Did you know that baking soda actually does a better job than alot of bottled chemical cleaners?
For ceramic stove tops (bench tops), you are supposed to use a certain, exact product - and none other - that they sell just for use on ceramic stoves. But baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) actually works better.
Sprinkle a small pile on and grab a wet cloth (rag). The wet cloth will turn the baking soda into a paste - which will wear away any burnt on material on the stove's surface without damaging it. Try it!
Baking soda also gets permanent marker off smooth surfaces...just get alot of baking soda, eh.