Letting your glass stovetop stay dirty can lead to scratching, pitting—tiny chips, craters, or dents in the glass—and cracking, which means you will need to replace the stovetop ($$$). I bet you can think of lots of things you’d rather spend your money on. Cleaning it doesn’t have to be a royal pain—just try this quick and easy trick!
A sponge. Make sure it is clean, and ONLY use the spongy side, not the scrubby side.
A bowl filled with hot water. Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of dish liquid in the water and stir.
Tea towels or rags. You will need enough to cover the entire stovetop.
Baking soda, paper towels, and rubber gloves. (The water gets really hot—no need to burn yourself.) A microfiber cloth, for buffing the clean stovetop dry. A scraping tool, like a SKrAPr.
Get Cracking. (Only figuratively.)
Remember: Never, ever do this on a hot stove; let it cool completely before getting started.
Place the rags in the bowl and agitate gently, getting them fully saturated. Sprinkle baking soda over the entire stovetop.
Wring out the rags halfway; you want them to be wet-ish so that they can activate the baking soda and loosen the buildup. Spread them out over the entire stove, covering all the baking soda. Let sit for 15 minutes (or a few hours, if the stove was looking like the devil was the cook). Add water to the stovetop if it dries out—you want to maintain the moisture of the baking soda.
Remove all but one rag, then use this rag to begin wiping the stove clean in an S-pattern.
Run the sponge under cool water, then use it to wipe up any debris or work on any tough stains (remember, soft side only!). If you encounter something really challenging, try using a SKrAPr (we are obsessed with them). (Don’t even think about a razor blade; it’s super dangerous, and you will almost certainly scratch the stovetop.)
Finally, use the microfiber cloth to buff the stovetop to a dry shine. (If you are still getting a lot of streaks, try another pass with a glass cleaner.)
Remember, if you clean the stovetop after each use, then you might never have to face this buildup again.