OK! Let’s admit it! Most of you may know how to clean your oven but probably have never cleaned your oven’s glass door. Honestly! How many times have you ever done it? Do you do it every time you clean your stovetop or your oven’s inside or is it a task you neglect to do most of the time?
First time I understood I had to clean this thing was while I was cooking roast chicken and I barely could see the food inside my oven. It was then that I realised I had to do so. And I did it! And now I’m fully packed with answers to all these questions you probably are afraid to ask.
Oil spills and baked-on stains on the door glass are the most frequent dirt someone meets on every oven. It’s a chore we all hate to do and put off every time we decide to clean it. Even if your oven is occupied with the self-cleaning mode, it won’t work well on the door. It’s something you must take action about!
The proper cleaning of the oven glass door is essential for the appliance’s life and its correct maintenance. You can find plenty of commercial cleaning products. However, some of them are potent chemicals and toxic and can be rather harmful to your eyes and skin. Don’t worry; you don’t need to alter your oven with a microwave or a mini oven just because of a dirty door!
Here we’ve got anything you need to know for cleaning inside, outside and between the door of the oven in eco-friendly and natural ways! You’ll see it’s as easy as cleaning your toaster!
Oh! And one last thing! Did you know that even the oven’s door can be removed? Boom! We have all the hacks!
Keep on reading to find out useful information and cleaning hacks on how to get rid of the baked-on greasy-grime stains on your oven glass!
Table of Contents
- What is a good natural oven cleaner?
- Cautions when cleaning your oven’s glass door
- How to clean the outside of your glass oven door
- How to clean the inside glass of the oven door?
- How do you clean between the oven door’s panels?
- Tips on how to maintain your oven’s glass door clean every day
- What other oven cleaner can I use?
What is a good natural oven cleaner?
Using harsh chemical cleaners to clean your glass door, you’ll definitely have amazing results! They remove all the stains as stubborn might be, and you’ll get a clean, sparkling door. Yet, these chemical cleaners aren’t the safest way for your skin and health.
You have on hand two completely natural ingredients with incredible results; Baking soda and vinegar are applied in many areas of our daily life, like hygiene, cleanliness, cooking and baking and get excellent results. It’s a natural antibacterial powder; a mixture of carbonate or bicarbonate and acid.
When you combine baking soda with water, you create a strong cleaning paste capable of removing from simple dirt to gunk off materials, like those on burnt pans and even silver. This paste is totally natural and doesn’t damage the item.
Vinegar is just as effective. Vinegar is acetic acid that can kill some bacteria and viruses, is a household natural sanitiser reducing pathogens, a perfect cleaning solution of food build-up, dirt and greasy surfaces.
So, we have found that an excellent natural cleaner for both the door and the inside of the oven is a paste of baking soda and water. After letting the paste act, wipe it off with vinegar.
We promise! The result will impress you!
Cautions when cleaning your oven’s glass door
Oven glass doors withstand high temperatures and allow us to watch the cooking process. However, due to regular use, the oven window collects food spills and grease stains, making it quite difficult to use it properly. The following tips and cautions can help you to achieve better results.
- Before starting the cleaning process, remove cramps and chunks from your oven. After having collected the big pieces, use a scraper to dislodge the burnt-on grease patches on the bottom of the oven and those on the glass.
- Never try to clean the door right after last use. You’ll burn yourself, that’s for sure! Instead, wait till it completely cools down and then start with the cleaning process.
- Even if you don’t use harsh chemicals cleaning products, always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and don’t get grime under your nails.
- Every time you clean the oven and the glass door, remove everything inside the oven; oven racks, temperature, pans or anything you place in. The oven should be empty.
- You better use a non-scratch sponge or microfibre cloth, not to scratch your oven.
- If you want your oven to be as new, then apply a cleaning routine. Every time you use it, clean it. With a little bit of vinegar and a soft cloth, you can keep your oven clean without the frequent need for elbow grease and cleaning hacks.
How to clean the outside of your glass oven door
The best way to clean an oven is to clean the outside of the door first and then move on to the inner parts, as it never gets dirty with food and it’s the easiest part of this cleaning process.
There are 2 methods of cleaning oven glass from the outside.
How to Clean the Outside of your Glass Oven Door with White Vinegar Solution
Vinegar has many uses around the house, like cleaning your washing machine or shower glass, as it’s a great cleaning agent. It’s a natural sanitiser, a disinfectant and combined with other ingredients can be turned into the most powerful all-purpose cleaner.
Thus, we’re going to use it for cleaning the outside glass of the door. Here are the materials you’re going to need for cleaning the outside of your door.
- Two microfibre dry cleaning cloths
And here’s what you’re going to do:
- Spray vinegar directly on the outside of the door.
- Use a clean microfibre cloth to wipe the glass off.
- Repeat the process if it’s necessary.
- Use the second clean microfibre cloth to buff the glass.
Extra tip: You can mix vinegar in a spray bottle with half water and add two to three drops of your favourite essential oil or lemon to turn off the vinegar’s scent.
How to Clean the Outside of your Glass Oven Door with Glass Cleaner solution
In case you’re allergic to vinegar or you just don’t like its smell, you can use a glass cleaner. The whole process remains the same as in the method explained above, and all you have to do is replace vinegar with the cleaner.
So, you’ll need:
- A glass cleaner
- Two microfibre cloths
Once you’ve gathered all the needed tools, then:
- Spritz the cleaner outside of the door.
- Wipe the cleaner off the oven window using a clean cloth.
- Use the other cloth to buff the glass.
- Voila! Enjoy your clean glass door.
Extra Tip: Don’t forget to wipe the door’s handle with your vinegar and water solution. No one likes a clean oven with a dirty handle.
How to clean the inside glass of the oven door?
We’re getting a bit at a time into the most difficult parts of the door. The inside of a door is full of baked-on grease stuck there for weeks, months or even years. I’m sure the idea of cleaning it will put you off. But it’s a task that should be done, and we can help you with that!
How to prep a super greasy inside oven glass door?
If it has been a long time since you last cleaned your door, then you are more likely to face super greasy glasses. Thus, before starting the cleaning process you’ll have to do a couple of things to have the best results:
- Make sure your oven is empty.
- Heat up the oven a few minutes before starting to work with it. The temperature will soften the stains making them easier to be cleaned.
How to clean the inside glass of the oven door with a white vinegar solution?
Vinegar has come to do its magic once again, and it should be the first cleaning solution that comes to your mind when it comes to eco-friendly cleaning tasks. It’s effective enough as long as you use it the right way.
Supplies you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Warm water
- A bowl
- Spray bottle
- Sponge/ microfibre cloth
Next, follow these steps:
- Add the soap into a bowl filled with water.
- Dip a cloth and wash the glass.
- Get a second dry cloth and buff the glass door.
- In a spray bottle mix half part of vinegar and half of water.
- Spray the solution onto the glass.
- Wait 10-15 minutes for the solution to work.
- Use a sponge or a cloth and wipe the glass
- Scrape any stuck stain left with the flat edge of a blade.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe.
How to clean the inside glass of the oven door with a baking soda scrub
Another popular cleaning agent: Baking soda! It’s a powerful ingredient to break down all sorts of stains. It can tackle oily stains, watermarks, food spills and so on over any surface. Hence, it’s the perfect ingredient to create a paste from and to clean your door on the inside.
You’re going to need:
- ½ cup of baking soda
- A small- to a medium-sized bowl
- Microfibre cloths
- A razor blade
Here’s how you do it:
- Open the door and wipe off any grease with a damp cloth.
- Pour baking soda into the bowl.
- Add water to make a smooth paste.
- Spread the paste on the inside of your door.
- Let it sit and act for 15-20 minutes.
- Use a damp clean cloth to wipe the paste away.
- Using the flat edge of a razor blade scrape any stuck-on grime away.
- Use a dry cloth to clean the glass.
How do you clean between the oven door’s panels?
Have you ever tried to clean the oven’s door and it ends up looking dirty again? Didn’t you think that you have wasted your time for nothing and felt disappointed believing it won’t be clean again?
Worry no more! You don’t have to live knowing that this thing will never be shiny again. We know how to make it look new, and we’re about to share with you all the information you need to know!
There are two options to do so depending on whether the door is detachable or not. Be careful though! Cleaning the door using wire hangers or brush bottles is rather dangerous, and we strongly advise against that! Something can stick between the panels or create streaks to the glass reducing the oven’s efficiency.
But first, let us share with you a couple of tips to identify if your oven’s door is detachable or not.
How can I tell if my oven’s door is detachable or not?
Worry no more. All you need to do to decide if your oven’s door is detachable or not is that:
- Open the door all the way down.
- Check if there are any metal hinges or latches connected to the rest of the oven.
If there aren’t any hinges, then the door isn’t detachable, and it has to be cleaned attached to the oven.
How to clean between your oven door’s glass without taking it apart
Bear in mind that this method may not be applicable in all oven types. You should always check out the manufacturer’s guidelines to be sure and not damage your oven.
So now that you know the cautions, here is what you need to clean between glass and how to do so:
- A fly swath
- Two pieces of cloth
- A thread
- Two bowls
- Warm water
- Dish soap
Now, what you have to do:
- Once you’ve located the door slots, remove the access panel at the bottom of the cooker to easily access the vents.
- Take the fly swath and attach a cloth. It would help if you had something thin and durable, which can fit between the panels, without breaking, no matter of what material is made of.
- Use a thread to attach the piece of cloth to the hanger. You don’t want to fall apart and stick inside the panels! Plus, make sure the cloth is thin enough to fit into the narrow space between glasses.
- Fill a bowl with water and add some dish soap. Fill the second bowl with water as well and use it later for rinsing the glass.
- Now, insert the hanger with the cloth between the panels through the vent. Move from side to side.
- After cleaning with the soap, rinse the door using the hanger and the piece of cloth again.
How to clean between your oven door’s glass by removing the door
If the previous way didn’t work out, you could still remove the grease patches of your door. You may need some more help though since the oven’s door is quite heavy. Ask someone to join you in this chore and be careful. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions since they do know your machine better!
Here’s what you’re going to need to remove the door:
- A screwdriver
- A helper
- A towel or a sheet
So the steps are:
- Open the door and pull the hinge locks from the sides to unlock them. Usually, they’re located at the bottom right and left corners.
- Open the door at 70o to pull the door and lift it up easily. You better ask someone to help you remove the door at this point.
- Place the door onto a towel or a sheet and unscrew. There are two to three screws at the bottom and two at the top, depending on the model.
- Lift the top panel and remove all of them. Be careful with any side rubber seals.
- Clean the panels following the given instructions in the section “How to clean the inside glass of the oven door?” explained above.
- Now it’s time to reassemble your glass door and put the panels back together. Attention though, to pins and slots the door might have. Align them to screw the panels back together utterly.
- Hold the door at the same angle as when removing it. Insert the hinge arms in their slots and lock.
Tips on how to maintain your oven’s glass door clean every day
And now that you‘ve cleaned your oven’s glass door on the inside & outside, you might be wondering: “Do I have to do that every once in a while?” Well, yes, but you can also try the below tips to maintain it in a good shape and postpone its cleaning some days.
- Every time you cook, wipe everything that drops the moment it happens.
- Don’t let any splatters burn on.
- Don’t neglect to clean it. Include the door’s cleaning in your weekly chores and stick to it.
- Make a light vinegar and water solution and wipe it every once in a while if you want to get rid of the hassle of disassembly.
What other oven cleaner can I use?
When an oven glass has stubborn stains, a DIY oven cleaner mightn’t do the job. For these taught situations, you can use ammonia. It might sound harsh, though it’s the best.
- Soak paper towels in ammonia
- Place them on the glass
- Let it sit for an hour or more
- Wipe it off with a damp cloth
The ammonia will vanish the stubborn baked-on stains and turn your dirty oven into a shiny and clean one.
Cleaning the door of an oven was the chore you kept putting off. Thankfully, with these effective cleaning ways, it will be quite simple to maintain it clear of food splatters and burnt-on patches effortlessly and with less elbow grease. After the first cleaning, you’ll realise that it isn’t so difficult after all. Apply the tips according to your door’s range of dirtiness and make it look crystal clear again!