How to clean a glass cooktop stove

Cleaning glass cooktop

Have a dirty glass cooktop like this? Follow these instructions to get it clean.

One of the worst things about having a glass cooktop stove is that it never really looks clean, especially if you have pots of water boiling over onto it frequently (like we seem to do in our house). This is one of those things that drives my wife and I crazy about our electric Frigidaire stove. Thankfully, I figured out an easy way to get it clean without using any harsh chemicals or spending money on special products (the few items you need you may already have in your home).

Here is how to get your glass cooktop clean.

What you need:

  • Baking soda
  • Large bowl of hot water
  • Dish soap
  • Dish towels
  • Razor blade (optional)


Make sure your oven and burners are all off and that the cooktop is completely cool before starting.

Cover the entire cooktop with a layer of baking soda (I prefer Arm & Hammer baking soda as I can get a large 2kg box for about $3.97 at Walmart).

Cleaning glass cooktop

Make sure you have a good layer of baking soda down to cover the entire cooktop.

In a large bowl add hot water with a couple of squirts of dish soap.

Soak a large dish towel or two (you need to be able to cover the entire cooktop) in the hot water/soap mix.

Squeeze out about half the water from the towel/s and place over the baking soda-covered cooktop.

Let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Cleaning glass cooktop

Make sure you cover the entire cooktop with the hot soapy towels.

After 15 minutes scrunch up the towel/s and use them to scrub the cooktop.

Wipe off any residue and check to see how clean the cooktop is.

Cleaning glass cooktop

My cooktop was much cleaner but still had lots of gunk after the first pass.

Cleaning glass cooktop

A closer look at the burned on gunk on my glass cooktop.

If this is the first time you are cleaning your cooktop or if it’s been a long time since you cleaned your cooktop you may notice lots of stuff still burned on. If that is the case repeat the above instructions letting the baking soda and hot towels sit for about 20 – 25 minutes and do another check.

If there is still heavy gunk visible after doing the baking soda procedure a second time use a razor blade (one from a utility knife will do) and gently scrape the gunk, working towards the elements. DO NOT press hard for this as you could scratch the cooktop. The burned on gunk will peel off as you do this.

Cleaning glass cooktop

Be careful when using a razor blade to not press hard or you could scratch the cooktop.

Cleaning glass cooktop

The burned on gunk the razor blade got off my glass cooktop.

After working on the bad spots with a razor blade repeat the baking soda procedure above.

Your cooktop should look almost new when done! Do the baking soda procedure with your regular weekly chores to prevent it from getting bad and you won’t have to work as hard the next time.

Cleaning glass cooktop

A much cleaner glass cooktop.

Cleaning glass cooktop

Being able to see the elements again sure is nice.

Have questions or tips on cleaning around your house? Share them in the comments below.

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