To clean an induction hob without damaging it, wipe after every use with warm soapy water or a 1:1 water-vinegar mixture to remove grease and spills. For heavier cleaning, make a paste with a 1:1 mix of vinegar and baking soda, and spread over the cooktop surface. Let sit for 45 minutes then wipe with a cloth soaked in hot soapy water.
Do you love your induction hob cooktop but don’t love how it looks when it has scratches, scuffs, or stuck-on food on it? Do you worry about damaging it when trying to clean it? Wondering how to clean an induction hob the most efficient and safe way?
Good news: taking the right care, cleaning products, and tools can make your induction hob sparkle like new again. This article explains some do-it-yourself methods of how to clean your induction hob without damaging it.
Best ways to clean an induction hob
A glass-ceramic induction surface is prone to scuffs and scratches and often leads you to avoid excessive cleaning for fear of damaging it. But it’s important to regularly clean all dirt and grime from your induction cooktop because they can interfere with the appliance’s performance.
Everyday care of your induction cooktop
- Wipe spills quickly so they won’t have a chance to stick to the hob surface.
- Always wipe pot or pan bottoms before placing them on the hob to remove any abrasive bits.
- Avoid dragging pans or utensils across the glass surface
- Wipe your cooktop after every use. PRO TIP: Dampen your cloth with a mild vinegar-water mixture. Household vinegar is an excellent grease cutter.
- Never use steel wool, abrasive scrubbers, knives, or other sharp objects on your cooktop
- Never use ammonia or chlorine-based cleaners on an induction cooktop
4 DIY methods to clean your induction hob
Before you begin, make sure the hob is off, and the surface is entirely cool. Wipe down with a damp cloth or sponge to remove crumbs and surface grime.
Method 1: Cooktop cream cleanser
- Apply a ceramic cooktop cream cleanser with a paper towel or soft cloth.
- Rub the dirty areas with a paper towel or a cleaning pad to remove stains.
- Do not rinse, but wipe off excess with a dry paper towel or cloth and buff to a shine.
Method 2: Soapy water and baking soda
- Soak a large cleaning cloth in a bowl of hot water and ordinary dish soap.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the cooktop surface.
- Place the wet cloth over the baking soda-coated surface and let sit for 15-20 minutes
- Rub the cooktop with a wet cloth to remove dirt and stains.
- Dry and buff with a paper towel.
Method 3: Baking soda and vinegar
There are two ways to use this method. Repeat as necessary for stubborn dirt and stains.
- Make a 1:1 mix of vinegar and water and spray or rub the solution over your induction cooktop. Let sit for 45 minutes.
- When time is up, sprinkle baking soda over the cooktop surface and let sit for 15-20 minutes more.
- Wipe away the mixture with a soft cloth or non-abrasive scrubber sponge
- Dry and buff with a dry cloth or paper towel
- Make a paste with a 1:1 mix of vinegar and baking soda, enough to cover the cooktop.
- Spread mixture over cooktop surface. Let sit for 45 minutes
- Wipe away the paste with a cloth soaked in hot soapy water.
- Dry with a paper towel and buff with a soft cloth.
Method 4: Toothpaste
- Spread a generous amount of toothpaste over the cooktop with your fingers.
- Sprinkle or spray a small amount of water over the coated cooktop
- Use a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge to rub the dirty areas until gone
- Wipe and buff with a soft, dry cloth
How to clean an induction hob that has stuck-on dirt
Sometimes you need a bit of extra muscle to remove stuck-on food and other stubborn residues. It is safe to use a plastic scraper or a special ceramic scraper on your cooktop. There are also glass scrapers that use a razor blade edge.
Always hold the scraper at an angle and scrape gently to remove the stuck-on substance. For extra power, spray the stuck-on bits with the vinegar-water mixture shown above before scraping to help soften them. Watch here for a video how-to.
It’s easy to keep your induction hob clean with a little everyday maintenance. When spills do occur, you can safely clean your induction cooktop using household items such as water, dish soap, vinegar, and baking soda.
Remember to never use abrasive scrubbers or sharp objects, and avoid ammonia or chlorine. If you prefer, you can buy ceramic cream cleansers, and use special ceramic scrapers if needed.
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