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How to Clean a Glass Oven Door

Have you ever run the self-cleaning cycle of your oven only to find that the window still looks streaked and grimy? While you might be comforted to learn that many other people suffer from the same kitchen woes, you’re probably more interested in finding out how to get rid of those greasy tracks on your oven door. Good news! We’ve got some tips that can help you do just that. Read on to learn how to clean a glass oven door inside and out... and everywhere in between.

How to Clean a Glass Oven Door on the Outside

In terms of cleaning your oven window, the outside is the easiest. We’ll start here and work our way up to the more challenging tasks.
You’ll need:
  1. Spritz the cleaner on the outside of your oven door.
  2. Using downward strokes, wipe the cleaner and grime away with a microfiber cloth.
  3. Repeat if needed.
  4. Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff any streaks out of the glass.

How to Clean Your Oven Window on the Inside

Cleaning the inside of your oven door can be a bit more challenging. After all, the grease you’ll be tackling has literally been baking on the glass for weeks, months or maybe even years.
You’ll need:
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • Water
  • A small- to medium-sized bowl
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A razor blade (optional)
  1. Open the door and wipe off any loose bits of grime with a damp microfiber cloth.
  2. Pour the baking soda in the bowl.
  3. Slowly add water to the baking soda to make a paste. It should be about the consistency of shaving cream.
  4. Spread the paste on the inside of the oven window.
  5. Let this sit for around 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Moisten a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the paste away.
  7. If any stuck-on gunk remains, use the razor blade to gently scrape it away. Make certain to use the flat edge and not the corner so that you don’t scratch your glass.
  8. Repeat steps 1 through 7 as needed.
  9. Use a dry microfiber cloth to buff out any streaks in the glass.

How to Clean Between the Glass on Your Oven Door

You’ve cleaned the inside glass and the outside window is sparkling. But what’s up with that annoying grime stuck in the middle? You’ll have to roll up your sleeves and break out a few tools for this one, but it is possible to get the inside of that glass clean.
You’ll need:
  • Your oven’s manual (You can find this online if you chucked it long ago.)
  • A screwdriver
  • A clean towel or sheet (not a nice one)
  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • Water
  • A small- to medium-sized bowl
  • Microfiber cloths
  • A razor blade (optional)
  • A helper
  1. Open your oven door and look at the screws used to hold it together. Many ovens use star screws, so you may need to run to the hardware store for a star screwdriver before you get started.
  2. Lay your towel on the kitchen floor where you plan to work.
  3. Consult your oven manual to see how to remove the oven door.
  4. Ask your helper to lend a hand taking off the door. (Those things are heavier than you think. Be careful and don’t try to go this alone.)
  5. Lay the door on the towel or sheet with the inside window facing up.
  6. Remove the screws from the door. There are typically two above the window and may also be two on the base of the oven door, depending on the model you have in your home.
  7. Take the door apart and lay the two sides next to each other. The innermost glass of each half of the door should be facing upwards.
  8. Follow the instructions in the above section called How to Clean Your Oven Window on the Inside.
  9. With the assistance of your helper, reassemble and replace the oven door. 

Need your oven cleaned, but simply don’t have the time? We can take care of it for you! Contact your local Merry Maids to ask for details on their oven-cleaning services. (Note: Merry Maids won't clean in between the glass on your oven door, but we can help with the rest!)