How to Clean Wood Stove Glass Doors

Updated February 21, 2017

Many wood stoves are equipped with a traditional glass door insert, which allows you to view the fire and determine when you need to add fresh wood. The outside glass on the door requires occasional cleaning, but the inside of the glass is the largest problem area, as it constantly accumulates soot and smoke residue. To keep the wood stove glass doors clean, you need to make a homemade cleaning solution and then apply it as needed.

Mix a vinegar and water solution in a spray bottle. Use 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.

Spray the solution onto the exterior of your glass wood stove doors.

Wipe the glass with a cleaning cloth or handful of newspaper. Using the newspaper creates a streak-free shine and allows you to discard the newspaper after cleaning.

Spray the inside of the wood stove glass doors when the doors are cool to the touch.

Wipe again with the newspaper or cloth. Repeat as needed; this often takes three to four applications of the spray to entirely remove all of the soot and smoke residue.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Newspaper or cloth
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