If you have a self-cleaning oven you will know that it doesn’t necessarily do a good job of cleaning the glass, and of course, it won’t touch the outside. In this post, I will show you how to clean oven glass with just vinegar and baking soda inside and out.
Oven glass can be very tricky to clean especially on the inside where food gets burned on. You can clean the oven glass effortlessly with just a spray bottle of vinegar and some baking soda for scrubbing superpowers.
If you follow this blog you will know that I prefer a natural approach to cleaning. I’m sure there are some great chemical cleaners to buy that you can simply spray on and wipe off to achieve gleaming glass in seconds. But I couldn’t tell you what they are because I don’t think I’ve used a chemical spray cleaner for years.
Another thing that the self-cleaning cycle won’t touch are the oven racks. I have a really simple and effective way to get oven racks looking shiny again with just a dishwasher tablet.
How to clean oven glass on the inside without chemicals
I have a self-cleaning oven that heats up to 500c. When I run it, everything inside is burnt to a cinder. All I need to do is wipe out the dust after the cleaning cycle has finished.
However, what it doesn’t seem to do is to clean the inside of the door. There are still brown stains and the only way to get those off is with a bit of scrubbing.
Unfortunately, the stains are baked on and can be quite stubborn to remove, they won’t just wipe off. So here is what I do to get a sparkling clean oven door and it takes me just minutes to achieve.
Things you will need
- Baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
- Microfibre cloth
- Rubber gloves
- Wet your microfibre cloth
- Wipe the glass to remove debris and dampen it.
- Sprinkle baking soda over the glass.
- Scrub the glass until all the stains are gone.
- Rinse to remove the baking soda.
You should find that you won’t need to scrub very hard to get off the brown stains and baked-on grease. The baking soda acts as tiny scrubbers which together easily remove marks.
Continue rubbing until all the baked-on grease and food splashes are gone. It should happen pretty quickly.
How to clean oven glass on the outside with vinegar
Now you have a clean oven inside you’ll want to have a clean outside too. Here is a super-simple method using only vinegar.
Vinegar has multiple uses around the home. I use it as a laundry softener and for dissolving limescale. Vinegar is great at sanitizing your home too.
Things you’ll need
- Rubber gloves
- Spray bottle of white distilled vinegar
- 2 x microfibre cloths
- Spray the glass with vinegar.
- Wipe the glass with the microfibre cloth.
- Use a second microfibre cloth to polish and dry.
Pro tip: Make this job part of your 10 minute clean-up strategy in your kitchen.
How to clean oven glass without baking soda
I have always used baking soda to clean oven glass so I can’t say with experience what else works. If you ask this question because you only have ‘bicarbonate of soda‘ available, know that it is the same as baking soda, so go ahead and use that instead. It’s actually what I am using here in the UK.
Here are some alternatives to baking soda that you might want to try instead to clean your oven glass:
- Salt. Salt has similar abrasive qualities to baking soda. Spread the salt all over the glass and scrub off the stains.
- Vinegar. Fill a large baking pan with hot water and half a cup of vinegar. Cook on 180c or 350f and let the pan bubble for at least 30 minutes. Then let the oven cool until it is safe to wipe the oven door. It should be easier to clean due to the steaming effect.