H is for Housekeeping: How to Clean Between the Glass in your Oven Door
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I will be the first to admit that this is not the most exciting post I have ever written; however, the results I had from this project were very exciting to me! When we moved into our house last summer, I was excited to have a much larger kitchen complete with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. My husband and I were pleased that all of the appliances had been recently updated. As we moved in and I cleaned the new kitchen, I noticed a big splatter of something that looked like batter had dripped down the oven door. When I opened the door to clean up the mess, I quickly realized that this drip had run down in between the glass. Oh, no! The only way to get to it would be to take the door apart. Gulp! I did some research and found that this project wouldn’t be nearly as bad as I had feared. On the other hand, it did take us over a year to actually get around to doing it. Here is what we did to clean between the glass in our oven door:
Good quality microfiber cloth
Okay, so here is the before picture. See that big yucky drip? Eww! How are we going to get in there and clean that up? First you will want to open the oven door and look for screws on the inside of the door. Usually these will be in the corners of the door and often have a star shaped middle.
The screws on my oven door looked like this. One in each of the top corners. A slotted or Phillips head screw driver is not going to open these bad boys. So what shall we use to loosen these screws?
A tool like this! My handy husband happened to have one on hand, but they can easily be found at your local hardware or home improvement store. It is called a torx screwdriver and those star shaped screws are torx screws. Who knew? You can also order a set of these screwdrivers from Amazon – here is a link for your convenience. Keep in mind that torx screws come in different sizes so be sure to get the correct sized screwdriver for your oven. Carefully use the nifty tool to loosen the screws in each corner of the door. Be sure to hold the door as you work as it will spring apart quickly when the screws are removed.
Success! We are inside the door. I started the cleaning by wetting a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with hot water and wiping away the crusted-on drip and other debris. Next I used glass cleaner and my favorite microfiber cloth to thoroughly clean all sides of the glass. You certainly can use paper towel, but just make sure not to leave any lint behind. It would be frustrating to get it back together and then be able to see pieces of lint trapped inside! My grandmother taught me a trick for cleaning windows – wipe up and down on one side and back and forth on the other side of the glass. If you have any streaking, you can easily tell which side of the glass it is on. I applied this method on this project as well and it worked like a charm.
When I was done cleaning, I summoned my husband to help me put the door back together. Be thorough in this step to make sure everything fits back snuggly before tightening up the screws. We had to work on the door a little to get everything to line up nice and tight again. It was definitely nice to have two sets of hands for this part. Voila! Clean door with no more yucky drip. The stove looks like new again. Hooray!
Please keep in mind that not all oven doors are exactly the same. Be sure to do some research about your particular oven before you venture into this project yourself. I am not an appliance expert by any stretch of the imagination (obviously, as I didn’t know what a torx screw was) so please don’t hold me responsible for any DIY fails related to your own oven door. For me the result was worth the gamble of taking it apart myself.
Little things like a crusted-on drip between the glass on the oven door don’t bother my husband at all. Friends and guests probably didn’t really notice it either. But I saw it every time I was in the kitchen. And it bugged me! This project took all of about 20 minutes and was so worth it to me. I hope you find these instructions helpful to your housekeeping as well.
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