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This Surprising $6 Amazon Miracle Finally Cleaned the Gunk Off My Old Stovetop

published Jul 17, 2022
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When my husband and I first moved into our current apartment, we were excited to try out the electric range with a glass stovetop — especially because we had both grown up cooking with gas stoves. He was excited to cook on it, and I was excited to clean a smooth surface (no more dealing with heavy, greasy grates!).

The first time I cleaned the stovetop, I noticed some residue that was likely left by the previous tenants. In the last couple of years, I have tried cleaning it with every single type of spray cleaner, scouring sponge, a scrubbing brush, cleaning cloths, and homemade mixtures consisting of baking soda and vinegar. And I’m not exaggerating when I say nothing worked. The stains would not budge. I finally decided to do some research and found a brilliant tool that finally got the job done. 

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And here it is — a total miracle worker.

Surprisingly, they are razor blade scrapers. At first, I was worried they could damage the glass, but I figured it might be the only effective tool to remove the years-old, caked on gunk. So, I held my breath and gave it a try.

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This handy razor in action.

When I got them, I used one of the scrapers on the smallest section of the dirtiest burner, hoping it would work without causing any permanent scratches and scrapes. To my relief, not only did they scrape every last speck off, but the glass underneath was also pristine. I kept following the circular pattern of the burner to scrape off as much as I could.

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Wow, look at the difference!

Once I was finished, I audibly gasped at how clean my stovetop was, but also at how much stuck-on residue was left behind by the previous tenants. Despite cleaning my stovetop daily, there was still so much that this little razor scraper could accomplish. 

As the final touch, I sprayed the entire stovetop with my favorite glass cleaner to give it an extra shine.

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Ta da! My trusty razor keeps my stovetop looking good.

Now, every time I see even the smallest bit of dried oil or burnt-on food, I clean it off right away with these trusty scrapers. That way I can keep my stovetop sparkling for my family and for the next tenants.

Do you have a glass stovetop? Tell us how you clean it in the comments below.