How To Clean a Glass Electric Stovetop

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I recently moved to a new home and have steadily become acquainted with my new appliances. As someone who's only ever used a gas stove, this whole electric stovetop seemed a little like alien voodoo magic. What do you mean there are no burners? It's just gonna get hot? No fire? Clearly, this has been hard to wrap my brain around. (Like I said, we're still getting to know each other.)

However, one of the best things about my new stovetop is how easy it is to clean! It only takes a couple of minutes — plus, you won't believe the shine. Let me show you how I clean my stovetop.

One advantage of an electric stovetop over gas? Goodbye pulling hunks of burnt food out of burners! On a daily basis I'll gently scrub my electric stovetop with water and a sponge after use, which keeps things pretty clean. But it's beneficial to give it a really good scrub down weekly using something designed to remove grease stains and buildup. Here's how I do that:

How To Clean a Glass Electric Stovetop

What You Need

Warm soapy water
A sponge
Glass cooktop cleaner (I used Weiman and it did a good job)
Scraper (optional)
Soft cloth
Paper towels

Instructions

  1. Use warm soapy water and a sponge to collect all easily scrubbed off debris: Make sure your stove is completely cool before starting the cleaning process. Once you're certain your stove is cool, wipe down the entire stovetop with a sponge and warm soapy water. Gently scrub off as much of the visible grime and loose pieces of food as you can.
  2. Dry your stovetop with a clean towel: Using a soft and clean towel, wipe down your stovetop so it's no longer soapy and wet.
  3. Apply the glass cooktop cleaner liberally and begin to scrub with a sponge: Use the harsh side of the sponge and make circular motions until the entire stovetop is covered with cleanser. Continue to scrub. You will feel certain areas that are rougher than others. This is where grease has built up.
  4. Use your scraper to remove difficult grease build up: Gently scrape the areas of the stove that feel rough to the touch. Once you scrape them, scrub over them again with the cleanser and the sponge. You will feel a big difference. The rough areas will become smooth. (I didn't have a scraper on hand, so I improvised and used a serving spatula. It did the job, but next time I'm going to get something I'm certain won't scratch the glass.)
  5. Remove the cleanser from the stovetop: Using either a paper towel or a soft cloth, gently buff away the cleanser. I used circular motions just like I put it on. Think of it like waxing a car. You are buffing it and trying to get it to shine. Once you have wiped down and buffed up your stovetop, you are done! You should be able to see your reflection in it once again!

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(Image credits: Gina Biancaniello)

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