No one wants to deal with grease or spills in their kitchen. You probably think you’d need some special voodoo to keep it spic and span despite busy households and crazy schedules, but you don’t!
It may require skill and practice to do it efficiently, but starting your journey towards a more aesthetic and hygienic kitchen doesn’t, and SHOULDN’T, leave you sweating too hard and spending a lot.
Today, you’ll learn a kitchen trick: how to clean a glass-top stove with baking soda and peroxide. No more putting it off!
How do you remove burnt-on grease from a glass-top stove?
Food debris and burnt spots that have accumulated for too long on a glass stove top make cleaning even less desirable.
You may have told yourself before that your stovetop still works fine, so why bother cleaning it? Especially if it seems like a mountain of work to banish all stubborn stains and grimes there!
Let’s go about it from easy to “you need a good warm-up for the next thing” steps.
The easiest part
The first step is to wipe off the dust with a dry microfiber cloth. Do not use a damp one, or the dust will smudge on the glass top instead.
If your glass stovetop only has minor stains and food splatter after cooking, you can wipe it off with a damp microfiber once it has cooled down. These two steps keep grime and dust from accumulating.
If the stains remain even when you wipe them off with microfiber, grab a dishwashing soap.
Use a damp microfiber cloth or a soft sponge to spread the soap in a circular motion and eliminate extra grime. Wait for the surface to dry thoroughly, then buff it with a dry microfiber cloth to finish with a polished look.
Additionally, Magic Erasers may leave marks, so be careful if you want to use them. Instead, opt for a soft sponge to aid you.
The hard part (kinda)
This is only hard because it may require a bit of elbow grease and some investment in products better than dishwashing liquid.
When the gunk just wouldn’t budge even with a scraper, the next thing to do is to switch to a more powerful ally — i.e., stovetop cleaners specifically designed to tackle your toughest grimes.
They are also the best choice to go for if you have a black glass stove top since soap-based products may leave white residue afterward. Moreover, these stovetop cleaners have more powerful cleaning abilities, so it’s quicker and more efficient to have them instead.
Start with what you can eliminate with microfiber, followed by what you can soften and get rid of with a cleaner or dishwashing soap plus sponge combo. You may need to repeat this process multiple times before you can see a stove top that’s manageable with a mere wipe of a microfiber.
No matter how frustrating the task is, NEVER put too much pressure on the glass stove top, or you may damage it irreversibly!
PS. A scraper may sound scary when dealing with a glass stovetop. However, a tool like this is necessary, especially when dealing with grease that’s too tough for your products. Do keep them as a last-resort tool in your arsenal.
As for the products you will need, be wary of ammonia-producing chemicals or other harsh products that can leave residue or scratch your stovetop.
If you don’t want to waste your dishwashing liquid or invest in stove top cleaners, that’s fine too!
Instead of brainstorming further, you can use hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to achieve the same shiny results.
What happens when you mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda?
If you are a DIY enthusiast, you’d recognize that there are only two powers that be when it comes to cleaning: hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
By themselves, they are highly effective against any stain or grime. Together, it’s a mixture that can make your chores much easier.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild acid and an oxidizer. It is a common disinfectant and household cleaning product. Meanwhile, baking soda is a mild abrasive and highly alkaline, making it great for scrubbing, neutralizing odors, and cleaning grease.
To create a paste, put ¼ cup of baking soda in a small bowl and add enough hydrogen peroxide until it gives a peanut butter consistency. When the reaction completes, you now have a water-soluble mixture that’s potent against germs and grease.
As a precaution, never store large quantities of this mixture because the carbon dioxide buildup may cause it to explode or spray when opened.
You can use this to degrease, clean grout between tiles, descale, and remove soap scums and hard water build-up.
How do you clean a stove with baking soda and peroxide?
The amount of baking soda you’d need for a paste will depend on how many stove tops you wish to clean. Often, ½ cup will do for a single stove top with burnt-on grease and tough stains.
After you have your paste, dab a sponge to get some product and apply a thick layer to the stubborn spots. Wait for about 20 minutes before using a sponge to scrub away the gunk and grime.
Generally speaking, the longer you’d let the paste sit on the stovetop, the less elbow grease it requires to clean it. Have patience!
Some use paper towels instead of sponges, but as mentioned above, it can leave traces everywhere and would make a less efficient aid.
After getting all the grease out, wipe with a damp microfiber. When fully dried, use a dry cloth to keep it polished.
There are other formulas that may provide you with success in cleaning. Here are some:
- ¼ cup dish soap, ½ cup baking soda, and ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide— Let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Most effective for deep-cleaning of stubborn grease.
- 1:1:1 tablespoon salt, baking soda, and water— This is best for stove tops that will not scratch easily, e.g., glass stove tops. If you use kosher salt, the bigger grains can act as an effective abrasive but may leave marks on a glass stove top, so be careful! Rather than soaking, you can scrub this mixture immediately.
- ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup water— it’s not the most pleasant-smelling but is highly effective against grime but less so for grease.
- 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup lemon, 1 teaspoon baking soda— This works great against grime and is more pleasant smelling due to the addition of lemon.
And voila! There goes away all your worries! Indeed, good products, even DIY, can make cleaning an easy habit for you.
Can I use hydrogen peroxide on the stove top?
Sure! In theory, that is.
Hydrogen peroxide is a readily available chemical you can find in stores. It comes in different concentrations, and your choice depends on the intensity of cleaning you will need to do.
For household use, three percent is adequate.
FYI: Hydrogen peroxide releases a toxic chemical when combined with acetic acid. As much as possible, do not invent “new” mixtures with your household products to avoid accidents.
However, note that hydrogen peroxide is mainly a disinfectant and a good (not great!) cleaner. If you soak the yellowed stains of your stove tops with hydrogen peroxide, there’s a high chance of getting them white and bright again. However, for best results and stubborn grease, you need to pair it with baking soda.
How about glass stove tops that are usually black? Will hydrogen peroxide leave residue there?
Can you clean a glass-top stove with hydrogen peroxide?
You can think of glass stove tops as really thick mirrors— and mirrors; you can definitely spray with hydrogen peroxide.
To not leave any residue, use a microfiber cloth instead of a sponge when wiping the product and on the subsequent cleaning afterward.
Also, if you are set on using hydrogen peroxide alone, use it immediately after the stove top cools down. That way, the food debris has not fully set in yet.