Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Cleaning residue on a glass top stove
Hi! Today I am going to tell you how to clean residue from a glass top stove. What, you don't remember a smooth top range in my kitchen tour? ;)
We moved last month. It was an abrupt change, at the whim of our former landlord who decided to rent the house to a friend. Moving is expensive and a ton of work when you're a family of 7 and you're not expecting to move for another year or longer. What can I say? Never assume that others will keep their word, and remember that 20 days' notice to move (Washington state law) is insanely short notice.
So, new rental house. As a clean-freak renter, I find myself deep-cleaning what the last person called "good enough". ;) This thick ring of residue was around one of the stove burners. To be fair, it didn't really affect the stove's performance. But, it bothered me because I didn't feel like the stove was clean.
A close-up of the residue: since the stove top is black, I couldn't tell exactly what the residue was but assumed it was burned-on food.
When I have burned food in my stainless steel cookware (rare but it does happen occasionally!), soaking it in baking soda overnight is like magic to remove the black burned residue. Something about the baking soda just dissolves the residue and it wipes right off!
So, I wet the surface and smeared it with baking soda. And tried to be patient. I should have done it overnight, because I ended up being bored and restless and after a couple hours I was scrubbing at it.
After a while, I decided to try a razor blade to scrape off what little remained. I know that sounds scary, but I had heard that it would work. With trepidation, I used an old box cutter blade to gently scrape off the residue. No scratches. It came right off. Should have just started with the razor blade. Don't tell Joshua I used a razor blade on the glass top stove (!!).
The center of the burner is still cloudy. It's completely smooth, but cloudy and slightly discolored. Oh well; the rest of it looks great now, and best of all, when I wash the stove it's completely 100% smooth and CLEAN-FEELING all over! Yay!
I was nervous about this new kitchen. Nearly everything about it is different from my last kitchen, or the kitchen before that (apartment), or the kitchen before that (house in Ohio), or the kitchen before that (which was also before I had a digital camera).
But, I'm learning that different is okay; maybe even good -- and I've fallen in love with the glass top stove.
The new kitchen! Black counter tops. Crazy. I think I would like them a little better if there was under-cabinet lighting above them, but there's not and we're renters. But seriously, try making double-chocolate cookies on black counter tops. The crumbs are invisible until they hit the floor! ;)
The good part is that my yellow decor looks smashing on the black granite. Ha! :)
Anyway, that's a snapshot from my kitchen today. Thank you to you who have emailed me asking if everything's okay due to my online silence. It means so much to me. :)