I’ve really grown to love my stove with the smooth glass stovetop. I know not everybody is a fan and many people prefer gas ranges, but I really like having a smooth surface for cleaning up after cooking spills because let’s face it, spills happen.
When it’s time to clean my stovetop, I often use my homemade soft scrub cleaner, but many times I use this simple and quick frugal method too. And even though I’ve done this several times, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how clean my stovetop looks when I’m done with very little effort on my part.
All it takes is a quick sprinkling of baking soda, a dish towel that’s been moistened with soapy water, and a little bit of soaking. While things are sitting and soaking I usually get the rest of my kitchen cleaned up. Then I go back to the stovetop, scrub things around a bit, give it a final rinsing, and it looks great!
It doesn’t get much cheaper than a bit of baking soda and soapy water, two things most of us have around the house already. If you’ve been spending lots of money on those little bottles of smooth stovetop cleaner, give this homemade method a try. I think you’ll be as pleasantly surprised at your results as I was!
Here’s how to do it step-by-step:
1. Fill your kitchen sink with warm soapy water. Put your dish towel in the soapy water and get it thoroughly wet.
2. Sprinkle some baking soda on your stovetop. If there is a particularly dirty area, make sure there is a good amount of baking soda in that area.
3. Take your dish towel out of the soapy water and wring it out a little bit (the towel should be thoroughly wet with the soapy water, but not dripping wet). Lay the wet towel on your stovetop over the baking soda.
4. Let everything sit for about 15 minutes.
5. Once things have soaked for about 15 minutes, use the towel to wipe and clean the stovetop. After a little bit of wiping and cleaning, you may want to rinse the towel with some fresh water to help rinse away the baking soda.
6. Use a dry towel or rag to dry off the stovetop. I’ve found that if there are any remaining cloudy areas from baking soda that didn’t get thoroughly rinsed off, a little spritz of my vinegar and water all purpose cleaner or my club soda glass cleaner can do the trick
And that’s it! A very simple, cheap, and effective way to make your own smooth stovetop cleaner. And even though this method requires a bit of soaking time, it’s still pretty fast and easy as there’s no measuring or mixing of ingredients needed AND you can be cleaning other things in the meantime.