Imagine this: you’re making the perfect roast for dinner. You’ve got the oven humming away, the drinks waiting, the table all laid out. You just need to check on the food to make sure it’s cooking properly, so you lean down and… see that the oven door is covered in smudges and grease.
Fortunately, cleaning glass oven doors is easy. Ditch the glass cleaner, though! Instead, you can use either a paste of baking soda and water, or a mixture of white vinegar and water. Using these means you avoid harsh chemical cleaners, so you can clean oven glass naturally.
How to clean a glass oven door? It’s easy – you just need a few tools and some elbow grease. Get that oven glass clean and shiny with our handy guide, then cook something up as a reward!
How often to clean a glass oven door
This will depend on how often you cook – and what you put into your oven – but you should spot clean oven glass at least once a week. Spritz the surface with vinegar or soapy water, then wipe it down.
Deep clean your glass oven door whenever you deep clean your oven – so about once every 6 months. Although if you notice a build-up of grease and stuck-on food, don’t wait!
Cleaning Oven Glass Doors Naturally
Before you start, make sure to check your oven’s manual to see if there are specific cleaning instructions. The manual might specify cleaning products to use or outline a self-cleaning process.
As always, make sure your oven is turned off and cooled down, and disconnected from the socket or gas range. Better safe than sorry!
How to clean an oven door with baking soda
Add a cup of baking soda to a bowl, then slowly add water until you form a thick paste. Use a paper towel to carefully apply the cleaning solution to the glass. Be meticulous about covering the entire surface!
Let the paste sit for 10–15 minutes so that it dries out (or overnight for more stubborn dirt). Then use a damp microfibre cloth or non-abrasive sponge. Gently scrub the paste in small circles to clean the glass oven door.
(Alternatively, you can use a crumpled ball of aluminium foil to wipe the paste away!)
Follow with a clean, damp cloth to remove the baking soda residue and buff the oven glass.
How to clean an oven door with vinegar
Mix one part vinegar to one part water in a spray bottle. Spritz it all over the oven door, then wipe it clean with a lint-free cloth.
For added cleaning power, you can sprinkle baking soda on the glass door. Spray the vinegar and wipe clean.
Cleaning Between Oven Glass Door Panes
There are different kinds of oven models, so consult your oven manual first or search for your oven model online. This way, you’ll know whether you have to remove the glass panes to clean between them.
Cleaning oven door glass by removing it
Lay an old towel on the floor to protect your oven glass after removing it. Try to use a pair of work gloves if you have some, since it’ll help with your grip. Carefully lay the oven door on the towel so you can remove the inner glass panes without scratching them.
Alternatively, if your oven is designed so you can remove the glass panes without disassembling the door, then simply take them out and lay them on the towel.
Clean with a 1:1 mix of vinegar and water, or a baking soda paste as stated above.
Cleaning oven door glass without removing it
If you can’t remove the oven doors, check the manual to see if there’s a vent you can use. If yes, mix up some dish soap in water. Wrap a soft cloth around a yardstick or similarly long, thin tool. Gently insert the tool into the vent so you can clean between the glass panes.
Use a fresh, damp cloth to wipe away the soapy residue. Finally, take another soft cloth and dry the area thoroughly.
Cleaning Your Oven’s Exterior
Of course, the glass oven door isn’t the only thing that needs cleaning. Your oven has a lot of knobs and buttons that collect dirt over time, so once you’ve cleaned your glass oven door, work on the exterior too!
Cleaning with vinegar
In the same way you’d clean oven glass, mix equal parts vinegar and warm water. Don’t spray this time, though – you could get moisture in the crevices, which risks short-circuiting your oven. Instead, dip a microfibre cloth into the mixture then use it to wipe all the knobs, buttons, and surfaces.
Follow with a clean cloth or paper towel to dry.
Cleaning a stainless steel oven
To clean stainless steel – whether it’s your stove top or your oven’s exterior – you’ll need a microfibre cloth, warm water, and dish soap. Wipe the surface with a clean cloth to remove any loose dirt. Be gentle so you don’t scratch the surface.
Next, mix some water and dish soap to create your cleaning solution. Dip a microfibre cloth into the mixture, then wipe the stainless steel surface in circular motions. Follow with a clean, damp microfibre cloth to wipe away the soapy residue.
Finally, use a clean towel to wipe the oven dry. Avoid using paper towels since these could scratch the metal.
Removing grease splatters on an oven
Skip the harsh chemicals – all you need is baking soda and vinegar! Sprinkle baking soda on the glass window of your oven, then spray with a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water. Let the two products react, then use a damp non-abrasive sponge or cloth to rinse.
Essential Oven Maintenance
Steam clean your oven regularly – ideally every after use – to prevent dirt and grease from building up. Place an oven-safe dish filled with vinegar inside, then set your oven to 230ºC for at least 20 minutes. This will create steam that will loosen the dirt inside. Afterwards, simply wipe down your oven’s interior.
Deep clean your oven once every 6 months, or every 3 months if you cook and bake frequently. This will maintain your oven’s functionality and ensure your food tastes good.
Check if your oven has a self-cleaning mode. This is a more convenient way to keep your oven cleaned since it uses high heat to burn grease and food debris. It’ll also save you some effort.
Don’t use the flat edge of a razor blade – you’ll risk scratching your oven glass!
If you’re not up to deep cleaning, then hire professional oven cleaners! We offer oven cleaning as an add-on – meaning you don’t have to worry about streaky oven glass or greasy oven interiors. No need for that elbow grease! And you can trust that we know how to clean a glass oven door, so you can leave the job to us, worry-free.