It’s okay to admit that even though you may love cooking, you may not know the proper way to clean a stove. While the kitchen might be a place you gather to break bread and share familial storytelling, ask yourself, when was the last time you cleaned your oven’s glass door? Some people don’t clean their ovens right after they cook, and there’s no judgment here. However, there are some oven glass door cleaning tips that can make your life much easier.
Tips for Cleaning Your Oven Glass Door
Jessica Ruenz, vice president of Maid Right, told Southern Living some of the best ways to keep your oven less dirty. “If you are diligent in wiping away spills immediately, the frequency in which you need to clean the door will greatly diminish.” While that may sometimes be easier said than done, it’s important to keep your oven clean overall for you and your family’s health.
Professional home cleaner and founder of Confessions of a Cleaning Lady Sara San Angelo explained to Southern Living that homeowners should try to clean the outside of their oven door as they clean the kitchen. “The front of the oven door tends to get much dirtier than the outside with spills from cooking on the stovetop,” San Angelo said. “Clean the inside of the door when you clean your oven, or if there are noticeable splatters on it.” In other words, try to stay on top of your oven, especially your glass oven door, as much as possible.
Tools You Need To Clean With
According to kitchen appliance brand Whirlpool, here are the tools you need to get started with cleaning your oven.
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- Lemon juice or vinegar
- Small bowl
- Spray bottle
- Microfiber cloths
- Cleaning brush
- Plastic scraper
Depending on when you last cleaned your oven door, this could be an all-day job or a quick job. If it has been a spell since you last gave your oven glass door a deep clean, prepare to clean it on a day you are not cooking. Prep your area by placing towels on the floor to catch any of the solution that may drip from the glass door. Remember that the outer oven glass is easier to clean. However, the inside, which is exposed to food, might have tougher stains.
Begin by ensuring your oven is turned off and cool for safety. Put on gloves to protect your hands, and create a cleaning paste by mixing 1/2 cup of baking soda with a little water until it forms a thick paste. Apply it generously to the oven door’s glass, focusing on tough spots. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, mix equal parts water and lemon juice or vinegar in a spray bottle for a natural cleaning solution. Afterward, spray the glass, and use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the paste and stains. For stubborn spots, gently scrub with a brush. Rinse with water, dry with a cloth, and enjoy your sparkling clean oven door.
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