Learn how to clean a black stove top easily with this DIY cleaner…
I’ve struggled with getting my electric stovetop clean for years. When we first moved into this house, I was so excited about finally owning a glass stovetop because they are so beautiful when they’re clean!
I loved being able to see my reflection on its surface, and not having to worry about lighting a gas burner.
They scared me a bit.
I still get nervous when I have to light one.
But as time went on, and I made dinner and dinner on our glass stove top, I realized how easily it got dirty. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t help but overflow the pot every time I made angel hair pasta.
I regularly end up with a giant burn spot from making cheese sauce or having spaghetti sauce bubble over and burn its way onto the stove.
After a year or two of scrubbing, I began to loathe messes on and around the stove.
I had no idea how to clean our electric stove top and my hit or miss attempts ended up in stress, not to mention causing some damage to my formerly shiny glass top stove.
It became a real pain in the rear to get clean.
I tried baking soda paste.
I tried vinegar.
Then I tried vinegar and baking soda (which I didn’t realize just makes salty water on a chemical level – you would think with all that bubbly action would mean some sort of cleaning magic is going down, but it’s all a lie).
A relative recommended a top-rated glass stovetop cleaner made for the job my stovetop required. So I tried it, but it didn’t work for me.
It didn’t matter how much I Googled ‘how to clean a black stove top’, nothing that was suggested ever worked for me.
I got SO frustrated one day, I actually took a butter knife to my glass stovetop (GASP!) and started trying to chip away at the burnt-on spills.
That was a big mistake. My stovetop is now permanently scarred from this scraping process, as you’ll see soon in photos.
I just about gave up completely when I thought about trying something outside the box.
Here’s what finally worked for me, and the best way to really clean a black stove top. I hope it can help save you from taking a butter knife to your stove like I did.
*This post contains affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own, as always.
Black Stove Top Cleaner
In this house, we’re all about using simple, natural cleaners that work on several surfaces. After much trial and error I have finally found the best answer for removing those hard-to-clean black stove top stains.
To clean a black stove top, you’ll need a few simple ingredients: baking soda, water, and a microfiber cloth or sponge. Baking soda is a powerful yet gentle abrasive that works to scour away tough dirt and grime from your stove top surface.
I recently switched my cleaners out for a cleaning solution that is truly non-toxic, kills 99.9% of bacteria, and works as a glass cleaner, degreaser, disinfectant, and all-purpose cleaner – you can check that out HERE.
Here’s what I used to get our black glass stovetop clean. It’s a miracle mixture and is very low cost, making it a great budget-friendly option:
What You Need:
- baking soda (you can get 80 ounces for about $3.80 on Amazon!)
- 3% hydrogen peroxide
- small mixing dish
- abrasive sponge
- window cleaner
- paper towels
- elbow grease (yep, a little scrubbing action is required)
How To Clean A Black Stove Top
There are many ways you can clean your black stove top and shine it up again. You may want to try a few different methods to find the one that works best for you and your stove top, but this is my tried and true method to make our black stove top sparkle.
First, you’ll need to run a sponge with hot soapy water over your glass stovetop.
You want to remove as much food and debris from your stovetop as possible.
This is my stovetop, in all of its mucky glory.
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Let’s just say it’s been well-loved with all of its scratch marks, butter knife scrapes, burnt-on food, and dust.
Normally I clean it before it gets to this disgusting point, but I wanted to make sure and show a real-life example to you all!
Once the excess food and grease have been cleaned from your stovetop, mix together equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
Two tbsp. of each ingredient should suffice, but I mixed up 1/4 cup of each since I didn’t know how much scrubbing I would need to do.
Dip an abrasive sponge into the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda solution, and start scrubbing your black stove top.
As you are scrubbing, take a paper towel and wipe away the cleaning solution to see if there are any spots you may have missed or need to dedicate more elbow grease to.
It can be difficult to see what still needs to be scrubbed past the white paste.
Your sponge and baking soda solution should be tinted brown or gray now as the grease and burnt-on food starts to lift from your stovetop.
Keep scrubbing until you are satisfied and your stove top is clear of the grease and food.
Once you are done scrubbing, wipe away the baking soda solution with a few paper towels.
The baking soda makes the glass surface kind of cloudy, so the glass cleaner takes care of this.
Here’s my final glass stove top, all clean!
And that, friends, is how to clean a stove top! I hope this helps you achieve the best results without the mistakes I made in the beginning. I sincerely regret the butter knife scraping frenzy, but those were desperate times.
I wish my homemade stove top cleaning solution could repair those scrape marks, but at least I know how to effectively remove burnt-on food and grease and grime from my glass stove top now.
I hope you can learn from my mistakes in the past with this easy cleaning method that will help you get your sparkly clean glass stove top back!
- 2 tbsp. 3% hydrogen peroxide
- 2 tbsp. baking soda
- glass cleaner
- paper towels
- scrubby sponge (nothing super abrasive)
- small bowl
- Clean excess food and grease from your cooktop.
- In a small bowl, combine the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together in a 1:1 ratio.
- Dip an abrasive sponge into the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda solution, and scrub your black stovetop.
- As you are scrubbing, take a paper towel and wipe away the cleaning solution to see if there are any spots you may have missed or need to dedicate more elbow grease to. It can be difficult to see what still needs to be scrubbed past the white paste.
- Once your stovetop is glistening, spray and wipe it down with a glass cleaner, or a 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water mixture.
*Post originally published August 2019, last updated June 2022.