Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Cleaning Glass Top Stoves

This week at Works for Me Wednesday is a theme edition, "cleaning tips."

If you have a glass top stove, you know that they can be tricky to clean because many of the usual cleansers will scratch the surface. Scratching the surface of a glass top stove is not good.

When we moved into our current home a few years ago, the stove was a bit foreign to me - it has a glass top stove. I had a hard enough time keeping my "regular" stove top clean in our previous homes. I did not get the clean gene in my family . That would be my sister. I got the cooking gene. I make a mess. She cleans up.  So that left me with a dilemma... how do you keep a glass top stove clean?

I had no clue, but for the graciousness of the previous owners. They left the owner's manuals for all the kitchen appliances.

SO, I searched the owner's manual,. "Cleaning a glass top stove."

It, of course, recommended their brand name product, "specially designed for cleaning glass top stoves." It had to be ordered and shipped. I didn't want to wait for that process before I cleaned my stove top (I think I'd spilled spaghetti sauce on it.) So, I went to the grocery store and searched the cleaning aisle and sure enough I found a small slightly expensive bottle of cleaner that was safe for glass top stoves. I brought it home and used it.  It worked great.

But, I cook a lot. So, I tend to make a mess of my stove top fairly often. That would mean a lot of expensive cleanser over the years. Then, my sister, the cleaner, mentioned in passing what she uses, and she doesn't have to worry about scratches either.

Are you ready?  Here it is...

Baking Soda. Well, to be specific, baking soda, hot water and elbow grease.

And you know what? It works. And it works really well. I have even cleaned sticky jam spill-overs off my stove top with baking soda, hot water and elbow grease.

I can't tell you how thrilled I was to have this tip. It works and it's frugal. As cleaning tips go, it doesn't get much better than that!

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The Activity Mom said...

Alright! =) Sounds great. I NEEDED this tip. Can't wait to give it a try!

Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free said...

Baking Soda is such a God-send! Thanks for the tip!

Kaye said...

I use Bar Keeper's Friend on mine. It's not as cheap as baking soda, but it's easy...and I always have some on hand. Glad to know I have a backup now! =)

caroline said...

Cool, I bought a bottle of the cleaner too, still on my first bottle since I don't use it all that often and only spot clean when I do.

My tip was another use for baking soda. I love it!

Amanda said...

Thanks! I'll give it a try. I use the expensive stuff right now, and every time I get it out, I think "there has got to be a cheaper way to clean this thing!"

Erin @ Closing Time said...

Thanks so much for the tip! We moved in June, and our new place has a glass topped stove too (the first one I've ever had). I will definitely give this a try! :)

Sonshine said...

Baking soda is a great cleaner for a lot of things. :)

Thanks for stopping by! As for your question re: my "magic solution" the only time that I have had trouble with the bleach in it is when I was doing bright colored items...it dulls them. Other than that I have had no problems. :) HTH!

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