Induction stoves are cooktops are becoming more and more popular with each passing year. This is partially due to the fact that the price of natural gas is slowly but surely climbing, but also as a result of their increased efficiency when compared to other cooking appliances. These not only cook food faster but also require little electricity, helping owners save both time and money.

However, these inevitably get dirty after several uses, and this raises the question: What’s the cleaning process like, considering that their design is very different from a traditional gas range?

The model matters

Technically speaking, there are two different types of induction stoves. There are the portable models that can be easily packed, and then there are the larger, thin ones that never move from the countertop. 

Portable models can be cleaned just like any other electrical appliance: use as little water as possible and don’t get place anything in the grate of the fan, provided that yours has one. Larger, non-portable models do have a larger surface area and food rarely comes in contact with the bottom of the appliance, so the process is somewhat easier.

No chemical cleaners

Now, there are dozens of chemical cleaners that can be used for cooking appliances, and most do a wonderful job, however, if you do not like the idea of using these substances, or are allergic to them, there is an effective, natural alternative:

In a container, preferably a spray bottle, mix the following:

  • one tablespoon of baking soda;
  • one teaspoon of lemon juice;
  • Water. Usually until the bottle is filled;

This mixture can easily remove grease and will leave the appliance smelling great. However, you should keep in mind that it is never a good idea to use excessive liquids when cleaning electric devices. 

How to clean induction stove tops

The actual process of cleaning an induction stove top is far simpler than that of a gas cooking appliance due to the fact that its surface is usually made from one continuous sheet of material with very few recesses:

  • ensure that the appliance is disconnected from the outlet;
  • Spray the mixture from above on the surface of the induction cooktop. Apply more to areas that have a thicker layer of solidified grease, however, make sure that the liquid does not pool;
  • Leave the substance for a few minutes to dissolve the grease;
  • Wipe the liquid off using a dry cloth or a paper towel;
  • Repeat as needed;

After this is done, it is usually better to take a damp cloth and wipe the entire surface again, in order to ensure that it is perfectly clean, and then to leave the appliance for 10-15 minutes to dry.

Natural and effective

This method works great for any type of electric stove, regardless of brand or model. The substance does not leave any kind of residue and will not damage the surface in any way. This having been said, it is still a liquid and you should always make sure that it does not find its way into the appliance, as it may short out the internal components.

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