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How to Clean Oven Door Glass

Go where oven cleaner can't reach

Cleaning between the glass panels of an oven door looks impossible, but all you really need to do is dissassemble the door. It's simple. Really.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Remove the door

Photo 1: Remove the panel

Remove the screws that secure the front panel to the oven door frame. Note their location and store them in a cup. Then carefully lift off the panel and set it aside.

Photo 2: Remove the glass

Remove the screws from the glass hold-downs and set them aside. Note the location of the retaining tabs above and below the glass. Then lift off the glass and clean it.

It’s a mystery how baking slop gets deposited between oven door glass panels. But it’s clear that you can’t remove it without disassembling the door. The job’s not that hard and takes less than an hour.

Remove the oven door (consult the manual for how to unlock the hinges and lift the door off). Then remove the exterior trim panel (Photo 1) and the glass hold-downs (Photo 2). Lift out the glass and handle it carefully (it’s expensive and breaks easily!).

Clean off the crud with a nylon scrub pad, hot water and degreaser. Rinse and dry, then clean with glass cleaner. Wear gloves to prevent fingerprints as you place the glass back onto the oven door. Be sure the glass sits inside the locating tabs before you reassemble the hold-downs. Then install the hold-down channels and screws and the trim panel. Put the door on the oven.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.

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