Green Living

One Ingredient Stovetop Cleaning

Last year we got a handmedown glass-top oven from friends who were upgrading and I was stumped on how to keep it clean. I mean, this thing gets gross from one over-boiling pot of water! I tried a few different things with lackluster results until I was talking with my grandma and she suggested baking soda. Of course, it’s one of her favorite cleaning ingredients, so I wasn’t the least bit surprised.

Step 1: Say goodbye to the dirty glass stovetop. Kinda embarrassing to share…

dirty stove

Step 2: Have your kid go to town, generously covering the stovetop with baking soda.

baking soda on stove

Step 3: Cover the baking soda with warm, damp rags (I found that two dishtowels and two washcloths covered the stove perfectly). Let these lay for at least 15 minutes so that the moisture can soften the grime. No need to set a timer, if you get distracted and the towels are not wet enough for the next step, you can add more water as needed.

rags on stove

Step 4: Using a little bit of elbow grease, start scrubbing the glass in a circular motion. If some of the spots aren’t coming off, you can put some baking soda back onto the area and come back to that spot later. As you go along, you’ll need to move the small piles of baking soda into the sink or trash, but keep going until your stovetop sparkles and shines! And that’s all it takes!

cleaning stove top

Step 5: Admire your handiwork! It’s even easy enough to start this as you’re getting ready for your kiddo’s gymnastics and the process is gentle enough that you can leave it until you get home from the class without concern for your stove. Ask me how I know!

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