Ceramic stove tops are popular because they provide a smooth outer surface unblemished by ugly spiral burner elements; heat more evenly; and offer easy to clean surfaces — at least most of the time. Cleaning becomes more of a challenge when food has fallen onto the hot burners or has been left on the burner for too long. In addition, the older the stove top gets, the more difficult it can be to clean. Several cleaners specifically designed for cleaning ceramic stove tops are available. These products, combined with a bit of elbow grease, have the ability to make your stove top look like new.

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Cerama Bryte

Touted as the number one ceramic cook top cleaner, Cerama Bryte is not abrasive and won't scratch your cook top. Whether you have a halogen or radiant-type cook top, Cerama Bryte is safe to use. It can also clean other surfaces, including glass shower doors, pots and pans, porcelain sinks. As of 2011, a 28-oz. bottle costs about $8.

Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner

This cleaner not only cleans your cook top without scratching, but also shines and protects the surface. Weiman uses a protective formula which keeps food from sticking to the cook top surface. The company also produces Cook Top Scrubbing Pads which, when used in conjunction with the cleaner, provide the ultimate cleaning experience. In 2011, a 10-oz. bottle of Weinman Glass Cook Top Cleaner sells for about $5.

Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser

Designed to clean much more than just cook top surfaces, this spongelike cleaning tool works with only water — no additional cleaning solutions are necessary. Although the Magic Eraser cleans things like soap scum, leather, walls and floors, it is perfectly suited and highly effective for cleaning and shining your ceramic cook top. A box of two Magic Eraser sponges costs about $3, according to 2011 prices.

Carbona Clean It! Ceramic Cooktop Wipes

These disposable wipes are convenient and simple to use. They clean ceramic cook top surfaces without scratching and are capable of removing grease and burnt-on foods. In 2011 a container of 20 wipes can be purchased for about $4.

Scotch-Brite Cook Top Cleaner Kit

This starter kit contains four disposable cleaning pads already infused with a cleaning solution designed to safely tackle cook top surfaces. Also provided is a cleaning device upon which the pads mount, which has a handle the user can grip while scrubbing. Scotch-Brite is made by 3M. In 2011 you can buy the starter kit for about $25. A refill pack of eight costs about $22.