7 Best Natural Glass Stove Top Cleaners
By Marilee Nelson |
Glass stove tops, with their sleek appearance, quick heating features, and lack of fumes have revolutionized the home kitchen.
However, their black color and scratchable surface can make them cumbersome to keep clean.
This leads most consumers to use expensive chemical-based glass stove top cleaners.
These cleaners may do the job but also contain potentially harmful chemicals you don’t want lingering around your food preparation areas.
Instead, turn to these 7 best natural glass stove top cleaners for a sparkling clean, smudge and scratch-free glass stove top.
1. Natural All-Purpose Spray
Natural all-purpose sprays, such as Branch Basics All Purpose, are our top choice for everyday cleaning of glass stovetops.
Just a few sprays on a cooled stovetop (spraying a hot stove top will cause any spray to evaporate and leave a residue) and a wipedown with a microfiber cloth will take care of most messes and spills.
For larger messes, we recommend allowing dwell time of 2-5 minutes, then wipe with a microfiber cloth or scrub with a scratch-free sponge.
See 5 Best Natural All-Purpose Cleaners to learn more about the benefits of various non-toxic cleaners.
Plain distilled white vinegar, either alone or diluted 50:50 with water.
To use, simply spray directly on the glass stove top, allow dwell time for bigger spills, and wipe with a microfiber cloth.
The natural acetic acid in vinegar breaks down and helps dissolve stuck-on food particles while leaving a streak-free shine. It’s also been shown to be effective against common foodborne germs, such as E. Coli, salmonella, and listeria, making it an ideal choice for the kitchen.
Learn more about the non-toxic cleaning power of vinegar in: 12 Genius Ways To Use Vinegar In Your Home.
3. Vinegar + Baking Soda
As just discussed, the vinegar will help break up stuck-on food, while the baking soda acts as a gentle, non-scratch scouring agent.
- Spray the stovetop with distilled white vinegar. You can use plain vinegar or a 50:50 mix with water.
- Next, sprinkle baking soda directly onto the vinegar mixture.
- Dip a cloth in hot water and apply on top of the baking soda.
- Let dwell for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove the cloth and scour using a non-abrasive sponge.
- Wipe clean with a fresh cloth and survey your progress.
- Repeat if needed.
Discover more ways to use baking soda in: 12 Uses for Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) Around The House.
4. Branch Basics Oxygen Boost + All Purpose for Tough Messes & Burnt-On Food
- Spray All-Purpose directly on the problem area.
- Sprinkle Oxygen Boost on top of the spray.
- Spray again to wet the Oxygen Boost.
- Let the spray and Oxygen Boost sit for 5-10 minutes.
- Scrub clean with a non-scratch sponge or scrub brush.
Oxygen Boost contains the gentle scouring agents, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and sodium percarbonate (powdered peroxide), and will not scratch your glass stove top.
See The Cleaning Power of Branch Basics Concentrate and Oxygen Boost for more information & deep cleaning tips.
5. Food Scraper
A firm plastic or rubber food scraper is an essential tool for cleaning glass stove tops naturally.
To use, be sure the stovetop is cool, then press firmly to scrape up the cooked-on food.
Finish with a spray of All-Purpose or vinegar, wipe, and you’re done.
You can also use a food scraper in combination with any of the other methods listed here.
6. Warm Water + Microfiber Towel or Cooktop Pad
We recommend warm water and a microfiber towel all minor spills, smudges, and everyday glass stove top cleaning.
Some brands even offer cooktop pads for this very purpose.
Simply wet a microfiber or cooktop pad with warm water, wipe, then follow up with a dry paper towel or microfiber.
7. A Razor Blade
When all else fails, careful scraping with a razor blade can work wonders on really tough, burnt-on, neglected stains.
And if you do it right, it won’t scratch (just like shaving).
Here’s how to use the razor blade method on your glass stovetop:
- Dip a microfiber or kitchen cloth in hot water and apply to the area.
- Let dwell for 15 minutes.
- Using a mini scraper or safety razor blade, gently and slowly scrape away the cooked-on food in thin layers.
- Slow and gentle is the key here; if you go too fast or deep, you risk scratching the stovetop. Work in layers versus trying to get it off all at once.
- Wipe with a cloth and repeat the soaking and gentle scraping as needed.
Products to Avoid on Glass Stove Tops
A good quality glass stove will last years if properly cared for.
However, using the wrong type of cleaner, pots, pans, or tools can cause streaking, pitting, scratching, or permanent damage.
The following 4 products should not be used on glass stove tops:
- Ammonia-Based Glass Cleaner: Ammonia-based glass cleaners are too harsh for glass stove tops and can cause streaking or permanent damage. They’re also highly toxic to the lungs and other organs, as discussed in: 5 Best Ammonia-Free Cleaning Products.
- Abrasive cleaners: Any abrasive cleaner can scratch and wear down your cooktop. Instead, opt for natural, non-abrasive, or mildly abrasive cleaners like those discussed above.
- Heavy Kitchenware: Cast iron and ceramic cast iron pots and pans are safe to use on most glass cooktops. However, it’s best not to overload your cooktop with more than 50 pounds at a time. A home canner, for example, may be too heavy.
- Additionally, never slide, drag, or drop your heavier pots and pans to avoid scratches and other damage.
- Coarse Cloths & Sponges: These can scratch glass cooktops, leading to unsightly damage. Opt for non-abrasive options such as natural fiber brushes, non-scratch sponges, cooktop pads, and microfiber cloths.
To learn more about our favorite kitchen cleaning tools, check out: Essential Cleaning Tools for a Happy and Healthy Home.
Toss the Toxins With Branch Basics
Glass stove tops are one of our top recommended appliances for a healthy home because they protect air quality and are easy to clean.
Interested in trying out these natural cleaners for your glass stove top?
Branch Basics Starter Kits have everything you need to clean every room in your home naturally, including your glass stove top, oven, kitchen counters, kitchen sink, produce, cabinets, windows, dishes, and much more.
- Our signature Branch Basics Concentrate, which mixes with plain water to create endless custom cleaners and laundry products.
- Refillable bottles to make plenty of All-Purpose, Bathroom, Streak-Free, Foaming Wash, and Laundry.
- Oxygen Boost for extra non-toxic cleaning power.
Want to test us out? See our $5.00 Trial Kit containing a travel-size Branch Basics Concentrate and All-Purpose bottle.
For more non-toxic kitchen cleaning tips, check out:
Marilee Nelson is an Environmental Toxins expert who has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the chemically-sensitive and chronically-ill. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist and Bau-Biology Inspector and specializes in Food As Medicine. She has helped thousands of families and individuals identify, heal and recover from toxic exposures and is on a mission to revolutionize the way American families view their health.