Cleaning an induction stove is generally easy unless you have a sticky stain on it. The glass surface makes it hard to scrub it with a hard material as you would do on a gas stove.

If you want to avoid scratching and ultimately damaging the surface of your induction cooktop, you have come to the right place. This article will guide you through how to clean an induction stovetop.

7 Tips for Cleaning an Induction Stovetop Make Your Stove Squeaky Clean

Cleaning an Induction Stove: The Effective and Easy Way

Cleaning your stove is not just about the aesthetics. Sometimes excess stain can diminish how well it performs. It also impacts the lifespan of the stove.

Most importantly, it can cause uneven cooking which if you want to eat good food do not want. There are several parts to clean so bear with me here.

So here is how to clean an induction stove top to make it squeaky clean:

Cleaning Materials 

You can’t just use rugged scrubs and harsh cleaning agents to wipe off the mess on your induction stove. First of all, you need to get the right materials.

  1. Soft Microfiber Cloths: These are gentle on the glass surface and will not leave any scratches.
  2. Baking Soda: This is a natural cleaning agent that can get rid of tough stains and grease.
  3. White Vinegar: Vinegar helps to break down calcium deposits and cuts through heavy grease build-up so the cleaning process becomes easier.
  4. Water: Don’t worry. There is no rinsing. You need water to wipe the agent off after it is done mixing up with the stain.
  5. Old Soft Toothbrush: There will be a lot of scrubbing and harsh scrubs can leave scratches so pick up an old toothbrush that has soft bristles.
  6. Lemon Juice and Peel: To add that final touch of spark. Also works as a scrubber.
  7. Toothpaste (Optional): Toothpaste is great for getting rid of mutant bacteria and fungi that can stay behind even after a good cleaning. It is not always necessary. 

Mixing up the Materials to Make a Cleaning Agent

Take a small glass bowl for the mixture. Pour two tablespoons of baking soda into the bowl.

Follow it up with 1 quarter of a bowl full of white vinegar. The reaction should start immediately and you will see bubbles popping up.

When the reaction starts to fade, add one brush bristle amount of toothpaste inside it if you decide to use it. You only need to use toothpaste once a year. So if you have done it recently skip this step.

Add in half a slice of lemon juice and start stirring the mixture with the toothbrush. Mix it well until all the colors merge and you have your cleaning solution ready for use.

Step-by-step Guide

Now comes the actual cleaning part. There are 5 steps to cleaning the stove properly. Do not avoid any step or you may end up with a slightly less dirty stove but not a clean one.

Here are the steps and tips to clean your induction stove:

  1. Take some of the mixtures on the toothbrush and apply it on the stove. Gently rub the whole surface with the mixture. Do not forget the controls and the outskirts.
  2. Leave the mixture on the stove for around 20 minutes for the agent to do its work. It will start reacting with the stain and all the deposits and break them down.
  3. Rotate the lemon peel and use the inside part to wipe off the stain. It will slowly turn to a lemony color and come off. Keep applying the lemon rub until most of the stain comes off.
  4. When you are done, dampen the microfiber cloth with a small amount of water and gently wipe the surface.
  5. Spray white vinegar on the remaining stain and use a scrubber to gently wipe off anything left on the surface.
  6. Take a fresh dry cloth and give the stove a good rubbing. Keep rubbing until the surface becomes dry.
  7. Rotate the stove and use a dry brush to get rid of the built-up dust on the fan casing. Do the same with the exhaust vents.

That should make your induction stove as good as new. Try plugging it back in to see if you accidentally damaged anything. 

If it works fine, then you do not need to worry about maintenance. And that is how to clean an induction stovetop.

Removing Stubborn Stains

Even with regular cleaning, you can wind up with stubborn stains that just do not want to leave. But fret not, there are two great ways you can get rid of homesick stains.

  • For burnt-on food or spills, sprinkle baking soda directly on the stain and give it a spray of vinegar. It will start to fizz. Wait for it to stop and then start scrubbing with a soft cloth and the stain should come off.
  • If it is still there, make an equal parts baking soda and water paste. Apply the paste to the stain thoroughly and let it do its work for 15 to 20 minutes. Use a soft cloth to wipe it off and it will not come back to haunt you.

How to Keep Your Induction Stove Clean?

Like most problems, prevention is always better than curing after it arrives. Unless you want to teach the stove a lesson you should minimize the need for deep cleaning.

Follow these tips to keep your induction stove clean:

  1. Wipe off spills after you are done cooking. Since the induction stove surface does not heat up it should not be a problem to give it a whip right away.
  2. Use cookware that has flat bottoms to avoid spills over the coil in the first place.
  3. Avoid dragging cookware on the surface. Lift pots and pans instead of dragging them across the stovetop.
  4. Use pot holders and trivets to keep the surface safe. Placing hot cookware on it directly can leave marks or even damage the glass.
  5. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe down the control panel when you do the dishes. Avoid spraying cleaning agents directly on the panel.

The most important tip to remember is to unplug the induction stove before doing any cleaning. It works on electricity and maybe you do not want to electrocute yourself.

How to Clean an Induction Stove Top – (FAQs)

Can I use glass cleaner to clean my induction stove?

Yes, you can. But it is generally better to mix up a solution instead of relying on ones that have chemicals.

Is it safe to clean an induction stove with water?

It is safe as long you plug it out and water does not get inside the coil or main mechanism. Also, make sure to dry the stove up before you plug it back in.

What happens if I accidentally spill water on my induction stove?

The stove will recognize it and instantly shut the power off to avoid any damage. Most induction stoves have a self-regulating feature to reduce accidents.


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