How to Clean Oven Glass

How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
I have never found a good solution to removing the cooked-on grime on my oven glass.  However last week after posting about Discoloration on the Oven a reader asked me the dreaded question: “How do I clean oven glass?”
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
So of course I had to find a solution!  Because having oven glass that looks like this, is just not acceptable.  I needed to find a solution for my reader but also for me! So today I’m giving you a quick tutorial for how to clean oven glass with just baking soda and water!
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
 
All you will need for this is baking soda, water and something to mix them in.
 
Step 1: Pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a dish and slowly add water to it until it becomes a thin paste.  You don’t want it to be too thick because you want the mixture to be easy to spread.
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
You can see mine is a little runny but it was perfect.
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna

Step 2: Spread the baking soda mixture all over the oven glass.  I ran out of baking soda so I didn’t have enough to do the entire glass surface so I just spread it over the dirtiest areas.
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
Step 3: Set the timer for 15 minutes.  If your oven is REALLY dirty you can set it for 20 minutes to give the baking soda a little extra time to work.
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
Step 4: When 15 minutes has expired use a clean rag (I used a damp wash cloth) and wipe up the baking soda mixture.  You will be amazed at how easily the grime just wipes right off!
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
I have to admit I was very skeptical about this process but it was amazing how well it worked to remove the grime cooked onto the glass!
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
I think the pictures speak for themselves.
 
How to clean oven glass - Ask Anna
 
What do you think?  I know you want to try it now, especially because it’s SO easy!  If you have a super dirty oven door I’d love it if you’d email me your before and after pictures!

If you would like to know how to clean between the oven glass see this post.

How to clean between oven glass - Ask Anna

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  1. 1

    Awesome. I have used water and steal wool before. Very gently, of course. This reminds me of a book my mom was just tell me she has; I think it is called the Baking Soda Book. Something like that. The gist is, it is EVERYTHING baking soda can do.

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    Thanks for answering my question Anna! I will be giving this a try this weekend. Also, I did a web search and, I found a way to clean in between the glass. If you pull out the bottom drawer and look up the bottom of the door (I am thinking you will need to be laying on the floor unless there is an easy way to get the door off) you will see a couple of hole slats. Take a coat hanger or long ruler and, with duct tape, attach a cloth or paper towel dampened with glass cleaner or other cleaner of choice and stick it up one of the slats. I found this tip here http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cleaning/msg092300439422.htmlI will also be giving this a try this weekend. Who knows! I may end up with a new looking stove after 8 years of heavy use!! Thanks for your awesome tips!Kath

  3. 3

    My husband owns an appliance repair business, and he never told me this. I'll have to ask him if he's heard of using baking soda. Baking soda is great for so many things!

  4. 4

    I'm so sceptical of this I've been downstairs and put the soda on now…..I'll let you know in 20 mins if it's worked…..my oven's very dirty….!

  5. 5

    40 mins and there's a small improvement. It appears my oven door is dirtier than I realised! I'll keep checking it and let you know as soon as it's worked.

  6. 6

    A couple of hours later and having brought out the big guns (white vinegar), I'm amazed……ok, totally non toxic! I might even have to blog about it!

  7. 7

    Samantha–That's awesome. I'm glad it came clean. Did you try wiping it up after 20 min? Mine still looked dirty after 15 minutes but when I wiped it off the grime came right up. I'm just curious if you were eying it or if you actually wiped it up and it hadn't come clean yet.Anna

  8. 8

    Nope, I wiped it then tried a green scrubber. But…here's the confession, this is a rented house and the oven came with it…The landlord told me it's about 6 years old…and I doubt the oven had ever been cleaned! Anyway, here's my blog post about it…I've added a link back to this post and a button to your site at the bottom.http://samantha-pureprincess.blogspot.com/2011/05/cleaning-my-oven-glass.html

  9. 9

    I am heading to the kitchen thanks for the info. I have tried all kinds of cleaner and they still leave behind some traces of grime. Lets see what happens.

  10. 10

    Saw you at Anti-Procrastination Tuesdays. Thanks for the tip, my glass always has stuff burned on it!

  11. 11

    I love using baking soda. Great post! Visiting from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday.~Kimberlee {Accuquilt Giveaway} 

  12. 12

    Thanks for doing the research for us! I need to clean my oven window and now I'm motivated!

  13. 13

    This is fantastic! I am going to do this ASAP, right after I clean the entire oven :o)

  14. 14

    Thank u Im going to try it I have dont everything to get mine clean and it still never did!

  15. 15

    Great tip! I seriously think I might go try it right now! Thanks for sharing! I'd love for you to come link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday at http://www.thrifty101.blogspot.com~MichelleThrifty 101

  16. 16

    I so needed this. Thanks! Saw you over on Sugar Bee Crafts link up. New follower. :)Just started my own link up party over at gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com.Would love to have you link up. A giveaway is involved. :)Ginger gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

  17. 17

    Great tip! Baking soda is one of my favorite go-tos for cleaning. I'd never thought of a paste like this. I will be trying this soon!

  18. 18

    Ok… you are my new hero! Love this.

  19. 19

    You are featured at New Nostalgia's Anti-Procrastination Tuesday! Thanks for linking up!! You BY FAR got the most clicks:) Again!

  20. 20

    My stove is only a year old and already has splatters on the door glass. I'm going to try this and clean it before it ever gets really bad. (Even though it is self clean, I don't know if I'd ever use that!!!)

  21. 21

    It sounds like the question is not about spatters on the inside (oven) side of the door, but about spatters in the space between the inner and outer glass panels. Right?There are openings at the top of the oven door which permit boiled-over food, etc, to leak through, but no way to open the oven door structure for cleaning.

  22. 22

    I've always wondered how to do this. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge. I'm going to give it a try! And thank you for linking it to Fab Friday–please come back again this Friday.Warmly, MIchelle

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    PS – I featured you in my favorites. Feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you wish.Warmly, Michelle

  24. 24

    If you have a fireplace, wet a paper towel and put some of the cold ash on it. Rub it on your glass and everything wipes right off. I have used this tip for years to clean my fireplace glass and it works on oven doors too. It has something to do with the lime (I think) in the burnt wood residue.

  25. 25

    OK, first time at your blog….and thought wow I need the oven door cleaned…well I am already going into 40 minutes and no cigar…yet…

  26. 26

    Almost anything that is alkaline will work fine. I personally would not use anything acidic. Baking soda, OxiClean are both alkaline. As long as you let it sit for at least 15 minutes and use some elbow grease everything cleans great for the oven window. Most people who probably said it did not work did not leave it on long enough.

  27. 27

    Great post. I love using baking soda to clean. Hands down best cleaner for pretty much everything. I had gone some time without cleaning my oven since I was pregnant and the utter smell of grease made me sick. I did the same thing you posted above but since mine was worse, I added some hot vinegar and lemon juice after the water and baking soda mixed. It cut right through all the grease and the baking soda got rid of all the hard to scrub area.

  28. 28

    Man, I was hoping it would work for me, no luck!!! Still searching for a solution!

  29. 29

    Good.To.Know!

  30. 30

    The baking soda paste is also great for cleaning up aluminum baking pans/glassware that seem beyond repair from burnt-on cooking spray and such! It's amazing how much one simple little product can do.

  31. 31

    Hi; After washing the house windows. Use auto paste wax.It will keep the dirt from clinging to the glass.If when building homes The builder would tilt the bottom of the window in toward the inside of the home. the windows would stay cleaner longer also we could see out side better. S/Burnell Carstens U.S. Coast Guard Ret. Chief.Look at the bridge windows ships at sea.

  32. 32

    My oven is only a year old, so I thought I'd try this on my toaster oven (which was covered in two years of *really* disgusting grime I could never get off). It worked amazingly well, but not as put on/wipe off as you make it sound! At least not for 2 years worth of splatters! I did two applications and the second is when I discovered it really helps to use the cakes of baking soda (that build up when you're wiping it off) to really scrub those areas that are extra bad. Although, the scrubbing wasn't as bad as I've done in the past (with little to no results) so overall, this is super great and I'm so glad I've got a way to *maintain* the clean now that I know how to manage it. Thanks for the tip!

  33. 33

    Will someone please tell me what temperature at which to set the oven? This sounds like a great way to clean!

  34. 34

    Hi, I will definitely be trying this!!I was wondering would this work also on the inside of the stove where there's droppings that are stuck on the bottom of the stove?Thanks!starshine101@live.ca

  35. 35

    Worked perfect! Had to leave on a little longer, but not much. I used an older dish brush to scrub without touching the baking soda. Thank you!

  36. 36

    I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it. We bought a used oven and I have tried to clean it several times, with no luck. Someone said this worked and I figured the worse that would happen for me is that it wouldn't work. Well, it took 40 minutes and some elbow grease, but my oven glass is now clean! Some of the less dirty places did get clean in 2o minutes with minimal wiping effort, but the rest of the glass was REALLY dirty and took more effort. Thanks for sharing!

  37. 37

    when i spray the oven with oven cleaner i just spray the door too…always have…then 'shine' it after with windex and a soft cloth…

  38. 38

    The inside of my sisters oven needs cleaned, she self-cleaned it caught on fire, will the baking soda mixture work, is it to strong it won't harm the interior surface will it? Or do you have a better idea? Thanks!!!!

  39. 39

    @Vicky–Please send me your email address so that I can help you out.Thank you!Anna

  40. 40

    A littele elbow grease and a brillo pad will do the trick and doesn’t take but a few minutes.

  41. 41

    This really works!. I had been looking for a long time to find something that would work for me and believe me this does! Thanks a lot.

  42. 42

    So this gets in between? I mean if you just do it on the inside how does it work on the middle?

  43. 44

    This worked so well for my oven door glass. It was not even clean when I bought this house, which was . . . . I won’t tell how long I’ve lived here. I did use a “heavy duty scour pad” (those green scouring pads) after leaving the baking soda & white vinegar paste on the window for 20 minutes.

    THANKS!

  44. 45
    Debbie Wightman says:

    Hi Anna, I too read the suggestion of water and baking soda paste and I tried it too ways. the first 1/2 hour I made the paste and left it on. When I wipe it off it was better but still had stuff I could feel on the glass and see. Later I heated the oven to 200 and put another batch of the baking soda and and water and left it on for 30 minutes. A little better but the cooking grime is still on my 2 year old oven. I want to get it clean by New Years Day…… what next might I try? and I also tried dish soap and water….:(

    thanks,
    Debbie in Oregon

    • 46

      Dang, I’m not sure! Have you tried using an Arm & Hammer toothpaste and a sponge? I know it sounds weird but that’s what I use to get tough spots off my stovetop. Put a little toothpaste on the burned spots and scrub it with a sponge or a hard toothbrush, it should break up the spot.

  45. 47

    thank-you for tips on cleaning stoves.

  46. 48

    I cleaned my oven today following advice I saw on pinterest which said to mix baking soda, water and washing up liquid (I think you call it dish soap in USA). Although I must admit that my after pic is worse than your before pic! But compared to other chemicals I have tried it was brilliant. I used the oven afterwards with no need to wait for the smell to disappear as there wasn’t any. I think I will be tempted to clean my oven more often now I have found an easy, safe, non toxic method. I think after a few more tries with it I will soon have a sparkly oven like yours. Also my oven door opens out not down so the washing up liquid helps the solution to stick to the door. I left the mix on for an hour or 2.

  47. 49
    Margaret Minor says:

    I will do this. My oven door is not too bad yet but want to catch it before it does get bad. Funny thing tho. My stove is EXACTLY the same as yours. Have had it since 2005 and have been very happy with it! How about you?

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    Stephen Kitzul says:

    Well now, I tried it exactly as you said, and it did not work. I tried it again, and still, nothing came off of the glass. <>

  49. 51

    What temp?