Tip: Clean your glass cooktop using baking soda.
I do a lot of cooking, but my cooking is more about survival than joy. My family needs to eat, someone needs to feed them and, as a result, I cook. I think what really takes away the joy is the cleanup afterward and the fact that I can never just make one meal that everyone will enjoy.
The other day, I was reheating something with red sauce in a pan that was far too small for the job, but easier to reach than the pans way in the back that would have resulted in my pulling everything out and then putting it back away. Anyway, I get it in there and try to stir it around to get it evenly warmed, and red sauce starts boiling all over the sides of the pan and winds up burning the heck out of my glass cooktop. Not only was it messy, but it invoked a round of, “Mom, it smells like burnt in here. Are you trying to cook again?” (Remember: Big smile and deep breath before responding.)
Aside from the need to cook is the need to clean. And now I am not just dealing with the dishes, but the messy cooktop scorched with a bit of Italian. After wiping down anything that wasn’t burned into the glass, I began scrubbing with a sponge and after a few minutes I realized I wasn’t getting anywhere. Sounds like a job for Undercover Mother!
Fill a bowl with hot tap water, and mix it with some dish soap. Apply baking soda in a generous amount all over cooktop. Soak rag in soapy water and partially wring out and then lay over baking soda. Wait about 15 minutes and then swirl the rag around in circles, using the baking soda paste as a gentle scrub. Dry surface and shine it up with Windex.
As usual, I am going to show you some before and after pictures so you know I am not pulling your leg. Please remember that while I may have a gift with words, photography isn’t my strong suit so there is some glare and such. Just use your imagination. I followed the tip I found and went to work.
True or bull?
True. Well, mostly true. The glass top is substantially cleaner and even shines, but when you look close there are still several spots that need work.
Undercover Mother’s revelations
We all need help, and I am one of those people that believe some help is better than none. From a distance my glass top shines, and I would guess that the people I choose to let in my house are too polite to take a real close look and point out the imperfections. I am also one of those people that don’t care if they do, as I will be sure to return the favor by tripping on their white carpet with a glass of Merlot the next time I am invited over. “Oops, will you look at that, but I am sure I got a tip I could send you for removing red wine.”