Chances are, you've been ignoring this crucial maintenance step.

By Amanda Lauren
Updated: May 16, 2019
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Knowing how to clean a glass oven door is an important part of maintaining the appliance. After all, every spill, splatter, and accident that happens while cooking stays in the oven—and especially on the glass door—until you clean it up.  But because you can’t clean the inside of a hot oven, by the time you eat your meal and the oven cools down, those messes are out of mind. So debris, grime, and grease can really build up.

Thankfully, cleaning the glass door isn’t impossible, but it takes some effort, a plan, and potentially some elbow grease to get it really looking like new again. There are several methods for cleaning your glass oven door depending on your oven model, how dirty the glass is, and your cleaning product preferences. Here are the best ways to clean your glass oven door.

How to Clean the Inner Glass Oven Door by Removing It

According to Katie Burkey, owner of Molly Maid of Mahoning/Trumbull County, there are several steps to clean glass oven doors. The first step is to make sure the oven is cool—you don’t want to accidentally burn yourself. Then begin by removing the glass from the oven door. “Open the door and rest it on your leg for support as you unscrew along the top of the door. Your legs will protect the glass in case it falls off,” Burkey says.

Once the glass is removed, “you will have access to the in-between layers of your oven, which is often filled with crumbs and dust,” she says. To clean the oven door between the glass is simple; Burkey suggests taking a vacuum hose to the empty space. A good vacuum for this purpose is the Bissell Cleanview Bagless Vacuum Cleaner ($90; amazon.com) because it has a crevice attachment that is small enough to get into the tiniest spaces. Every last crumb will be sucked out. Better yet, it's priced under $100.

Remove Built-Up Grease

The best cleaner for glass oven doors is a mixture of items you already have in your pantry: baking soda and vinegar. “It's a great non-toxic alternative to harsh chemical cleaners,” Burkey says. If there is built-up grease and grime on the glass, sprinkle some baking soda on the affected areas. Then, spray the baking soda and vinegar solution on the surface; it will begin to bubble, which helps to remove the buildup.

Then use a non-abrasive pad to spread the paste around the glass and wipe down with a wet rag to remove everything. A non-scratch scour pad ($2; amazon.com) or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($8; amazon.com) will get the job done. But no matter what product you use, it’s essential that it is non-abrasive because scratching the glass can cause permanent damage.

Finish by cleaning the glass with a glass cleaner so it shines. Finally, reassemble your glass door, being careful to return the correct screws to their proper place. Make sure the screws cannot be turned anymore and that the glass is fully secure before closing the door.

How to Clean the Inner Glass Oven Door Without Removing It

While it is best to remove the glass door from your oven before cleaning it, there are times when that isn’t an option. While you may need to clean the door, you may not be physically capable of removing it—or you may not want to risk potentially breaking the glass. Luckily, it’s easy to clean the glass without removing it.

The first step is to make sure the oven is cooled off and not hot to the touch. Then create a cleansing paste using baking soda mixed with water. Spread it on the glass using a sponge, rag, or even your hands (but be sure to put on cleaning gloves first). Let the paste sit for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on how dirty the glass is. If needed, you can leave the paste on longer since it’s natural and will not damage the glass. Note that the mixture will darken as it absorbs the dirt, grime, and grease.

When you’re ready, remove the paste with a warm, wet rag. This cleaning solution is entirely natural, cost-effective, and easy to use. If the oven door remains a little foggy or stays streaked, spray on some glass or all-purpose cleaner and wipe off.

Alternatively, you can mix one part vinegar (white vinegar or, more ideally, cleaning vinegar) to one part water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the door. The baking soda and vinegar will react and fizz. Then clean off everything with a wet rag.

If baking soda doesn’t work, you can always use a commercial oven glass door cleaner. Easy-Off Professional Fume Free Max Oven Cleaner ($5.50; amazon.com) is a great option. It can be used to spot clean and deep clean the entire oven. If you prefer a less toxic product, Method Heavy Duty Degreaser Spray ($10; amazon.com) is a good choice. It also has a fresh scent of lemongrass.

How to Clean the Oven Glass Door Using Self-Cleaning Mode

The self-cleaning cycle is great for removing those baked-on spills, grease, and messes from not only the glass door but the entire oven as well.

The first step in cleaning an oven is to make sure the oven is empty. Then, open up the windows in your home. The self-cleaning cycle can heat the oven up to nearly 900 degrees, depending on what model you have. It can also potentially emit fumes, so proper ventilation is key.

The self-cleaning cycle will clean the entire inside of the oven, including the glass door. The process can take anywhere from two to four hours to complete. When the cycle is finished, wait for the oven to cool down. All the debris will have been heated into ash, which can be wiped away with a damp cloth. Follow up with glass cleaner if needed.

Related: Here’s How Often You Should Clean Your Oven—Plus the Easiest Way to Do It

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