Induction cooktops are the go-to kitchen appliances for users who prefer a clean cooking session. It works by directly and rapidly heating up the cooking vessels, instead of relying on the likes of gas or thermal-heated elements.
Due to that, using an induction cooktop is a more efficient way to cook your food. But that’s not the only advantage you’ll enjoy (more below for readers new to induction cooktops).
Advantages of an Induction Cooktop Over Conventional Options
- It’s more energy-efficient, with modern induction cooktops saving up to 70% juice compared to others.
- Induction cooktops are more time-saving, cutting cooking sessions by up to 50%.
- The cooktops give pinpoint control of the temperature, hence doing away with issues like under or over-cooking.
- It can consistently produce high temperatures with no health risks such as fire from gas leaking.
- Cooktops are very easy to clean, likewise heating up and cooling down rapidly.
- Only the utensils heat up, while other surfaces remain cool, thus preventing burns.
- Auto-sizing pan detection feature is available in some induction cooktops to accurately predict the surface area to heat up. No matter the size.
How to Clean Induction Cooktop
Due to induction cooktops using new tech right now, it’s still expensive. So, cleaning the appliance is necessary if you want to get the most out of it.
That said, the ease of cleaning itself is one of the advantages of using induction cooktops. But even so, we can’t neglect the type of material they’re made from.
All cooktops have a heating surface created from a combination of ceramics and glass. Due to the nature of both, the surface is prone to abrasions apart from a spill. While cleaning won’t get rid of the abrasions, it can prevent them and also get rid of the spill. Of which, the latter hampers the magnetic field and thus, the heat production.
Items to Avoid When Cleaning Induction Cooktops
- Abrasive cloth
- Flammable materials
- Steel sponge
- Chlorine and ammonia-based bleaching agents
- Knife or any sharp object
- Dishwashing agents
For Everyday Cleaning
- Give the cooktop a wipe down using a soft sponge with water
- Following that, an optional step is to use a damp paper towel in tow with an induction stove cleaner cream
- Always wait for the cooktop to cool down before you clean the spills
- After which, you should use a dry towel to soak up the water residue
- Do this after cooking the last meal of the day to really extend the lifespan and avoid any extensive clean-up
For Heavy-duty Cleaning
- Use a damp cloth to wipe down the grime
- Then use some white vinegar to clean hard water spots from the surface
- Use an induction stove cleaner gel in tandem with a cooktop cleaning pad or soft brush to get rid of any hardened residue
- For crusted food residue, use a scraper designed for glass-ceramic surfaces (plastic scrapers)
- Always scrape at a 45-degree to the surface, while applying the bare-minimum pressure to avoid scratches
- Clean up with a dry towel afterward to soak up any residue
How to Clean Individual Parts of Induction Cooktops
There are two parts you’ll be cleaning in an induction cooktop which are the glass-ceramic surface and stainless steel base.
For the Glass-ceramic Surface
- Get a soft cloth along with a cooktop cleaning solution to clean the surface
- Use a dry towel afterward to clean up any residue
For the Stainless Steel Base
- Here, use a soft cloth or brush together with soapy water to clean the stainless steel part.
- Rub down with a dry towel to absorb any residue afterward.
Cleaning Burnt Residue
- Let the induction cooktop cool down first, lest the scraper melt.
- Now remove the burnt residue with a plastic scraper or cooktop-specialized razor, and wipe down with a wet towel.
- Always gently scrape away the residue, and at 45 degrees to the surface too.
- If it’s a stubborn burn, use a cleaning cream or vinegar in combination with the scraper.
Cleaning Melted Sugar Food and Plastic
Melted sugar food and plastic are the most dangerous of all residue to clean. Why? Because they can permanently damage the glass-ceramic surface of induction cooktops.
- To start with, it’s better to clean the sugary spills/melted plastic while the cooktop is still hot with the help of oven mitts.
- From there, switch off the cooktop and with the help of the mitts, scrape off the melted plastic/sugary food with a razor blade scraper at 45 degrees.
- When the induction cooktop cools down, clean the surface with a cleaning solution and a soft cloth/brush.
DIY Solutions for Cleaning Induction Cooktops
Here, we’ll be going through the various DIY induction stove cleaner solutions that’ll swiftly help clean your cooktop.
Cleaning with Toothpaste
- Take any regular toothpaste and spread a good amount over the affected surface
- Use some water to dilute the paste—after which you can use a damp cleaning pad or brush across both the glass-ceramic surface and stainless steel area.
- Continue rubbing with a circular motion until the stains go away.
- Then, you can use a dry cloth to wipe away the residue.
Cleaning with a Mixture of Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Make a mixture of vinegar and water at a ratio of 50-50, after which you can spray it on the induction surface.
- After leaving the solution on the cooktop for a while, wipe down with a soft, damp cloth.
- Apply a considerable amount of baking soda to the surface or even mix it with the vinegar and water solution.
- Leave the solution on the cooktop for 15 to 20 minutes, then wipe off the mixture with a wet sponge or cloth.
- You can tone down the scratches on the surface with some vinegar
- Avoid sliding your cooking utensils over the glass Instead, lift it off the induction cooktop.
- Uncoated or utensils that are not induction-compatible will cause marks on the surface.
- Rough-bottom cooking vessels designed with ridges are also known to cause scratches.
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