Without a doubt, cleaning inside your oven glass is one of the trickiest spots in the kitchen! Did you even know you could get to the inside without taking the door apart? Me neither!
The other day, my mom and I were talking (like we do every day) and she told me to go feel under my oven door. I was like, “no way, it’s going to be so gross under there!” She said to just do it. As you can guess, it was kinda gross but, to my surprise, there were also two, narrow slots. Mind blown!
I knew I had to share this ground breaking discovery with y’all right away! This weekend, I tackled the project. First, I cleaned my oven like crazy because it was going to be plastered all over the interwebs and I didn’t want my mom to be embarrassed. Kind of like if you were in a car wreck and you didn’t have clean underwear on like she told you.
As you can see, there is a big, old stripe going right down my door. I don’t know what on earth spilled in there but it’s been there for quite awhile because I didn’t know how to clean it.
First, I tried to use a piece of towel wrapped around a paint stir stick. Bust. The towel made it way too thick and the stick wasn’t flexible enough.
What’s long and flexible? I mean, lot’s of things are but a garden hose wasn’t gonna work. Anyway, I tried a wire hanger from the dry cleaners. Perfect.
After making a loop in the wire, I stuck a wipe through it. This kind of worked but the wipe was super thin.
Brainstorm! Use a Swiffer wet mopping cloth! Yes. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for how to clean inside your oven glass.
- wire hanger
- wire cutter
- needle nose plyers
- Swiffer wet mopping cloth
- patience, lots of patience
Make Your Tool
- Cut the hanger with wire cutters so it’s not crazy long.
- Poke it through both folded sides of the cloth about 1/3 of the way down.
- Bend the wire shut and into a loop with the needle nose plyers.
- Fold the cloth over the top of the loop and press flat.
- Slide the tool into the slot underneath the oven door.
- Awkwardly swipe back and forth and up and down.
- You can let the cloth sit on stubborn spots and soak a little.
- Now open the oven door and stick the tool up again. This will let you clean the other side of the glass better.
***WARNING!!! Make sure the cloth covers the wire or you will scratch the glass!!!***
My oven glass doesn’t look perfect but it does look quite a bit better than it did before. I spent about an hour on this. Maybe someone with more patience could get that last little bit off, but I’m not that person!
But, if I had known how to clean the inside of your oven glass when the incident happened, I think it would have worked better. That stripe had been on my door for about a year and that’s a lot of baking and roasting and whatnot. If you shoved the coat hanger up there right after something spilled, I bet you could clean it right up.
As I’ve said before, good enough is good enough!
If you’re sitting there wondering how to clean the rest of your house, read this and this. Do you have any mind-blowing cleaning tips to share?