How To Clean The Glass On Your Oven Door
When it comes to keeping your kitchen spick and span, it's likely that your microwave and benchtops get all your attention. But what about the tougher task of your oven glass?
Nothing tastes sweeter than roast lamb and vegetables on a winter’s evening but a dirty-looking oven can put anyone off their appetite. When it comes to your kitchen, you might wipe down your benchtops or microwave regularly – but what about your oven? In addition to the cooktop and fridge, it’s probably one of the most neglected (and hated) appliances to clean. And it's hardly surprising, given how messy, time-consuming and physically tough it can be. However, you might be relieved to know that cleaning the glass on your oven can take as little as 20 minutes a week, using the products you may already have lying around your home.
Here’s How to Clean Your Oven Glass in less than 20 Minutes
Cleaning a combination of food, grease and grime splattered onto your oven glass door at 250 degrees can seem like a daunting task at first. But what if we told you you’ll have your oven glass looking as good as new using your very own homemade, eco-friendly grime-busting cleaning solution. All you need is baking soda, a clean cloth and some hot water.
Step-by-step guide on how to clean the oven glass using bicarbonate of soda, water & white vinegar:
First, turn off your oven and make sure it is completely cooled down. Avoid cleaning your oven door while it's still hot, as this can cause burns and damage the glass
Pour ½ cup of baking soda and water into a small dish. Mix the ingredients together until they form a thin paste. The texture shouldn’t be too thick as you want the mixture to spread easily
While wearing kitchen gloves, spread the paste on the glass of your oven door. Ensure it’s on every bit of glass and that no surface area is missed
Then, set a timer for 15 minutes to give the baking soda a bit of time to sit on the glass and work its magic into the grease and grime
After the timer has finished, get a clean and slightly damp cloth to carefully wipe away all traces of the baking soda solution
Dry the glass with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove any streaking. If there are any major streaks or smudges remaining, you can use a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water to wipe them away using a paper towel
Now you know how to clean your oven glass door without hours of scrubbing (see, we told you it would be easy!). No more excuses!
What About Cleaning The Inside of the Oven?
Start by removing the oven racks and any other loose items like baking trays. We would recommend wearing kitchen gloves to avoid any irritation
Because it works so well on cleaning the oven glass, create a fresh batch of the baking soda and water mixture to form a spreadable paste. You can also add a few drops of dish soap to help cut through any grease.
Apply the paste to the inside of the oven, adding a thicker layer where there is a heavier build-up of grease and food. Avoid getting the solution on the heating elements as they can be damaged with this paste
Let the cleaning solution sit for at least 30 minutes, or longer, dependent on how grimy the oven is
Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the paste. Apply some elbow grease on the more stubborn stains (this stage is the toughest!)
For any remaining stains, mix equal parts white vinegar and water and spray, letting it soak for a few minutes. Wipe away with a damp cloth.
How To Clean Oven Racks
Now that you’re motivated, go that little bit extra and clean your oven racks. They’re just as easy to do, and will scrub up a treat without using chemical-laden products that often leave a lingering strong odour.
Start by placing your racks in your bathtub (yes, bathtub!) without any water
Then, sprinkle baking soda all over the racks and saturate with white vinegar. Then, when the foaming stops, run hot water until the racks are fully covered
Leave overnight and in the morning, scrub the racks with an old tea towel or toothbrush. For any extra stubborn grime, use a squirt of dish soap on the toothbrush
Lastly, rinse the racks completely before putting them back in the oven, where they’ll be all clean and ready for your next culinary masterpiece!
An oven should last you between 10 to 15 years and cleaning your oven just once a week (or less, depending on frequently you use it) will help you maintain a surface and glass that you can just about eat off (although a plate will do just fine). Keeping on top of the grease and food buildup will make cleaning time much easier, meaning more time for all the fun stuff (like cleaning your washing machine).