Years ago, when I first started blogging, I wrote a post about how to clean oven glass. Over the years I’ve had lots of people comment on that post, some telling me it didn’t work for them. Wanting to find a solution for my readers I decided to revisit this tip and today I’m going to share how I did it a little different this time.
How to Clean your oven so it looks Brand New
- Baking soda
- Dish soap (this is the best one for cutting grease)
- Extreme Scrub Scour Pad
- Damp rag
- Dry microfiber cloth (these ones are my favorite)
Make a paste with the baking soda, dish soap and water. I poured about 1 cup of baking soda into a mixing bowl, added about 1 TBSP of dish soap and then only added enough water to get the consistency of pancake batter. If your oven is really dirty, or really big, then you might need more, but I’d start with this.
Use your fingers and scoop the “batter” into your fingers, then spread it all over the dirty spots in your oven. I smeared it around with my fingers to apply it evenly all over my oven, including the glass on the door.
Set a timer for 15 minutes and walk away. Don’t do anything to it until the timer goes off, I even left my oven door hanging open so none of the mixture would drip off.
Let me just take a moment to say that you could use a different type of sponge for this task but I’ve used lots of different sponges and this scour pad is the best thing for this tough job. The combination of the baking soda mixture and the scour pad meant I didn’t have to do that much work. Sometimes it’s worth it to just have the right tools for the job. 🙂 Okay, on to step 4! After 15 minutes wet the Extreme Scrub Scour Pad in the sink. Take it over to the oven and scrub all the dirty spots that have been “soaking” for 15 minutes. I was shocked at how easily most of the spots came up, there were a few areas I had to use a little elbow grease, but not many.
Once you’ve scrubbed the whole oven really well, wipe up as much as you can of the baking soda/soap mixture with the scour pad, and dump it in the sink. Then use a wet rag to wipe the rest of it up. It might take a few tries to get it all up, I had to wipe the oven and rinse my rag about 4 times before it was all out.
Use a dry, or barely damp, microfiber cloth to polish up the oven. The baking soda tends to give the oven a dull look, so I like to go back over it with a cloth to pick up any remaining baking soda, and to make the oven shine. 🙂
That’s it, your oven will be as clean as new when you’re done with it (except for that darn rope around the edges, anyone know how to clean that?)! And the best part is that you didn’t even have to work that hard!!
I would love to hear how this works for you so please leave me a comment and let me know!
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Susan Santoro says
I’ve used this tip but I left the baking soda paste overnight. It’s works amazingly well. And I’ve moved out of military housing and had to pass move out inspections.
Thanks for posting this! I just followed your tutorial and my oven is FINALLY clean for the first time in a long time!
Awesome!! I love hearing that from my readers. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to let me know! Have a wonderful day!
This is a nice simple way to clean the oven that doesn’t involve all the chemicals. Thanks for sharing!
The Balham Cleaning Lady says
Actually, I’ve tried several times cleaning my oven with baking soda but the result was not satisfying. I tried your tips and mixed the baking soda with dish soap. It actually worked for my oven and now it looks wonderful. Thank you very much for the tips.
Ginny O'Bryan says
Second glass oven door suggestion using baking soda with dish detergent paste did not work. Please help!
hope this works. thanks for the info.have a good day and happy mothers day
I’m anxious to try these tips as I like to keep the oven clean between times I use the self cleaning mode especially after a thanksgiving dinner. Are your tips ok for a self cleaning oven? I really appreciate you site. Thank you.
Paula ( Cleaning Brisbane ) says
I’ve tried this recipe a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out pretty good actually. Which was unexpected, because I don’t believe these green recipes that much. I’ve used much more paste compared to the amount of paste shown on your pictures, and it removed all of the dirt and grime buildup.
hope this works. thanks for the info. its such really nice post.
Thank you for reading. Let me know if it worked for you!
Kimberly Dsouza says
This works really well. I do it too. Love the way you have explained each step with pictures.
For the rope…I’m thinking you could paint it maybe? ; )
I wouldn’t recommend painting it but maybe clean it with bleach or hydrogen peroxide…
It looks, from your photos, that you have a convection oven…No heat elements to be concerned about. Has this been tested on a regular oven?
Can you do this in a self cleaning oven?
Geraldine Wain says
I have just cleaned baked on brown splatters on the inside oven glass, not cleaned for 2 years (my Batchelor son!) used baking soda etc but instead of using scourers, used scrunched up alfoil or aluminium foil (Australian name). It was amazing – clear beautiful see through glass.
Good to know, I’ll have to try that next time! Thanks for sharing your helpful tip. 🙂
Just used this and it worked brilliantly. Only problem is some of the baking soda is stuck in between the glass and I can’t get it out, any suggestions?
Maybe try using a toothpick or one of those plastic floss picks to get in between there.
Lynn Costa says
I wonder if this would also work for the inside of my “set it and forget it” rotisserie appliance?
Worth a shot! 🙂
I have a lot of build up in between my double glass oven door. Do you think the Clorox wipes using the wire hanger will work. I never knew how to clean in between there.
It’s definitely worth trying. If there’s a lot of build up I would use a spray bottle and spray between the glass first. Let the water set on it for a little while to start loosening the food particles, then do the tutorial, as pictured. Hope that helps! 🙂