How to Clean Stove Top

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Knowing how to clean a stove top is an essential skill for a home owner. Have you ever visited a home only to feel repulsed like I have felt stepping into the kitchen? Ever been faced with the problem of keeping your kitchen, particularly the stove streak-free?

To have your kitchen looking inviting and neat goes beyond acquiring nice-looking kitchen appliances; your kitchen stove says a lot about you. Food burns, black looking stove top, oily substances and more can make all aesthetic efforts in the kitchen a waste of time.

Without the stove, no major cooking is plausible, and a rather good understanding on how to clean a stove top is a must for home owners. So, let’s explore this truly essential kitchen skill.

Tools Needed for the Job
  • Microfiber towels
  • Sponge
  • Scrub brush
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Clean water
  • Liquid wash or detergent
  • Lemon
  • Essential oil
  • Isopropyl or wintergreen alcohol

How to clean a glass top stove

Most times your stove top would in most cases get soiled after preparing a meal. There are different methods for cleaning a glass top stove with burnt on food. My first gas stove was a glass stove top. I usually do a major cleaning of the stove at least thrice a week to keep it looking neat and shiny always.

The worst thing to do to your culinary experience is to leave food spills or burnt food items on the glass stove top for too long. It is quite unpalatable. Been constructed with tempered or toughened glass makes the glass stove advantageous. The toughness of the oven glass makes it difficult for spills and other food substance to permanently remain stocked to the glass.

However, for excellent results with easy to use process, I recommend this:

For dealing with Stubborn Food particles:

  • Add liquid soap or detergent into a small bowl of water.
  • Sprinkle water containing soap on the glass stove top. Add just enough soapy water to do the job. Be careful so water does not get into crevices and other corners to create a mess.
  • Leave for about ten minutes to soften food particles.
  • With the help of your sponge, apply a little pressure on the spots with the stains, it should come off.
  • If stains persist, then use the scrub brush to get stains off. To achieve a clean glass stove top, go for the spots where the stains are and using circular movement clean the troubled spots.
  • For best results, you can pour ½ a cup of white vinegar into a spray can and add two cups of water.
  • Spray vinegar on the glass surface and wipe after 5 minutes. The acidic content of the white vinegar is best for dealing with food stains. It also deals with greasy substances.
  • If dealing with tough stains, make baking soda into a paste, and scrub the glass surface gently.
  • After 5 minutes wipe with a towel dipped in warm water to remove baking soda from the glass surface.
  • If stains persist, use a razor to remove stains from the particular spots.
  • Once achieved, you can apply a glass cleaner or polish to give it the needed shine.

How to clean a black stove top

Cleaning a black stove top follow a similar procedure. The difference however lye in the fact that the first the stove is a glass stove. A black stove can hide stains to an appreciable extent.

A stainless steel stove, besides leaving fingerprints could go rust if not maintained properly. When water or oily substance are left on the surfaces or enters spaces within the stove, it could result in rusts.

The assumption most times is that a black stove should help conceal stains and not need daily cleaning. Well sorry to burst your bubbles, a black stove actually would leave visible streaks after cooking even though it’s black.

Steps on how to clean a black stove top


  • Pour clear water into a 24ounz spray can
  • Add 1 cup vinegar
  • Add 1 cup wintergreen alcohol or isopropyl alcohol used for first aid
  • A few drops of liquid soap into the mixture
  • A few drops of essential oil
  • A razor blade

How to Clean

  • Pour all items into the spray-can.
  • Shake the mixture properly.
  • Spray mixture on the black stove surface and leave for ten minutes.
  • Use a clean microfiber towel to scrub carefully for about 10 minutes.
  • Check the effect if not satisfied repeat the process.
  • Dip a clean microfiber towel into warm water and wipe the stove top.
  • If any stain, use a razor to deal with those spots.
  • Clean oven again with vinegar.
  • Apply essential oils to leave fragrance.

To use a special glass top cleaner for better smoothing and longer effect, check for Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner.


How to clean a Ceramic stove top

Most stove tops are composed of Glass-ceramics. They are unique because of their high heat ductility, and the advantage of being glass and ceramics. Glass ceramics stove tops are easy to clean.


  • A cup of baking soda
  • Pour fresh water into a 24ounz spray can
  • Add 1 cup vinegar
  • A few drops of liquid soap into the mixture
  • A few drops of essential oil
  • A razor blade

Steps on How to clean a ceramic stove top:

  • Shake the mixture properly.
  • First, make baking soda into paste.
  • Apply baking soda mixture on the ceramic stove top.
  • Use a clean cloth to scrub vigorously for about 10 minutes or till satisfied.
  • Dip a clean towel into warm water and wipe the stove top.
  • If not content then, spray white vinegar on the stove top and leave for five minutes.
  • Wipe with clean cloth.
  • If any stain persists, use a razor to deal with those spots.
  • Clean cooker again with vinegar.
  • Apply essential oils to leave fragrance.

Tips for maintaining your stove top

  • For greasy or oily substances it is best to wipe off immediately after cooking. Leaving burnt food stains for too long on the surface can give a permanent faded patch on the stove.
  • The use of white vinegar and baking soda is an excellent recommendation for cleaning a black, stainless steel, and glass or ceramics gas stove always.
  • White vinegar can be used daily for fast and easy cleaning of oven top.
  • Baking soda can help eliminate stubborn stains by scrubbing. It does not leave a scratch on the stove surface.
  • Always remember to clean the burners and pot-stands as well.
  • You can derive essential oils from orange peels.

How to clean a stove top is as basic as keeping your kitchen appliances clean. There are several methods for keeping your kitchen stove clean always. Whether it is made glass, ceramic or black stove, all recommended measures work perfectly.

The secret of having a clean stove is to do it always. There are several recommended cleansers and soap available to produce best results for a longer lasting effect.

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