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How to clean an induction cooktop

The smooth surface of induction cooktops is simple to clean, which means you can streamline your cleaning routine and spend more time at the dinner table with your family. Learn more about how to clean your induction cooktop and the suitable cleaners that will help keep your kitchen tidy and mess-free.

What is the best cleaner for induction cooktops?

Suitable cleaners for induction cooktops are dish soap, a baking soda and vinegar mixture , or a specialized cooktop cleaner, like affresh® cooktop cleaner*. To properly care for your appliance, it’s important to use nonabrasive cleaners and tools that keep it free from grime.

What is safe to use on glass induction cooktops?

Dish soap, baking soda, vinegar, and other gentle cleaners, as well as soft cloths and designated scraping tools are usually safe to use on your cooktop. The Whirlpool® scraping tool is made specifically for cleaning induction cooktops. If your cooktop has burned-on food or other stains, this tool with retractable blade can help remove the spots without damaging the appliance. Always refer to your owner’s manual for more details on what is safe to use on your induction cooktop. 

The affresh® cooktop cleaning kit* comes with everything you need to cut through tough cooked-on residues for a streak-free, polished shine and is safe for all glass and ceramic cooktops.

What not to use on glass induction cooktops

Abrasive scrubbing pads like steel wool are not safe to use on glass induction cooktops. If you’re noticing scratches or white marks on your induction cooktop, it could be that you’re using the wrong tools and cleaning supplies. Hard water, abrasive cleaning agents, steel wool, and hard scrubbing tools can damage your cooktop, so try not to use these when cleaning.

How to clean an induction cooktop step-by-step

The smooth glass ceramic surface of an induction cooktop can help streamline your cleaning process. There’s no need to spend time scrubbing away at drip pans or cooktop crevices – glass induction cooktops can help make mealtime more enjoyable by saving you time and energy during cleanup through these simple steps.

If you own a stainless cooktop, refer to our guide on how to clean a stainless steel cooktop for optimal results.

 What you’ll need

Get equipped to tackle your kitchen’s everyday messes, starting with the tools and supplies you’ll need to clean your induction cooktop.

Tools & Supplies
  • Cooktop scraping tool

  • Nonabrasive scrubbing pad

  • Dry cloth towel or microfiber cloth

  • Safe cooktop cleaning solution

  • Or, baking soda and vinegar

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Step 1: Scrape your cooktop

After you’ve waited for your cooktop to cool down, use a safe induction cooktop scraping tool to remove leftover residues. Keep your scraper flat against the surface so that you don’t risk scratching and damaging your cooktop.

Cleaning tip

When cleaning your induction cooktop, make sure to allow your cooktop to cool down until it is warm, but not hot to the touch. This makes cleaning up residues easier, as they break down faster. Many induction cooktops have lights that indicate if a surface is still hot.

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Step 2: Clean your cooktop surface

Once your cooktop cools entirely and is no longer warm, add a safe cleaning solution to your induction cooktop surface, such as the affresh® cooktop cleaner. Let the solution rest for at least 10 minutes, or according to product instructions before you wipe down your cooktop surface with a cloth kitchen towel.


Cleaning tip

Shake your bottle of affresh® cooktop cleaner before applying a small amount to the cooktop. Then, use a towel to rub it into your cooktop surface in circular motions.


Person applying affresh® cleaner to an induction cooktop.

Step 3: Polish your induction cooktop

Use a nonabrasive scrubbing pad or soft, dry cloth to wipe away the remaining amount of your chosen cleaner. Finalize this step by buffing your cooktop with a dry towel or microfiber cloth.

Picture of the affresh® cooktop cleaning kit.

Step 4: Repeat cleaning as needed

If you notice some remaining bits of burnt-on residue, simply repeat these steps until your cooktop begins to shine. 

  • Step 1: Scrape your cooktop

  • Step 2: Clean your cooktop surface 

  • Step 3: Polish your induction cooktop

Shop Whirlpool® induction cooktops

The glass ceramic composite surfaces of Whirlpool® induction cooktops create streamlined cooking and cleaning experiences, making mealtime more rewarding than ever before.

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