I have a love-hate relationship with my glass cooktop.
As in, love when it’s clean, hate when it’s dirty.
That was original of me. But really. Any kind of liquid or solid matter that touches a burner is the kiss of death to a smooth cooktop. It will leave a scorch mark that will laugh at you until you please the glass-ceramic cooktop gods with an acceptable sacrifice.
I really thought the only way to accomplish this was to use that special cleaning paste (and the special red scrubby thing that gets really gross after it’s used a couple times).
That’s pretty annoying just by itself. But after a while it was extra annoying because store-bought cleaning paste wasn’t fitting into my plan to take over the world with non-toxic cleaners and my blogging.
I tried a lot of different methods for cleaning that thing, including everything that a responsible glass cooktop owner would never do. Like using metal scrubby pads and things.
Just as I arrived at the crossroads of A.) Breaking down and buying the stove-top cleaning junk or B.) Smashing that scorch mark on my glass with a meat tenderizing mallet, I found a way to clean it that fit into my Western Mom Blogger worldview. (Aka: baking soda and vinegar is the answer to your life’s problems.)
I was all psyched up to share this with you guys a real long time ago, but I then I realized my stove top was clean. So I had to wait a few months for a truly horrifying stovetop blemish to prove my theory.
It happened when I was making soup on Sunday night. See, okay. I had made some healthy homemade chicken stock in my Crock Pot the day before. (Winning, right?) The only thing is, by the time it had finally finished, it was late and I wanted to watch moving pictures on color television. So I was lazy and stuck the whole thing in the refrigerator. I regrettably did this without much thought as to how I would separate the chicken carcass from the broth the next day when it got all gelatinized and solidified with a layer of fat and what-not.
Faced with a gelled-over mess of cold chicken carcass and a need to make soup real fast, I did what any short-cut loving woman in that situation would do. I fired up the back burner and placed the cold Crock Pot right on the hot stove. (You know. So the broth could melt and I could strain out all the bones and junk.)
I became alarmed when I got a whiff of something that smelled kind of good and kind of bad. Like chicken soup, but also burnt plastic.
So long story short, setting a cold Crock Pot of chicken carcass on a hot burner may not be the best thing I could have come up with. The red Crock Pot my sister gave me when I moved out on my own cracked clean in half. There was a lot of greasy chicken skin, soggy celery and nutritious broth burning and bubbling all over my stovetop.
BUT. After the smoke cleared and the broth pooled on my stovetop had been frantically sucked up with a baster (and used anyways), I was left with this beauty:
Also, I left it to crust overnight, just ’cause. (The moving pictures were on).
And now I get to show you how I clean a glass-ceramic cooktop naturally.
1.) Baking Soda
Sprinkle baking soda liberally all over the affected area.
(I use a lot of baking soda, so I buy the giant bag from Costco and store some in a canister.)
2.) All-Purpose Cleaner
Spray the baking soda with all-purpose cleaner. Soak it good. It will start to foam up and fizz a little. You want this. Trust me.
(My all-purpose cleaner is just a mixture of water, dish soap and vinegar. And it’s amazing. You should try it.)
3.) Let Set
This part is important. I really try not to skip out on this. I usually go fifteen minutes, but this time I set my timer for thirty since the situation was extra gross.
Right away, I could start to see the grime lifting. Ewwwwww.
After your mixture has soaked, take a cloth and scrub the area until it feels smooth again. This might take a little elbow grease, but so does the fancy ceramic stove top cleaner (you who think scrubbing something a travesty).
Now get a clean cloth and wipe the hot mess off your purty stove.
You are going to notice that it will take several passes with the cloth to remove all the baking soda leftovers. It will probably leave a cloudy residue on your glass. Just keep wiping until it goes away.
To get rid of all baking soda traces, I give my stove top a final shine with some all-purpose cleaner.
(This stubborn residue thing is one of the reasons I boycott cleaning with baking soda unless it is absolutely necessary to scour something.)
Now, in the case that there is still some stubborn crusty spot left behind, just rinse and repeat. Also, it does help the grime to loosen easier if the burner is a bit warm. Not hot though, because there is nothing grosser and more pungent than hot vinegar water steaming up in your face.
Success. You have pleased the glass stovetop gods.
And now you can throw away your annoying ceramic-glass stovetop cleaner. Hooray!
Just kidding. That junk’s expensive. Use it up before you toss it, foo’!
Just kidding. About the foo’ part. But do use it up.
How do YOU clean your glass-ceramic cooktop? Has anyone ever used peroxide or lemon juice?