How To Clean Oven Door Glass [Guide]

By on 19th December 2018 (updated: 28th October 2020) in Cleaning Tips

Cleaning oven door glass

Oven door glass is built to withstand high temperatures and allows us to easily take a peek to see how our food is coming along – unfortunately, over time this window can collect grime and grease stains, which can render it all but useless. Whilst it might be tempting to work around a small stain, this can get baked onto the glass after each use making it more difficult to remove in the long run.

Take a look at some DIY techniques for cleaning oven door glass, each one requires a differing amount of elbow grease and tools.

How to clean the inner glass oven door without removing it

If your oven door glass has just a few stains and patches on it, then you may be able to get away with cleaning it without removing the door. This is particularly useful for people who don’t have an extra set of hands to help them out or the necessary tools to get the job done in the first place.

How to clean the oven glass door using self-cleaning mode

Many modern ovens come complete with a self-cleaning mode, these work by heating the oven to its highest possible temperature and is intended to burn off any spills, stains or burnt on debris. The effectiveness of this method varies from appliance to appliance and uniformly leads to smoke billowing out from your oven.

What you will need:

  • An oven with a self-cleaning mode
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloth
  1. Make sure the oven is empty of any grill trays or food. You can also try wiping away any loose debris now to reduce the amount of smoke produced by the oven.
  2. Open up windows and close doors, depending on your home layout. You’ll want to avoid channelling smoke through areas of the house with soft furnishings.
  3. Set your oven to the self-cleaning mode and let it run. This can take anywhere between 2-4 hours, depending on your appliance.
  4. Allow the oven time to cool down once the cycle has finished, and then wipe away any debris that has collected.
  5. Inspect the results, you may need to try a different approach if some stains or burnt-on food still remains.
  6. Use a glass cleaner and microfiber cloth to buff up any surfaces.

How to clean a glass oven door on the outside

Cleaning the exterior of your glass oven door should be the easiest part of the job, as grease is less likely to have stuck and burnt to the oven. You can use natural, shop-bought items such as lemon juice or white vinegar to clean the exterior of your oven.

What you will need:

  • Lemon juice or white vinegar or glass cleaner
  • Non-scratch sponge or cloth
  • Microfiber cloth
  1. Spray your cleaner onto the oven door.
  2. Use a non-scratch sponge or cloth to wipe away the excess grime.
  3. You may need to repeat this process.
  4. Use a microfiber cloth to bring out a shine.

How to clean your oven glass on the inside

In order to keep your oven door in tip-top condition, we recommend using a DIY scrub as part of your routine cleaning schedule. Using a baking soda scrub is the best way to clean your oven door and it is quick, simple and cheap to make.

What you will need:

  • Baking Soda
  • A bowl or container
  • Rubber gloves
  • Non-scratch cleaning sponge
  • Dry cloth
  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towel
  1. Start by mixing baking soda with water in a shallow container or bowl. Use three parts baking soda to one part liquid and mix until you have a loose paste and the baking soda has dissolved.
  2. Open your oven door and spread the paste all over the glass. We think that using your fingers to do this is best as it means that you can cover every little bit of the glass.
  3. Wait for the paste to do its work for 15 minutes. During this time, the baking soda will set to work on loosening stuck-on grime that is marring the appearance of your oven door.
  4. After a quarter of an hour, it’s your turn to do a little work. Use the scrubbing side of a non-scratch cleaning sponge to loosen any stuck-on foods and then start to rinse using just plain water.
  5. Rinse your cleaning sponge and then work from one side of the glass to the other as you clean the baking soda paste off. Make sure that you rinse your sponge regularly and keep going until all traces of the baking soda have been washed away.
  6. Next, you should dry off the glass using a dry, clean cloth. If you find any traces of the baking soda, wipe them off with a damp sponge and re-dry the area.
  7. Finally, get a streak-free shine by polishing your door using a good-quality glass-cleaning product. We have found that using a paper towel and a side-to-side motion is the best way to clean your oven door.

How to clean oven door glass by removing it

If the above methods don’t achieve the results that you were looking for, then you’ll likely need to detach the oven door entirely to access the sections of your oven that you’re unable to reach. In order to do this properly is a more labour intensive job which also requires some basic DIY skills.

How to clean between the glass on your oven door

You may find after you’ve cleaned the inside and outside of the oven glass that there’s still some grimy residue that has collected in between the glass. This can be cleaned, but doing so will require another set of helping hands, as well as a few tools.

What you will need:

  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • A bowl or container
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Old towels or sheets
  • Non-scratch cleaning sponge
  • Screwdriver suited for your oven door
  1. Lay down your old towels and sheets in front of the oven.
  2. Use your screwdriver to loosen the screws between the door and the oven.
  3. Once the door is ready to be removed, seek assistance so that you can unscrew the door completely and they can carry its weight before lying it down on your towels or sheets.
  4. Remove the screws from the door and put them in a safe place.
  5. Take the door apart and lie both sides next to each other, with the dirty sides facing up.
  6. Use the water and baking soda to create a paste, spread across both glass surface and leave to work for at least 15 minutes.
  7. Use a non-scratch cleaning sponge to wipe away the grim, repeat if necessary, then use the microfiber cloth to buff up the glass.
  8. Reassemble and replace the door, making sure to seek assistance.

DIY oven cleaning resources

If the above methods haven’t quite done the trick, or you’re looking to get other parts of your oven cleaned then you might find the following resources useful:

How To Clean Your Oven Using Vinegar 

How To Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals

How To Clean An Oven With Baking Soda

How To Clean Oven Trays [Guide]

Six Ways Of Cleaning Your Oven Racks Yourself

How to Keep Your Hob Clean

If you don’t have the time or skills to give your oven a proper clean, then you can always book one of our local oven cleaning service technicians to do the job for you.

All Ovenu technicians have the experience and tools to safely dismantle your oven and clean it inside out. Get in touch online, or call us on 0800 206 256.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.