How to Clean a Glass Oven Door Inside and Out

By on 19th December 2018 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cleaning Tips

A regular professional oven clean is a must-have service but you also need to keep on top of those cooking splashes and splatters if you want to maintain the appearance of your glass oven doors in between visits from our experts.

In order to keep your oven door in tip-top condition, we recommend using a DIY scrub as part of your routine cleaning schedule.

How to Clean Your Oven with a Baking Soda Scrub

Using a baking soda scrub is the best way to clean your oven door and it is quick, simple and cheap to make. 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.

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.

Then, make yourself a cuppa and 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. 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.

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.

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.

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 a Glass Oven Door with Heavy Staining

There may be times when baking soda alone won’t cut it and you want a way of getting rid of heavy staining between your professional cleans. If you want to know how to clean a glass oven door when there is some heavy staining to get rid of, this is what we recommend:

  • Heat your oven up to between 100 and 125 °F (37–51 °C).
  • Once heated, open the door and let it cool for a minute. The door should be warm but not too hot for you to touch. This warming will begin to soften the stuck-on food particles.
  • Spray on a good oven cleaner. Use just enough to ensure all the glass is covered but don’t use so much that you are left with pools of liquid.
  • Close your oven door and leave the cleaner to work for five minutes.
  • Use a damp kitchen sponge to clean the glass. We think you get the best results if you work in circles.
  • Rinse your sponge and wipe the glass clean, before drying using a clean, dry cloth.

If there are still spots of dried-on food, you can use a razor blade to scrape them off. Just make sure that you take care so that you don’t scratch the glass – or cut yourself!

Top Tips for Routine Maintenance

  • Use a baking soda paste once a week.
  • Wipe up spills and splashes immediately.
  • If your oven has a self-clean function, use it once a month.

These techniques will help to keep your oven looking as good as it can with DIY efforts but they are no substitute for a professional oven clean. Calling in the experts is the only route to take if you want your oven glass to look brand new and every inch of your oven to be valeted to perfection. Browse our site for more information on the benefits of an Ovenu clean and get in touch today for a free, no obligation quote.

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.