I haaaaate cleaning my oven door glass. It sits on my list of 'Things I Hate To Do', alongside changing messy diapers and pulling hair out of the drain. But, it's just one of those pesky things you have to do once you're a homeowner. In this post, I'm going to help you when it comes to cleaning that brown stained oven glass door.
Usually, when it comes to cleaning stuff, I'll ask either my mom for tips, or I'll scour Pinterest for ideas. I mean, Pinterest is full of resources from people who have been there and done just about everything - it's probably how you came to click on this post! 😉
Remember when we had Easy Bake Ovens as little girls? I wish they made the adult version of that, but like a 'easy clean oven' ;).
For my oven, I wanted a no-scrub idea, and found the baking soda paste method, and got really excited! Cleaning your oven with baking soda is all over Pinterest and Google.
The idea behind the baking soda method was the baking soda somehow breaks down all your oven door glass grease and grime while you prop your feet up for twenty minutes and do nothing. You mix up a gooey paste of baking soda and water, slather that goo on your open oven door, and catch up on RHOBH while your oven glass cleans itself. I kind of loved the sound of that. Besides, I've got these scrawny little chicken arms I inherited from my mother, and they contain almost zero elbow grease for scrubbin'.
Well, I tried the whole baking soda thing and didn't care for the results.
But I found something that worked even better and wanted to share with you guys so maybe you can save yourself a headache when it comes to tackling the grease and grime on your oven door glass...
For this post, I've documented what my oven looked like before any cleaning (it's been a hard knock life for this poor oven of mine), what it looked like after the failed baking soda method, and after my method - which features my door and the glass in sparkles!
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BAKING SODA METHOD
For this method, you simply mix together a paste of baking soda and warm water, apply to the glass on your oven door, and wait 10-20 minutes. NO SCRUBBING.
I got kind of bored, and ended up writing messages in the paste, and spread it with a sponge over the rest of the door where some other caked on splatter had collected. I have also graciously included my 'chicken arms' for your amusement :).
Twenty-five minutes later, I remembered I was 'cleaning' my oven, and gently wiped off the paste with a few wet washcloths...the mess that was created by the baking soda had spread all over my kitchen floor, oven door, and inside my oven.
I was NOT pleased with the baking soda paste. It made a huge mess and wasn't worth the trouble in the end for the baked on grease and grime I was dealing with in my oven. So, I went on to try a couple other things...
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE + LEMON JUICE + H2O METHOD
When my glass door was still left grimy and gross, I felt pretty disappointed and wanted to try using some hydrogen peroxide/water/lemon juice mix to further break down the remaining baked on particles. I used hydrogen peroxide to clean when I was pregnant with Jax and in the nesting phase, and love the way I can detail the shower and kitchen with Q-tips and hydrogen peroxide! I also figured that maybe the acidity from the lemon juice would help cut through those grease spots. But I wasn't getting the yucky stuff up! The hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice did fizz when mixed together though, which was pretty cool!
I was fed up at this point. I didn't want to take bleach to my glass door, especially because it seemed so harsh. I could only imagine the fumes coming up out of the oven the next time I went to cook corn dogs if I somehow left some bleach inside the oven - no thanks!
MAGIC ERASER METHOD
I decided to try the only tool I had left in my arsenal - my Magic Erasers! I use them to clean our baseboards, cabinets (they've removed hair dye from my white bathroom cabinets plenty of times when I thought I had permanently stained them!), and to help eliminate the scuff marks left over from the boys kicking the doors with their boots in the winter time.
I scrubbed and scrubbed (although, if you remember me mentioning my chicken arms earlier, you'll know that I didn't scrub too hard), and couldn't believe the amount of gunk and brown water that came up with the eraser.
I scrubbed and scrubbed - and actually went through two Magic Erasers to get the leftover caked on bits of whatever that was left on the glass. AND IT CAME UP CLEAN!
Next, I vacuumed up the left over baking soda mess, and wiped out the rest of my oven with the Magic Eraser - and now my oven is gorgeous!
I hope this helps you, and you have some of these erasers in your cleaning arsenal - they work wonders! Next time, I'll be using the Magic Eraser to start with so I don't have to mop up and vacuum all that baking soda ;).