How to Clean INSIDE Your Oven Door

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Okay, it’s a New Year and many of us are cleaning up after the holidays and the baking frenzy. Do you have some random drips that somehow made their way inside your oven door?

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

That impossible to reach location sandwiched between the glass. How does that happen?! Well, I’m going to show you how to access inside your oven door and clean that sneaky drip.

Tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Towel
  • Rags
  • Window cleaner
  • Razor blade

Optional: Scour Off or non-toxic oven cleaner

 

Instructions:

First remove the bottom drawer of your oven.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Brace yourself for what you’ll find under there. Marbles, toy cars, dust bunnies, you name it. Might as well get the vacuum out to tackle under there while you have the drawer out (if you Give a Mouse a Cookie. Right?!)

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Look underneath the oven door and locate two (or more) screws holding the glass frame.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Lay your towel under the door (this will hopefully cushion the glass and protect it from breaking should it slip or fall.)

Use the screwdriver to remove the screws almost all of the way.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Keep one hand on the glass (or better yet get a helper to hold the glass) as you remove the two screws completely. Gently lower it onto the towel.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Clean the inside of the glass with a rag and glass cleaner.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

While the inner glass is exposed clean that as well.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

And if you are inspired to truly complete the job, use some scour off to clean the inside of the door and the oven.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

It works great on the glass stove tops too.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

And finally, if you need to get gook out of the crevices in the door frame, you can use a razor blade to scrape out dirt and grime.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Re-assemble the glass frame by repositioning it and screwing the screws back in. Voila, no more unsightly drips! You have a clean oven inside and out.

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Anyone for a game of marbles now?

How to Clean Inside Your Oven Door | Pretty Handy Girl

Now it’s on to the 350 other things that need to be cleaned after the holidays. Time to purge and organize. You may enjoy my friend Becky’s posts on organizing your home!

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Comments

  1. Great post! But mostly I want that bunny tea towel :)

  2. OK, so that is very cool because I didn’t even know you could do that. But what I mostly want to know is, how did you get the inside of your oven that clean? No amount of the self-clean cycle or scrubbing could do that to mine.

    • Erin, the secret is I don’t bake too much. LOL. In all seriousness, I try to clean it before the dirt gets baked on. Have you tried the spray self cleaners and let it sit overnight?

  3. Holy intense cleaning action, Batman! One problem I already know I will run into is removing the drawer. I’ve tried pulling it out before but there are little hidden arms that catch it. Any ideas? Overall, pretty handy tutorial!

    • Leilani, LOL, you made me laugh out loud for real! So, most oven drawers will pull out all the way and then stop. At that point, rotate the drawer up about 45 degrees and try lifting it out or continue to slide it out. Some drawers have a catch that are on top of the slides at the back of the drawer. Feel for a little catch and try pressing or lifting it up to release the drawer (if the 45 degree trick doesn’t work.)

  4. Your step by step tutorial is terrific! I can’t wait to see if I can get my oven door as clean as yours.

  5. Oh no. Thanks a lot (sarcastic tone). I’ve been looking at the dirty space between the glass on my beach condo’s oven, telling myself “oh well, too bad it’s impossible to clean.” What’s my excuse now?

  6. Seriously brilliant. Where has this been all of my life? I didn’t even know there was a way to get back there. Glad to find this before we sell the house so people dont’ think we’re gross

  7. Wow, I had no idea you could do that! I do have 2 that need cleaning…brilliant post! Thank YOU!

  8. Thank you for this great tutorial! I’ve read several oven-door-cleaning-tuts via Pinterest and none make it seem as simple and ACHIEVABLE as yours. Just as soon as I can sweet talk hubs into helping I will get mine cleaned. (Can’t do any lifting for awhile but have a really grubby oven door!)

    Now if only there were a ‘fix’ for the yellowed plastic handle and top framing of the door caused by using the self-clean cycle. Seriously…did the manufacturers never consider the effects of heat on white plastic??? :)

    Thanks again,
    Molly

  9. I have been wanting to do this for years but wasn’t sure if was safe to unscrew everything. It had to be a man who designed this type of oven door that allows things to drip down between the glass and the door. Thanks so much for giving me the green light!

  10. Brilliant! I’m forwarding this to a few people. I’ve had a conversation on more than one occasion about getting the drips out of there.

    More amazingly… You ONLY had 4 marbles under your stove?! I’m afraid to see what might be living under mine…

  11. Fantastic post! I pinned it for when I do some deep cleaning later on this month.

  12. I tried a lot of the special spray cleaners, but honestly, what worked best for me was a nylon scrubber and either soft scrub or comet with hot water. It was fast and easy, and after I rinsed and dried everything off, my oven looked brand new. I’ve always wondered, though, how to get that grime off the inner glass… I’m so glad I found this post!

  13. Thank you for posting this information….Would you happen to have a solution for the double pane microwave windows?

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