Cleaning Between the Glass on an Oven Door

by ScavengerChic

About 5 years ago, it was definitely a 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 great, all the sides were done, the turkey was done and ready to be removed from the oven. The only problem was that when removing the turkey from the oven he managed to drip, and that dripping found its way to the inside of the oven door. Yup dripping between the glass. And that is how my oven door has looked for 5 years.

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.

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.

Eventually I found that only the top screws had to be removed. There are even springs inside the door to assist you.

My door did not pop open when the screws were undone. I did manage to get the door apart with one simple little trick. If your oven door popped open with the removal of the screws great, clean away.

If your oven is like mine, you may need one more tool... a simple kitchen knife to gently pry the frame away from the door. It may seem unnatural, but the door just pops right open.

Why this is not in the owners manual, I have no idea. You may want to place a chair under the door to support your oven door while you clean. And here is the oven door, all ready to be cleaned with a degreaser.

If you need more pictures, I hope you get a chance to stop by.

Note: When I posted this I had no idea so many people had the same problem. I had read another post where someone had cleaned between their glass so I tried it. Mine worked so well (with just a little prodding) that I thought I'd share. If you have any misgivings about doing this..don't. One person said her glass broke, I am truly sorry. Another person said I bent the frame on my oven...I didn't. This has been my most read post ever, which I find extremely funny because I'm not the best housekeeper. I would actually prefer to be known for my wood crafting and diys.

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  • Gwen Morton Gwen Morton on Mar 13, 2020

    I have a self cleaning oven-convection oven ... When I use the self cleaning position, the panel would burn out circuits! That means a service call and new parts. I stop using my self cleaning cycle. What is the beat way to clean a self cleaning - convection oven? I will trying to clean the glass in the door also.

  • Sandi Sandi on May 19, 2020

    I've been looking everywhere, maybe I missed it. What kind of oven/stove did you do this to? Can't imagine they're all the same. Great idea if it works!

  • Michelle Michelle on Nov 08, 2023

    Doesn't the doir just come off, easily? Mine just lifts off.

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  • Melvina Melvina on Jan 23, 2024

    I'm going to try this. I see all this stuff in between my glass . never figured out I'm going to do it

  • John Chapweske John Chapweske on Feb 04, 2024

    I clean my inside glass a few times each year. But I still have to take off three layers of glass to get at everything. It is ridiculous. Why would they put the vent holes on the top where things drip down in between the glass. And then the final two screws pop off the handle. Good luck trying to get that on while holding down a spring operated three glass oven door. These designers should be ashamed of themselves for making something so difficult to clean.

    • Betty Betty on Feb 13, 2024

      SO TRUE they can't figure something out like an easy way to get to but they can figure out how to get you to have to but a new appliance every few yrs because they don't last like the olden days!! God Bless