Kitchen Trouble: How To Clean Induction Hobs Without Damages

Are wondering how to clean induction hobs without causing any damage? Or maybe you are done cleaning your oven’s glass and want to make everything in the kitchen shine? You have come to the right place – we are here to help. With their ability to cook quickly, excellent safety levels, ease of use, high levels of energy efficiency, and stylish aesthetics, induction hobs are a great addition to any kitchen. 

Woman hand lights electric hobs in a modern kitchen

As compared to traditional stovetops, maintaining and cleaning an induction hob is different. A wrong cleaning technique can damage your precious appliance, which is something you don’t want, of course. You can’t simply take a sponge and warm bubbly water and start cleaning. Don’t worry – it is still easy and simple to clean your hob surface– all you need is correct guidance! 

Why it’s important to keep your hob clean

A few of you might be wondering why it is important to keep your induction hob clean. Let us ask you a question – do you want your hob to work efficiently and effectively? Cleaning it will help you achieve that.

The absence of grease, grime, dirt, etc. will lower the risk of infections as well. Ceramic materials are prone to scuffs and scratches. Plus, wrong cleaning solutions can affect their shine and colour as well. 

Fortunately, there are various ways to cleans the hobs properly, without causing any damage at all. Apart from spills, the glass-ceramic surface of the induction cooktops suffers from scratches and abrasions as well. For different types, check our guide on cleaning your ceramic hob.

If you leave it as it is, the induction hob will not work properly. The heat production and the magnetic field can get hampered. Trust us, the joy of a newly cleaned induction equals the joy of a newly purchased one!

Woman cleaning induction hobs

How to clean it daily

Things You Will Need

  • Soft sponge
  • Paper towels
  • Water
  • Cooktop caustic cleaner (Optional)

Cleaning Steps

  1. If you clean the hob daily, it will increase its longevity and durability. Use a soft sponge or cloth to protect the glass surface. If you have spilt something on the induction, the key is to clean it immediately.
  2. Wait for the induction to cool down and then wipe it off with the sponge. This will keep the food from hardening on the glass surface. You can wipe off the surface with a dry towel. 
  3. Also, you can also use specialized hob cleaner cream in small amounts. 
  4. Rub the cream on the surface using a damp paper towel until the surface is clean. 

Want a pro-tip? Clean the top after every use even if it is not dirty to keep it in a spick and span condition. 

Cleaning using toothpaste

Applying toothpaste on bruch

Things You Will Need

  • Soft sponge
  • Soft cloth
  • Tissue paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Water

Cleaning Steps

  1. You can clean the hob with any regular toothpaste you use at your home. Take a good amount of toothpaste and spread it onto the induction top using your fingers or tissue paper.
  2. Add a couple of drops of water and then use a soft sponge to clean the stains. 
  3. Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
  4. Wipe it off with a dry cloth.

Cleaning using baking soda and soapy water

Another very easy cleaning technique is to use baking soda and bubbly water. You can use the soda to clean many things in your kitchen, like the oven, a burnt pan, or even the inside of your microwave. So why not use it for your nob as well?

Baking soda in glass jar and soap

Things You Will Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking powder
  • Water

Cleaning Steps

  1. Mix regular dishwashing liquid with lukewarm water.
  2. Soak a cloth in soapy water for a couple of minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, you should sprinkle a generous amount of the soda over the induction surface.
  4. Take the cloth out of the water and squeeze the water out.
  5. Place the slightly wet cloth on top of the soda.
  6. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes. If the top is very dirty, you can leave it for 30 minutes.
  7. After the stipulated time has passed, rub the cloth gently over the induction and remove it.
  8. Wipe off with a clean cloth. Don’t use an abrasive cloth.

Cleaning using baking soda and vinegar

You can also clean your hob with soda and white vinegar.

Baking soda and vinegar on a wooden table

Things You Will Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Vinegar
  • Baking powder
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

DIY Cleaning Steps

  1. Mix one part water and one part vinegar.
  2. Put the solution in a spray bottle and leave it for 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle a large amount of baking soda over the vinegar and let it sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Rub the mixture with a soft, damp cloth for a couple of minutes and then wipe it off.
  5. Wipe the surface clean with a dry microfibre cloth.

Smart tips for keeping it clean

If you keep your ceramic hob clean, it will last for a long time, saving you from various issues in the long run. Want to stay away from annoying, deep scrub-downs every other week? Here are a few tips that will keep your induction hob in mint condition.

  • Create a Cleaning Schedule

No matter how much you use your hobs, setting up a cleaning schedule will make your life easier. Clean the hob once in the morning, and once before turning in for the night. 

  • Avoid Steel Wool, Scrubbing Brushes, Etc.

Never use harsh cleaning tools such as steel wool, scouring pads, etc. Also, don’t use any scrapers unless they are specifically designed for this job. 

  • Clean the Spills Immediately

Food can stick to the induction hob, reducing its efficiency. Therefore, make sure that you clean the food spills as soon as they happen. This way, you will avoid a huge cleaning session later on.

Don’t forget to switch off the induction before you start cleaning. This is will save you from unnecessary burns. Let the hob cool down for a little while before you start.

Using cleaning chemicals on the hot plate will cause fumes to rise, which will be dangerous. Plus, don’t overfill the pans and pots to avoid spillage.

Woman with gloves cleaning induction hobs

What not to do

There are a couple of things you shouldn’t do while cleaning your precious hob. Here’s a list of things that you shouldn’t use to clean the hob.

  1. Chlorine-based bleach or glass cleaner
  2. Flammable materials
  3. Knives or sharp tools
  4. Coarse scrubs
  5. Abrasive materials
  6. Non-specialized cleaning products

If you drag heavy pans across them, the hobs can get scratched. This can be avoided by lifting the pans instead of dragging them when you move them. Also, make sure, you always select pans suitable for use on induction hobs. Many people forget to wipe the bottom of the cooking vessels and cookware before they place it on the induction, which leads to scratches. 

Induction hobs are a great addition to your kitchen. Not only can you cook with flexibility and maximum speed, but you can also save energy while doing so as well. With the above-mentioned techniques, you can make your induction hob look good as new! Now you are ready to organise your kitchen and enjoy an amazing cooking and dining experience!

Happy cleaning, Folks!

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