Cleaning the hob after cooking is for many ones of the most annoying chores around the house.
The induction hob, one of the latest developments in the kitchen, is ideal for the lazy.
However, the risk of ruining it is always around the corner!
Here are some useful tips on how to clean the induction hob and keep it looking like new.
What is the induction hob?
The induction hob has long been known and used throughout Europe, and for some time it has also been gaining ground in the UK. It is a glass-ceramic hob, smooth, flat, and glossy, without buttons and without gaps.
One of its first advantages is in fact the lack of the very common traditional gas stoves, which usually make the cleaning phase boring. Under the glass, the coils, which work thanks to electricity, spread the heat evenly and the surface never becomes hot.
These features certainly make it easier to clean and, if you are among those who hate household chores, surely the induction hob is for you. Despite its extraordinary practicality, some precautions are necessary to avoid scratches and abrasions. Let’s see which ones!
A first good habit to keep the hob always shiny is to eliminate dust, dry dirt, and light encrustations. To do this, just a simple damp microfiber cloth, to be used on the off and cold surface. Just wipe the cloth gently on the top and the dust and micro-residues of dry dirt will go away in an instant.
Then the top should be dried with a little paper or a kitchen towel. Further advice: if possible, use distilled water. This, in fact, will not leave any trace of limescale on your hob!
How to clean the induction hob in case of encrustations
If your hob is dirty with grease or oil, just water may not be enough.
- Always using a soft microfiber cloth, add a mild detergent, such as dish soap or castile soap.
- Let the encrustations soften and gently rub with the cloth, rinse the surface and dry it.
- If the encrustations resist this operation, you can opt for a scraper (which you can find in special kits for cleaning the glass-ceramic) being very careful not to scratch the top.
- Avoid using abrasive sponges or steel wool and too aggressive detergents that will immediately ruin your hob. In any case, try to clean the induction hob as soon as you finish cooking so as not to let any dirt or liquids that have leaked out of the pot dry and encrust.
Stains and halos: some homemade solutions
Sometimes, despite all the precautions and attention, the induction hob can get stained and annoying halos can make it difficult to leave. As I have already told you, distilled water is already an excellent ally against limescale stains. If you are wondering how to clean induction hob with home remedies read on. We have the right solution for you.
To get rid of stains and streaks, you could use the following do-it-yourself remedies:
- A solution of vinegar and bicarbonate, also useful for encrustations.
- A solution made of 50% water and the remaining 50% distilled white vinegar. It is advisable to use the latter solution at least once a week. In fact, vinegar is a fantastic ally thanks to its natural disinfectant and degreasing properties. Using it will also be effective in eliminating any unpleasant odors and especially after using your hob will shine like a mirror!
- Lemon juice. Some may be bothered by the slightly pungent smell of vinegar: in this case, try freshly squeezed lemon juice. Even a mixture of water and lemon is excellent for cleaning appliances such as refrigerator, oven, or, indeed, the induction hob, and you will also say goodbye to bad smells.
A few further tricks for a shining induction hob
- To further prevent damage to the surface of your induction hob, avoid dragging the pots! Also, try putting a sheet of kitchen paper or a piece of cotton under your pots and pans. Prepare your dishes and, once finished, throw away the paper. So the pots will not rest directly on the top which will avoid being scratched.
- Always pass a cloth under your pots before using them and place them on the hob: this will remove residues or grains of dirt and dust. With the right attention, it will be impossible to scratch your induction hob.
- Choose the right pots: on the market, you will already find specific pots for induction cooking, or opt for pots that have a stainless steel bottom. Pans with a copper, glass, terracotta, or ceramic bottom are not suitable.
- If there are signs of sugar, food that may contain it, or melted plastic on your counter, remove them immediately or they will damage the counter.