How to clean an Induction Cooktop
Home remedies for cleaning induction cooktops
You don’t always need a special glass-ceramic cleaner to make your induction cooktop shine bright and shiny again. These home remedies also serve their purpose.
Lemon has a disinfecting effect
Fresh lemon juice not only leaves the induction cooktop smelling fresh but also removes dirt and limescale stains. Another advantage of natural citric acid: it has a disinfecting effect and eliminates germs. Cut a lemon in half, rub the cooktop with one-half of the fruit and let the juice soak in for about five minutes. Then wipe damp with a microfiber cloth and dry with a clean cotton towel.
Baking soda or baking powder will remove heavier stains: Baking soda or baking powder are your go-to helpers when it comes to removing stubborn grime that otherwise only the ceramic hob scraper can tackle. Simply dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda or household soda in a bowl of 100 milliliters of water, spoon the paste onto the dirty spots, rub it in a bit with a damp microfiber cloth, and then let it sit for half an hour. After that, wipe the surface of the induction cooktop with clean water and dry it with a cotton cloth.
Dishwasher tabs against grease stains
What a dishwasher tab does to your dishes in the dishwasher, it can also do to the induction cooktop. Dissolve a tab in a cup of about 150 milliliters of warm water and spread the resulting paste on the dirty spots. Wait 15 minutes to remove the mixture with clean water and a cleaning cloth. Then rub dry with a cotton cloth.
Removing stubborn stains from the induction hob
It is impossible to remove the residues left by grease or food residues with water or washing-up liquid. In these cases, the special glass-ceramic cleaner from the drugstore or specialty store is the better choice. Spread a few squirts of the agent on the soiled areas, let it work for a few seconds, and then clean with a damp and clean microfiber cloth until the surface is free of the glass-ceramic cleaner again. If necessary, repeat this process if the stains did not disappear during the first cleaning.
Despite a very low probability, food residues may eventually burn onto the induction hob. This can happen when food residue gets on the hot underside of a pot or pan and then comes into contact with the only slightly warm hob. This is where a glass-ceramic scraper from the drugstore can help. The tool’s special blade can be used to work on the surface without scratching it. Place the scraper’s blade at about a 45-degree angle above the induction cooktop and use it to work on the encrustations.
Tip: If you notice that the induction cooktop’s surface is getting dull and dirty and food debris is difficult to remove with it, change the induction cooktop. After all, if you put too much pressure on the surface of your induction cooktop with a dull scraper, it can damage the surface in the worst-case scenario.
When it comes to everyday cleaning, caring for an induction cooktop is a little different than caring for a ceramic cooktop. Again, clean the cooktop immediately after each use. After all, it’s not uncommon for a few splashes of grease to go astray while frying, or for water or milk to boil over in an inattentive moment. Such stains are easier to remove as soon as they appear than if you wait a few hours or even days. Therefore, wipe the induction hob with a damp microfiber cloth or a soft sponge after each cooking session. If this is not enough and grease or water stains are still visible afterward, put a few drops of washing-up liquid on the sponge or cloth and then wipe over the cooking surface again. Light soiling can be easily removed in this way.
With everyday cleaning of your induction cooktop, you’re already halfway there. If you wipe the surface with a damp cloth directly after each cooking session, you’ll remove stains, grease splatters, and food residues before they can really settle on the hob. An intensive cleaning action with a special glass-ceramic cleaner, ceramic hob scraper or a home remedy such as lemon is thus in the best case only very rarely necessary.