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May 19, 2008 07:28 AM

Cleaning Glass/Ceram Stovetop

Are there any surefire products out there that will get burnt on crud off the cooktop? I saw 3M Scotch came out with a new product, although I am wary because nothing seems to work these days. Anyone have a secret they'd love to share?
Please help!

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  1. the special products they sell in the grocery for glass stovetops work well for me; I have *never* had to work hard to get anything off my ceramic stove top using a paper towel and this stuff.

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    1. re: DGresh

      I've used Ceramabrite (?) - and while that makes most of the cooktop pretty & shiny..there is still this ring around one of the burners that will NOT come off. It infuriates me.

    2. Purely by accident I discovered a great way to clean the glass cooktop. Bring one and one-half cups water to a boil, then add two tablespoons of baking soda. The solution will spit and spatter furiously all over your cooktop. Let it boil until no more spattering, then drain the pot and repeat on the diagonally opposite burner, this should give complete coverage of most of the cooktop.

      Wipe the residue away with a wet rag. You'll be amazed at how effective this is with no scubbing.

      After I made this discovery while preparing to skin hazelnuts, the next time my cooktop was soiled I figured it was the baking soda that did the trick so I tried just sprinkling a bit of baking soda on a damp rag and rubbing over a damp cooktop and for some reason this was not as effective, nor did the baking soda residue wipe off cleanly like with it did from the pan of boiling water and soda. Maybe the boiling water dissolves the soda more, or maybe the high temp of the water combined with the soda is what creates the magic; I don't know why it works better than just soda sprinkled on a wet rag but it does--one of the many wonders of kitchen chemistry.

      1. Don't overlook the low tech approach: The razor blade. If held flat against the cooktop, a razor can easily and quickly remove some of the worst crud you can imagine.

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        1. re: bkhuna

          I bought a cleaning kit as Sears years ago, that came with some cleaner, a scouring pad, and a razor blade/holder scraper thingy. Combined those three items have been all I need.

          1. re: bkhuna

            i used the razorblade method too - moved into a new rental apt...flat-top stove caked in black gook. i wore gloves and turned the burners on high and went to town with the blade. got it all off, and looks great - chemical free!

          2. the commercial cleaners work fine. the KEY is cleaning thoroughly after EACH use of the stovetop! then, there should never be any "buildup" issue, whatsoever.

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            1. re: alkapal

              Glad to hear about the razor technique. I made a serious mess last night.....while reducing a pot on the cooktop it boiled over. It had lots of honey in it and needless to say its not looking good. My SO is planning to use a razor on it later today and I was worried that this might scratch the surface but he is pretty confident it'll be fine. I'm happy to hear others have done same.

              1. re: millygirl

                Mr. Millygirl came through once again! Stovetop looks like the day it arrived. I can now breathe a sigh of relief.

            2. I have a glass cooktop. I successfully use the white stuff they sell in the grocery store in bottles. If the burner looks bad, sometimes I heat the burner briefly after coating the it. And I might let the stuff sit on the burner for a few minutes. Then scrub with a netted sponge. I think dark glass with a textured finish are the best for this appliance, because marks do not show up as much.

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              1. re: sueatmo

                That's normally what I use also but this spill called for the big guns.