How to clean your glass cooktop. Why? Because I have a glass cooktop! When we bought our house nearly 5 years, we thought, "Hey, nice black appliances! And look! Glass cooktop - so easy to clean!" Well, we were a bit naive. That's not to say that it isn't easier to clean regularly than the coil electric we had at our old apartment, but I definitely agree with the blogger from the picture above that to get the thing really sparkling clean takes a bit more work.
So, here's what my stovetop normally looks like after a day or two of cooking - gross right? Hubster and I (yes, he cooks eggs sometimes, the rest is me, but I gotta share the blame) are not the neatest cooks.
I washed it with a dishcloth and polished it up as best I could. Looks pretty nice, right?
Oh, wait. Yuck! It's that pesky ring! Grrr! I have tried the fancy stovetop cleaners, I have tried windex, I have tried lots of scrubbing, I've tried nearly everything. My sister pinned the tutorial above and when I saw it I thought, "Hey, I could do this. Free, easy, makes sense." And since I know you, like me, are wondering if it really does work, I figured I would document it so we could see together! :-)
Step one was to get a rag wet with hot, soapy water. (I was already washing dishes, so I did this from the sink.)
Step two was to sprinkle baking soda liberally over the stains (stains? Is that the right word? I don't know. But you get what I'm saying.) I just love the pretty design the baking soda made as it hit the glass!
Step three, wring out half the soapy water from the rag and place it over the stained and baking soda-ed area.
Step four, wait 15 minutes or so. I probably waited a bit longer as I got busy cleaning other kitchen areas.
I followed the tutorial's advice to wear gloves. Good move.
As you can see from the dirty rag, the scrubbing did make a difference. I had high hopes at this point!
Ready for the results? Hmm...Some improvement, but not as much as I had hoped. :-/
So, since the writer of the tutorial showed her results after repeating the steps, I decided to repeat as well and saw additional improvement.
Bonus is that while I had my baking soda out, I went ahead and scrubbed my sink, which would have made FlyLady cringe with its previous appearance. =O My kitchen looks much cleaner now, and I'm motivated to clean up the stovetop a little better as we go so that at least it won't get any worse!