When you chose black appliances for your kitchen, you probably thought they would be easier to keep clean -- only to later find the opposite is true. Black cooktops tend to show splatters, grains of salt, watermarks, grease stains and more. And when you clean with the wrong ingredients, the stovetop appears streaked or greasy looking. It doesn’t matter whether you have a black glass cooktop, a metal one or a ceramic surface, the following homemade options can take the frustration out of keeping your stovetop clean.
When cleaning a black stovetop, use a sponge with a nylon scrub pad so you don’t scratch its surface. Steel wool and wool cleansing pads damage the surface and can even affect its shine.
Good old soap and water can do the heavy cleaning. But for a streak-free surface, use a homemade all-purpose cleaner that also works for glass and mirrors.
Remove all the grills and the knobs before cleaning. Set them aside, or run them through a dishwasher cycle to clean them.
Wipe down the stovetop with a wet paper towel to remove loose debris, standing grease or oil, salt and pepper spills or other food debris.
Dip the sponge with the nylon scrub pad in a bowl of soapy water -- a few drops of castile soap or grease-cutting dish detergent mixed with warm water -- and wring it out slightly, but not completely.
Scrub baked-on foods first, rinsing the sponge in the soapy water as needed to continue cleaning. After all the baked-on food debris is gone, continue cleaning the entire stovetop.
Rinse the sponge in cool running water so that all the soap is removed. Using the sponge side, wipe the stove clean. Repeat and continue wiping the stovetop with the rinsed sponge to remove all the soapy water.
Spray your all-purpose homemade cleaner on the stovetop after rinsing it clean. Wipe with a lint-free cloth; buff dry.
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner
To make a homemade all-purpose cleaner, combine the following in a 1-quart spray bottle, after inserting a funnel into the top with the spray nozzle removed:
- 24 ounces warm water
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- Six to seven drops of a grease-cutting dish detergent
Baked-On Cleaning Solution
For baked-on stains, a soap-and-water solution might require too much scrubbing. To make the task easier, combine a sprinkling of baking soda with your all-purpose cleaner. If your stove has grills, remove them and the knobs for easy cleaning.
Sprinkle baking soda across the baked-on food debris.
Spritz the baking soda with your homemade glass cleaner. The baking soda should start to fizz.
To lift up the baked-on food debris, let the baking soda and homemade glass cleaner fizz and bubble for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and amount of the stain.
Scrub the baking soda and all-purpose cleaner with a soft cloth until you can feel that the stovetop is smooth beneath your fingertips.
Rinse and wipe clean. Buff dry with a clean, lint-free cloth.
Spritz the stovetop with a glass cleaner and wipe dry to make it shine without streaks.