How To Clean A Ceramic Hob (Including Those Pesky Burn Marks!)

How To Clean A Ceramic Hob (Including Those Pesky Burn Marks!)

Are you looking for the best ceramic hob cleaner out there? Look no further! Today we're showing you how to clean your ceramic hob, including those tough burn marks!

Ceramic hobs are meant to look slick, sleek and shiny. This is not just for aesthetic purposes, but also functionality. A dirty ceramic hob prevents pans from sitting flat, and also enables it from getting as hot, making it much less effective.

You may worry your ceramic hob is in a state of disrepair, but it's never too late. Today we're showing you how to clean your ceramic hob the simple, natural way.

Ready? Time to get started.

dirty ceramic hob
What a mess!

What you need:

The best ceramic hob cleaner is surprisingly simple. You really don't need much to get amazing results in your kitchen - natural products and a bit of elbow grease are more than enough to tackle ceramic hob burnt marks.

Here's what you need to get your hob spick and span:

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 cleaning cloths
  • Newspaper
  • Spray bottle filled with distilled vinegar
  • A ceramic hob scraper

How to clean a ceramic hob

clean ceramic hob
Much better already!

First things first - you're going to need a blank - or clean, in this case - canvas. Use soapy water or your prefered kitchen cleaning spray and give your hob a good once over.

Remove any food debris, grease and watermarks, then wipe once again and dry with a clean cleaning cloth.

When that's done, it's time to get down and dirty.

how to remove ceramic hob burn marks
It's time to get fizzy!

1. Spray a thin layer of vinegar around the ceramic hob rings. Make sure the burnt on marks, in particular, are well-covered.

2. Sprinkle your bicarbonate of soda over the vinegar, ensuring that enough is applied to create a fizzing reaction - this is what's going to help break down those tough, burnt on marks.

3. Leave for a few minutes, then begin to massage the bicarb and vinegar solution into the mark using newspaper. Use some elbow grease, and scrub as hard as you can to help break down the mark. Replace your newspaper when it becomes greasy.

4. Once you have scrubbed the burn marks as much as possible, clean the stove. Use a cloth to remove the bicarb mix, grease, and wipe the hob clean with a clean cloth.

ceramic hob burn marks
The burn marks has now been weakened and reduced in size.

This method alone should have removed the majority, if not all, of the burnt-on stains. However, if, like the ceramic hob pictured above, yours is in a particularly bad state, you'll need something stronger. That's where a ceramic hob scraper comes in.

ceramic hob scraper
A ceramic hob scraper gets AMAZING results!

5. Never underestimate the power of your ceramic hob scraper. Whilst it's extremely unlikely to do any damage to your hob, the angle between your blade and hob should be kept relatively small to prevent any chance of scratching. Start from the outside of the ring and, keeping your scraper relatively flat. Use firm, back-and-forth movements to gradually chip away at the stains.

6. Once you've completed this process for all your hob rings, it's time to clean your hob again. Remove all the debris the burn marks have left you with.

7. To finish off and remove any remaining stains, you may want to use a ceramic hob cleaner, such as Hob Bright.

8. Step back and admire your smiling face in your shining ceramic hob.

how to clean a ceramic hob
SO much better!

We think this is the best ceramic hob cleaner ever, and we hope you do too! It may require a bit of elbow grease, but we're not afraid of a little hard work, and we know our committed readers aren't either.

How to prevent ceramic hob stains

As with most things, when it comes to cleaning your ceramic hob, prevention is much easier than cure.

Here are some of our top cleaning tips to stop a ceramic hob burn mark before it happens!

  • Don't overfill your pans: Veg doesn't need much water to steam - prevent overflows by reducing the amount you use.
  • Use a bigger pan: If you can't reduce the amount of water you're using, increase the pot size. It might be an inconvenience if you've already started, but it will save on hassle later.
  • Clean up spills immediately: If your pot does happen to boil over onto the hot plate, remove the pan, turn off the heat and clean the spill up immediately. A quick, emergency cleanup will prevent a big cleanup later on.
  • Clean your hob after every use: You might not always see food left on your hob after cooking. Don't leave it till later - someone might use the hob before you get the chance to clean it, making that small spillage a lot worse.

How do you remove ceramic hob burn marks? We'd love to hear your tips in the comments below.


Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Lilach on March 29, 2018 at 12:40 am

    can you use something else other than vinegar?? it makes me sick and I don't keep it in my house.

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 3, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hi Lilach. Water will also cause the bicarbonate of soda to fizz, but the reaction won't be quite as strong as with vinegar. I hope that helps :)

  2. Author Sandy on March 29, 2018 at 3:02 am

    Hi Stephanie - Am I allowed to mention Lakeland? I use their Hob Heaven Daily Spray and Antibacterial Cleaner (both £3.99) on my ceramic hob plus my trusty hob scraper. After 15 years my hob looks almost new bar a few scratches. I'll have to try the bicarb and vinegar paste as well.

    1. Author Stephanie C on April 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Sandy, Yes, of course, you may mention Lakeland - we love it there! It's always great to get authentic product recommendations so thanks for this. I'm sure our readers will find it useful :) Thanks, Steph

  3. Author evshik on January 29, 2019 at 10:26 am

    thank you for this best article about ceramic burn marks scraper

    1. Author Stephanie C on January 29, 2019 at 10:33 am

      We're glad you found the information useful!

  4. Author Iliyasmurmu on February 6, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Man I have burnt on a induction oven little portion please help me out 5day over i have done nothing still i am cooking nothing Will happened???

    1. Author Joanne A on February 6, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Hi there! What have you tried so far?

  5. Author Maria on March 24, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Hi I jad some whote burnt marks and did what you said but became much much worse. How can i remove white burnt marks please? My hob is very clean however insude the rings are noa very white instead of black :(

    1. Author Joanne A on March 25, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Hi Maria! What kind of hob is it?

    2. Author Maria on April 6, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      I have a black Sprinter ceramic hob which is really shiny and clean but has matt white marks inside the rings...i tried bicarbonate os soda, vinegar, lemon and even Bar Keepers friend but they are still there unfortunately! Anthing else I could use?

    3. Author Joanne A on April 8, 2019 at 9:09 am

      I'd suggest you try a product called Hob Brite. I had the same problem with my hob - just a few white marks left - and it got them all off.

  6. Author Liz on April 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    lemon juice will work as well as vinegar and has a pleasant smell.

    1. Author Joanne A on April 1, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Lemon juice is one of our favourite cleaners! Thanks for this tip.

  7. Author cm on April 1, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    where do u get the hob scraper from please

    1. Author Joanne A on April 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Hi there! We've included a link in the article, but that one is currently unavailable. Here is a similar one >

  8. Author Debbie on April 29, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I have had my cooker for only a week and used approx. 3 times. It already has white round the rim and like a rainbow colour inside of the ring. I cleaned it once it had cooled down and only used water, then tried washing up liquid, then tried a ceramic hob cleaner. I will give your idea a go, but I cannot understand why the hob already looks second hand?

    1. Author Joanne A on April 29, 2019 at 11:28 am

      It's very frustrating, isn't it Debbie? It's a shame as ceramic hobs look so much nicer than the standard ones.

  9. Author Victoria Seaman on July 17, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I was always told never use washing up liquid or even a cloth that has any trace of washing up liquid on it I use hob pride which has a special cloth included and a hob blade my job is around 12 years old and looks lovely.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm

      Sounds like you know your stuff, Victoria!

  10. Author Janice on July 17, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    thanks for all the suggestions, i will go home after work and try the vinegar and soda

    1. Author Joanne A on July 17, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Good luck, Janice!

  11. Author elaine berry on July 17, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    where can I buy large box of bicarbonate soda , I am in central Scotland, thank you

    1. Author Joanne A on July 18, 2019 at 11:06 am

      Hi Elaine! I'm not sure about local stockists, but you can definitely find it on Amazon.

  12. Author Mary H on July 18, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Iv been told when its clean to use car wax this puts a barrier on it and and that makes it easier to clean.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 18, 2019 at 10:58 am

      That's interesting, Mary! I've not heard of that before.


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