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How To Clean Between Oven GlassNovember 8th, 2022 by
Does your oven door glass always look dirty, even after cleaning it? Most people don’t know that oven doors actually have two glass panels. While you cleaned the outside of both, each has an inner side that is easily missed. With regular baking and oven use, grease and grim will cling to the glass. Over time, it will bake on to form an ugly mess. These simple steps explain how to clean between oven glass and keep your door crystal clear.
How To Clean Between the Glass on the Oven Door
Here are a few simple steps to cleaning in between your oven glass without taking apart the door. While disassembling the door might seem easier, it is extremely easy to shatter the glass panels. This method is easier and safer.
Although many oven cleaners say they also clean glass, vinegar is more effective and costs much less. Plus, you don’t have to worry about breathing in harsh chemicals while you are cleaning.
Tools & Supplies
- White Vinegar
- Liquid Dish Soap
- Dish Sponge
- Microfiber Cloth
- Spray Bottle
- Razor Blade (optional)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Wire Hanger
- Swedish-Style Dishcloth
- Rubber Band
- Paper Towels (optional)
1. Clean the Outside of the Oven Door
Start by cleaning the outside of the door. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap to a spray bottle, then fill it halfway with white vinegar. Top off with warm water and shake to combine.
Spray the outside of the oven door with the vinegar solution and gently scrub with a dish sponge. Apply more cleaner as necessary to break down grease stains and grime on the door. Then wipe it clean with a dry microfiber cloth or a paper towel.
For a streak-free finish, barely wet the microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol. Then wipe the glass door in straight lines. Run the cloth across the entire door in smooth, even passes. Then repeat the process going up and down.
2. Clean the Inside of the Oven Door
While cleaning the inside is exactly the same as the outside, you might need to use more cleaner to cut through the grease. If the door is really dirty, spray on the vinegar and wait ten minutes before scrubbing. This will help loosen up baked-on dirt.
If you still can’t get the door clean, use a razor blade to scrape off the grease. Work slowly so you do not scratch the glass.
As with the outside, wipe the door with a dry microfiber cloth. Wipe on rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining streaks. Now that the outside of both pieces of glass are clean, you can move on to cleaning between the oven glass.
3. Remove the Drawer
With the door closed, pull out the oven drawer. There is normally a simple catch that keeps the drawer from pulling out completely, so you might need to lift up slightly to get it free. If you cannot get the drawer out, review your oven manual.
4. Vacuum Under the Oven
Next, vacuum under your oven. Okay, isn’t necessary to clean between the oven glass. But you already removed the drawer, so you might as well clean up underneath the oven too.
Set your vacuum cleaner to the bare floor setting and run it as far underneath as possible. Then use the hose to get into the harder-to-reach spots.
5. Make the Cleaning Tool
In order to clean between the glass on your oven door, you need to make a DIY cleaning tool. Start by straightening out the wire hanger. Then spray the Swedish dishcloth with the vinegar solution.
It should be damp but not soaking. Swedish-style dishcloths are small, thin sponges that are great for cleaning in the kitchen. However, you can use a paper towel instead.
Holding onto the hooked end of the hanger, wrap the cloth around the opposite end. Put a rubber band around the cloth to hold it in place.
6. Clean In Between the Oven Glass
Laying on the floor, look up at the door to find the cleaning vents. You should be able to see them clearly without the drawer in place. Fish the cleaning tool into the vent and up between the oven glass. It might take a little elbow grease, but you can remove the dirt with gentle scrubbing.
Use mostly back-and-forth motions to scrub between the oven glass. Since the cloth can fall off the hanger, avoid moving up and down too much. For stubborn stains, spray the cloth with more vinegar and hold it against the spot for a few minutes.
Once the door is clean, rinse the Swedish cloth thoroughly with fresh water. Then wipe the inside of the glass again to remove any soap residue. Let it dry overnight before using your oven.