Cleaning a burnt ceramic hob: How to get it clean quickly and effortlessly? Follow this easy guide!

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

Glass ceramic hobs give the kitchen a modern look. Most importantly, the smooth surface is far less difficult to keep clean compared to conventional cookers with gas burners or electric rings. There are commercial cleaners that can be used on ceramic hobs, but chances are you already have eco-friendly options in your kitchen and pantry. Let’s follow an easy guide for cleaning a burnt ceramic hob!

Cleaning a burnt ceramic hob with home remedies


A ceramic hob that is not only unsightly but dirty poses a potential risk to the health of everyone in the house.

Removing stains without chemicals

You will need some baking soda, washing up liquid, white vinegar and a damp towel.

  1. Spread the baking soda over the hob, making sure that the entire surface is covered. To make this process easier and to ensure that the powder is evenly distributed on the ceramic hob, you can use a container in which you have punched a series of very small holes.
  2. Use a spray bottle to apply a small amount of white vinegar to the baking powder. The amount of vinegar should be enough to make the baking powder bubble. The bubbling will attack the dirt and stains on the cooker, making even the most stubborn stains much easier to remove.
  3. Soak a tea towel (or two) in a bowl of warm washing-up liquid for a few minutes. Be sure to choose a cloth large enough to cover the entire cooker and squeeze out the excess water before using it. The next step is to place the wet towel on top of the baking soda and wait 15 minutes. This should help loosen any food residue and stains on the cooker, making it much easier to clean the hob.
  4. Remove the baking soda residue on the cooker by scrubbing it off with the damp cloth. When wiping off the home remedy, it is advisable to make circular movements. This way, the residue on the ceramic hob can be wiped off easily and without much effort. After you have thoroughly cleaned the cloth with water, wring it out again and then wipe away any residue still on the surface. After this step, you can let the cloth air dry or use a dry microfibre cloth to remove excess water.

For stubborn burn marks—ceramic hob scraper


For burnt marks, another strategy is also possible. You will need a ceramic hob scraper to remove these stains, as you will have to scrape them off. After scraping off the burnt area, you can next make a paste of baking soda and apply it to the affected area with a sponge. After half an hour of covering the paste with a damp towel, the residue can be removed.

Also read: Five things you should never clean with baking soda. You would never guess about number 4!

Cleaning burnt ceramic hobs & removing old marks


If the stains have been there for a while, here is another step-by-step method you can use if you need to clean a badly burnt ceramic hob.

A large amount of washing-up liquid should be applied to the burnt area. Then spray the ceramic hob with white vinegar and wait half an hour for it to soak in. The residue can then be scraped off the surface with a ceramic hob scraper. Then remove the cleaning solution with a damp cloth.

Using toothpaste to clean a burnt hob

Toothpaste can also be used to clean a hob—it will certainly do the job. Apply some toothpaste to the areas of your ceramic hob where food has burnt, then leave it on for 15 minutes. To remove the toothpaste and have a clean and shiny ceramic hob, use a cloth dampened with water.

Cleaning and disinfecting a burnt ceramic hob


When you have cleaned the surface of your ceramic hob, you know you are almost done. But germs can hide between the grout around the edges, where the frame of your hob meets the surface. To remove dirt from the crack, scrub it with a clean toothbrush or other small brush, then spray the area thoroughly with undiluted white vinegar. After twenty seconds, use a paper towel to remove the vinegar residue. With the help of paper towels soaked in vinegar, your glass ceramic hob will shine like new.

What you should bear in mind


This type of hob does not work well with foods that have a high sugar content. Sugar should be kept at a safe distance as it can damage the surface if it melts. Thin foils and plastics should also be kept away from the hob. They can cause damage if they melt while the hob is still hot.

Use the ceramic hob scraper to remove sweet food residues, foils, or plastics that have come into contact with the hot hob as quickly as possible, but make sure you wear oven gloves. And if you liked cleaning with natural remedies, here is an article on how to clean your oven with lemons.


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