Cleaning between the Glass on Oven Doors

Cleaning between the glass on Oven Doors

About 5 years ago, it was definitely a Thursday…how do I know it was a Thursday?…because it was Thanksgiving.  We had just bought a great double wall oven. The old one had bit the dust and wasn’t keeping the temperature any more. So we had this great wall oven delivered just in time to entertain about 20 members of our family.

Things were going along perfectly, dishes were going in, dishes were coming out…old Tom Turkey was smelling delicious.  Maybe a little too delicious.  Tom, must have been a Butterball because he was sitting in a ton of drippings. Getting him out of the oven was going to be a two person job. 

No problem, 4 hands maneuvered that guy safely to the countertop with just a little bit of dripping along the way.  Doesn’t sound too bad does it?

The only problem was that the dripping found the inside of the oven door.  Yup dripping between the glass. And that is how my oven door has looked for 5 years.

Cleaning between the glass on Oven Doors

See those vents in the door, they lead right to between the glass.

Over the years, I did get out the owners manual to see if there was any way to clean the glass.  I also unscrewed the screws but nothing moved.

Fast forward to this week, when I’m on Pinterest and lo and behold I find someone that has successfully cleaned between her glass on her oven doors.  Her screws were placed a bit differently than mine but I was willing to give it a go one more time. Maybe I was missing something.

Cleaning between the glass on Oven Doors

My screws did need a special screwdriver but I did have a drillbit that fit perfectly.

So, I undid all my top screws…nothing.  Wait, there are a few more screws going down the side…still nothing.  It didn’t pop open like they promised.

Cleaning between the glass on Oven Doors

Try one more thing before I admit defeat and go back to my drippy oven doors.  I used a knife (I was in the kitchen after all) to gently pry the shiny metal edge away from the gray oven door.  To my surprise it actually worked.

Cleaning between the glass on Oven Doors

The door just popped open.  There are even springs on the inside, like this is what should have happened the entire time.  Well why wasn’t that in the owners manual. Now it was just a matter of wiping those turkey drippings down with a degreaser.

The black piece on the side…that is one of the pieces that didn’t have to be unscrewed.  Actually only the 3 top screws had to be removed, not the side screws.

Cleaning between the glass on Oven Doors

And me, I have a new oven.  It still needs a little cleaning on the inside, but who’s going to see that. It actually took way more time for me to write this post than it took to clean the glass.

Make sure you come back tomorrow, I have a great project waiting for you.

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  • Pamela Smith says:

    I have the same problem! My husband figured out how to get it apart to clean the glass, but it definitely needs it again!

  • peggy says:

    Have been bugged with this eyesore problem for 4 yrs. I keep a pretty towel there to cover it up, But now it can come clean. YEAH!!!!! Thanks you so much. Not too mechanical but think this is doable. 😉

  • Susan says:

    Perfect timing. Just the other day I told my husband how much I’d appreciate it if he could get the oven door apart so I could clean it.
    I’ve done this on an oven I owned years ago. But, I couldn’t quite figure this one out. I was successful-in less than five minutes it was like new again.
    Thanks for your post!

    • Joan says:

      You don’t know how happy you made me knowing that I could help someone else. Now you can put your feet up for the rest of the day.

  • linda says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. My door glass needs cleaning too. Maybe I will actually it cleaned before everyone comes for Thanksgiving!

  • Mary Gilbert says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!
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  • Hmm. Never thought of taking apart the over door. And it looks so easy. Thanks for linking up with us at the #homemattersparty. We’re glad to have you!!

  • Wow! I am going o try this. I just didn’t think it was possible. Thanks so much!

  • candi says:

    Thank you thankyou !!!!!!

  • Claudia Haney says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have screws at the top of my oven door, just the sides, Do you know if removing them will let me clean the glass? Was told it would cost between $80-$100 to have a repairman come to clean it.

    • Joan says:

      That is a ridiculous amount for a 5 minute job. I can’t guarantee my tip working for you but I would suggest doing a google search on cleaning between the glass for your make and model of oven . When I was doing a search, several people had screws on the inside of the oven door and not the top. Good luck, let me know how it turns out.

  • Liz R. says:

    Thank you so much! I was just trying to figure this out and I stumbled upon this post. What I can’t figure out is how the grease gets between the glass and worse yet…cat hair!!!

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