Kitchen Tip: Black Appliances

Over at Tammy’s Recipes today, we are asking a kitchen question. What a fun idea! I am in need of suggestions for keeping my black appliances clean. I have a black sink and stove top that are helpless in keeping clean. They show every bit of dirt, but especially water stains. Is there no options? I believe they are made out of porcelain, if that helps anything. My stove top also accumulates a hard black substance around the gas burners that is crusted in and I can’t scrub off for the life of me. I have tried a scratchy and many different cleaning products, but to no avail. Any thoughts for keeping it shining?

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Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

33 Responses to Kitchen Tip: Black Appliances

  1. Margarita October 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    how do I get old oil build up off? Anyone have any idea?

    • Kay October 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      My repair man told me to put either mayonaise or peanut butter on the spot and let it sit for up to 20 minutes or so and wipe off with a micro fiber cloth. This will not scratch the finish. If the oil build up is excessive you may have to do several applications. Good luck.

    • Bonnie March 27, 2013 at 11:10 am #

      I use soapy water and wipe it dry then take veggie oil and wipe it and then buff to a shine

  2. Margo April 27, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Help. I made the mistake of using a brillo pad on my black stove – on top where the knobs are. No there are tiny scratches and absolutely no shine. Is there any way to recover a shine as it looks terrible right now.

  3. mrs Corn January 16, 2012 at 9:25 am #

    We moved into a house which we are renting and not to sound mean, but the stove and sinks and fridge all were in horrid condition, smelling and looking. All apliances are black while the sink is white.
    For black appliances, I found that the following process works best, mixing equal parts white vinegar and hot water and pouring onto the black crud. Let soak for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a micro fiber cloth, I had to use a razor blade for the worst spots, but the prior process worked for the most of it.
    This process worked well for the sinks and oven as well.
    For the odors on the fridge and freezer, I used the same vinegar solution and scrubbed it well, then dissolved baking soda in ot water and re wiped all the areas.
    I now simply wipe my stove top with a damp microfiner rag each day after cooking and to keep the sink from getting dingy I put a few drops of olive oil on a microfiber rag and wipe the sink till shiney each evening before bed. Hope this helps:)

  4. Kay July 6, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Just had the repair man over as my brand new Samsung black refrigerator arrived scratched. He indicated that the only thing that will not scratch it is a soft, CLEAN cloth, such as a microfiber cloth with water. If you should get something sticky on it put either mayonaise or peanut butter on the spot and let it sit for up to 20 minutes or so and wipe off. Never use Windex as it will leave a residue over time. Never use paper towel as it scratches over time just as it will scratch eye glasses. Very sorry I purchased black as I wanted a textured black and could not find. I think it is a ploy by the appliance manufacturers so that the consumer needs to replace their refrigerator more often as the finish will not hold up.

    • Nancy April 24, 2013 at 7:48 am #

      i had the same problem with my brand new fridgidaire black shiny refrigerator. i just had it delivered, i went to clean it and scratches were all over it. the store sent me new doors. now i have my husband clean it. he had the same problem with the new doors, cleaning it with a microfiber cloth. so my husband had to buff out the scratches with a car buffer and polish. Just rediculous. whoever thought of this finish for a refridgerater.

  5. Jennafer March 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I have a black stove top and the best way to get it streak free is to use a high quality microfiber cloth.

    • Barb Giagnorio September 29, 2011 at 6:24 am #

      Eco friendly array of microfiber cloths and so much more. They have a paste and scrubbing cloth that is excellent on black. You can contact me if you would like more information.

      • carolyn January 21, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

        Where did you find the paste and scrubbing cloth? What is the brand name? I have used the microfibre cloth and white vinegar and water but still have some spots that will not come off. They kinda look like water spots but nothing takes them off.

      • Cyd Powell October 18, 2012 at 5:03 am #

        Where did you find the paste and scrubbing cloth? What is the brand name? Thank you so much.

  6. ann January 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I have black applianes my dishwasher gets water marks, i take a soapy warn rag wash it rinse it dried it, then i take a soft cloth on one end i put a little baby oil wipe the dishwasher with the baby oil and then use the clean end of cloth to go over drieing, clean and what a shine.

  7. Judy Pierce December 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm #

    I got a special cleaner for my stove when I bought it. When I ran out I used Bon-Ami cleaner as it is non scratching. I also use a green scrubber that is non scratching. It takes off all the brown gunk cooked around the burners. Works great. Then use vinegar and water equal parts and spray then wipe down with a microfiber cloth. Great shine.

  8. Kandra September 2, 2009 at 7:16 pm #

    Its really easy to leave black appliances streak free and clean! All you have to do is get some windex ( has to be name brand though, it really does work the best) and dry paper towls..treat it like its a mirror and it will be super clean, germ free, and streak free!

  9. Rhonda Boyce August 14, 2009 at 7:32 pm #

    I clean my soild cooktop with the magic eraser sponges. It works great and is so easy!

    • Di November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      Sorry, but I don’t agree about using a magic eraser. I tried using one on my black fridge and it immediately went from a glossy finish to a dull finish which I can’t fix. So mad at myself for using it on an appliance. I used Windex for years and never had a problem

  10. Jennifer D June 26, 2009 at 7:30 am #

    For our glass-top/ceramic stove I do the following:
    Sprinkle the stovetop with baking soda, spray with a little water or vinegar/water mix, let sit for a minute or two, then scrub with a vegetable scrubber. The baking soda is a mild abrasive and, when mixed with the vegetable scrubber, can take the worst burnt on stuff off. The baking soda is key – vegetable scrubbers alone don’t seem to work.

    However, if you are talking about a shiny finish that easily scratches, which I doubt since you mentioned using scrubbies, I would use a razor blade to get it off, much like you would for something (i.e. paint) stuck on glass.

    As for the sink, a little spray of vinegar/water mix (50% each) and a microfibre cloth go a long way. So does that baking soda and vegetable scrubber method for tougher spots.

    • Mo August 7, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      When I had a ceramic hob I cleaned it using a wet paste of biological soap powder (laundry detergent). Leave overnight and cleaning is easy the next morning.

  11. LM March 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    We have black appliances (Not my choosing-came with the house we purchased) and (I identify with each story I’ve read here) we have such a hard time maintaining the black appliances water stain free and dust free no matter how often we clean them. Thank you so much for posting your cleaning tips. The windex and (or) water-vinegar mix will be the first I will try. Can’t wait to see the appliances nice and shiny again. I’ll keep you posted about the results~ :-)

  12. Deena Barton February 10, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    Hi, I, too, have black appliances that I just love and have used many products, but none compare to club soda (I add a few drops of tea tree oil) and it is the best glass cleaner (eyeglasses too), appliance cleaner, mirrors, tv screens, computer monitors (of course spray onto cloth not electronics) and chrome. I also use microfiber cloths and I cannot be more thrilled!

  13. I Love Cooktops October 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm #

    I agree with Siemens. The only thing to keep black kitchen appliances, sinks, refrigerators is windex, water, and a dry rag.

  14. Siemens Kitchen Appliance Fan August 5, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Lately, I’ve been using windex, water, and a dry rag to clean my black kitchen cooktop, sink, and refrigerator….seems to be the only thing that works!

    • Kate January 19, 2009 at 11:18 am #

      That’s what we use too! Works like a charm!

  15. Cherity May 13, 2008 at 12:44 pm #

    Just read this post…a little late I know! Anyway, my grandmother got a flat top stove before I did and she showed me that you can remove the cooked on “crud” by using a razor blade. I usually use a paste of baking soda and diluted castile soap with the razor as extra protecting from scratching. Just be careful to keep the razor flat to the surface to avoid scratching it. I only do this about once a month, unless I make a huge mess that I can’t scrub off. Hope this helps!

  16. Tia January 5, 2008 at 1:53 am #

    Babychaser, I believe her stove is black (came that way) by choice. Not because something was left on there.

    • Tia January 5, 2008 at 5:19 pm #

      Nevermind…maybe Lindsay can remove my post! I re-read her post and she mentions a hard black build-up.

      Have you tried making a paste of Comet and a little water and allowing it to sit on the hard stuff?

  17. Babychaser January 4, 2008 at 8:46 pm #

    I don’t know if this will help you or not as the situations are a little different… My stove doesn’t get black on it, but it does get a brownish “stain” like something that I can never wash off. I’d have to guess it’s from liquid spilling from a pan and cooking on (my stove top is white with gas ranges).

    Anyway, I had given up on ever seeing it beautiful again until the day I accidentally left a stick of butter on the stove to “soften”. Forgot it was there and preheated my oven… before I knew it there was liquid butter (that’s soft right?) all over my stove top. I was not a happy camper as I imagined this would not be easy to clean up.

    Turns out a stack of papertowels later that it cleaned up rather easily… and took all the cooked on stuff with it! That was unexpected. It’s a long story… but if my problem resembles yours, perhaps melted butter would help. :)

  18. Mandie January 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    I have all black appliances and they have the shiny finish not the matte finish. There are a couple tips I have…the first, don’t use abrasive cloths including paper towels. They can actually put small clear coat scratches. These scratches, I’m finding, are inevitable, but the harder dish cloth fabrics and such make it worse. Second, once a month or so, I take a black tinted car polish and polish them (you can get this stuff anywhere including hardware stores. I think I got my last bottle at walmart). This helps repel the dirt and makes them look like new. In between waxing, I just use a soft damp cloth to wipe them down and another soft cloth to get rid of streakiness. Hope that helps!!

    • Mo August 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

      Hi Mandie, I was just about to use neutral car wax on my black appliances, I think I will wait until I buy black car wax.

      To date I’ve been using neat vinegar and microfibre cloth.

  19. Samara Root January 2, 2008 at 9:44 am #

    Hi Lindsay,
    My Mom has a flat, glass-top stovetop…if this is what you have…the stovetop we got came with a special scraper blade, because the black burned-on stuff will only come off with a blade in my experience. They ought to sell that type of thing at Home Depot or some such store. The blade scrapes the burned food off but not the glass.

    Good luck!

  20. Tia January 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    I use Windex on my stove w/then wiping w/a paper towel, after wiping it down w/a soapy rag. I don’t like streaks or water marks. And this works like a charm! I know have stainless steel appliances, but I use to have black appliances.

  21. karol January 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    I too have a black stove and I have found spraying it with a mix of a few drops of white vinegar w/water makes it sparkle. I keep a spray bottle w/vinegar and water on my sink and use it for everything!

  22. Amanda January 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm #

    I don’t have black appliances, however I hear that microfiber cloths is supposed to work great on black appliances. Just google Microfiber cloths and I’m sure many websites will pop up where you can order some from :)