How to clean an induction stove: what you can and can't use
Induction hobs are a modern, practical and efficient solution, but for one "but": their surfaces are very prone to scuffs and scratches. Abrasives, harsh sponges and bleach based on ammonia or chlorine will instantly damage the delicate surface.
To properly clean grease or food residue, you can use "homemade" tips: vinegar, citric acid or toothpaste. Sante Plus has gathered the top tips for cleaning your induction hob safely.
Rules for cleaning your stove
Let's start with the general. There are five basic rules for cleaning an induction stove:
- Allow the stove to cool completely before cleaning.
- Avoid using chemicals to clean the stove while it is still hot, as the fumes can be harmful to health.
- Always wipe the bottom of the cookware before putting it on the induction hob to prevent scratches.
- Do not overfill pots and pans to avoid overfilling.
- If sweet food or plastic melts on the induction stove, the surface can be permanently damaged. Experts advise removing these contaminants when the stove is hot.
What not to use to clean induction stoves
You should not clean your induction stove with the following products:
- abrasive powders;
- steel wool;
- knives or any other sharp tools (may damage the surface of the glass);
- Flammable objects;
- Ammonia or chlorine-based bleach (this stains the surface of the hob and is impossible to remove).
It is best to use a soft cloth or non-abrasive sponge for cleaning.
If food has been spilled on the stove, wait for it to cool and then go over the surface with a damp cloth or soft sponge.
Top tips for easy cleaning of your induction stove
If your induction hob is very dirty, first wipe off all dirt with a damp cloth and remove any food debris with an induction scraper. The main thing is not to apply too much pressure to avoid scratches. Use a glass and ceramic scraper.
Then soak a soft cloth or sponge in white vinegar and wipe the surface. Wait a while before removing the excess using a clean microfiber cloth.
- Spread the toothpaste all over the surface of the plate.
- You should add a little water and wipe the surface with a sponge until the stains and dirt are gone.
- Wipe off the residue with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
Soapy water and baking soda
Soak the cloths in warm, soapy water. While the cloth is soaking in the detergent, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the surface of the stove.
Squeeze the cloths so that they remain slightly damp. Then place them on top of the baking soda on the stove.
Leave the cloths and baking soda for 20-30 minutes. After that, gently remove any remaining baking soda. The main thing is not to rub, so that the undissolved abrasive particles do not scratch the surface.
It's an economical and eco-friendly tip that will take away the bad odor and bring back the shine of the stove.
- Cut a lemon in half and rub one half on the stove surface.
- Rinse the stove with a damp sponge and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth.
Soda and Vinegar
- Mix vinegar and water in equal proportions. Pour the solution into a sprayer, spray the induction hob and leave it for 10 minutes.
- Wipe the surface with a soft dry cloth.
- Sprinkle the stove with baking soda and splash white vinegar on top.
- Leave for 15-20 minutes and carefully, so as not to scratch the surface, remove the remains of the mixture with a damp sponge.
Cleaning your induction hob with a white clay stone
You will need a white clay stone in the form of a paste so as not to scratch the stove.
- Apply a small amount to a non-abrasive sponge or damp cloth.
- Clean the induction hob in a circular motion.
- Rinse with a clean, damp sponge and wipe with a soft cloth.
OBOZREVATEL previously told you how to clean your stove burners.