The Best Way To Clean Your Oven Door Windows
It’s the holiday season, and you’ll be cooking hams, turkeys, roasts, stuffing, potatoes…you name it, and it will all go in your oven. This poor appliance (thank goodness we have them), gets used and abused, and it shows on our oven door windows – they get greasy grimy, splattered with food and foggy looking. And to add insult to injury – all that grime gets baked on at 350° or higher.
Although my specialty is cleaning the windows of your home, I thought I would get in the holiday spirit and share some great ideas to help clean your oven door windows after the season is over…
Cleaning lightly soiled oven windows:
If your oven doors are only slightly stained, good for you, they will be a lot easier to clean. This is probably the safest, easiest and most convenient cleaner, and you’ll probably have it in your cupboards.
- Baking soda
- Generously sprinkle your oven door with baking soda straight from the box
- Spray white vinegar over the soda. This mixture will bubble up, let stand for about 20 minutes, then using a sponge, wash down the door. Using a paper towel, rinse and dry.
Cleaning heavily soiled oven windows:
- If your oven window is heavily stained, it works well to heat the oven to between 100° to 125°, once it has reached the desired temperature, turn the oven off, and let cool for 1 minute by cracking the door open. It should feel warm, but not hot. This process can help warm and soften the baked on food.
- While the oven door is still warm, spray it with an oven safe cleaner. (Be sure to use rubber gloves to protect your hands.) Close the door and let stand for about 5 minutes, then with the rough side of a kitchen scrubber, scrub the glass, working in a circular motion to remove the food and grime.
- Once it’s clean, remove the cleaner with a clean, damp cleaning rag or sponge, then dry.
Another method to a clean heavily soiled oven window:
Again, use rubber gloves and open your windows slightly for good ventilation.
- Paper towels
- cover your oven window with paper towels
- Ammonia in a squirt bottle
- Spray the paper towels until they are completely wet and allow to sit for at least 30 minutes
- Remove paper towels
- Steel or copper scrubber
- Working in a circular motion, scrub the window until clean
- Complete by wiping down the window with clean paper towels or a clean, damp cleaning rag.
Once they’re clean, so you don’t have to use chemicals or other possible harsh cleaners again, periodically keep those oven windows clean with the baking soda method.
Don’t call me to come clean your oven, but if your windows need to be cleaned, especially before the holiday guests arrive, give me a call…
I have been cleaning windows in the Seattle area for nearly 30 years, and quite frankly, I enjoy it! I will be happy to answer all of your questions, and I know the mistakes to avoid. I clean private homes or apartment complexes.