This Is the Only Glass Stovetop Cleaner I’ll Ever Use Again
As states across the U.S. debate banning gas stoves over both environmental and health concerns, I have entirely unrelated reasons for my disdain for gas stoves. Unlike gas stoves, my glass electric stovetop provides me another surface in the kitchen for food prep or storage if (and when) I need it. In my current home, I opted for an induction stove, which I love even more for its super-quick heating time.
But what I appreciate the most about glass stovetops is how easy they are to clean compared to the curves and grates of a gas stovetop. The smooth surface is so much more straightforward to clean, which also means it gets cleaned more often than its more complicated rival.
This isn’t to say that cleaning a glass stovetop is always a cinch. Just like with any stove, pots bubble over, oil splatters, and messes get burnt onto the surface. Although most nights a quick spritz with Dawn Powerwash followed by a wipe-down with my ever-faithful E-cloth is enough, bigger messes and my weekly deep clean require something a little stronger.
This is where my go-to glass stovetop cleaner comes into play. I’ve tried baking soda and vinegar and other natural methods, but I keep coming back to this one for the bigger, more stubborn jobs: Cerama Bryte. I first found out about it because it came with my oven years ago, and it’s become one of my favorite cleaning products, even though it’s only used for one thing. It’s powerful, a little bit goes a long way, it’s easy to use without a bunch of vigorous scrubbing, and it leaves my stovetop gleaming.
The kit comes with a razor blade scraper, a scrub pad, and a scrub pad holder, all good additions to the Cerama Bryte itself, which is a white fluid, about the consistency of lotion. For best results, first make sure that the stovetop is cool. Next, according to the directions, begin cleaning by scraping any burnt-on residue with the razor and wiping off the dirt with a damp rag. Then, apply a quarter-sized amount of the product to the stovetop and rub with the scrubbing pad. Wipe the excess off and then buff. My own method is similar, with a few tweaks. First, I use my plastic razor blade to scrape off any stubborn residue. Then, I squirt some Cerama Bryte in thin lines over the surface of the stovetop and scrub with a stiff (read: rinsed with cold water) Scrub Daddy. I rub for a minute, spending extra time on trouble spots. I wipe off the residue with a paper towel and repeat the previous steps if there are still areas that need more cleaning. Finally, I buff with another paper towel. Hear me when I say my stovetop has never been cleaner. I’ll never use another product on it!
Buy: Cerama Bryte Combo Kit, $14.28 (originally $15.99)