You've probably seen it: after cooking a large meal—especially if you've been doing it several times a week for months—splattered grease and unidentifiable bits of stuck-on food end up clouding the glass of your oven window.
It’s true that there's no damage in letting sludge to rack up there for a while, but you'll need to clean the oven glass sooner or later, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to maintain the performance and longevity of your appliance.
But here's the thing: cleaning oven glass is rarely that simple, especially if it's been a long time since you've done it. In fact, whether you have a conventional or convection oven, getting the glass truly spotless may be the most difficult part of cleaning it. Cleaning the glass can be more difficult than cleaning the interior of the oven, especially if you have a self-cleaning model (which, sadly, does little to clean the glass).
Even cleaning the oven racks can be made much less of a chore, as there are methods for doing so that require little effort.
Cleaning that brown-stained oven door glass is time-consuming in comparison to the other tasks. The good news is that it's simple work, and you probably already have all of the necessary supplies. Follow along to find out how to clean a glass oven door properly.
Here are 5 main steps in cleaning oven glass:
After ensuring that the oven is turned off, fully open the door and remove any loose bits of blackened food. Pay close attention to the area where the oven glass meets the door as you work. A handheld vacuum makes it simple to remove crumbs from the seam, but a moistened cloth will suffice in a pinch.
Begin by combining baking soda and water to create a powerful, natural cleaning agent. Combine a half cup or a full cup of baking soda with just enough water to make a thick, shaving-cream-like paste in a small bowl. Spread the paste evenly over the oven glass, adding a little more water if necessary for even coverage. Allow for at least 15 minutes. Also, it is a good idea to start by removing any loose debris or food particles from the glass windows. Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away any crumbs or spills.
Allow the paste to do its grime-loosening work before wiping the glass with a clean, moistened microfiber cloth (or any rag, really, as long as it's fresh). After that, thoroughly rinse the glass with water. Wipe the surface dry, being careful not to leave any residual baking soda.
Depending upon the state of the oven door when you began, you may have one more step to complete. If burnt-on grease remains after you've applied and wiped away the paste, gently scrape it away with a razor blade. Finish by vacuuming up any debris (or wiping it up with a cloth), then wiping the door down with a clean, damp cloth once more.
In extreme cases, such as if you live in a rental where the oven window hasn't been cleaned in years, a natural cleaning paste may be ineffective. To clean the glass, use a more powerful, store-bought, chemical-based oven cleaner. If you go that route, make sure to follow the product label's instructions. However, for most people, the time-tested combination of baking soda and water should restore the oven glass.
How many of you enjoy cleaning your oven? Right. Absolutely no one. Still, it must be done, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also to ensure the oven's continued functionality. If you're going to do it, do it quickly, efficiently, and effectively. We've provided step-by-step instructions for managing this unpleasant task, from preparation to clean-up, detailing the process and suggesting preferred products. If you follow these steps, you will soon see your reflection in your sparkling oven glass.
However, to get baked-on grease off oven glass begin by applying a baking soda-and-water paste to the open oven door. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes before wiping it clean. Scrape off stubborn bits of baked-on grease with a razor blade. If the grime persists, you may need to use a chemical cleaner. With a little elbow grease, you'll have a clean oven window in no time.
It's worth noting that some ovens have a self-cleaning feature that will burn off all the grime and stains, making cleaning the glass windows much easier.
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Cleaning your oven's glass windows on a regular basis will not only improve its appearance, but will also improve its performance. A clean oven will heat up more evenly, resulting in better cooking results. So, to keep your oven in good working order, take the time to clean the glass windows on a regular basis.