instead of buying the expensive cleaner to clean my glass top stove, I keep a shaker jar of baking soda 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.

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May 22, 2014

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.

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February 27, 2017

A simple mix of Dawn dish soap and some baking soda can make an effective cleaner for many surfaces, even your smooth glass top range. This is a page about use dawn and baking soda to clean a smooth top range.

Use Dawn and Baking Soda to Clean a Smooth Top Range

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March 16, 2013

This is a page 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.

Glass Top Stove

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June 1, 2016

This is a page about homemade cleaner for glass top stove. Rather than buy a commercial product to clean your smooth top stove, make your own.

Hand holding orange sponge cleaning glass stove top

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February 8, 2012

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. This is a page about cleaning spills on a smooth top stove.

Black smooth top cooking range.

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June 4, 2011

What do I need to clean my new smooth top oven with? I have heard to use a razor blade. Is that good?

By Jeanette B.


June 4, 20110 found this helpful

Yes, you can use a razor blade. Mine has a holder and you scrape the big spills then use a liquid cleaner made for glass top stoves. I use Cerama Bryte available from Home Depot. There are other brands that work as well.

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March 9, 2010

Where can I get a "razor blade" scraper specially designed for glass-ceramic cooktops?

By Elaine from Woodridge, IL


March 9, 20100 found this helpful

I ordered mine, cermam Bryte ceramic cooktop scraper, from GE. 1-800-626-2002.
However, the package also says Golden Ventures Inc. Homecare Products @ 1-800-578-HOME.
Maybe Home Depot or Lowes may also have them.

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

Look in the paint department of a hardware store. They'll have single blade razors as well as holders for them because you use them to remove paint from windows. That's what you use to clean your cooktop!

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

I use an old credit card, and I used vinegar and baking soda to clean. I had a bottle of the "real" cleaner and only used it if nothing else cleaned the top. Good luck!

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

Baking soda and water do a great job to clean my glass stove top. Rinse well with clear water, and wipe dry.

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March 14, 20100 found this helpful

I bought mine at Home Depot in the appliance department. It came in a kit with the cook top cleaner. Good luck!

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March 30, 2015

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. :(

By Shelley

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How do I clean an electric smooth top stove top?

By Yasminealreadytaken R.

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December 6, 2011

I had some renters that burned the smooth top very black on the burners. Polishes, razor blades, and scrubbing doesn't work. Can I try wet sand paper, maybe 1500 and then move to 2000 and 3000 grit?

By Bruce M.

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January 24, 2011

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


January 25, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Lynn,
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 - ?

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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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September 20, 2012

We accidentally wiped a cotton dish towel across our new, black glass cooktop when it was hot and a baked-on residue formed.

Suggestions? Thanks!

By Bob P.

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July 6, 2012

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

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September 8, 2010

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


September 9, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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September 13, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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October 12, 2006

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


By Jess (Guest Post)
October 13, 20060 found this helpful

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.

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