Remove Burnt Food from an Induction Hob

Jen Hammond

May 19, 2022

Last updated on May 23, 2022


Wondering how to remove burnt food from an induction hob? Burnt on food and grease stains may need some below grease, but its not removal is pretty simple using either specialist cleaner or a homemade product from white vinegar and baking soda. In this guide, we’ll show you how.

When we see burn marks and burnt food on our induction hobs, it is easy to panic! Even if we are very careful, burns can happen, and when it’s on a glass hob, it can be easy to permanently damage the surface. 

Thankfully, despite being easily scratched, induction hobs are fairly easy to clean despite being easily scratched, no matter the stains or marks. Let’s dive in.

How to remove burn marks from an induction hob 

You’re going to need a cloth, sponge or other wiping material that won’t scratch your hob – and where possible, a cleaning product designed for glass.

One of the worst things to have to remove from an induction hob is burnt food. It might seem impossible to shift, but there’s a solution.

Given how easily induction hobs can get scratched, removing the burnt food as gently as possible is essential. Do not use any abrasive materials such as scrubbers or scrub sponges, steel wool and the like. However, you may need a strong tool to remove them, albeit gently. 

If you have a specially designed scraper or a knife that you can use, try to remove the burnt food delicately. Remember to be careful – pressing a knife into a stubborn, burnt-on stain or mark could lead you to slip and hurt yourself.

However, after multiple attempts, if the burnt food will still not come off with a knife or other implement, then you can always use a special induction hob cleaning product or even white distilled vinegar. Some homeowners also swear by mixing white vinegar and baking soda together. It’s an amazing all-purpose cleaning solution!

Spray whatever product you choose on the hob, with a good amount over the burnt food in question. Let it sit for a while (about 30 minutes should do the trick), then wipe it away with a clean, damp cloth. 

If the burnt food does not come off with the cloth, then it should be loose enough to come off easier with the scraper or the knife. Ultimately, if your product’s label says you can leave it to soak for longer, then do so. Some even leave baking soda and vinegar overnight to soak in deep.

How to clean induction hob stains 

To clean other marks from your induction hob, you’re going to need to arm yourself with cloths, paper towels, and yes – white, distilled vinegar. Is there anything it can’t do?

As is the case with any kind of hob, your induction surface is likely to gain a few stains along years of use. Be it from cleaning products, food, or otherwise, it is important for you to know how to deal with these stains. Let’s run through some of the ‘usual suspects’.

How to get rid of white marks on an induction hob

Simply place a cloth or a paper towel covered in distilled white vinegar over the induction hob, in particular where the stains are lingering. Then wipe the cloth over the hob until the white stains disappear. It should take no longer than a few minutes to remove all of the marks. Moreover, it is an easy solution that you can repeat when necessary.  

In most cases, the white marks on your induction hob are likely to have arisen due to the mineral deposits from the water in your kitchen. The calcium and magnesium that evaporates from the water that you cook with, or even from the pans that you use, can easily create these white stains on your induction hob that can be a bit of a pain to remove. 

How to remove general grease and grime from your induction hob 

You can use white distilled vinegar or specially formulated induction cleaning products to clean general grime off your induction hob. Generally speaking, induction hobs are straightforward to clean, providing there’s nothing burnt onto the surface.

You should check with your manufacturer before using any product to ensure that you are using one that is best suited to your induction hob. Once you have found the perfect solution, use with a clean, damp cloth or a soft sponge to wipe down the glass surface. 

Again, as mentioned, avoid using anything even slightly abrasive that will scratch the glass. When you have finished wiping away the product, use a clean, soft, dry cloth to finish wiping down the hob surface to ensure that there are no stains left over. 

Finally, you should lock the induction hob to ensure that no children (or even animals) turn it on by accident. You may wish to use a clean towel and a tray or a special cover to keep your induction hob protected. 

Of course, this isn’t essential – as many of us like for our induction hobs to be key pieces in our kitchens and therefore like to see them as part of our general suite designs! What’s more – if you use your induction hob more than once a day, then the chances are that you will be using it again soon and will therefore not need to cover it. 


Although it may seem a little daunting keeping your induction hob clean, especially when there are a few heavy spills, they are actually very easy to maintain. A few scratches may develop over the years, but generally speaking, as long as you do take care of your induction hob, it can remain a key feature in your kitchen for years to come. If you do get the odd scratch or two, there are ways to remove scratches from induction hobs.

The main thing to remember is to clean it regularly. An induction hob will last a look pristine for a lot longer if you take the time to mop up stains and marks as soon as they arise. Trust us on this!

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