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I think glass stove tops get a bad rap. I know many, many people who swear by their gas cooktop and would never even consider an electric stove but we had a gas range in our last house for 10 years and I personally didn't find anything special about it. I did however hate cleaning the grates. It's just so involved and you have to take so much apart. Ok, ok, I know there are just two steps to taking apart a gas cooktop, but still.
When we built our new house here in Minnesota, we had the option of "upgrading" to a gas stove, but for a non-cookist (yes, totally made-up word) like me, I didn't think having a gas range was worth the extra cost. Plus, the thought of cleaning those grates again just made me ughhhh.
The biggest complaint with glass cooktops is boil overs. But ya know what? We had our fair share of boil overs with our gas range so it's not like they don't happen on gas cooktops.
So if you have a glass cooktop, this probably looks very familiar. If you have the right tools though, it's actually a breeze to clean up. I swear.
The little bottle of cleaner that comes with your electric range is not part of the right tools. In my opinion it's useless and just makes a big smeary mess.
There is a cleaning paste made by a direct sales company that works awesome. However, it's so stinkin' expensive. Since the ingredients were easy to find and I'm all about DIY cleaners, I recreated the cleaning paste for a fraction of the cost.
What you need:
Pure Castile Soap
Calcium Carbonate (or marble flour if you can find it)
Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge (the blue one)
AND the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge (the green one - I'll explain what for later on)
If you are not familiar with these products here are a few tips on where to find them: Pure Castile Soap will be located in the beauty section (make-up, body soap, etc) of your natural foods store or here online. Coconut oil can be found pretty much everywhere but if you are more of an online shopper, here is a good selection. Calcium carbonate (powdered) can be found at your local natural food store as well.
Mix together 1/2 cup of the calcium carbonate, 1 teaspoon of the coconut oil, and 1/2 teaspoon of the Castile soap. The mixture will be dry, lumpy, and not even. That's ok, it's just a cleaning paste. If you want a more even texture, you might have to use your hands to crumble the lumps. Once this all mixed, dribble another 1/2 teaspoon of the Castile soap and mix together. Store in a jar.
I purchase my Scotch-Brite™ sponges at Target because they have a great selection and it's pretty often that they are on the Cartwheel app. Target also makes it pretty convenient top shop for Scotch-Brite™ sponges by having them in both the kitchen section on the grocery side and also in the sponge aisle on the home side.
Scotch-Brite™ is my all-time favorite sponge brand because they have the right tools for every surface. It's really, really important that you use the correct sponge to clean your glass top stove because if you don't, you will probably end up scratching the glass.
The Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge is used for so many surfaces in your kitchen (pots, pans, sinks), garage (tools, tires), and even the outdoors (grill racks, lawn furniture, outdoor toys). The Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge is perfect to clean non-stick cookware, glass top stoves, counter tops, shower tile, and of course dishes. I also like to use the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand for my non-stick cookware, counter top corners, and cook top.
To clean your glass top stove, scoop a little out of the jar and sprinkle all over. If you have a boil over mess, add extra to that area. Wet your blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and use the scrub side to remove the mess. You'll be surprised how well the combination of the cleaning paste and scrub sponge work together!
Use the spongey part of the scrub sponge to wipe everything up. If you have a really tough mess, or an older boil over, you might have to apply more cleaning paste and scrub again.
The result will be a sparkly glass top stove again!
Even if we don't have an accidental boil over on our glass top stove, I have noticed that if we put our pots and pans in the dishwasher, the dishwasher leaves a residue on the bottom of the pots and pans that will then transfer onto the glass top with heat. I'd love to say that we always hand wash our pots and pans, but I'd be lying.
Using the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, I do always scrub the bottom of our pots and pans because this avoids the transfer of the gray residue to the glass top stove.
The green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge works so good you hardly even have to use dish soap. If you have a hard time remembering which sponge is heavy duty and which sponge is non-stick, just remember that "green" is your GO-to for tough messes.
Another tool that I recently picked up during my shopping trip to Target was the Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Soap Dispensing Dishwand. This tool will come in handy for my non-stick cookware - and also for cleaning the back of my IKEA Domsjo sink!
Whether you love or hate your glass top stove, I promise this cleaning paste and Scotch-Brite™ sponges will make clean-up a breeze!
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