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How to Clean an Induction Cooktop

person wiping an induction cooktop

I love hosting people in my home, whether it is for an extravagant planned event or a spur-of-the-moment kickback. I want everyone to know and feel like my home is their home too, so I always try to keep it looking as nice as can be. For me, a clean home is a welcoming home. I have to make a conscious effort to keep things clean because  I am prone to making a mess wherever I go ( I like to call it my trail). To avoid my trail from getting out of hand, I find myself constantly cleaning up after myself.

Every day I do a quick wipe down of my kitchen and I always show my Sharp Induction Cooktop a little extra attention because of all the cooking I do on it. I like to make sure my cooking station is looking pristine and prepared. Once I am done cleaning it, it looks brand new! If I had a dollar for every time I got complimented on how clean my cooktop is, I’d be sitting on the beach as a billionaire!

I’ve gathered some of my favorite ways to clean an induction cooktop so no matter if you are looking to do a quick wipe down or trying to get rid of those stubborn stains, I’ve got you covered!

 

Woman cleaning a kitchen counter using spray and a sponge wearing cleaning gloves

Store-Bought Options

Many different brands and stores carry a glass cooktop cleaner. This option is great if you are in a rush or do not want to make your own at-home cleaner. To use a pre-made cleaner from the store, allow the stovetop to completely cool down. Once it is cooled, wipe down the surface with a damp sponge or paper towel. Follow the directions on the bottle. Most options direct the user to pour a cap-sized amount of the cleaner on the cooktop and rub the cleanser in circular motions over the surface with a paper towel until the cooktop is clean. A dry cloth should be used to wipe off any excess cleaner from the induction cooktop.

 

Surface being wiped down and cleaned with a sponge and spray bottle

Vinegar & Baking Soda

I love trying at-home remedies for everything, so when I came across this induction cooktop cleaner from Food.com I knew I had to try it. I’m so glad I found it because it has become my go-to cleaner.

To make this cleaner, combine equal parts water and white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. For an additional degreaser, add a few drops of lemon essential oil. Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients.

While you could apply the spray alone to the induction cooktop, I like to use baking soda when I am looking for a deeper clean. Sprinkle baking soda over the induction cooktop, being sure to cover the spills and grease. Spray the vinegar and water mixture over the baking soda. This should cause a reaction and the baking soda will begin to fizz. Once the baking soda has stopped fizzing, use a paper towel to wipe the cleaner off the cooktop. The baking soda and vinegar combination removes all of the grease and spills that have built up.

 

Lemons and sponges to clean using at home products

Dish Soap & Lemon Juice

I  had stubborn stains on my induction cooktop and wanted to see which cleaning method worked best, and to my surprise, they were all great! This one was one of my favorites because I had all of the items in my house already. Open your cabinets and grab the following if you want to clean an induction cooktop stain.

This DIY cleaner is made by mixing together a cup of warm water, 1/4 cup liquid dish soap, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl. Soak a soft cloth in the mixture until the cloth has become damp. Place the cloth over the burned, stained area and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Use the cloth to wipe down the cooktop. You will be left with a stain-free cooktop!

While the cloth is sitting for half an hour, I like to clean around my house or take a quick break and sit on the couch!

 

Close up of dish soap pouring onto a sponge

Dish Soap & Hydrogen Peroxide

Keep the dish soap out because we can use it again! For this cleaner, gather dish soap, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, a dish scrubber, and a paper towel/soft cloth! Hydrogen peroxide isn’t just for cuts and scrapes. It’s time to see what it can do in the kitchen.

Pour a small amount of dish soap onto the induction cooktop (it should be enough to lightly cover the entire surface). Sprinkle baking soda on the soap. Pour about one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide into the middle of the cooktop. Gently use the brush to scrub away any grime. Once the surface has been scrubbed to your liking, use a paper towel or soft cloth to wipe down the surface to reveal your clean cooktop!

When I do not have a dish scrubber easily available, I like to use an extra toothbrush! I have designated a toothbrush to clean with. I like using a toothbrush because I feel like I am able to reach all the nooks and crannies! Make sure you keep this toothbrush with your cleaning supplies so you do not accidentally use it to brush your teeth!

 

Raw potatoes on a table being cut with a knife

Potato & Soda

Yes, you read that right. You can clean your induction cooktop with soda and a potato! This cleaner from Fabulessly Frugal has four ingredients: potato slice, vinegar, Coca-Cola soda, and paper towels. The supplies may be a little weird, but this cleaner has removed my worst burns and stains from my induction cooktop! I was left in awe at how well this worked and quickly learned not to judge a cleaner until I have tried it! Before you judge the supplies, let’s try it.

Cut the potato into slices. The slice should be big enough so you can firmly grasp it. Rub the potato slice in small circles over the stains. If your potato dries out, use a new potato slice. Pour vinegar directly onto the cooktop and let it sit for 5 minutes. Wipe across the cooktop using a paper towel. Open and pour your soda over the area you’re focusing on. Allow the soda to sit for 15 minutes. Wipe away the soda and watch the stains disappear!

 

Insider Tip

While induction cooktops have a glass top, do NOT be tempted to use a glass cleaner to clean the surface. Glass cleaners are specifically designed to clean windows and mirrors. They contain ammonium hydroxide and can ruin your cooktop! If the product is applied to the cooktop and hasn’t fully dried, when the cooktop heats up, the cleaner could release ammonia gas. Only use products that are specifically made for cleaning cooktops to avoid damaging the appliance and keep your health a priority!

It is important to wipe down your induction cooktop often to avoid built-up and burns on the surface. I wipe down my Sharp Induction Cooktop after each use. I wait for it to cool down and use a damp cloth to quickly clean up my mess. Wiping down the cooktop after every use has helped me reduce stains and built-up grease!

I love trying new methods to keep my home looking sharp. If you have a method, we would love to hear about it! Share your favorite home tips and tricks with us on social media using #SharpHome.

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