You know those nagging to-do list things that never seem to get done? Motivating to clean oven glass has always been one of those things for me. We just moved into our home six months ago so my glass wasn’t too bad but it was bad enough that I noticed it every time I opened the oven (and I may or may not have hung multiple tea towels on the handle to cover it up from the outside!) Because this is one of the cleaning questions I get asked the most I wanted to share my full step by step tutorial showing how to clean oven glass with you today.
(See below instructions for full step by step with pictures!)
How to Clean Oven Glass
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- scouring pad
- paper towel
- Sprinkle oven glass liberally with baking soda.
- Use a damp scouring pad to create a paste and rub into the oven glass.
- Leave the paste up to twenty minutes to allow dirt to loosen.
- Wipe oven glass with a damp paper towel to remove paste.
Here is what I was working with (don’t judge!)
I held the tea towel behind it so that you could see the grime. Pretty gross, right? I wiped down the exterior with white vinegar and that surface came clean easily. Ne,xt I wanted to clean the interior of the glass-this is one that challenges a lot of people. There are two ways you could go about it depending on your commitment level.
First, you’ll see screws on the inside of the door-depending on the brand of oven you may need a special tool to open it which you can easily find at any hardware store. I recommend taking a picture of your screw and showing them at the store so they can direct you to the proper tool-I’ve seen star shaped screws, square, etc.
If you don’t want to go through the trouble of opening the door or if you’re like me and your interior glass isn’t terribly dirty you can go the “hack” route. Open the bottom drawer of your oven and feel along the bottom edge-there are openings along there.
Using a coat hangar or as I did-a long random wooden skewer-attach a scouring pad, wet rag, or sponge to the end and stick it up in there to clean it out. I used a damp natural scouring pad and it worked fine, but as I said I just moved into my home 6 months ago and mine was not very dirty. Be careful if you do this method, I’ve seen tutorials using coat hangars that seem like they could easily scratch your glass if you aren’t careful.
I think it’s worth finding the right tool for your oven door screws if you’re going to be in your home for a while-we’ll be moving again soon so I’m not going to buy a specific tool for this oven.
Next onto the interior of the glass-this is where they worst of the gunk is baked on. But that’s okay because we have the best cleaner out there-baking soda! Sprinkle liberally across the glass.
Use a wet scouring pad to create a paste and scrub the glass thoroughly-this takes a little elbow grease but I prefer that to stinky chemicals any day! If your oven glass is very dirty you can leave the paste on the door for twenty minutes to allow it time to work it’s magic!
Wipe the door clean with damp paper towels.
See the difference?? (I held the towel under it again to compare to the picture at the top of the post.)
That’s it-you’re all done. It took me about 10 minutes from start to finish and makes a world of difference in the glass!
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