How to clean a ceramic cooktop in a couple of steps?

You just swapped out your old rusted stainless steel gas stove and got a ceramic stovetop instead. It looks sleek, stylish and straight out of the latest edition of ‘Elle Decor’. The only thing that you didn’t account for, is how maintenance heavy it would be. The slightest oil spill or a dollop of food that gets burnt with the heat, seems like it’s stuck there forever. And you are at your wits end trying to figure out how to get rid of it.

Well, you are not alone. Thousands of homeowners battle burnt food residue on ceramic gas stoves and realize that the all-powerful glass spray is useless. Using metal scrubbers is beyond the question lest you risk scratching that mirror like surface that you have always cherished.

Thankfully, a few DIY hacks is all that it takes to get your gas stove to look gleaming like you took it out of the box. If you are looking to clean that surface and restore it to its pre-stain glory, then all that you need is a little baking soda and a little Vinegar. These two common kitchen ingredients are pure dynamite against surface stains and come with the added advantage of being non-corrosive and free of toxic chemicals often found in kitchen cleaners.

The DIY cleaning solution

The first thing that you need is baking soda. Now, depending on how deep the stain is or how stubborn the burnt gunk is, you’d want to ensure that you are generous with the sprinkling. Don’t pinch your pennies here. This is as inexpensive as they come. So go ahead and sprinkle it all over the stained area.

Now let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Now take some white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it over the baking soda. You can also pour it directly from the bottle if you do not have a sprayer. But spraying helps you cover more area uniformly. It will start to sizzle and bubble. Don’t be alarmed. That’s completely normal. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes more. If you observe it closely, you will be able to see the gunk getting dissolved.

After 15 minutes, boil some water in a kettle or in a microwave oven. Dip a dish cloth and wipe away the mixture. You will see the stains coming off with the cloth.

Depending on how old the burnt residue is, you may have to scrub really hard. Don’t refrain from putting in a tad extra and getting some elbow grease. It will take a few passes until the surface is clean completely. Also ceramic surfaces will have a cloudy appearance after the baking soda is removed. All that you need to do is keep at it until completely clean again.

It is a common practice to use salt, lemon juice and peroxide also to clean gas stoves. But it is certainly not a recommended method because it increases the risk of causing permanent stains and scratches which will look unsightly on that expensive cooktop. Stick to Vinegar and baking soda. Works all the time like a charm.