Hotplates allow people to cook meals when a traditional range with a hob isn't allowed or won't fit in a space, such as in a dorm or rented room. The hotplate heats up and transfers energy to the pans or pots placed on top of it. Since people use hotplates to cook, the devices suffer the same splattering grease and dripped foodstuffs as standard hobs. People using a hotplate to cook food should clean it after every use.
Allow the hotplate to cool completely. Do not try to clean a warm hotplate.
Add a quarter-sized drop of liquid dish detergent to a clean cloth. Dampen the cloth in warm water. Ring out the cloth to remove excess water.
Wipe the surface of the hotplate with the damp cloth. Avoid dripping water into the interior of the hotplate if your model features an open coil. Continue until the hotplate is clean.
Apply a quarter-sized drop of liquid dish detergent to a nylon scouring pad if stubborn food remains baked onto the hotplate after normal cleaning. Moisten the pad and wring it out to remove excess water. Scrub the baked-on food until the hotplate is clean.
Wash the hotplate using a cloth dampened only with water. Dry the hotplate completely afterward.
Avoid using abrasive pads or cleaners on hotplates. The grittiness can damage the device. Never clean the device while it is hot. You can severely burn yourself.