Thursday, March 29, 2012

{Did I Pin a Win?} Clean Your Glass Stovetop

Did I Pin a Win?
Continuing our series on reviewing Pinterest tips and tutorials, I chose to do this tutorial:

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.


So, I've still got a ring and splotches. :-/ Not the miracle I was hoping for, unfortunately. However, there is some definite improvement. I know I followed all the tips of the tutorial, so I'm not sure where the difference is - my stove is just too far gone after nearly 5 years of poor care, or different kind of stains, or maybe I just didn't scrub as hard (not likely...). Maybe I should repeat all the steps a few more times.

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!


  1. It looks a lot better! I bet if you do that every few weeks it will eventually go mostly away. Thanks for showing us!

  2. My mom introduced me to a product called Bar Keepers Friend. It works wonders on my stovetop. Mine is not solid black, so I cant be completely sure that it takes everything off, but you should try it. It also works well if you have stainless steel pots/pans and cant get something off of them. I am a little leary of safety, so once I use it on my stove or pots I will wash with soap and water. It does not require the multiple steps that you showed here. Just a damp paper towel and the Bar Keepers. Hope it helps.

  3. I always use the baking soda and add vinegar. Let it sit for awhile and let the vinegar do it's work. Wipe off the excess. Anything left, take a cleaning brush or scouring pad and scrub off...just use a soft brush/scouring pad to avoid scratches.

  4. Have you guys tried using a razor blade to remove the excess? I know it won't remove every last mark but it removes a lot. My new stove came with one and directions to use it. Also, we know the owner of the appliance store and he told us that when glass gets really hot, like on a stove, it actually becomes more porous so anything you spill/boil over, etc in that area can become trapped in the glass. Try heating those burners with no pan on them and then let them cool. It may release some of what is in there. Then use the razor to carefully remove/smooth it. Make sure you keep the razor at a very low angle so as not to scratch.