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How to Clean Oven Glass: 8 Simple Methods

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Oven glass can be a huge pain to keep clean because the splatters get baked on and can be challenging to remove, and it’s easy to forget to do it, which enables the gunk to build up and become even more difficult to remove. If you’re having trouble keeping your oven clean, keep reading as we provide you with several methods that you can use to make short work of even the toughest stains.

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The 8 Simple Methods to Clean Oven Glass

1. Dishwashing Liquid

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Ingredients: Dishwashing liquid, water, spray bottle

Dishwashing liquid is one of the best ways to clean the glass of your oven, and most people have some on hand that they can use. It’s a powerful degreaser, so mix a few teaspoons into a spray bottle and fill the rest with water. Then, spray it on the window, and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth. Repeat until the glass is clean.


2. Baking Soda Scrub

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Ingredients: Baking soda, water, spray bottle

The baking soda scrub method is incredibly easy, and you likely have the ingredients already in your home. To create a baking soda scrub, start with about ¾ cup of baking soda and add a small amount of water (about ¼ cup) while stirring to create a thick paste. Wear rubber gloves to protect your skin, spread the paste over the window, and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Wipe away the baking soda with a clean cloth.


3. White Vinegar Spray

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Ingredients: White vinegar, water, spray bottle

White vinegar spray is an effective option that uses ingredients that many people already have in the home. To make white vinegar spray, pour 2–3 tablespoons of white vinegar into a spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Shake it well and spray it over the oven window. Allow the solution to sit for several minutes so it can soak in, then wipe it away with a soft, clean cloth.


4. Oven Cleaner

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Ingredients: Oven cleaner

If you are using a commercial oven cleaner to remove dirt and grime from your oven, save a small amount of the cleaner to use on the window. It won’t stain, damage, or scratch the glass and will break up any contaminants quickly and effectively.


5. Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dishwashing Liquid

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Ingredients: Baking soda, vinegar, baking soda, mixing bowl

One of the most popular oven glass-cleaning options involves combining several cleaning ingredients into one powerful cleaner. Start with a large mixing bowl, and add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of baking soda, and several teaspoons of vinegar. It will start to fizz, and you can then dip your clean cloth into the solution and use it to clean the glass. These three ingredients work perfectly together to lift dirt and grime.


6. Razor Blade

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Ingredients: Razor blade

If you are having trouble removing dirt and grime from your oven window, a standard straight-edge razor blade can help you scrape it away to get it clean. Make sure the edge is flat against the glass, and push gently to remove the grime without scratching the glass. It’s time-consuming work but extremely effective. We recommend wearing protective gloves when working with the razor blade to prevent any accidental cuts.


7. Glass scraper

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Ingredients: Commercial glass scraper

If you have a large oven door or a large amount of debris to scrape away, you can purchase a commercial glass scraper to help make the job easier. This device is essentially a large razor blade with a handle.


8. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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Ingredients: Commercial scrubbing pads

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a special kind of commercial scrubbing pad that works extremely well to remove contaminants from surfaces, and it works especially well when combined with dishwashing liquid. Although it’s more expensive than most other options, it will likely reduce the amount of elbow grease that you need to put into the work, and you can use any leftover pads to clean other items in your home.

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  • Warm up your oven to the lowest temperature setting for several minutes before shutting it off and letting it cool. The warmer temperatures often help soften stains and grime, making removing them easier. Just be sure to let it cool enough that you don’t get burned while trying to clean it.
  • Another trick is to place a small pot of water inside while you warm the oven. The heat will release moisture into the air, softening the stains and grime on the glass, making it easier to remove.
  • Clean your oven glass every 3 to 6 months to prevent a buildup of dirt and grime that will make cleaning more difficult.

Can I Clean Between the Glass Panels on My Stove?

Unfortunately, it is not easy to clean between the glass panels on your stove without taking apart the door in many cases. Some ovens will have a small panel at the top of the door that you can remove, and you can use a ruler wrapped in paper towels to clean between the panels. Others will have small vent holes that you might be able to use to gain access to the area between the tiles.

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Cleaning your oven glass is not difficult if you keep up the task and clean it every 3–6 months. The dishwashing liquid or baking soda scrub methods are more than up to the task of removing a small amount of dirt and grime. If it’s been a while since you cleaned it, we recommend using a glass scraper or a razor blade to remove most of the grime, and then using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to make it look new again.


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