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I wondered if you might be able to answer this question for me or at least point me in the right direction. Every time I broil or clean my oven, the top of the door turns a lovely shade of orange brown. This wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that my oven is white. In the past, I have been able to dull the discoloration, but would like to totally remove it if possible. Any suggestions?
I have a theory about this. I also have an electric oven/stove and have noticed some discoloration on my door as well. I think your main problem is that your heating element is dirty so when you are using your oven the dirty air is seeping out and leaving the residue on your door.
My recommendation is two things: #1-clean the discoloration on your door and #2-clean your heating element (the main problem).
Let’s start with #2. If you have a self cleaning setting on your oven I would start by running that. Run it at night and leave a couple windows cracked because it will really heat up your house and it stinks since it’s burning off all of the baked-on grime. If you don’t have a self-cleaning setting there are many ways to clean your oven. There are oven cleaners that you can purchase at stores like Target or if you prefer a natural method you can use a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, 3 cups water. Mix all the ingredients together and coat the entire inside of your oven with it. After 5 min scrub the mixture off and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to clean the heating element at the top!
Back to #1: To clean the discoloration on the door I use a kitchen spray that contains bleach but you could also use a Magic Eraser. If you want to use a natural method use the same mixture of vinegar and baking soda that you used for inside the oven.
I also have a suggestion for preventing future discoloration. Similar to what we did for our vents during Spring Cleaning, wax your oven door. I know this seems strange but applying a fine layer of wax to the top of your oven door (according to package directions) will prevent further discoloration from sticking to the top of the door.
Repeat the process of cleaning your heating element and waxing the top of your door every 6 months and your door should stay sparkly clean and white! Also remember to wipe down your oven inside and out if you cook something greasy or if anything splatters. This will help maintain food build-up so that it’s easier to clean at the 6 month mark. 🙂