Not only can a dirty oven door make it difficult to see what’s going on inside, but also all that dirt is made up of old bits of food, layers and layers of grease, and bits of cremated baking paper – all things that you don’t really want infusing into your next meal. Be sure to make time to clean your oven glass regularly – it’s so simple and the perfect finishing touch after you've followed our instructions on how to clean the rest of your oven. Win the war against the dirty oven by winning the battle against dirty oven glass!
But how to clean glass oven doors and get the very best results? Use a cleaner specially designed to tackle tough grease stains and built up dirt. Always follow the instructions on your product’s label and test on a small area first.
Cleaning oven glass: what will I need?
To clean a glass oven door you’ll need:
Specially formulated oven cleaner – to tackle stubborn grease
Steel wool – to scrub tough stains
An old toothbrush – to work around the edges of the glass seal
A sponge – to rinse
A clean, dry cloth – to buff the glass.
A quick and efficient method for cleaning a dirty oven
If you’re wondering how to clean oven glass and worrying that it will be challenging and time consuming, don’t panic. With a dedicated oven cleaner and the right technique you can have that glass crystal clear in no time. Here’s how to clean a glass oven door quickly and effectively:
Allow your oven to cool completely – you don’t want to be spraying cleaning fluid into a hot oven, or putting your hands in there. It’s best to plan a time to clean your oven when you won’t need to use it – perhaps early in the morning when it’s had time to cool overnight, and before it’s needed to cook the evening meal.
Remove any large, loose pieces of food or burnt residues. Use your hands (wear gloves if you wish) . You don’t need to start scraping at this time, but if anything can easily be removed before adding the oven cleaner, then it should be. This just reduces the workload for the oven cleaner, and helps you to achieve optimal results.
Spray your oven cleaner onto the glass door - according to the manufacturers’ instructions. Be careful not to spray into the back or onto the sides of the oven if you have a self-cleaning oven, and also take care to keep the cleaning fluid away from the door insulation – this will need cleaning separately as the power of the cleaning fluid could affect the effectiveness of the seal.
Some cleaners need to be left to soak into the stains and residues for some time, whereas others like Cif Oven Cleaner allow for you to get to work straightaway – always check the manufacturer’s instructions to see what’s recommended for your particular cleaning product. To get started, use a sponge to wipe the glass, removing any dirt.
To remove those stubborn, burnt on residues, use a scraping tool or something with abrasive qualities, such as steel wool for example. Using a circular motion, work the steel wool around the residue, applying a small amount of pressure, and increasing the pressure for areas that are particularly problematic.
Using an old toothbrush dipped in hot water, carefully start to work around the seal of the glass door, removing any particles from the small nooks and crannies and being careful not to get too much, if any, of the cleaning solution into the area. You can then use a damp sponge to rinse the oven door, removing any remaining traces of dirt, grime, residues, and cleaning solution.
To get your oven door looking crystal clear, take a clean, dry cloth and gently buff the glass, like you would a window or shower screen after cleaning. This will help to remove any smudges, making it easy for you to peek through and see whether your cookies need another few minutes, or whether that turkey is ready to be removed and served up to your hungry family.
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The Best Products for Cleaning Oven Glass
Using a commercial oven cleaner designed for the job will achieve great results. However, oven cleaners can contain strong chemicals, so be sure to keep pets and small children out of the room, and open windows and doors to ensure good ventilation. There are some commercial cleaners available on the market that are fume-free, so there’s no bad smell when using this type of product, which makes it safer for all the family and reduces the risks of headaches from working in an odorous environment.
Alternatively, you can opt for a more natural solution. A mixture of baking soda and warm water can be used to form a paste to clean your oven glass. Spread the paste onto the door and work the paste into it using your fingers. Leave to set for about 15 minutes and then wipe off with a soft, wet cloth.
No matter what cleaning solution you decide to use, always follow the safety instructions on the label. Then, with the right techniques and a bit of elbow grease, you'll have mastered how to clean a dirty oven door in no time at all. Fancy cleaning the other parts of your oven? Read our guide to cleaning oven racks for some more of the best oven cleaning methods.