This Hack Makes It Easy To Clean Between Oven Door Glass

how to clean your oven glass collage: woman using rag on a wire between glass on oven door/ before and after photos of oven door
I never realized how bad my oven door looked until I used this method to clean it!

Clean Inside Your Oven Door With This Easy Hack

It wasn’t until I noticed that the stubborn brown stains on my oven door were trapped between the glass panels that I realized I needed to figure out how to clean between oven glass. (No wonder my favorite overnight oven cleaning method hadn’t made a dent in them!) I’m not even sure how those stains got in there, but that didn’t change the fact that I’d need to figure out how to get rid of them!

So after doing some research and a bit of creative problem-solving, I came up with a simple cleaning hack that I’m quite proud of! (And it’s since become apparent that I’m not the only one who has ever wondered how to clean oven door glass, because it’s since become one of my most popular posts!)

Here’s how to clean between oven glass — without disassembling the door — so you can use this tip at home!

how to clean your oven glass- things needed: vinegar, Dawn dishwashing liquid, spray bottle, paper towels, wire clothes hanger, scrubbing cloth
You most likely have everything you need to clean your oven door right now.

How To Clean Between Oven Glass (Without Disassembling Or Removing The Door)

You’ll need:

how to clean your oven glass - woman spraying glass on oven door with a spray bottle

Step 1 – Clean The Outside

Fill your spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and dish soap. Replace the top and shake the bottle gently to mix.

Use your cleaning spray and a few paper towels to clean the outside of the glass on your oven door.

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how to clean your oven glass - collage: woman pouring Dawn on open oven door/hand wiping glass on open oven door
It’s amazing how much gunk builds up on the inside of the oven door!

Step 2 – Clean The Inside

Next, open the oven door and spray the vinegar and soap mixture liberally over the oven-facing side of the door. Get your scouring cloth wet and scrub the glass until it gets nice and sudsy.

Let the cleaner sit there for a few minutes, then wipe away any residual grease and cleaner with a paper towel.

how to clean your oven glass -- container of Bar Keepers Friend and a scrubbing sponge
I always keep a container of Bar Keepers Friend on hand!

Bonus Tip: If the glass is in really rough shape, you may want to follow up Step 2 by using a bit of Bar Keepers Friend and the damp scouring cloth to scrub away any lingering bits of grime.

how to clean your oven glass - vacuuming under the oven with the lower front panel removed

Step 3 – Clean In Between

Once the glass on both the outside and inside of your oven door are sparkling clean, all that’s left to address is the area in between! You’ll do that by feeding a wire through the narrow holes on the underside of the door.

For easier access to these holes, it helps to remove the drawer underneath your oven. (If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably pull out your vacuum at this point because the area under the drawer gets quite dusty!)

how to clean your oven glass - collage of woman holding a wire hanger with the hook untwisted/ woman using a rubber band to attach paper towel to one end of the wire hanger

After removing the drawer, unbend your wire hanger and straighten out one end. Wrap a couple of paper towels around the wire and secure them with a rubber band.

how to clean your oven glass - woman using a paper towel on a wire hanger to clean between glass on an oven door
This method can seem tricky at first but be patient, the results will be worth it!

Spray a bit of your vinegar and soap mixture onto the paper towel. Then carefully insert your “cleaning tool” through the narrow holes in the oven door and use it to wipe any brown stains on the inside of the glass. (Aiming can be a bit tricky, but you’ll get the hang of it!)

If necessary, repeat the process with a dry paper towel to dry and buff the inside of the glass. All done!

how to clean your oven glass - before and after photos of an oven door

How To Take Off An Oven Door (If Necessary)

If you can’t find any access holes on the bottom of your oven door that would allow you to clean between the glass, don’t worry! You can still clean between the glass, but you might need a screwdriver to do it.

Consult the owner’s manual for your oven to find out how to open up the glass panes so you can clean between them. (If you can’t find the manual, you can probably find a digital copy online by typing the make and model of your oven into Google.)

Do you use any unorthodox solutions for tricky cleaning tasks?

how to clean your oven glass

How To Clean Between Oven Door Glass

Jill Nystul
Get rid of brown stains trapped inside the glass of your oven door—without taking the door apart!
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Total Time 20 minutes

Equipment

  • spray bottle
  • Wire hanger

Ingredients
  

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Paper towels
  • Scouring cloth
  • Rubber band

Instructions
 

  • Clean the exterior of your oven door with a solution of equal parts vinegar and dish soap.
  • Clean the inside of your oven door with the same cleaning solution, letting it sit for a few minutes before wiping with a paper towel or scouring cloth.
  • Open the drawer under the oven and remove it.
  • Unbend a wire hanger, straighten out one end, then couple of paper towels around the straightened end and secure them with a rubber band.
  • Saturate the paper towels with the vinegar and dish soap cleaning solution.
  • Locate the narrow holes on the bottom of your oven door, insert the paper towel-wrapped end of the hanger, and use it to wipe the inside of the glass clean.
  • If necessary, repeat with a dry paper towel to dry and buff the inside of the glass.

Notes

If your oven door doesn’t have holes you can insert a cleaning tool through, you may have to take your oven door apart to clean it. You can typically learn how to do this in your oven’s user manual, which you should be able to find online by searching your oven’s manufacturer, make, and model number.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • I am lucky, my oven door comes off(pull up when the door is half open). I can lay it on the counter and clean it that way, makes a world of difference! Thanks for all you hints and hacks!

  • I loved this part the most:
    “If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably pull out your vacuum at this point because the area under the drawer gets quite dusty”
    I think there’s a family of raccoons living under mine

  • I tried the paper towel on a stick with a rubber band. Total fail. I now have smearing and lines. need something flat but it’s so tricky. The best thing is two people to take that door apart carefully.

    • I took my door off, but I used a clean dishrag wrapped around a yard stick. Two dishrags actually, One wet with soapy water and one dry one to finish.

  • Taking the oven door apart to clean the inside of the glass can be a tricky proposition. I did it once! I will never do it again! I didn’t think I would ever be able to put it all back together again. In fact, I did end up with a few extra screws!! Proceed with caution!

  • It might be much easier to open the door to the first stopping point and grabbing both sides, slide the door off the hinges. That lets you lay the door on a flat surface and exactly see the holes in the bottom. When done, just slide back on the hinges.

  • I might try this method but initially my biggest fear is losing that paper towel inside the glass for it to never return!! Then what?
    Suggestion Jillee: I think your comment section on your daily Tidbit should come before all your sponsored ads. Sometimes it’s hard to find and I think some folks don’t comment because of that. Maybe they don’t even know it exists. I enjoy reading other people’s comments just as much as your initial entry.

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