Keeping your cooktop clean is no small task. This is slightly tongue in cheek as I am NOT always on top of wiping down my cooktop right after making our 7-course dinner (well…maybe 1-course dinner), but with 3 of our 4 kids home, my cooktop is definitely getting more use than usual. It has been known to stay greasy and goopy until breakfast the next day. Obviously while wiping up splatters and cooked on grease while cooking is best for maintaining a shiny cooktop, there are a few tried and true tips that work even for that 2-day spaghetti sauce or bacon grease.
Remove the grate and brush off any loose food. Use hot water and either a mild detergent or make a paste of baking soda and water. With a sponge or washcloth, wash the grate and towel dry. Use the same products for the cooktop itself. If this doesn’t do the trick, sprinkle baking soda in a thin layer and slice a lemon in half, rubbing the cut side on the stovetop in a circular pattern (lemon is a natural degreaser). Rinse and dry.
Glass can scratch easily so use a nonabrasive product and NEVER use steel wool, salt, or a metal utensil. Instead, use hot water and mild dish soap and a sponge. You can also use a product specific for glass tops such as Weiman Cooktop Cleaning Crème. NOTE: Never clean a warm or hot glass cooktop surface as it can damage the surface. Rinse and dry.
As above, use hot water and mild detergent or a spray degreaser and washcloth to remove fingerprints and food. NOTE: Do not spray the cleaner directly on the control panel. Rinse and dry.
The takeaway for keeping your cooktop clean is to wipe it down with hot water and mild detergent as you spill or splatter. Worst case scenario you can let the hot soapy water soak on any stuck-on messes to loosen up and make your job easier. Bon Appetit and Love Where You Live!