Cleaning the Glass Door on a Self-Cleaning Oven

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Cleaning the Glass Door on a Self-Cleaning Oven
Self-cleaning ovens often leave behind a dirty glass oven door. (green kitchen image by Leonid Nyshko from

Self-cleaning ovens make oven cleaning quick and easy. With the push of button, your oven heats up to a temperature that it essentially cleans itself. Even if you have a self-cleaning oven, the glass door may require some extra cleaning. Food, grease and carbon build up on the glass oven door, and sometimes the self-cleaning feature cannot clean this build up off. Cleaning oven doors does not have to be a dreaded task. If you use the right products and methods, you can clean oven glass in no time.

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Things you need

  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paper towel
  • Rags
  • Baking soda
  • Water

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  1. 1

    Mix 2 tbsp cream of tartar and 1 tbsp white vinegar in a bowl. Stir with a spoon until a paste forms.

  2. 2

    Scoop the paste from the bowl with a paper towel. Spread the mixture all over the glass oven door.

  3. 3

    Close the oven door and let the mixture sit on the glass for at least 2 hours. Wipe down the door with a damp sponge to remove the paste residue.

  4. 4

    Wipe down the door with a dry towel to remove any moisture.

  5. 5

    Combine 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water into a bowl if the oven glass door is still dirty. Mix the ingredients with a spoon until a thick paste forms.

  6. 6

    Spread the paste onto the dirty oven glass. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before wiping it off with a damp sponge. Go over the glass with a dry rag to remove moisture and residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean your oven glass when the oven is warm. Cleaning it while its hot can cause burns.
  • Never use oven cleaner in a self-cleaning oven.

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