How to Clean A Glass Stove With Streaks

How to Clean A Glass Stove With Streaks

Glass-top stoves can add a sleek, minimalist look to any kitchen. They also come with the major benefit of not having to clean or replace drip pans or burner grates. But if you have one of these stoves, you’ve likely noticed that even the smallest spill or splatter shows up and can seem much more noticeable and we need to know how to clean a glass stove with streaks.

Cleaning a glass stovetop can be a chore to maintain. While black stovetops are most known for streaks and smears (simply due to the ability to see them on the dark color), all surfaces are susceptible.

Getting your smooth cooktop back to its showroom shine will admittedly take a little elbow grease, but it doesn’t take much money.

Glass-Top Stove Cleaning Basics

Before you set out on a mission to banish stains from your stovetop, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Clean while cool. Never clean your stovetop while the surface is still hot.
  • Less is more. There’s no need to pull out the heavy housekeeping artillery when cleaning these surfaces. After all, you don’t want residue from chemical cleaners to burn off as you cook, as they probably aren’t great for you to breathe in. In addition, harsh or especially abrasive cleaners can scratch your stovetop.
  • Consult your manufacturer’s instructions. Certain ranges require you to use a specific type of cleaning product. Check care instructions so that you don’t accidentally void any warranties.
  • Use gentler tools. Your stovetop is fairly resilient, but scouring pads or scrub brushes could leave scratches. Stick to softer cleaning materials, such as microfiber cloths or sponges. Razor blades are the exception to this rule, and we’ll discuss that below.

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How to Clean a Glass-Top Stove With a Razor Blade

When thinking about how to clean a glass-top stove, it’s important to consider the inevitable burnt-on rings around the burners or epoxy-like gunk that just won’t disappear. When used properly, a razor blade can be your glass-top stove’s best friend.

Before you use a razor blade on your glass-top stove, be certain to check your manufacturer’s instructions. If your manual advises against using a razor blade, heed that recommendation.

  • Make sure the surface is cool.
  • Spritz any offending areas with vinegar to help soften the burnt-on residue.
  • Scrape the residue gently with the razor. Here it’s very important to hold the razor properly: Do not use the corners of the blade or you can etch your stovetop. Rather, hold the cutting edge at a very slight angle from the top of the stove. It should be as flat as possible. Use this to lightly scrape at debris until it comes free.
  • Wipe away the residue with a clean microfiber cloth.
  • Repeat the above steps as necessary.

How to Clean a Glass Stove with Baking Soda

clean a glass-top stove

The great thing about glass cooktop stoves is the fact that you can spill something and not have to search deep caverns to get rid of all of the sticky, smoke inducing mess.

  • Look at your glass stovetop and swear you’ll never burn or spill anything on it again.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over the spills and food explosions. It’s not your fault spaghetti sauce bursts like a volcano and burns like lava.
  • Spritz the baking soda with the hot soapy water and lay your hot soapy cleaning cloth over the area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. This will help loosen stubborn spills, like burnt milk.
  • Scrub and wipe away the stains with a regular cleaning cloth.
  • Realize that cleaning with baking soda creates its own mess and wipe up as much of it as you can.
  • Admire the spill and food free glass cooktop and pull out the secret weapon to get rid of the remaining streaks.
  • Spritz the glass stovetop with glass cleaner and wipe away the streaks with a microfiber cleaning cloth. Flip over the microfiber cloth to a dry side to buff the stovetop clean.

A Quick Clean Way To Clean Your Glass Top Stove Without Streaks

Woman’s hand cleaning induction stove with cloth

Using Microfiber Cloth And Cerama-Bryte

Steps to Remove the Streaks and Smears:

  • Begin by cleaning your stovetop as normal. Use a good ceramic stove top cleaner or degreasing soap to ensure that any greasy residue has been removed. If there is still grease on the stove, there will continue to be smeared.
  • Once all of the dirt and debris has been removed, apply a small amount of Cerama-Bryte.
  • Wipe the entire surface dry with a microfiber or other lint-free cloth.

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Scraping Method

Sometimes using cleaning products just isn’t enough. If you have really tough caked-on stains, you can carefully scrape it off with a razor. I do this all the time. First, add a liberal amount of liquid cleaner to the burnt-on stain. Then hold your razor’s edge flat against the glass while scraping the stain off. Make sure you’re really careful with this method. Make sure the blade is sharp (change often), so as not to scratch the glass.

Towel Method

Wipe the surface of your stove-top down with some vinegar. Next, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the entire surface. Drop a towel in hot water, then ring it out so it is dampened. Lay the towel on top of your glass-top stove and leave it there for 15 minutes. This will loosen everything on your stove-top. Take it off and scrub away the gunk with an abrasive topped sponge.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda all over the top of your stove-top, then spray some vinegar all over it. Let it sit for about 15 minutes then wipe it down with a wet rag.

Ammonia and Alcohol Method

Mix a solution of one part ammonia and 10 parts water with three ounces of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray some on your glass-top stove and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it down.

Dish Soap

Swirl some liquid dish soap on your glass-top stove, then sprinkle some baking soda over the entire surface. Splash on a little bit of hydrogen peroxide and mix your solution together with your finger. Use some elbow grease and a scrubber to clean your stovetop. Wipe it down with a clean wet rag.

How to clean a Glass Stove Using A combination of Baking soda, Peroxide, and Dawn dish soap

  • Begin with a dirty stovetop!
  • Add some Dawn dish soap to the surface! Apply a good amount of Dawn dish soap to the surface. Make sure that it is enough to spread around. If you don’t have Dawn, you can try this with another standard brand.
  • Sprinkle baking soda over that! Make sure that you cover all of the problem areas with your baking soda, and then move on to the magical step (the magic of science, that is):
  • Add peroxide. Once you add your peroxide, you will notice the magic really begin to happen as the baking soda and peroxide react.
  • When baking soda and peroxide react, they cause a harmless chemical reaction which can help to lift stubborn dirt that could take hours of scrubbing to remove without their help.
  • Begin scrubbing the surface! Make sure to really mix all of the ingredients together, especially the peroxide, and scrub that over every part of the stove surface. Go over every area a few times. It can be easy to miss a spot if you can’t see it beneath the thick mixture.
  • Wipe your stove clean.

How to Clean a Glass-Top Stove With All-Natural Ingredients

Head to the Pantry

Instead of spending money on expensive products, white vinegar and baking soda will get the job done. Although combining baking soda and vinegar will produce that great science fair volcano fizz, it isn’t the most effective way to clean. We will use these powerhouses of cleaning separately.

Wipe Down With Vinegar

With all burners cool, spray the surface of your glass top with white vinegar and wipe with a damp cloth to remove any surface debris and degrease the surface. Any surface cleaner will get the job done here, but vinegar is inexpensive and is always on hand.

Cover With Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda over the entire top. Baking soda is a great natural cleaner because this mild alkali helps breakdown grit and grime more easily and the mild abrasive quality will make scrubbing more effective without scratching the glass.

Wet Down a Towel

Fill a bucket (or the sink) with hot water and drop an old bath towel in to dampen.

Cover Stovetop With Towel

Wring out the towel and place it on the stovetop to completely cover the surface. If you prefer, two smaller towels may be used. Leave the towel in place for about 15 minutes to soak and loosen the crud that has accumulated.


Use elbow grease and the mild abrasive that is baking soda to clean the stove. Rinse and wring your towel frequently and scrub until there is no baking soda left on the stove and the surface is as clean as you think you can get it by scrubbing.


No matter how careful we try to be, burnt on sauce or jam is inevitable on a glass top stove. While the stove is still damp, very carefully scrape any stubborn burned on crud off using a razor blade. Work one spot at a time with even motion to avoid scratching the glass. A graspable razor blade holder is highly recommended for easy, effective and safe use.


Finish up with one more pass with the vinegar and damp cloth and then buff with a dry cloth to make it shine.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • If you cannot find Cerama-Bryte, there are other glass stovetop cleaners available that will work as well. Check the cleaning aisle for a variety of products.
  • Some people have had luck with a simple glass cleaner. Again, make sure that all of the greasy residues has been cleaned away first.
  • If no lint-free cloths are readily available, try using yesterday’s newspaper. Just crumple it up and use it to wipe away the cleaning product.

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