Of all the appliances you have to clean in your kitchen, cleaning the oven is one of the most arduous – and getting the oven door clean can be extra-tricky.
After all, if you’re an enthusiastic cook then it can get quite greasy and grubby in the course of your cooking – and of course cleaning it off isn’t much fun at all.
There are ways you can make the process easier however, and end up with a door that’s as good as new.
But just how do you clean an oven door – and do you need to remove the glass from it first?
How do you clean an oven door?
The method of cleaning your oven door will vary depending on whether or not you decide to remove the glass panel before cleaning.
Before you begin, make sure the oven has cooled down and the door is not hot to the touch – and if you are planning on removing the glass panel be sure to follow the instructions for your oven as different models have different removal methods.
Here’s how to proceed from then on.
How to clean the door using branded cleaner
If you’re using a branded cleaner, all you need to do is put on some rubber gloves and cover your oven door in the cleaner, being careful not to spray it on any heating elements or where any gas comes out.
Leave it on according to the instructions on the bottle, then put your gloves on again and carefully clean it off with a damp cloth or sponge.
If you don’t have a branded cleaner, a squirt of washing-up liquid and water on the inside of the glass will also do the trick.
You can also give the front of the oven door a spruce up using a spritz of glass cleaner and a damp cloth or sponge to wipe it off.
If you don’t remove the glass on the inside, you’ll also need to clean between that piece of glass and the front of the door – which you can do by using a bottle brush, fly swatter or any other type of brush which fits between the two panes.
How to clean the door using natural methods
If you want to avoid putting harsh chemicals on the door, an alternative is to make a cleaning paste using bicarbonate of soda and water.
In this instance mix up the paste and spread it across the oven door, then leave for about 15 to 20 minutes to work its magic – or longer if the glass is particularly dirty – before rinsing off with a wet cloth.
You can also use a plastic tool to scrape any stubborn bits of grease or grime off the door (avoid using a metal one as this could scratch the glass).
Alternatively, spray some white vinegar on to the bicarb when cleaning so that it turns fizzy and wipes off easily.
You can also use white vinegar in a spray bottle to spritz and clean the glass and leave it sparkling.
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Author: Caroline Westbrook