Cleaning the inside of an oven is already a challenging task, and cleaning the oven door can be equally tricky, especially when dealing with those hard-to-reach spaces between the glass panels. Fortunately, there are effective methods for cleaning the oven door and making it sparkle. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
What You’ll Need:
- A large towel
- A soft cloth, microfiber cloth, or a damp sponge with a toothbrush
- Cleaning products of your choice, either chemical-based or eco-friendly natural options like wood ash, clay stone, white vinegar, black soap, rubbing alcohol, lemon juice, baking soda paste, liquid dish soap, soapy water, or coarse salt.
- A screwdriver (if your oven door has screws)
How to Clean the Oven Door and the Space Between the Glass Panels:
1. Disassemble the Door:
- Generally, oven doors can be easily disassembled. Start by unlocking the hinges with the door fully open. If necessary, use a screwdriver to avoid injuring your fingers.
2. Place the Door Securely:
- Close the door at about a 45-degree angle and gently lift it out. Lay it on a towel on your work surface to prevent scratching.
3. Remove the Glass Panels:
- If needed, unscrew and remove the glass panels one by one. Pay close attention to their order to ensure you can reassemble the door correctly.
4. Clean the Glass:
- Thoroughly clean all dirty glass panels with your chosen degreasing cleaning product. Let it sit if necessary, then wipe it dry to prevent any drips onto the floor.
5. Clean the Door Frame:
- Clean the door frame, where deposits might accumulate. Use an old toothbrush or a sponge soaked in soapy water or your preferred cleaning solution.
6. Reassemble the Door:
- Once you’ve cleaned the glass panels and frame, reattach them in the correct order, and screw them back into place if necessary.
7. Reinstall the Door:
- Carefully place the door back onto the oven, secure the hinges, and close the door fully.
8. Final Touches:
- Wipe down the exterior of the oven to remove any cleaning solution residue.
The first time you do this, especially if the oven door has never been cleaned thoroughly, it can be quite a job as you’re removing accumulated grime and dried-on grease that may have built up over the years. However, once you establish a regular cleaning routine (once or twice a year), it becomes more manageable.
If you cannot disassemble the oven door, there are alternative methods. You can attach a homemade cleaning wipe or cloth soaked in vinegar to a metal coat hanger or a similar long, thin object. Insert it between the glass panels through the gap at the bottom of the door and clean the interior surfaces. This method may require lowering the door to access the space beneath the oven.
Remember that cleaning the oven door regularly, even if it takes a little effort, will help keep it looking pristine and prevent the buildup of tough stains and grease.