How to clean the hob that’s under a layer of burnt food 

Your partner's five-course meal was delicious, but now the hob is looking like it needs some TLC

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Some of the biggest acts of love involve the reliable kitchen hob: Pasta when your housemate wants some comfort food. Veg and greens when you and your partner are determined to eat healthier. Or some chicken for fajitas when you’re being the host with the most.  

And when you’re cooking up a storm for your loved ones, does it matter if you make a mess? No! Because those moments you share are more important. (And because we’ve got the method for how to clean cooker hobs easily). 

From cleaning the induction hob glass to cleaning cooker hob plates, knowing how to clean the induction hob is easy with this straight-forward guide.


Keep the hob hygienic between cleans is easy if the whole house remembers to wipe up after themselves. Keep a roll of absorbent Plenty kitchen paper near the hob, so whoever the designated chef is that day has it to hand.

How to clean an induction hob 

Knowing how to clean an induction hob is easy, because they’re flat and don’t usually have any hard-to-reach areas for overflowing, globby pasta water to run into. Even with stubborn stains, cleaning induction hob glass can be done in minutes. 

  1. Ensure the hob is completely cool then brush off any crumbs, excess grease and loose bits of food with a piece of kitchen towel.
  2. Spray a non-abrasive cleaner onto the surface and leave it to work for a few minutes. Always follow the instructions and do a patch test when using a new product for the first time.
  3. Use a moistened paper towel to wipe off the cleaner and remove any leftover food.
  4. For those crispy, burnt-on stains that always seem to happen, you may want to use a plastic scraper. Dig out your hob’s manual from your ‘stuff cupboard’ to see if it recommends any tools. 
  5. Finish by drying and buffing the surface with kitchen towel.

How to clean stainless steel hob parts

Now you know how to clean an induction hob, let’s move on to the best way to clean a stainless-steel hob.

  1. The best way to clean stainless steel hob parts is to start off by removing the pan supports, rings and burners, placing them in hot soapy water to soak — which is, like, the easiest form of cleaning! 
  2. Use an absorbent kitchen towel to brush away loose food particles and soak up grease.
  3. Spray on your hob cleaner and leave it to do its job, just as you would when cleaning cooker hob plates made of glass.
  4. Again, use a non-abrasive cloth to wipe the cleaner away, bringing with it any stubborn stains, and use a strong piece of kitchen paper to get any gunk out of hard-to-reach corners.  
  5. A soft brush can be used to scrub any particularly stubborn areas.
  6. Scrub the remaining residue off the parts you removed earlier and give everything a final wipe with a piece of dry kitchen paper.


Using paper towel for wiping away grease on the hob will help your sponges and cloths last longer. Opt for an extra-absorbent kitchen towel that stays strong enough for scrubbing even when it’s wet or greasy, like Plenty.


How to clean hob plates powered by electricity 

You can take a more vigorous approach to cleaning electric hobs compared to cleaning induction hob glass and stainless steel. 

  1. To start with, make sure the plates are cool, and if you can remove them, do so. Leave them to soak in a sink full of soapy water, so they’re easier to scrub.
  2. Use kitchen paper to wipe away loose food, crumbs and bits of grease.
  3. Generously spray a kitchen cleaner over the surface and give it time to break down the brown, sticky grime. Make sure you follow the instructions on the back of the bottle.
  4. You can scrub with a scourer when cleaning cooker hob plates of this type, which should make it easier (and more satisfying) to remove any burnt-on areas. Take that, month-old tomato sauce splatter! 
  5. Use an appropriate cleaner to wipe down the plates and the rest of the hob.
  6. Finish by drying the hob with kitchen paper and replace the plates.


Germs love clinging to cloths and sponges, so when wiping around germy areas, use a fresh sheet of strong kitchen paper, like Plenty and pop it in the bin afterwards. That way, you’ll avoid transferring germs to other surfaces.

These tips on how to clean induction hob plates, stainless steel and electric hobs will have you removing those greasy or baked-on stubborn stains with ease so that you can cook up some more love in the kitchen!  

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