Learn how to Clean the Oven Glass

Ever wonder what all that grime is on the inside of your oven door?  How does it even get there?  I have struggled for years, unsuccessfully, to try and get all that stuff off!  I’m sure it’s a combination of splattered food, grease, etc. but after being baked on at 350 degrees+ it becomes next to impossible to get off!

Recently I found a solution here and I am so excited to share it with you today!  The good news is that it’s super easy and takes less than 20 minutes of your time.

The ingredients you will need for this are:

1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

{yep, that’s it!}

Step 1: Mix the baking soda and water together in a small dish, only add enough water to make the mixture the consistency of a thin paste.  You don’t want it to be too thick because you want the mixture to be easy to spread.

You can see mine is a little runny but it was perfect.

Step 2: Spread the baking soda mixture all over the oven glass.  I ran out of baking soda so I didn’t have enough to do the entire glass surface, instead I just spread it over the dirtiest areas.

Step 3: Set the timer for 15 minutes.  If your oven is REALLY dirty you can set it for 20 minutes to give the baking soda a little extra time to work.
Step 4: When 15 minutes has expired use a clean rag (I used a damp wash cloth) to wipe up the baking soda mixture.

You will be amazed at how easily the grime just wipes right off!

In less than 20 minutes my oven door looks brand new again!

What do you think?  How do you clean your oven?  I’d love to see your before and afters!

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  1. says

    with the kids starting school today i was looking for a quick and easy project to get me back in the swing of things-off to try this out-love it!

    • Lizzy says

      This ruined my oven door!!!!!!!!
      The baking soda mix leaked in between the glass! When I called Sears about it they
      said the doors on all ovens leak. Use this with caution. I ruined a $3000 stove.

      • S says

        I just read a pin that gave step by step instructions how to clean between the glass without unscrewing anything. Something to the effect of 1.pull bottom draw out, 2.straighten wire hanger & attach windex wipe w rubber band, 3.insert wipe end through oven door gap (which is underneath it, hence removing door.) 4. Fish it around until its clean, could take several wipes.

        I’ve yet to check out if it will work on mine or my mothers… But at this point if you feel it’s “ruined”, I’d say its worth a shot. GL.

  2. says

    Well a before photo would be too embarrassing, lol.
    I have to try this, I hate oven cleaners and my husbands famous last words are, I will do it, haha.
    I wonder if it would work for the stove top burners too? We like to fry and it does make a mess on the burners and scrubbing is a pain.


  3. says

    Hahaha! This is fantastic – I love it! I cleaned out my oven about 2 weeks ago, and it looked great – except for the oven window! I scrubbed, and scrubbed, and scrubbed some more, for a LONG time, and hardly made a difference. I finally gave it up as a lost cause (even though it looked NAS-to-the-T!). Thanks so much for this cleaning tip – I’m TOTALLY trying this out this weekend! (or tonight – which means I must be REALLY excited about it lol)


    • Karen says

      I had 3 years of baked on stuff on my relatively new oven door that wouldn’t come off with any other method. I put it on thickly and waited 20 minutes. Then, I had to scrub for about another 15 minutes. I scrubbed in circles with a damp yellow microfiber rag and used my finger or thumb for pressure. I used clumps of the baking soda to scrub onto tougher spots. Mine came clean, although not as easily as the tutorial suggests it was for her. I have 2 ovens and wish I had only done one at a time since it took longer than I anticipated and much more elbow grease. BUT…nothing else has worked and I am so happy for this tip.

      I thought it wasn’t going to work at first as well, but I had to rub hard and use the baking soda clumps to help me provide a bit of soft abrasion.

      I like your blog. I found you on Pinterest!! Thank you for this great tip!!

    • Charity says

      Didn’t work for me either – and I scrubbed and scrubbed! Sigh……I had high hopes….

    • Andrew says

      Look at the tip below. I tried scrubbing and baking soda and nothing worked. 1 minute with a razor blade paint scraper and my oven door is perfectly and easily clean except for the scratches I made with all my other attempts.

  4. Donna says

    Best tip ever! Worked like a charm. I have been trying for forever to get that off. Thank you! It’s a great trick to have up your sleeve before company comes!

      • says

        This is such a great resource that you are pionrdivg and you give it away for free. I enjoy seeing websites that understand the value of pionrdivg a prime resource for free. I truly loved reading your post. Thanks!

  5. jacqueline says

    Works well on all kitchen grease. If you have space between your cabinets and the ceiling than you know how grimy decor gets up there. Baking soda paste takes it right off. Same with hand grime on the cabinet doors, wipes right off. If you keep on top of it you’ll never have to spend hours scrubbing again.

  6. cynthia says

    It didn’t work on mine either. I think it’s due to the year(s) of build-up :(

    Gotta be better about cleaning it!

  7. Mel @ Trailing After God says

    Awesome because I will not use those horrid chemical cleaners because they make me sick. I use baking soda for everything and this is a great idea. Will use it on the woodstove glass tomorrow when it is cold too :) Thanks for the tip!

  8. Sandy Dakin says

    Great ” green” idea! I don’t like using chemicals unless absolutely necessary. I also do not like the self-cleaning option….smells of strong chemicals,too:(

  9. Sarah says

    Any suggestions on a easy way to clean up the inside of the oven? I don’t even know the last time it was cleaned because I cannot use oven cleaner because of my asthma. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!!

  10. Cis says

    I have a self cleaning oven and everything comes clean except for the window. I tried this and it took every bit of the burnt on food off. Baking soda is a must have around the house!!!

  11. Megan says

    I’ve done this on pans and burners, only instead of water, I use dish soap for the liquid to make the paste. I’ll have to try it in the oven.

  12. Ca says

    I didn’t have luck with the soda and water paste, but I did add the dish soap to the paste I’d put on the window and, with some elbow grease, it cleaned up beautifully! Yeah!

  13. says

    I used my glass stovetop cleaner. It worked like a champ, and I didn’t have to let it sit for 15 minutes! Fast & easy!

  14. Becca says

    I read somewhere to sprinkle baking soda in the oven and spray it w water and let it sit overnight. It wipes right off! It is so easy and takes so little time! :0)

  15. Susan Plotts says

    Easy oven rack clean: 1 Lg black plastic bag, 1 cup ammonia. Take racks and bag outside on a sunny day. Place racks in bag; add ammonia. Secure shut. Leave outside all day, or even until tomorrow! whoops.
    Crud should just wipe off! also works for grill racks.

  16. says

    The easy way is to use a razor blade paint scraper. Go easy so that you don’t scratch your glass. This vacuum the residue and clean wit a glass cleaner. Somewhat simple !

    • JCnNC says

      Geesch Talia. It’s 50 cents for an entire box of baking soda. I’d say it was worth a try based on how well it worked for so many others. :)

  17. H. Williams says

    Thank you SO much for this tip. I tried it and it worked! However, I will make one small change to the directions:

    After the baking soda and water mix has set on the oven glass for 15-20 minutes, scrape it off with a metal dough scraper (I think mine is made by Bosch). This will eliminate all scrubbing and it didn’t scratch at all.

  18. JOANNE says

    I used a scrubber pad with the baking soda mix and most came off the metal with some elbow brease. The window was still dirty. Repeated. Still dirty. Used a razor blade in a holder and it all came off.
    I like reading posts of those who try it rather than some who say “I’m going to try it.” That helps no one.