Clean Your Glass Stovetop

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!

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You’ll need:

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.

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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.)

Voila! Gorgeous!

Remember, if you clean the stovetop after each use, then you might never have to face this buildup again.

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  1. My stovetop only had grease on it to begin with (no caked on food or debris). I followed this to the letter. Still left with a greasy film, that I can drag my finger through and write my name. (Also tried glass cleaner). Any other thoughts?

  2. Hello would this work on one that is used and very stained. I scrub at for hours and still 75% are still there.

  3. Was hesitant to believe this would work… but I have to admit, my glass top stove looks brand new. This is a keeper for me. Thanks for sharing

  4. My question is about Swifter Wet Jet and the “Magic Eraser that is added to the pads now”…they honestly do not work. While I do see the dirt coming off the floor with the use of the Wet jet it does nothing for the unsightly stains on the grout. I have tried oxi clean on the tile while it works well it leaves a residue of white and you have to go back and clean that up. Time consuming tasks. Do you like the swifter wet jet or is there another method for really cleaning the ceramic tile floors? Have you ever used Steam mops?

  5. Best cleaning video I’ve seen! I have that exact same stove, so I will be trying that. Thank you, especially for making it fun!

  6. Need to know how to clean off things that have been on for awhile – Sister tried to clean when it was still hot – boiled pasta and left marks on stove top – tried the special cleaning that they have for glass tops but it is not working – Please help –


      • Hi Edriana and Paulette. We feel your pain! The key to combatting stubborn stuck-on grime is pre-treating very well. Try leaving the baking soda on to do its thing for several hours, or even overnight. Best of luck!

  7. I knew I’d find instructions for cleaning the glass of the cook top in my new condo. But I noticed that your glass stove top is a solid color, black. My cook top has what looks like white paint spatters all over it. They aren’t actually spatters and don’t raise above the glass. They are just part of the glass. I’ve been assured that this just how it is supposed to look but I need some reassurance. Have you seen this type of thing before? Would it need to be handled differently? I appreciate any info you can give me.

    I’m a big fan of your YouTube videos and this website.

  8. it is very important to keep the bottom of the pans very clean. Any fat or grease left on the bottom of the pan will burn onto the glass top.I hate electric stoves, but I try to live with it, since I have no choice.

  9. There are several variations of this. It will work on a lightly soiled area if you can get to it shortly after the damage occurred. My stovetop mess got out of control and it is baked on pretty good. I am still looking for a solution.

  10. Last night I dropped a microfibre towel on a hot area. The towel immediately began to melt and to smoke. Afraid of a fire, I doused it with cool water. Today, it seems somewhat fused to the stovetop. There are edges, like on a scab, that can be picked at, and what isunderneath, so far, seems okay. What’s the best move forward?



    • You are lucky the glass didn’t shatter. Don’t do that again. Next time try putting a pan cover over the area and turn off the heat.

    • Merille…I know “Clean My Space” advises us not to use a razor blade. However manufacturers tell us to use the razor blade on a holder (so we don’t get cut). It should be a new one and frequently changed. This is very helpful in removing burnt on items. I do it all the time and I don’t scratch or damage my stove top…just be gentle and use the correct side of the blade. Having said that, I also use the baking soda method recommended by “Clean My Space”. For everyday cleaning, I mix a small amt of baking soda & water. I spray it on the “cold” surface and let it sit for about 10-15 min. Then I use a moist cloth to wipe the baking soda off. Final step, I use another clean wet cloth, and wipe it all clean. About once a week, I use the commercial stove top cleaner because it’s made specifically for these stoves and it has a polish in it. I will say this: we sold our home last June. At that house, I had a cooktop for over 10 years. I used the commercial cleaner and a razor blade. When we sold, the stove looked brand new. I now have a new stove w cooktop…it’s 4 months old and I bought it from the same place. There is no comparison in quality! Although I paid more, these new stoves cannot compare and are not as easy to keep clean. I’ve also purchased a washer/dryer (4 mos. ago) and my washer is on the fritz right now!!!

      • This comment is absolutely correct. Using the razor blade holder packed with almost all “glass” stovetops is the only way to clean baked-on dirt. No scratching (it is ceramic), no damage, just clean tops. Some of us have stuff on the surface that is black and looks like glass; this will not come off with any method.

  11. Melissa I mean I have grease o my stove top for ten years can you help get it off tell me what I need and what to do thankyou

  12. Nice post and nice video. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m inspired!
    Very helpful info specially the remaining section I handle such info
    a lot. Thanks and best of


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