Let me start with this, burnt milk on a glass top stove is VERY easy to remove.
Acidic products simply dissolve calcium based products, and burnt milk is a calcium based product.
In this article I’ll be discussing multiple ways to clean burnt milk from a glass stove top.
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White Vinegar and Baking Soda
Becuase milk is calcium based, once burnt it turns to an alkaline deposit. Vinegar is the opposite of alkaline (acidic) so it’s very capable of eating away at alkaline based deposits.
This is the best method for removing burnt milk from glass stove tops, if you are trying to remove something like sugar, then other methods may be needed, but for burnt milk, you need to use this method.
Start by pouring equal parts baking soda and white vinegar into a plastic bucket (just one of those cheap 5 gallon buckets you can get from any hardware store). Place your cloth into the mix, a paper towel is perfect.
You need to let this sit overnight. The acid in the vinegar will eat away at the alkaline deposits left over from the milk. After you return the next morning, simply try scrubbing it off with a cloth, it should be easy to remove.
If a cloth doesn’t remove it, then try the next method after soaking the burnt milk in vinegar.
A Good Scrape with a sharp knife is usually enough to remove a lot of burnt on food, but burnt milk is very stubborn and it’s hard to get that knife to remove it without scratching your glass top stove.
The best method I have found is using a plastic razor blade, it will cut through and remove all of the burnt milk without leaving scratches on your glass stove top. Again, you will need to soak the burnt milk in vinegar and baking powder solution first to soften it. But once that’s been soaked, the plastic razor will scrape it right off.
Toothbrush and Dish Soap
If you don’t have any vinegar available, your next hope is a toothbrush and dish soap, everyone has dish soap. If you don’t have a toothbrush, then find something abrasive that’s not too harsh, such as a sponge.
Swabbing the burnt milk with a toothbrush after soaking it in vinegar is very effective. The more time it’s been sitting around, the more hardened it becomes, so you need to work at it.
You’ll want to use a toothbrush that’s soft on the bristles, and you’ll want to add dish soap to help loosen up some food that may be stuck deep within the burnt milk.
The soap should reduce any adhesion between the burnt milk and your glass stove top so you can gently scrub ahead of time before soaking in vinegar for overnight.
Dish soap will also be a good cleanser for any other residual milk stain you may have on your stove.
Lemon Juice and Vinegar
If it’s really stuck on there pretty well, and you’re unable to get it with either of the other methods, then you’ll want to use some white vinegar and lemon juice.
I like to use white distilled vinegar, it’s an old trick that works great on many things that aren’t burnt. Simply mix equal parts of vinegar and lemon juice into a spray bottle (or you can use the container from your dish soap) then spray away.
Make sure to wipe up the excess, you don’t want to leave a mess on your glass stove top.
Oven Cleaner (Use Very Carefully)
Again, I would never advise using something like oven cleaner on your stove top. It’s too harsh of a chemical and too abrasive for use on such delicate surfaces as glass stove tops. But if you have nothing else left, then it may very well do the trick for you.
Disclaimer: I have never used this method, so I don’t know the consequences of doing so. But if you are contemplating buying a new glass stove top, then it’s worth a try. Ensure you follow the instructions like you would when cleaning oven glass.
Does milk burn easily?
You might be wondering whether or not milk is difficult to burn on a glass top stove. It’s actually one of the easiest things to burn on a glass top.
This is because milk has a high fat content, and fats will burn very easily. It’s also very water soluble, meaning it can evaporate quickly once it gets hot, something that the other substances listed above can’t do.
At what temp does milk burn?
Milk is very easy to burn at low temperatures, even around room temperature. The temperature range that it burns best is around 170 degrees fahrenheit (76 C).
At about 220 degrees fahrenheit (105 C), milk starts to really scorch and become molded. At temperatures above 280 degrees fahrenheit (138 C), you may have problems removing the burnt milk from your glass stove top.
The hotter it burns, the harder the residue becomes. So if you ever drop milk on your glass stove top, then turn your stove off and immediately try and cool it down as fast as possible. This will make the cleaning process much easier.