A sparkling kitchen is every homemaker’s dream but it can’t really come true if your stove isn’t spotless. In Saudi Arabia, electric cookers are becoming increasingly popular for their ease of use and modern look but they aren’t the easiest to keep clean.
The problem is that until the stove top hasn’t cooled down from cooking, you simply can’t clean it. This gives time for spills to firmly set and form stubborn stains that require a lot of effort to clean up. Spills and stains do more than just ruin the neat and tidy look of your appliance — they can also reduce their effectiveness.
Luckily, we have some easy tips for maintaining the cleanliness of your electric stove online. Here are the 8 best tricks we recommend:
1) Clean spills immediately
As soon as your stove has cooled down from cooking, any spills and stains should be cleaned up. Delay the cleaning process any further and the stains will be allowed to set as crusty deposits on your stove surface.
Some foods are more prone to form stains than others, such as sugary substances like syrup or jelly, which can even make their way into the glass and cause pits and cracks to form. They should be immediately cleaned once the surface is cool enough to do so.
Other tricky foods like tomato sauce, cooking oil or even boiling water require a lot more effort to clean up, which can also cause the glass to crack.
2) Use the good ol’ baking soda and vinegar combo to get rid of stains
These two kitchen ingredients are powerful cleansing agents that can combat dirt and grime all over the house. Together, they make a very useful all-natural cleanser for the kitchen and is said to be popularly used for scrubbing electric cookers in Saudi Arabia.
To clean your stove top with this mixture, first spray some white vinegar onto your stovetop to form an even coating on its surface. Next, dust a thick layer of baking soda across your stovetop. When the two ingredients come together, they will create a fizzy mixture that will break down the stains on your stove.
Leave the mixture for 15 minutes and then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth using some force to remove the tougher stains.
3) If you’re out of vinegar, use lemon
Another way to avoid using chemical based cleansers on your electric cooker in Saudi Arabia is to use lots of lemon juice instead.
After sprinkling baking soda across your glass cooktop, rub the dirty areas with a lemon half, squeezing it as you go to release the juice. Alternatively, you can just drizzle lemon juice on the stove top.
Once finished, wipe it down with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Go over the surface once more with a dry cloth to make sure all the grime is gone.
4) Use soap and a hot towel for extra stubborn stains
Put a few drops of dish-washing liquid into a bucket of hot water and immerse a towel in the solution. Wring the towel to remove excess liquid so that it’s not dripping.
After sprinkling some baking soda, vinegar and/or lemon on the stove, cover the mixture with this towel.
The steam from the hot towel will help to rehydrate any dried up stains, making them easier to remove. The dish soap will help break down grease and other tough ingredients.
Let the towel sit for about 15 minutes and then remove, wiping off the loosened dirt with a paper towel.
5) Brush set stains off with toothpaste
The same toothpaste that you use to polish your teeth can be useful for cleaning lots of things around your house in Saudi Arabia like an electric cooker.
Using an old toothbrush, scrub some toothpaste into stubborn food stains. The mild abrasive action should release the food particles from the stove’s surface.
It’s recommended to leave the paste for 15 minutes before wiping clean with a damp cloth.
6) Scrape off tough stains with a razor
For the very toughest of stains, consider investing in a special razor, which often comes with a stove-top cleaner and soft cleaning pads, and is designed to scrape your stove clean. Some stove manufacturers sell such cleaning razors or you can order one for your electric cooker online.
After mopping up spilt fluids and dry crumbs from the stove with a paper towel or damp cloth, sprinkle a liquid cleaner on the stained area and use the razor to gently lift the caked stain from the surface.
The razor blade should be held at an angle and some careful force needs to be applied for the technique to be effective. Avoid using the corner of the razor as it can scratch the glass top.
7) Use car wax to prevent future stubborn stains
Once your stove is clean, apply a thin layer of car wax to its surface and then wipe off with paper towels. You’ll be able to wipe up any future spills easily. .
8) Use the right materials when cooking and cleaning
Our last tip is more a prevention hack rather than a cleaning tip.
Try to avoid cooking utensils made from glass, ceramic or cast iron, which can scratch the surface of a glass-top stove. Even aluminum foil can ruin the glass.
You should also avoid using hard scouring pads and brushes since they can also cause scratches. Instead, use microfiber cloths and sponges for cleaning.