How to Remove Melted Plastic From Glass Top Stove

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How to Remove Melted Plastic From Glass Top Stove
Melted cookware is easy to remove from a glass-top stove. (plastic ladle image by timur1970 from

If you have a glass-top stove, chances are, you've experienced more than your fair share of scraping burnt material off of the stove. One of the more difficult substances to remove from a glass-top stove is melted plastic. Whether a spatula or a plastic bag has melted on your stove, the process of removing melted plastic can be daunting but it doesn't need to be. With this simple method, removing melted plastic can be a cinch.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Wash cloth or paper towel
  • Razor blade or butter knife (optional)

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  1. 1

    Turn the stove off and allow to cool until melted plastic is room temperature.

  2. 2

    Drip rubbing alcohol onto melted plastic until plastic is completely covered with the rubbing alcohol.

  3. 3

    Remove melted plastic by wiping off with a washcloth or paper towel.

  4. 4

    Gently scrape any remaining melted plastic with a razor blade or butter knife. Lay the blade at a horizontal angle when scraping to prevent guaging the stove top.

Tips and warnings

  • Acetone (nail polish remover) can be used in place of rubbing alcohol. After use, remove acetone residue with a dab of dish soap on a damp cloth. Do not mix acetone and rubbing alcohol.
  • If you cannot completely remove the plastic with rubbing alcohol or acetone, you may warm the plastic back up with a hair dryer and gently peel it up with a butter knife.
  • Lubricants such as WD-40 can also be applied to remove any plastic residue left behind on the stove. To do this, spray the plastic with the lubricant and wipe up with a washcloth or paper towel.
  • Do not heat the plastic by turning your stove back on. This can cause the plastic to adhere even more firmly to the stove top.
  • Do not mix any chemicals that you may use to remove the plastic.

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