How to Clean an Oven Glass Door (3 Easy Methods)

Twin Cities Appliance
January 3, 2024
Oven Repair

Whether your oven glass door is caked in grease after months of use or just has a few unsightly streaks you want to remove, cleaning it is a great way to improve your oven’s visibility and hygiene levels while enhancing the overall aesthetics of your kitchen.

While it can seem daunting, often causing people to neglect it, it doesn’t have to be. Today, we will show you some quick and simple yet highly effective ways to clean oven glass. These methods shouldn’t take too much time nor require tons of effort.

All you need to succeed is some easy-to-purchase products and a little elbow grease. Here are our top three methods for cleaning your oven glass door:

  • Method 1 – Baking Soda and Vinegar
  • Method 2 – Dishwasher Tablets
  • Method 3 – Store-bought Oven Cleaner

Method 1 – Baking Soda and Vinegar

You should try this first if you are looking for a natural method free of harsh chemicals. Not only are baking soda and vinegar great for cleaning, but they are also edible, meaning it doesn’t get much safer than that!

However, it’s essential to use these products correctly for effective cleaning. Often, people mix baking soda and vinegar for this task, which causes them to neutralize each other, making them practically useless.

Here are the correct steps for using these natural products to clean your oven glass:

  1. First, mix baking soda with a little water to create a thick paste.
  2. Open your oven door and apply the paste over the entire surface of the over-glass door using a kitchen sponge.
  3. Let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. Some let it soak overnight for maximum effectiveness. 
  4. After waiting, use a wet scouring sponge to scrub away as much of the now-loosened grease as possible from the oven glass door. 
  5. Next, wipe the surface with a dry cloth or kitchen towel to reveal how clean it is.
  6. Then, mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water and apply it to the oven glass using a spray bottle or a sponge.
  7. Let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe away with a dry cloth.

And that’s it! That’s all there is to this method. If you were able to remove most, but not 100%, of the grease the first time around, try repeating the whole process again one more time. 

Failing that, move on to method 2 for a more powerful but less natural alternative for cleaning the oven glass.

Method 2 – Dishwasher Tablets

Method 2 has gained popularity in recent years since being shared on social media as an effective “cleaning hack” for your oven glass door. 

Since the majority of households in the USA and beyond have dishwashers, chances are, you’ll already have some of these tabs at hand. If not, you can purchase them at any grocery store or supermarket.

However, be sure to pick up dishwasher tablets specifically, such as the Finish Powerball tabs, as dishwasher pods won’t work. Here are the steps for method 2:

  1. Fill a bowl with hot tap water.
  2. Put on some rubber gloves to protect your skin.
  3. Pick up a dishwasher tablet and remove it from its plastic wrapping if it has any.
  4. Open the oven door so it’s ready to be cleaned.
  5. Dip one side of the dishwasher tablet into the hot water and then use it to scrub the surface of the oven glass door.
  6. Scrub in a circular motion, and be careful not to press down too hard, as this can cause the tablet to break.
  7. Gradually work your way around the entire surface of the oven glass door, redipping the tablet in the water occasionally.
  8. Wipe the glass with a cloth or kitchen towel a few times throughout to remove residue so you can see where you still need to clean. 
  9. The tablet will gradually break down as it absorbs more water and is worn away throughout the cleaning process. Use as many tablets as you need to complete the job.
  10. If needed, you can also use a razor blade scraper to help you remove any stubborn areas of grease.
  11. Once you’re done, rinse and wipe down the glass door with water and a cloth to remove the dishwasher tablet and grease residue. 
  12. Finish by spraying the glass with a water and vinegar mix to give it a streak-free shine.

Method 3 – Store-Bought Oven Cleaner

Store-bought oven cleaners, such as Easy-Off, are powerful products that are more than capable of cleaning your oven glass door. However, due to the heavy-duty chemicals used, they are more hazardous to humans and pets than the other alternatives in this article.

Therefore, it’s essential to follow the steps precisely for this method to ensure an effective and safe clean. Here are the steps for method 3:

  1. Open the windows and doors in the kitchen and adjacent rooms for good ventilation.
  2. Put on rubber gloves and a face mask.
  3. Open your oven glass door and spray on the oven cleaner liberally over the entire surface.   
  4. Let it soak for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.
  5. Avoid spending time in the kitchen while it is soaking to evade any fumes.
  6. After it has been left to soak, the grease should now be loose and easy to clean.
  7. With gloved hands, use a cloth or an old rag to wipe the surface, removing the oven cleaner and grease.
  8. Then, if needed, use a razor blade scraper to remove any stubborn spots still left.
  9. Finally, spray the entire surface with vinegar and water solution and buff it with a cloth or kitchen towel for a streak-free shine.

Extra Tip – How to Remove the Oven Glass Door

If bending down to clean the oven glass door is awkward or difficult, there is a nifty trick to easily remove it. Unknown to some, most oven doors have hinge locks on the latches in the corners that connect the door to the rest of the oven. 

Simply open the door, flip the hinge locks over using your hands, and then partially close the door to about a 45-degree angle. You should then be able to easily pull the door right out.

You can then place it somewhere more accessible where cleaning both sides of the oven glass will be easier. If your oven does not have hinge locks, you will need to check the user manual for instructions on removing the door.

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