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How to clean an induction cooktop: what can and cannot be used

Alina MilsentLife
How to clean an induction cooktop without damaging the surface

An induction hob is a modern, practical, and effective solution, but for one thing: their surfaces are very susceptible to scuffs and scratches. Abrasives, harsh sponges, and ammonia or chlorine-based bleaches will instantly damage the delicate surface.

For high-quality cleaning of burnt fat or food residues, you can use "home" life hacks: vinegar, citric acid or toothpaste. Sante Plus has collected the top tips to help you clean your induction hob safely.

Rules for washing the stove

Let's start with the basics. There are five basic rules for cleaning an induction hob:

  1. Allow the cooktop to cool completely before cleaning.
  2. Avoid using chemicals to clean the cooktop while it is still hot, as the fumes can be harmful to your health.
  3. Always wipe the bottom of the cookware before placing it on the induction hob to avoid scratches.
  4. Do not overfill pots and pans to avoid overflowing.
  5. If sugary food or plastic melts on the induction, the surface may be permanently damaged. Experts advise removing these contaminants while the stove is still hot.

What not to use to clean induction hobs

Do not clean your induction hob with the following products:

  • abrasive powders
  • steel wool;
  • knives or any other sharp instruments (they damage the glass surface);
  • flammable objects;
  • ammonia- or chlorine-based bleaches (they leave stains on the surface of the hob that cannot be removed later).

For cleaning, it is better to use a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge.

If food is spilled on the stove, wait until it cools down and then wipe the surface with a damp cloth or soft sponge.

Top tips for easy cleaning of your induction hob

White vinegar

If your induction hob is very dirty, first wipe off any dirt with a damp cloth and remove any food residue with an induction scraper. Be careful not to apply too much pressure to avoid scratches. Use a scrubber designed for glass and ceramics.

After that, soak a soft cloth or sponge in white vinegar and wipe the surface. Wait a moment before removing the excess with a clean microfiber cloth.

Toothpaste.

  1. Spread toothpaste over the entire surface of the stove
  2. Add a little water and wipe the surface with a sponge until all stains and dirt are removed.
  3. Wipe off any residue with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.

Soapy water and baking soda

Soak the cloths in warm, soapy water. While the cloth is soaking up the detergent, sprinkle baking soda generously on the surface of the stove.

Wring out the cloths so that they remain slightly damp. Then place them on top of the baking soda.

Leave the cloths and baking soda on for 20-30 minutes. After that, carefully remove the remaining baking soda. The main thing is not to rub so that undissolved abrasive particles do not scratch the surface.

Citric acid

This is an economical and environmentally friendly life hack that will get rid of unpleasant odors and restore the shine to the stove.

  1. Cut a lemon in half and rub one-half on the surface of the stove.
  2. Rinse the stove with a damp sponge and wipe it with a dry microfiber cloth.

Baking soda and vinegar

  1. Mix vinegar and water in equal proportions. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, spray the induction hob and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  2. Wipe the surface with a soft, dry cloth.
  3. Sprinkle baking soda on the hob and sprinkle white vinegar on top.
  4. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and carefully remove the remaining mixture with a damp sponge to avoid scratching the surface.

Cleaning the induction hob with a white clay stone

You will need a white clay stone in the form of a paste to avoid scratching the hob.

  1. Apply a small amount to a non-abrasive sponge or damp cloth.
  2. Clean the induction hob in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with a clean, damp sponge and wipe with a soft cloth.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to clean the burners of the stove. 

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