Clean Between the Lines: The Secret to Spotless Oven Glass

No matter how clean your oven is, dirty glass can make it look filthy.

Even after you clean your oven, does it still look like a raccoon has been living in it? (You are cleaning your oven this spring, right?)

That's because even if you cleaned the inside and the outside, you probably still missed the spaces in between. What spaces, you ask? Well, your oven window is made of two panes of glasswe mean by that is the space between the panels of glass, and the gap is a real grease trap. But cleaning between them is simpler than you think.

Let's get started, shall we?

What you'll need

To get started, you'll need to a pair of pliers, cleaning wipes, and a wire coat hanger. You might want to throw in some latex gloves for good measure. If you don't want to go to the expense of pre-made wipes, try using some paper towels dampened with the cleaning solution of your choice.

Just remember: A lot of grease is probably caught in between the panes of glass.

What you'll need
Pliers, cleaning wipes, wire coat hanger, and gloves for safety's sake

Getting Ready

First, you need to slide out the bottom drawer of your oven and set it aside:

Bottomless Oven
To get between the glass you have to remove the drawer

Once you've done so, you should be able to locate several slots at the bottom of the oven door. These will provide you with the access points you need to get at the sandwiched grease and grime. The slots should look something like this:

Access point
The access point looks like this

If you're wondering why there are gaping holes in the bottom of your oven door, the answer is actually quite simple: These slots are there for venting, in case anything happens to boil over and make a mess.

Let's get cleaning

Now it's time to make a doohickey (yep, that's a technical term) to clean in between the glass panes. Time to grab your pliers and wire hanger, because you need to use the former to cut through the latter. Just like so:

Broken Hanger
Cut the hanger like so

If you find your wire hanger is too tough, or your arm muscles are too weak (don't worry, we're not judging), you can try using a flat-head screwdriver and a hammer. Find a hard surface—like the floor of your garage or the sidewalk—and hammer away. Your neighbors might look at you a little funny, but hey, they're not cleaning ovens.

After that, take your pliers and straighten out the hanger. You should make a small hook near where you cut the hanger, since the pre-made hook is sometimes too thick to get into the slot between the glass.

Thread a cleaning wipe or moistened paper towel onto the hook. Be sure to loop it around the wire at least twice to make sure it doesn't fall off inside the gap. Now take your new cleaning wand and work it into the slot.

Threading the needle
Thread the wire through the slot

Push forward to apply pressure to the glass and use your contraption like a squeegee. You'll probably collect a surprising amount of filth, so feel free to replace the wipes as often as necessary.

Between the glass
It's between the glass!

Even after just one swipe, we got some pretty good (aka: icky) results.

Dirty wipe
Look at that wipe after only one swipe.

Isn't spring cleaning wonderful?

Hero Image: Flickr user "valerierenee" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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