Learn how to clean a black stove top with this easy 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 in 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 stovetop, I realized how easy it was to get dirty.
I couldn’t help but overflow the pot every time I made angel hair pasta and end up with a giant burn spot from the cheese sauce, or had spaghetti sauce bubble over and burn its way onto the stove…
After a year or two, I began to loathe making messes on and around the 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.
I tried that, but it didn’t work for me.
It didn’t matter how much I Googled ‘how to clean a black stovetop’, 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.
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 how to really clean a black stove top.
I hope it can help save you from taking a butter knife to your stove like I once did…
*This post contains affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own, as always.
What You Need
Here’s what I used to get our glass stovetop clean…
- 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
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 glory.
Soak in all the scratch marks, butter knife scrapes, burnt-on food, and dust.
FYI, I normally clean it before it gets to this point, but I wanted to show a real-life example to my readers!
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.
Now, how to clean a black stovetop…
Dip an abrasive sponge into the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda solution, and start scrubbing 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.
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 stovetop is clear of the grease and food.
Once you are done scrubbing, wipe away the baking soda solution with a few paper towels.
Grab some glass cleaner and clean your glass stovetop.
The baking soda makes the glass surface kind of cloudy, so the glass cleaner takes care of this.
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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.
And that, friends, is
Here’s my final glass stovetop, all clean!
I sincerely regret the butter knife scraping frenzy, but those were desperate times.
I wish this 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 stovetop now.
I only hope you can learn from my mistakes in the past, and hope this cleaning method helps you get your sparkly clean glass stovetop 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, updated December 2021.