How to Remove Burned-on Stains From Stainless Steel Cooktops Without Scratching Them

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Things You'll Need

  • Soft clean cloth

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

A dirty stove top can make your entire kitchen seem unclean.

Stainless steel appliances lend a sleek and modern look to the kitchen. Cooktops in stainless steel are often touted for their good looks and ease of cleaning. If dinner got a little out of hand and the resulting burned mess is clinging to your stove top, it creates a rather frustrating problem. Burned on food can be effectively removed quite simply with the help of a few household items.

Step 1

Dampen a soft clean cloth with hot water and scrub away as much of the burned on food as possible. Scrub in the direction of the grain and then against it.

Step 2

Heat a small amount of white vinegar in the microwave and dab it onto the remaining burned on stain.

Step 3

Allow the area to soak for 10 minutes, and make sure the vinegar doesn't dry up. Sponge more hot vinegar onto the area as needed.

Step 4

Sprinkle baking soda over the dampened stain and scrub with the grain with a soft clean cloth. The baking soda will cause the vinegar to fizz lending extra scrubbing power. Baking soda is a mild abrasive that won't scratch up the stainless steel.

Step 5

Wipe the area clean with warm soapy water and repeat the process until the stain is gone.


Oven cleaner may be used to clean stainless steel. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.


Avoid using abrasive scouring cleaners or steel wool pads on stainless steel as this will leave scratches.