Some things just seem to be inevitable: the need to file taxes, the release of another season of The Bachelor, the grime permanently trapped between the inner layers of glass of your oven door like it’s Fort Knox.
While the first two things might be with us until the end of time, believe it or not it’s not only possible to clean inside your oven door -- it’s downright easy.
In fact, there’s more than one way to clean the inside of an oven door on your own in just minutes, without the need to call in a professional.
Depending on which method you choose, you may or may not need a screwdriver -- but that’s the most complicated tool this job requires. You’ll also want to have some castile soap, vinegar, and soft cleaning cloths on hand for cleaning the glass, as well as a yardstick or other long, flat utensil.
Read on for three easy ways to clean inside your oven door, after the jump.
How to open your oven door with a screwdriver to clean inside
The first way to clean inside your oven door is simply to open it up and access the inner panels. While experts have developed a few tips and tricks to streamline things and keep yourself and your appliance safe, a few simple instructions make this task as easy as it sounds.
- Open your oven door all the way so that it rests at a 90-degree angle.
- Examine the door to see where the screws holding it together are placed and what type of screw head there is. The screws will be located either on the top or on the broad wall of the oven door that faces the inside of the oven.
- Unscrew each of the screws, making sure to put them aside in a safe place. When removing the screws, bear in mind that they may be dual-purpose, also keeping the oven door handle in place. If the oven handle does come off as the screws are loosened, simply keep it from falling and put it aside until you replace the screws. Pro tip: When unscrewed, the bottom half of the oven door will no longer be supported by the hinges, and will fall to the ground if unsupported. Before fully unscrewing it, ensure that it doesn’t fall and shatter the glass by resting it on something such as a short kitchen stepping stool or even a shoe box.
- Lift the top half of the oven door, keeping the lower half resting on the support. Clean the inside of both panes of glass with a mixture of castile soap and water, and then again with a water-vinegar solution to remove any soap residue.
- Leave the doors separated for a while to let them air dry, then go over each pane of glass with a soft cloth to remove any water spots.
- Carefully lower the top half of the door back down and replace the screws, and the door handle if applicable.
How to remove your oven door and clean it without opening it
Maybe you don’t have the time and patience to unscrew your oven door, or maybe you just don’t have the right screwdriver (hey, some of those screws can come in pretty unusual shapes). Either way, if you’re comfortable hefting a bit of weight (the oven door is slightly heavy, but you don’t need to be a crossfit fanatic to lift it) you can pop that door right off the front of your oven for easy cleaning. Here’s how.
- Open your oven door completely so that it’s on a 90-degree angle.
- Look to the metal hinges that help your oven door open and close, located at the bottom right and left of the door where it meets the body of the oven.
- On each hinge will be a metal locking device that can be unlocked and lifted by either pushing down on a small metal tab, or by lifting them up manually. If you are unsure how to disengage the hinge lock, consult your oven’s owner’s manual.
- Once the hinge is unlocked, close the oven door nearly all the way, letting it rest slightly open in the first opening position.
- Lifting up and towards yourself, remove the oven door. Pro tip: Scout out and prepare a safe place to keep the detached oven door, such as a table or countertop, before attempting to remove it.
- Carefully place the oven door in the prepared spot with the handle facing downward, being sure to place it down softly so the glass panes do not break.
- Locate the wide oblong openings in the bottom of the oven door that allow access into the space in between the glass panes.
- Affix soft cloths around the top of the yardstick with rubber bands or string, wet the cloths in the soap and water mixture, and insert the yardstick through the opening in the bottom of the oven, scrubbing away the grime and grease. Repeat the process with the vinegar solution and then with dry cloths to mop up excess moisture.
- Slide the oven back onto the hinges, open the oven door back to a 90-degree angle, and replace the hinge locks.
How to open some oven doors without a screwdriver to clean inside
This method is essentially just a shortcut to the first way we discussed cleaning inside an oven door, allowing you to skip the screwdriver step completely. It’s a little-known fact that some ovens come with an easy-opening feature that allows you to access the interior of an oven door with no fuss. In fact, some appliance owners were shocked to discover after decades that they could have been easily cleaning in between the glass panels of their oven doors the whole time.
- Following the initial steps from the first method, open the oven door to a 90-degree angle and place it on a supporting object. Or, use the second method to remove the oven door from its hinges completely and rest on a safe surface.
- Determine if your oven door comes with a hinge lock by checking for a cover running along the length of the top of the oven door. If your oven door is equipped with the easy-opening hinge lock, press in at the sides and pull it back to remove it and the glass panels.
- Clean and dry your oven door as directed above and replace the glass, refitting the hinge lock at the top of the door when you’re finished.
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