How to Clean Burnt Plastic from a Glass Cooktop


Deb asked: “I accidentally laid a loaf of bread on one of my glasstop stove burners. I removed most of the burnt plastic but there is still some black residue. I have scrubbed with a stove cleaner. Any ideas??

There are a thousand different renditions of this story. Whether it’s a bread bag, Ziploc, plastic lid or a container, they all end with the plastic and glass cook top quickly becoming one. Before you can blink, you are left with a hard rock of molten plastic that seems to be permanently fused to the burner. Most manufacturers consider this irreversible damage, but there are some methods you can take to remove the melted, burnt plastic. It will take some time and hard work, but in comparison to purchasing a new stove top, it’s well worth it.

You Will Need:

  • Spoon or dull knife
  • WD-40
  • Acetone nail polish remover
  • Razor blades
  • Soft cloth
  • Water
  • Mild soap

Steps to Remove the Plastic:

  1. Start by allowing the burner to cool completely before attempting to remove anything. Trying to clean a hot burner is dangerous and invites further burns and problems. Burning plastic produces a horrendous smell – open all the windows and ventilate the area well.
  2. When the burner and plastic have cooled completely, peel away as much of the plastic as possible.
  3. Use the spoon or dull knife, such as a butter knife to gently scrape away the plastic. Use caution not to scratch the glass surface of the stove.
  4. Spray the remaining plastic with WD-40 and let it set for a few minutes.
  5. Use the razor blade to carefully scrape the plastic off. Keeping the razor as flat as possible, gently push it into the plastic. Be careful not to scratch the surface!
  6. Repeat as necessary until most of the plastic is removed.
  7. When a majority of the plastic is removed (and there are no longer edges for the razor blade to catch on), you may want to try nail polish remover to get rid of the last layer.
  8. Use a cotton ball or soft cloth to apply the acetone nail polish remover. This evaporates quickly so you will need to reapply often to keep the area well moistened.
  9. Scrub with a plastic or other glass safe scrubber in a circular motion to remove the last bits.
  10. When all of the plastic is removed, clean the area with mild soap and warm water to remove any remaining cleaning fluids from the cook top.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • Always use caution when working with razor blades and WD-40. While the spray helps to loosen the burnt plastic, it can also make a slippery work surface!
  • There are special cleaning creams designed for cleaning cooked on messes from glass stovetops. They are available at most department and home improvement stores.
  • No WD-40? Try laundry stain spray, kitchen cleaner, Windex or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser instead.
  • If you’re hesitant to use any chemicals, try placing an ice cube on the plastic to make it brittle and then scrape it off with razor blade. This works well for minor cases.


  1. Thanks so much for this helpful hint. We had a similar duh moment with our Toaster Oven. We got most of the plastic off, but the ghost of the writing from the bread wrapper is still there, so I will definitely try the acetone/WD-40 idea!

  2. I wonder if regular acetone (like in paint thinner) would work as well?

  3. Regular acetone is basically the same as nail polish that contains acetone. It will work fine. Some nail polish remover doesn’t contain acetone. Some uses Ethyl acetate. If you know the smell of acetone, you will know if it has acetone in it. The other differences could be that some nail polish remover has gel agents in it to slow evaporation and keep it on the surface longer. Some also have scents in them.

  4. I had a plastic plate on the burner and it left huge gouges in the cooktop. I only used my fingernails to peel the hardened plastic off. Is it still Ok to use the burner?

  5. Worked like a charm!! Thank you so much; thought I was never going to get it off! I followed each step exactly! Thanks!!!!

  6. The WD-40 worked great. Looks better than it did before I stupidly cooked my beloved Bialita coffee maker. I was ready to get the acetone out of the garage, but didn’t need it. And yes, acetone from the garage with gloves on would be better than nail polish for this reason: no one has any reason to keep acetone-based nail polish around the house. Why would you paint your nails once a week with something known to be that toxic? It causes liver damage and cancer.

  7. Loretta says:

    I had a loaf in my microwave and thought I was turning on the timer, but instead turned on the microwave. I had flames coming from the microwave because the bread caught on fire. Is this toxic?

  8. I did this just tonight and it all came off and without a scratch! I used the razor blade for the whole thing and it was wonderful. Thank you so much.

  9. Laurene says:

    My hubby was cooking breakfast, and accidentally put a whipped butter tub on one of the burners. He removed quite a bit of the mess with a plastic spatula, but I could still see the label on the burner. I looked on this site and came up with something even easier: Goo Gone! Let the stove cool off, and put on the air vents. Spread a little on with a paper towel; I let it sit for about 3 minutes and it was peeling off in some places. The rest I used my finger nails to remove, and cleaned it off with cook top cleaner, then buffed it shiny clean. It looks better than when we moved into this apartment!

  10. Thank you so much. I had a huge mess on my hands and your advice helped to completely clean it up. The cooktop looks great.

  11. The WD-40 worked like a charm! Thanks.

  12. The WD-40 and razor blade worked like a charm! Thanks so much! A little Magic Eraser action cleaned off the remaining color film. Very well done!

  13. The WD40 worked very well!

  14. Check those directions again guys! I’m pretty sure it says, “nail polish REMOVER.” Better now? 😉

  15. I have found that metal frames last longer than the plastic ones. My current frames (metal) are six years old. Plastic ones break after two years. In my opinion, the metals are more comfortable than the plastic ones. I don’t have young kids, but I do have two cats and they have played with my glasses. They have not broken. As for lenses, get plastic. Glass lenses break and scratch easily – plastic ones don’t. They also put special coatings on them so they are not easily scratched nor broken. If you have a heavy prescription, especially if it’s for only one eye (like me), plastic lenses are better. Otherwise your glasses will be heavy and uncomfortable.

  16. Thank you so much. It worked perfectly!

  17. WD-40 and a razor blade do the trick. Hold the razor blade flat to the surface…

  18. Thank you… that worked wonders. Didn’t even need the nail polish remover; the WD-40 did the trick all alone.

  19. Divorce avoided; WD-40 and razor blade worked like a charm. Smell gone and plastic gone before my wife got home. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  20. Thanks so much! Garden gnomes or fairies turned on a burner with a plastic bag of cereal siting on top. Fortunately, we found it before the flames started–it was just smoldering–but the plastic had melted in a 5″ x 6″ spot. We substituted olive oil for the WD-40 and were successful with just a dull knife (we didn’t have a razor blade or WD-40 on hand). We cleaned carefully with dish soap afterward to make sure the flammable olive oil was gone. A million thanks again!

  21. Your tips rocked. WD-40, patience and the razor blade, followed by a thorough dish soap wash took care of all of it. I am sincerely grateful for this post and your advice!

  22. I just put ice on the plastic and after it cooled, took a straight razor blade and the plastic came right off.

  23. We just had bread wrappers melt to the top of glass top stove. We did not wait for it to cool completely, just long enough to be cool enough to touch. We took rubbing alcohol and a hard spatula and wipe and scraped, repeating over and over. Every bit is gone. This will save your glass top from possibly getting scraped up with a razor.

  24. Thank you. WD-40 and a single edge razor took off the melted scraper I used to clean the top. Burner wasn’t cooled enough and the scraper melted!

  25. My 13-year-old melted a plastic washing basket on our glass top hob. House full of smoke/fumes, a basket full of ruined clothing, a burnt hand and I honestly thought my cooker was a goner, however this worked perfectly. (Although I’m a little nervous about using the hob). Now I just need to cheer up a blistered and miserable daughter.

  26. I’m usually very skeptical when it comes to cleaning solutions to save things that I’ve found on the internet. But this totally worked!! Thank you…

  27. Pregnancy Brain says:

    Thank you! Saved my stove after I inadvertently melted my laptop to it.

  28. Messy Cook says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! Saved my stove!

  29. Thanks so much for the tips. They really worked. The WD-40 really helped the razor blade get most of it off; when I was all done, it was 99% better. I really thought it was a non-salvageable burner and so glad to get it almost new again.
    Sure wish I had a GAS stove!

  30. Even after reading all the positive comments, I still didn’t believe anything could save my burner from the empty oven cooking bag that accidentally got set down on the still-hot burner. Instant meltdown! I didn’t have WD-40, so I poured acetone nail polish remover on it, let it work for a minute, and with careful patience, gently scraped the entire mess off in just minutes using a box-cutter razor blade. If I hadn’t seen it myself, I would absolutely never have known the ugly black mess was ever there. Looks brand new! Thanks for the awesome solution!

  31. I used a heavy duty plastic scraper. If you don’t have one in your toolbox, check the car; you may have an ice scraper that will do the job. No razor blades or WD-40 needed. Cleaned up in seconds with the plastic scraper.

  32. Thank you! Life saver!

  33. Hi guys, I set down a plastic hot dog bun bag on hot glass cooktop, and it left a thin layer of plastic melted on. I was about to use a razor blade and olive oil when I saw a comment above and did a variation of a safer method: Wait until glass top is cool enough to touch, but still warm. Get a metal spatula, cut a quarter of a J- cloth, fold to double thickness, and wrap it over the end of the spatula. Gently scrape off all the plastic in minutes, leaving zero scratches to the glass top! You can also use rubbing alcohol with this method (see previous comments), but I did not use any and it came off like it was never there. So try this method before you resort to razor blades and chemicals! Thank You to BRANDIE for this amazing, SAFE method!

  34. Thanks! This worked great. I used WD-40 and acetone method. The trick is really patience. You have to sit there and really scrape away at every piece and it will eventually come off. I only had a small problem, so it didn’t take me long (30 minutes).

  35. I was crying when I saw my damage new stove…a microfiber dishtowel imprint perfectly embedded into the front right element. I followed the instructions above and it was like magic. Google search has saved me over and over again! Thanks for the post to whoever it is that originated it.

  36. Almost all of my burner was covered with a melted plastic bag. I took a bowl with a little water in it, had it boil in the microwave, took it out, and put a lid from a medium skillet on top to catch some steam. After a minute, I put the lid over the burner and left it a few minutes to steam the plastic. Using a Pampered Chef scraper (or a razer blade), all the plastic came up almost immediately. I used a razor blade for the last little bit. No chemicals, no smell. Just a little steam treatment.

  37. The WD-40 worked wonders. Melted a plastic top on a burner; sprayed it with the WD-40, used a cheese spreader, off it came. It’s just like new. Thanks.

  38. Worked like a charm! I melted a microfiber hand towel on my glass stovetop & after two WD-40 applications & some elbow grease… It looks brand new!

  39. Thank you so much!! Using WD-40 and a flat razor blade worked perfect!! While visiting my sister, I forgot and laid a hot dog roll bag on the still hot burner!! I had the top cleaned in less then 10 minutes after it cooled off. WD-40 once again saves the day!!

  40. Thank you so much! The bag of tortillas melted on a warm burner. Darn the glass stovetops!! I only had to use the WD-40 and razor blade. No need for the acetone this time!!

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