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Thursday, February 28, 2013

How to clean your glass cooktop



How to clean your glass cooktop.  This is so easy!
 
Glass cooktops.  You either love them or hate them.  I kinda love ours.  Except when I want to fry a batch of okra in my cast iron skillet and have to be extra careful about not sliding it.  But that's another story for another post.

This post is about cleaning the glass cooktop.



But first, there's a little story to this appliance. When we moved into our house 6 1/2 years ago, there was a white stove here.  Not that I dislike white, but there's a stainless hood, and we bought a stainless fridge (at a scratch and dent sale) when we moved in because the previous homeowners took their white fridge with them.

I liked the idea of matching appliances but didn't want to fork out the money for a stainless stove when the white one worked perfectly fine.  I wished to myself that I could find a deal on a used one.  And I did.  A local homeowner was selling theirs and I got it on the cheap.  BUT, it was filthy.  The top had dark circles from where pots had boiled over and gunk was caked on it.

I bought it anyway, took it home and spent probably an hour scrubbing the top.  We had to switch out the cord, but thank heavens for the internet and good instructions for that.  We plugged it in, cleaned the oven, and it looked just like new.  Happy me.  Moral of the story:  you can find it cheap and clean it up!

Ok, enough of the story.

Let me clarify here that I am NOT a clean freak.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  I've never posted a tour of our kitchen because...well... we live in there and it gets messy.  And usually stays messy.  I cook a lot.  Probably 5 nights per week.

My kids also like to cook and they are messy.  Especially when my 13-year-old makes mac and cheese.  Even my husband cooks sometimes on the weekends.  He loves to make scrambled eggs.  And again, it gets messy.

But when I have the time to deep clean, I like to get my cooktop to sparkle.  Maybe it's because I'm a tiny bit OCD, but I love it when there's a reflection on the cooktop or the sink.  Is it just me?


So here's my secret (although I'm sure many of you already know about this wonder product):  Bar keepers friend.


The secret weapon and method for cleaning your glass cooktop.


I've tried other products, but this just can't be beat.  It lasts forever and only costs pennies per use.



how to clean your glass cooktop


Take a good look because it won't stay this clean for too long.  But again, it doesn't take long to get it clean again.


how to clean your glass cooktop



Here's my routine:

1.  Clean off any buildup of gunk with a damp rag or sponge.  If there's any stubborn spots I let the damp cloth rest on it for a few minutes and then it usually wipes off fairly easily.

2.  Rinse out the cloth/sponge/rag until it's clean.  Then dampen the entire surface of the cooktop.

3.  While the surface is still damp, lightly sprinkle the bar keepers friend over the entire cooktop.

4.  Use a damp sponge (I use one that has a scrubber on one side) and work in circles, concentrating on any areas that have cooked-on or burned-on food.  You might have to use some elbow grease on the tougher areas, but with a little work it should come clean.

5.  Rinse out your sponge and wipe the surface clean.

6.  Buff or wipe the surface dry with a smooth cloth.  I have one particular dish towel that I use for this that doesn't leave any streaks.  It's not a terry cloth type towel, but is a smoother, tighter weave.

7.  That's it.  You're done.  Enjoy it while it lasts!


how to clean your glass cooktop


If you found this tip helpful, check out my other cleaning tips:


Other tutorials that I've written:

Let me know if you use bar keepers friend for other jobs.  I use it in my sink and also to get stains out of our countertops.  It's like magic in a can.

Thanks for stopping by.


Have a great weekend!


XOXOX,

Angie 


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The opinions in this post are mine, based on my own personal experience using the specific products mentioned here.  I have not been paid by any of the brands mentioned to recommend their products.  I am, however, an Amazon associate which means that if you purchase something from them after clicking a product link listed here, I might make a few cents from the sale.  Please follow the manufacturer's instructions for any product you use.


45 comments :

  1. Angie!!!!!!!! I need the secret for the stainless appliance. We just bought a stainless steel fridge and if I don't get rid of the streaks I'm going to lose my mind. Your stove looks GREAT!!

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    1. Hi Denyse! I've got a post on that secret in the works! Stay tuned. And thanks for stopping by! ~ Angie

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    2. I read this month's ago but could not find Bar Keeper's Friend anywhere. I lucked up and saw it in Walmart, I know right, and was thrilled. Went home and cleaned my stove top and it looks beautiful and has a new sparkle to it. Thank you so much for this tip!

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  2. Thanks for the tip!! Can't wait to try it on my glass top. I've heard wonderful things about Bar Keeper's Friend and will have to pick it up tomorrow on my way home to clean.

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    1. I discovered it a couple of years ago and am hooked. It's great...and cheap! Have a great weekend. ~ Angie

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  3. Awesome! I have used Bar Keepers friend for the sink, but never once considered it for my stove.... Now I know! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes it's great for the sink too! I couldn't live without the stuff! Have a great weekend! ~ Angie

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  4. I love my glass stove top and I love Bar Keepers Friend!! My MIL turned me on to this secret product when I first got married & I love it....!

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  5. Anxiously awaiting your post about the stainless steel secret! I have all stainless appliances, and they are DIRTY! I have such a hard time keeping them clean without water drops and fingerprints getting on them. Please help!

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    1. We've got 3 stainless appliances and I'm working on a post where I'll share my secret for getting those showroom shiny! Stay tuned! Thanks for stopping by! ~ Angie

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  6. There are special spray cleaners that work quite well - use paper towels. Easy

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  7. I LOVE Barkeeper's friend!

    You can use it on your copper pots and pans to remove the tarnish and spots. I have a set of Emeril pots and pans that have a copper ring on the bottom. Makes them look like new! Also works wonders for getting the orange rust stains off of our grout and makes the shower pan white again. However if you want a less hands-on approach for the rust stains in the shower, THE WORKS toilet cleaner makes them disappear in a snap with no scrubbing. You do need to work in a well ventilated area for this, and it's very harsh. Don't get it on your skin.

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    1. I've used the works also. Especially in our old house which had a white tub from 1935. Nothing else would get it clean and sparkly like the works did. It is hard on the skin. I usually wear gloves when I'm using bar keepers friend also. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. ~ Angie

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  8. I came over from Google+ to see your secret. That's a good tip. I use steel wool -- even though I heard you're not supposed to. But -- I wet it, and rub gently in a circular motion until the spot is gone. Works for me, but I will remember your tip too! I also got a glimpse of your stove's position and that narrow counter next to it. Looks the same as my stove/counter situation -- and I am constantly cramming things in on that little counter-spot. You have inspired me to make it pretty! Now... where to hide the toaster. Wish we didn't use that thing so often!

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    1. Great tip on the steel wool. I use it on some tough cleaning jobs as well. About the little strip of counter, I try not to keep much on that spot because it's so small. I usually just have my cooking necessities there...olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic. I've got my toaster on the other side of the kitchen and I wish we didn't use it all the time or I would keep it put away too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. ~ Angie

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  9. I use to clean my pans - inside and outside. the "burned" marks that get on the bottom from heat - it will take those right off and keep pans looking like new!

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    1. Good idea. I've got a tea kettle that I've had since we got married 21+ years ago that needs the copper bottom scrubbed clean. Gonna put that on my to-do list! Thanks for stopping by. ~ Angie

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  10. I tried the baking soda technique that Pinterest was all abuzz about a few weeks ago and it didn't touch the toughest of my problem areas...I'll be looking for some Bar Keepers Friend next time I'm at the store!

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    1. I use baking soda when I can, but it doesn't clean my stovetop as well as the bar keepers friend. Thanks for stopping by. ~ Angie

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  11. I would hesitate about using abrasive cleaners on glass surfaces, because it will leave fine scratches that harbor germs.
    I loved my glass top stove in our last home and used the special glass top cleaner (kinda like Soft Scrub) with a NON-SCRATCH pad.
    I finished up with Sprayway glass cleaner for the shiniest stove top ever!

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    1. I appreciate the concern, but so far I haven't had any scratches and I've been using it for 2 or 3 years. Fortunately it's not as abrasive as other powder cleaners on the market. And of course I always use a NON-SCRATCH pad. I would hate to get any scratches! Thanks for stopping by! ~ Angie

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    2. Bar keepers also makes a liquid like soft scrub. I use it on my stainless cookware. Works great. We use the powder on the outside stainless grill. That works great to.

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    3. Barkeepers friend is not an abrasive cleanser. It will not scratch like comet will.

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  12. I have been using Bar Keeper's Friend, but it doesn't do anything for the 'permanently' burned on stuff that I have after 12 years! Ugh!

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    1. I find that a single edge razor works to scrape the really cooked on grime off. Just have to be careful. also, I am going to try warm cider vinegar soak on a paper towel. My stove is fairly clean because I have no kids, but my daughter's is seemingly always needing deep cleaned & I have used the BKF, but doesn't always cut the hard stuff. I love the hints and the responses. Learn so much. Have a great day.

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  13. I love Bar Keeper's Friend, but I've also had success with Dawn, baking soda & vinegar. I usually drizzle Dawn over the damp surface, sprinkle with baking soda and spritz with vinegar. The Dawn eats the grease, and the baking soda/vinegar eat away at the crunchy stuff. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Once it's clean, I use a clean damp cloth to wipe away all the cleaning stuff, then buff with a dry cloth.

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  14. I use the barkeepers friend on my stainless steel pans, it is awesome! I use a razor blade scraper on my glass top stove, but sometimes, there are places that this doesn't get everything, I will be trying barkeepers friend on my stove top!

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  15. I use barkeepers to take the scratches off my fiesta ware. Works wonders! Waiting for post in stainless steel refrigerator cleaner....takes me forever to clean mine, I hate it!!

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  16. Awesome!!!!!!!!! So glad I read this! I have this stuff in my cleaning closet, but never thought to use it on my dirty stovetop! Thanks girl!!!!!!!!!! xo

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  17. I had NO idea about the stove-top! I have used Bar Keepers Friend for years - in the bathtub! Takes that nasty ring off better than anything else I ever tried. Now, onto the kitchen!! Thanks!

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    1. I haven't tried it in the bathtub yet. Thanks for the tip! And thanks for stopping by! ~ Angie

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  18. I just pulled some Bar Keepers Friend out and had to try it on my stove top. IT'S BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for this tip. I'll be trying it in the bathroom tomorrow. I can't wait.

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  19. Great tip--love BarKeepers for my stainless cookware. I've also discovered that Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste works well on my glass cooktop. I rub it on the spots and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it with a microfiber towel, and have been thrilled with the results.

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  20. We use this at our house and LOVE it! It is the only thing that we have found that actually gets everything off of our stove top! :)

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  21. Baking soda does the same thing

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    1. I tried baking soda first, and it didn't remove everything. Bar Keeper's Friend got everything off the surface.

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  22. Great post! I have known about Barkeeper's Friend since I was quite young because my grandparents purchased a big set of stainless steel cookware (back when traveling salesman still came door-to-door to sell stuff!) in the late 70s. It was the ONLY thing my grandmother used on those pots and pans - which lasted far beyond their guarantee. Now, I'm not sure it was absolutely necessary the cookware be cleaned ONLY with Barkeeper's Friend (supposedly, using anything but would mess up the cookware and my grandmother fully accepted that), but I do know it is a GREAT product that must have gotten lost over the decades and has, recently, been making a comeback as it's rediscovered. It always reminds me of my grandmother, now passed on for several years, when I use it. :)

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  23. Sorry but I just cannot agree because I have used and Do not like Bar keepers! But I do like using Bon ami and CameO on my pots & pans & stove.

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  24. Thank you for this! I found it a week or two ago and tried it. After 18 months of living with a disgusting glass cooktop, I can now clean it! Many, many, thanks.

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  25. the only "powder" I use in my kitchen for years. Sink stains, stainless cookware, getting wine stains off laminate countertops, and heavy (pam) grease stains off cookie sheets. It's on my amazon subscribe and save.

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  26. Don't use cast iron on a glass cooktop!!!!! They can crack the top of the range and make it explode!
    On the other hand: thanks for the cleaning tip, I'll try that :) My landlords installed a brand new one a few weeks back and I've been keeping it clean by just wiping up my messes as I make them but I'm sure someday I'll need some extra help... :P

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  27. I read this article months ago but could not find Bar Keeper's Friend anywhere. I lucked up and found it at Walmart, I know right! Went home and cleaned my stove top as you instructed and I'm thrilled about the shine. My stove now has a beautiful shine to it and I'm loving it again. Thanks!

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