I have to admit, I have never really paid much attention to the inside of my oven door. I simply ignored the fact that baked-on food has been accumulating for years. However, I started to notice that other people actually clean their oven doors. While there are a bunch of tips and tricks out there, one caught my eye; not only was it easy to do, it required only one pantry ingredient. If you’re like me and have never tried to clean an oven door, I am here to tell you this method works like a charm.
Hello and Happy Tuesday to everyone! I’m still trying to recover from a busy weekend of musicals, work, and birthday celebrations (did you know a group of 11 year old girls can stay awake chit-chatting until midnight and then wake up at 6?). Somehow through all the crazy, I managed to try something I’d never done before… clean my oven door.
What You Need to Clean An Oven Door
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I know. It’s crazy how easy this is.
How to Clean An Oven Door
Let me start by showing you an embarrassing picture of my oven door. As noted, I have never cleaned it the 5+ years we’ve lived in this house, and, let’s be honest, I’m guessing the previous owners probably didn’t clean it often either. That means, I could potentially be dealing with 14 years of greasy, grimy, baked-on food. Lovely.
Start by liberally sprinkling baking soda all over the glass. Keyword: Liberally.
Then wet down a scour pad and start moving the baking soda around the glass until you get a thick paste-like substance. Just as an FYI, the baking soda tends to stay in clumps, so just do your best to evenly smear it around the glass door. Feel free to add more water to the scour pad in order to thoroughly wet the baking soda.
After you’ve got that all smeared around, let it sit for 30-60 minutes.
Once your time is up, grab your scour pad once again. Wet it down and start to scrub in small sections. You can already see how well this worked in the image above. Keep going until you have completed the entire glass door.
When I was done, the middle still had some spots remaining that were really difficult to get off, so I repeated the process, but left the moistened baking soda on overnight (and let’s just pretend that I didn’t start up my oven with it on the inside of the door and smell up my whole house, okay?). Here’s the end result.
It’s like a mirror!
I’d say that was one successful cleaning tip! For more ways to clean with baking soda, check out this post!
Hi! I have a fairly new stove with a glass top. I love it. It cleans up well. I have one concern and that is the top of the stove. I have a white film under the top glass. Is this a happening that needs the top replaced or do you have any idea. I have had other glass top stoves and never this problem. It seems that it is always money money to keep things nice. Its just my husband and I and we don’t cook as we did when kids were at home. If you have any idea on this I would appreciate hearing from you. Thanks for your time.
Linda Grienke says
Spray some diluted Thieves cleaner on the baking soda. Let sit 30 minutes. If dry add more water. Take an old razor blade and scrape off gunk. Use a scrubby for the final bits. Works like a charm.
Now how do I clean the inside oven without using chemicals?
Alexandria Hayman says
This didn’t work for me at all! Lol. I had a huge mess, and my door was still very dirty. Oh well, can’t win them all!
Barbara Graham says
My self cleaning oven takes care of my glass on the inside. But what can you tell me about cleaning in between the glasses? I don’t want to take my oven door apart, which I have seen a number of times on the internet. Years ago, I was cages the colors of men’s kitchen appliances as they gave up the ghost! I had a new stove and refrigerator but the dishwasher hung in for a few years until a girlfriend of mine told me that it was a Sears dishwasher and they put four color inserts behind my color. The door was held together by a chrome frame with screws. I took her word for it and she unscrewed it. Well….there were no other color panels in the door and we couldn’t get the door back together. I was scared to death waiting for my husband to get home. He wasn’t too upset because he knew I hated the fact that it wasn’t really doing it’s job. So that is something I don’t want to repeat!
Rita Nopper says
Try spraying vinegar over the baking soda. Baking soda alone doesn’t do it for me either.
Will this work for gas fireplace windows? We could make a paste and then apply it.
Breathing fumes from 409 is not good for you.
Laura Kroon says
Keep these tips and tricks coming
Can’t believe it but it actually worked! I used a metal scraper but it cqme right off! Thx!
Yes, but, how do you clean the drips on the INSIDE of the glass oven door, that you can’t get at? Do you have to take it apart?
I saw another post that said you should remove the bottom drawer if you have one. Leaving the oven door closed, lay on your back, look under the door, then with a cloth saturated with cleaning solution wrapped on a ruler or similar item held on with a rubber band, insert it between the glass and interior of the door and clean away. It’s not exactly fun, but it will get the job done.
Use a plastic flexible drain snake. Use a rubber band to hold a long cloth with a little cleaner on it – long so it doesn’t come off inside the glass.
HI ERIN I JUST TRIED BAKING SODA AND WATER TO MAKEA PASTE LET IT SIT FOR HALF HOUR. AND TO MY SURPRISE IT WORKED GREAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
Okay, you have inspired me. I thought you had taken a picture of the inside of my oven door. I start tonight with this process. It has to work. Thanks for sharing.
Hi as a housekeeper there’s a much easier and faster way. Use a flat blade razor and some 409. The 409 helps the blade glide easier while still scraping up the grease. Dirty ovens like that take all of about 5 minutes to clean!
Janice Cox says
How do u clean residue from between glass and door? It gets inside the glass. Jan
Erin Meyer says
To be honest, I have never tried that, but here’s a post that might help: http://www.mom4real.com/how-to-clean-in-between-glass-on-your/