@babylove - The article didn't actually recommend using steel wool pads on your ceramic stove top. They may only be referring to the oven or the microwave, however my mother-in-law has used steel wool on her ceramic stove tops for years and has never had a problem with scratches.
She also gave me her solution to degrease the inside of the microwave. You put four or five slices of lemon and or lime in a half cup of water in a microwave safe cup or bowl then microwave on high just until the water boils.
Leave it standing in the microwave for about fifteen minutes, then just wipe it clean with a soft cloth. It's all the good things we love in our cleaners. It's quick, easy, economical and it's environmentally friendly. And the best thing of all is that it leaves your whole kitchen smelling wonderful.