How WD-40 Could Save Your Glass Stove Top From Disaster

For owners of electric stoves, you've likely had to navigate hard-to-clean messes in the past. Burnt plastic, food, grease, or even residue from previous cleans can leave a noticeable mark on your stove's glass top, one that looks unsightly and could possibly serve as a health hazard for you and the members of your household. Removing these blemishes quickly and thoroughly will keep your kitchen looking spotless and, for the sake of your family's well-being, free from harmful odors. The practical solution you're looking for may already be lying around your house. Try applying some WD-40 atop your stove's affected burner to help loosen hardened stains and wipe them off with ease.

Although WD-40 is a versatile household staple, proven to resolve a list of problems that arise both inside and outside of the home, controversy lingers over the notion of using the water displacer to clean areas of the house that come in close contact with food. Cleaning professionals usually prefer formulas considered safer for kitchen use, like dishwashing liquid, the classic combination of white vinegar and baking soda, and products specifically designed to tackle stovetop grime, like glass cooktop cleaners and polishes. But WD-40 can be used safely, so long as you apply it carefully and wipe the burner with soapy water afterward. Also, WD-40's Specialist Cleaner and Degreaser is a non-flammable and non-abrasive solution capable of breaking up congealed grease while being safe on glass, stainless steel, granite, and other materials commonly found around the house.

How to use WD-40 on a glass stove top

First, it's extremely important to check that the stove top is turned off and completely cool before cleaning. Doing so while the appliance is still on and heated could crack the glass. Grab a can of WD-40, a soft sponge or microfiber cloth, and an additional rag for drying after removing the stain. Using an overly abrasive sponge or paper towel can leave permanent scratches on the glass stove top.

Apply the product to the burnt mess gently and conservatively, making sure to coat the entire stain with the solution without overestimating. Because classic WD-40 is a powerful substance, focus the solution only on the stain itself, as opposed to the entire burner. After application, allow the product to sit for a few minutes, giving it time to break down the blemish underneath. From here, begin wiping up the mess slowly and gently. Remember that the glass cooktop is also sensitive to pressure, so scrubbing too hard can crack the glass as well. The stain might not come up entirely after your first try, so feel free to go through the steps again until it's completely removed.

Finally, go over the stove top with a soapy water mixture. This ensures that any remnants of the water displacer are removed from the surface, so you can safely return to cooking. Soak up any leftover water with a clean, soft rag, and you're done!