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Glass-top stoves sure do look nice, but they can be a major pain to clean. Figuring out how to clean a glass stove top shouldn’t be a task—or cost a lot. Even if you don’t cook every day, a glass stove top should be wiped down pretty regularly to prevent scratches and to avoid having to deep clean it every time.
If you’re tired of buying glass stove top cleaners that don’t work, try these proven methods. We have a combination of high-ranking, store-bought products along with some tried-and-true inexpensive items, like baking soda, peroxide, and Dawn dish soap.
Bookmark the Krazy Coupon Lady’s Ultimate Cleaning Guide page for your deep cleaning needs. If using environmentally-friendly cleaning products is important to you, read all about the best green cleaning products.
Here’s how to clean glass stove tops the budget-friendly way:
1. The best way to clean glass stove tops is with a vinegar solution.
Before diving into any glass-top stove cleaning project, make sure the surface is completely cool. Black glass stove tops can easily be cleaned with an ingredient you probably already have in your pantry: vinegar. Vinegar is a natural, cheap glass stove top cleaner and degreaser that works super well.
Just fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and apply it to your glass-top stove. Even better, attach a sprayer right to a standard vinegar bottle—it fits perfectly. Then, use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away grease and stains. That’s it!
2. Baking soda + a hot towel is another cheap glass stove top cleaner.
Baking soda is a natural abrasive that will work wonders on those hard-to-clean glass cooktop stains. Here’s what to do:
- Sprinkle baking soda directly onto your glass stove top. Be generous.
- Lay a towel that’s been soaked with hot water and dish soap over the baking soda and wait 15 minutes.
- In a circular motion, use the towel to gently rub the baking soda into any set stains.
- Clean off remaining residue, and shine up with a cloth.
Like vinegar, the price of baking soda can’t be beat—just $0.72 for a 16-ounce box at Walmart.
3. Remove burned food from glass stove tops with Arm & Hammer toothpaste.
Apply toothpaste with baking soda, like Arm & Hammer, to burned food stains. Gently rub the paste in with an old toothbrush or your finger. Allow the paste to sit for 15 minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth. That’s it.
4. Use a razor blade scraper to clean glass stove tops.
As long as you don’t gouge your glass stovetop and are gentle, a graspable razor blade won’t harm the surface. You’ll want to work slowly with the surface slightly damp for a smooth glide. Then, just buff dry.
5. Scrub burned food stains with a Magic Eraser.
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are amazing little things to clean your glass stove top, and they’re pretty inexpensive. These sponges are super easy to use, too. Just wet it, squeeze it a few times to get it sudsy, and then rinse.
6. Combine baking soda, Dawn dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide for the toughest stains.
Follow these steps for a brand-new looking glass stove top:
- Squirt some Dawn dish soap all over your glass stove top.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the Dawn.
- Add a tablespoon or two of hydrogen peroxide.
- Start scrubbing with a dish scrubber.
- Let the solution sit for about three minutes, then wipe clean.
You can even add a few drops of lemon juice to disinfect the area.
Dawn coupons are almost always available—make sure to use one! For just $3 at Walgreens, you can grab a 19.4-ounce bottle of Dawn dish soap and a 32-ounce bottle of hydrogen peroxide for $1 to get started on your glass stove top cleaning.
7. Make future glass cooktop spills easy to clean with car wax.
Wax your stove top with car wax, then wipe off with shop paper towels. Regular paper towels work fine, too; you may just need to use a few. Any future spills—no matter how crusty—will wipe off in a jiffy.
For a 2-pack of shop paper towels, Walmart has the best value at just $4 a pack.
8. Learn how to clean glass stove tops with Bar Keepers Friend.
Clean nasty burned-on food with the help of Bar Keepers Friend. This brand is safe to use on glass stove tops and comes in a soft cleanser and a powdered formula. Plus, it’s bleach-free and works on multiple surfaces.
With nearly 9,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, the Bar Keepers Friend powdered cleanser is the most popular and the most cost effective at only $7 ($0.63/ounce) for a 12-ounce can. Reviews on the 13-ounce soft cleanser were impressive, too, and it’s competitively priced at about $7 ($0.57/ounce) on Amazon.
Both products are effective at cleaning your glass stove top and work similarly. For the powder, you can either wet a washcloth and sprinkle it or you can make a paste with a little water. The soft cleanser can be applied with a damp sponge or squeezed directly on a wet surface. Give the cleaner time to work (like 10-15 minutes, tops), then wipe off with a damp cloth.
If the stain is a tough one, repeat this several times (although it probably won’t be necessary).
- Wet surface or sponge.
- Sprinkle product or make paste.
- Scrub gently.
- Rinse after one minute.
- Dry well.
Don’t forget to visit the KCL cleaning supply coupon page before you stock up on these glass stove top cleaning products.
9. The Pink Stuff might be your favorite new glass stove top cleaner.
This cleaner works wonders on my glass stove top and is non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-abrasive—plus, commercial strength. The Pink brand has a few miraculous products, but the cleaning paste is your best bet for your glass stove top. Clearly, if over 100,000 reviewers ranked it five stars on Amazon, it must work!
Use a microfiber cloth to scrub the pumice-like paste onto your stove top, let sit, and then wipe clean. Be sure to apply to a cool surface and work into the glass gently to avoid scratches. The 17-ounce Pink Stuff tub can be found on Amazon for as low as $9.
10. Use Spic and Span Cinch glass cleaner.
Spic and Span Cinch glass cleaner dissolves grease and gives my glass stove top a streak-free shine. Simply spray it on your glass cooktop, let sit, and wipe off!
Wiping the stove top off with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser or a microfiber towel has given me the best results in the past. On Amazon, a 17-ounce bottle of Cinch glass cleaner runs for about $24.99 ($1.47/ounce).
11. Scrub cooked-on grease with Mrs. Meyer’s baking soda cream cleaner.
Rejuvenate your glass stove top with this baking soda cream cleaner that can scrub away cooked-on grease and grime. With the lemony scent, baking soda, and bleach-free formula, it’s a great natural solution as a cooktop cleaner.
The least expensive option for this household staple is on Amazon, which sells the 12-ounce bottle for about $13 ($1.17/ounce).
12. Use Weiman glass cook top cleaner.
Use this heavy-duty glass stove top cleaner and polish when your cooktop needs some extra love. The cleaning gel is great for deep cleans and the spray bottle for in-betweens. For caked-on gunk, the brand suggests applying the gel cleaner, then covering it with saran wrap for 30 minutes. Let it sit (stovetop off, obviously), then remove the covering. Grab a paper towel to buff the product into the surface. Repeat if necessary.
As of writing this post, Amazon and Walmart both sell Weiman stove cleaner for about the same cost per ounce ($0.26-$0.30). The most popular Weiman product on Amazon is the glass cooktop cleaner, scrubber, and razor bundle, which usually sells for around $15. There are nearly 50,000 five-star reviews on the bundle.
13. Buy Soft Scrub Multi-Purpose Gel, Bleach Cleaner Gel, or Oxi Cleanser.
There are actually three Soft Scrub products that work on cleaning through all that nasty kitchen grease, oil, and built-up grime: Soft Scrub Multi-Surface Gel, Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleaner Gel, and Soft Scrub Oxi Cleanser.
Meijer has the best value for the Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleaner Gel ($3.29/28.6-ounce bottle), while Amazon has the lowest price for the Soft Scrub Multi-Surface Gel ($7.71/18.3-ounce bottle). Head to Walmart for the Soft Scrub Oxi Cleanser ($3.67/24-ounce bottle).
Share your tips! How do you keep your glass stove top clean?