7. Ceramic Stove Tops

Stove Top

Baking soda can be abrasive to the surface of ceramic stove tops. Additionally, after it dries, baking soda can leave behind a gritty white residue that is difficult to remove. Whirlpool recommends using a non-abrasive ceramic cooktop cleaner to keep your stovetop looking beautiful. Burnt-on food residue can be removed with a scraper designed especially for ceramic cooktop surfaces. Achieve the best results by removing food remnants while the cooktop is still warm to the touch, but not hot. Then, after allowing the surface to completely cool, clean your stovetop with a cooktop cleaning product.

6. Gold-Edged Dishes and Gold-Plated Utensils

Gold Edged Plates

To preserve gold-plated utensils or dishes with delicate gold edging, avoid cleaning these items with baking soda. The mild abrasives of baking soda can wear away decorative gold trim on dishes and can pit the finish on gold utensils. Instead, wash your gold by hand in warm soapy water and dry with a soft towel. Never place these items in the dishwasher. If your gold utensils develop spots or discoloration, clean them with a professional metal or gold cleaner that will preserve the finish on your items.

5. Items with Deep Grooves

Plate Grooves

Baking soda can be a very effective cleaning agent when dissolved in water. However, as the solution dries, it can leave behind a filmy white residue or clumps of baking soda granules. For this reason, you should avoid cleaning objects that have deep grooves or fissures that can trap particles of baking soda. Baking soda isn’t a time saver if you need to spend extra time removing white clumps of the powdery substance from cracks and grooves. Baking soda residue can also be difficult to remove from black or dark surfaces, so you may want to stick to using it on lighter-colored surfaces.

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