Cleaning Burned Milk off a Cooktop Cleaning Burned Milk off a Cooktop

What You'll Need
Baking soda
Warm water
Razor scraper
Lint free towel
Paper towel
White vinegar
Mild dish detergent
Scouring pad
Dish detergent
Paper towels

When boiling milk, it only takes a second for the milk to boiled over and burn fast to the cooktop. There are several cleaning tips, depending on the type of cooktop you have, that will remove the burned milk without damaging the surface.

Glass and Ceramic Cooktops

When milk boils over and burns fast, it's imperative to clean it as soon as possible because it can interfere with heating and can cause smoke.

Step 1 - Making the Paste

First, pour as much baking soda into a bowl as you like because the paste can be stored in an airtight container. Next, add small amounts of warm water to the baking soda and stir until you form a paste.

Step 2 - Cleaning the Cooktop

Mix a small amount of detergent with water until soapy, then clean the cooktop with a paper towel. Dry the cooktop off with a lint free towel and then rub the baking soda paste over the burned milk on the cooktop. Wait up to an hour, then use the razor scraper to remove the paste like you're shaving. Make sure the razor is as flat as you can get it. If the burned milk is still hanging around you can repeat this step.

Step 3 - Buffing and Finishing

Now that the burned milk is gone, you can make the cooktop good as new. Mix white vinegar to warm water at a 2:4 ratio. Dip the paper towel into the solution and scrub the cooktop down. This is a slow process but important if you want that shine back. Finally, dampen the lint free towel and wipe down the cooktop to remove the vinegar and any residue. Do not use the cooktop until it's completely dry.

Metal and Standard Cooktops

Milk and other things that are spilled and burned onto standard cooktops are much easier to clean, but there are more parts and areas to consider as well.

Step 1 - Burners

Fill your sink with warm water and add a cup of baking soda, stirring until the baking soda has dissolved. Place the metal risers into the water and allow them to soak. In about an hour remove them and set them on top of a towel and let them air dry. Rinse off with normal water then wipe down with paper towels.

Step 2 - Cooktop and Underneath

Mix water to dish detergent at a ratio of 2:1 and fill a spray bottle with it. Add a drop of vinegar for those tougher spills. Spray the solution onto the cooktop and let it sit for ten minutes. Use the scouring pad to scrub the sprayed area and remove the burned milk. Next, use a damp lint free towel to wipe off any residue. Lift the top of the oven up to reveal the burners and reservoir area, then repeat what you did on the cooktop. Lower it and replace the metal risers.

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