Cleaning the Stovetop

The Yager Homestead moved to our current abode about a year ago. The previous owners had just put in a brand-new electric stovetop. While we had grown used to a gas range, we were thankful for the gorgeous new appliance.

Unfortunately, T is a bit of a messy cook. That means, several scalded, stuck-on, pesky stains on the beautiful cooktop.

If you’ve owned an electric stovetop, you know that they can be very difficult to clean. You have to buy specific cleaners, and it can’t be scrubbed with anything abrasive, or you risk scratching the glass. This can make scalded spots particularly pesky, especially if you leave them for more than a couple of days.

As evident in our post about Cleaning the Microwave with Lemons, we try our best to avoid harsh chemicals around our food. So we began looking for ways to clean our stovetop naturally, but without breaking the bank.

Several articles mentioned using vinegar and baking soda. If you’ve ever done a fourth-grade science project, you know what happens when you combine these two. The acetic acid (vinegar) and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) react to form water, carbon dioxide, and sodium acetate in an explosive way. In layman’s terms – they go BANG!

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Credit: Little Bins for Little Hands

In small quantities, this minor reaction should be able to eat through food residue, leaving the glass underneath clean and shiny.

We first cleaned the stovetop to get off all of the regular gunk that would come off with plan water. This left a few stubborn spots to try our experiment on.

We simply poured vinegar on the stubborn areas. Then, we sprinkled baking soda on top of it. It immediately began to react. We let it sit for about 15 minutes.

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After 15 minutes, we used a soft sponge to work on the clumped areas. Other blogs suggested using a razor blade to scrape off the junk, but we were worried it might scratch the glass. The sponge worked fine for us.

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Voila! There were a few spots left, but I think if we took a chance with the razor blade, they would come off fine. A success!

-TBE

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