How to Clean Melted Aluminum Foil From a Stove

Updated February 21, 2017

Aluminium foil that has melted and stuck to the top of a glass stove, around a burner, for example, is unsightly but not impossible to remove -- in fact, the same procedure that is used to remove melted plastic from a glass hob works for the foil. A common household tool is needed, as is a supply from a grocery store and items that most kitchens have readily available.

Turn off the burners on the stove, if any are still on. Let the glass hob cool for an hour before continuing.

Saturate a corner of a soft cloth with a foam hob cleaner. Place the moistened corner of the cloth on the hob, over the melted foil. Press down on the cloth to smudge the foil with the foam. Leave the cloth on the hob for five minutes.

Remove the cloth and place it in the kitchen sink. Angle the edge of a plastic spatula at a 45-degree angle to the hob. Place the edge of the plastic spatula on the stove stop, to one side of the melted foil. Press down on the spatula as you drag it across the hob to pull the foil off. Lift the spatula, reapply foam to the cloth and the cloth to the hob and repeat the procedure just completed to get the rest of the foil off the hob. Place the foil in the trash.

Moisten a clean cloth in tap water. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to the cloth. Wipe the area where the foil was with the cloth, using small, circular motions. Rinse the cloth in tap water, wring it out and repeat the procedure on the hob. Let the hob air-dry.

Wash the foam-moistened cloth with tap water and dishwashing liquid. Wring the cloth dry. Place the cloth on the drying rack.


Aluminium foil that has melted inside a stove can not be removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloths
  • Foam hob cleaner
  • Plastic spatula
  • Dishwashing liquid
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."