A Cheap Cleaning Tip for You Glass Stovetop that Really Works.

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Glass stovetops are an attractive piece in any kitchen but can be a challenging item to clean because they are prone to damage. Cleaning glass stovetops incorrectly may result in scratching the surface, which will ruin its pure black appearance. If your pot has boiled over or tomato sauce has splattered on the stove, you may find yourself cleaning it quite regularly. Fortunately, the process of cleaning a glass stovetop without scratching it is quite easy with the inclusion of a few common household items. Jayna, the author of Behind the Studio lifestyle blog, uses non toxic cleaners, which are safe to use on all surfaces in your kitchen where you are likely to prepare food. Her step-by-step instructions will ensure you have success every time you clean you glass stovetop.

The items that are required for cleaning a glass stovetop are baking soda, a bowl of soapy water and a soft cloth. Natural baking soda can lift stains from surfaces because it is an acidic compound as well as being slightly abrasive. Baking soda is not a harsh ingredient, though, and will be unlikely to damage a glass stovetop during cleaning. The first step is to sprinkle the baking soda over the stovetop. The baking soda should be a generous amount but doesn’t have to cover the entire surface. Next, fill a bowl with warm soapy water and soak the cloth. Remove the cloth from the bowl and lay flat on the stovetop. At this point, allow sitting for fifteen minutes. During this time, the moisture from the cloth will react with the baking soda and form a paste. The paste will help lift food from the stovetop surface, which will mean minimal scrubbing. The key ingredients here are baking soda and water. The dish soap merely provides an antibacterial component to cleaning the stovetop, as well as helps to cut grease. If you have severe oil splatters on your stove, definitely include the dish soap, but it may not be a necessary ingredient if your stovetop isn’t too dirty.

Rather than simply focussing on baking soda as a cleaning product for your glass stovetop, consider using it as your staple kitchen cleaner. You can use this method for cleaning granite countertops, the surfaces of appliances, and the inside of microwaves. The benefit of baking soda is that it's commonly employed in baked recipes, and therefore, safe for adults and children to consume. The use of an antibacterial dish soap in combination with the baking soda will help kill bacteria that may be infecting kitchen surfaces.

As far as helpful household cleaning tips go, having a few natural cleaning products in your back pocket is incredibly beneficial to you and your family. Baking soda and dish soap are not only proven to be safe on surfaces where food is prepared but are also extremely affordable and items that already exist within the home. Thank you to Jayna, the author of Behind the Studio lifestyle blog, for sharing her cheap cleaning tip for cleaning glass stovetops.

Baking soda can not only be used in cooking but also to clean up cooking spills, as a cleaner for baked on messes (like your glass stove top) and even to help settle an upset stomach. It is also a mild astringent, can remove odors and clean clothes. The list doesn't stop there, but we will. For all its abilities baking soda is non-toxic (well, unless you eat it) and even though it can be a bit rough on your skin if you rub it on as a solid, when it's dissolved it can be used to disinfect and soothe irritated skin. So keep baking soda on hand, and not just for baking.In any case, my stove top was in need of cleaning. It had two nasty, grimy areas from the meals I had cooked a couple days back when I had a 'boil-over'! I followed the instructions exactly as Jayna laid out, and I am happy to report that her method works very well. I will never use the toxic cleaner again.

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