Cleaning around the house is a tedious but important task, and kitchen cleaning is especially important. A clean and functional kitchen will not only help you when cooking but ensures that your surfaces and food are clean and hygienic.
One of the toughest surfaces to clean is the oven, inside and outside. But it is that oven window glass that can often be the trickiest to effectively clean. It is covered in grease splatters and tough stains that seem impossible to get out, no matter how hard you try to wipe them off.
We have all been there. The cleanliness of the inside of your oven is not something that you normally think about, much less the oven door. But when you stop and think about it, your kitchen appliances need to remain clean, especially since they last in your home for so long.
Over time, tons of bacteria and grime can build up on kitchen appliances. For something like an oven, that grime is baked on by high temperatures and heat and stays there. After a while of avoiding it, the inside and outside of the oven can seem impossible to clean without the most intense cleaning products.
Cleaning an Oven Glass Door Can Be Tricky
Since it is not metal, the glass oven door requires a different cleaning method than the rest of your oven. While an oven cleaner can dig through the dirt and grime found in your oven and on the oven racks, you will need a glass cleaner to clean that oven window.
If you want to clean your oven or other kitchen appliance, there are many kitchen cleaning products out on the market. However, a typical cleaning product will have tons of harsh chemicals that a lot of consumers are trying to avoid in their homes.
In this article, we will cover how to clean oven glass and the two possible homemade cleaning methods. With these methods, you can clean oven glass using a homemade cleaning solution and easily scrub off grime, mildew, and bacteria that live inside your oven.
Method 1: Homemade Baking Soda Paste
- Baking Soda
- Citrus essential oil (optional, for scent)
This baking soda paste is an easy cleaning method you can make at home. All you will need is baking soda and water. You can add citrus essential oil or lemon juice for added cleaning power and scent.
In a bowl, mix 3 parts warm water to 1-part baking soda until dissolved into a paste. Then, you can use either a microfiber cloth or gloved hands and use a little elbow grease to spread it evenly onto the glass, rubbing in a circular motion.
After the baking soda paste has been applied, wait 15 minutes for the cleaning solution to take effect. Stuck-on grime should lift, and when you go to wipe it off, you will be left with sparkling clean glass.
Wipe off the paste with a sponge or damp cloth, wiping it off in a circular motion. Then, rinse off anything left with a microfiber cloth and some warm water. Dry off the oven door glass window with a clean, dry microfiber cloth.
An important tip for this method is to make sure you are using baking soda and not baking powder. Baking soda’s cleaning agents can actually fight stains and lift them off of surfaces. While baking powder is often comparable in baking, it is a different story when it comes to household cleaning.
Method 2: Vinegar Spray
- Spray bottle
- Vinegar (white vinegar is best)
- Lemon juice (optional)
This method is just as easy to make as the baking soda paste, and you will be able to use it on other surfaces as well. All you will need is vinegar, lemon extract or juice, and a bit of water.
Mix together these ingredients in an empty spray bottle, and voila! You have made your own homemade glass cleaner with a lemon-fresh scent. This works great as a glass cleaner and will work off the grime.
Spray the vinegar cleaner onto the glass and let it sit for a few minutes. Use the rough side of a sponge to rub away any tough stains. Otherwise, simply use a damp cloth or paper towel and wipe the cleaner off the glass. If the glass is still not completely clean, repeat the process.
This vinegar spray works well as a household glass cleaner. We recommend using it on other glass surfaces in your house. Use a dry microfiber cloth when you are finished cleaning the glass surface to buff out streaks.
To Avoid Stains, Clean Oven Glass Weekly
If you want to avoid deep cleaning altogether, you can prevent tough stains on your oven glass by simply cleaning the inside of the glass on a weekly basis. Make it part of your weekly cleaning routine, just like dusting or vacuuming. Oven cleaning can be considered an afterthought, but it makes cleaning stubborn stains that much easier if you just clean more often.
If you have an oven with a self-cleaning function, try to use it once a month. This is a great way to refresh your oven and avoid any dirt or grime from building up over time. So, when it comes time to deep clean your oven, it will be much easier. With a bit of routine maintenance, your kitchen can remain clean.
A self-cleaning oven is probably the ideal situation to have if you want to keep a clean kitchen. But even a product that self-cleans can still use a little elbow grease.
Both of these methods do not contain harsh chemicals, so getting rid of any stain is easy! Try out one of these cleaning methods on other glass surfaces, like a glass cooktop stove or glass shower doors. You will be surprised at how easily stains and grime can be taken off without the use of a typical cleaning products.