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Mar 14, 2007 06:45 AM

Cleaning the Oven Window and Door

I have a self cleaning oven, but the door and especially the window don't get very clean after running the self-clean cycle. I can't seem to figure out what I can use to get them clean before I run the cycle. I realize they probably won't ever be spotless again, but I don't want too much to build up. I have tried oven cleaner following the instructions for a self-clean oven, but it didn't seem to make much difference. Any magic tricks out there? Thanks!

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  1. After the cleaning cycle, while the door/window are still warm, using a pretty strong mixture of ammonia and water, rub with the scrubber side of a sponge suitable for non-stick pots. It's not spotless, but much better! Be sure to rinse with clean water.

    1. My experience has been good using a paste of dishwashing liquid and baking soda. Even more effective if you can get to it once the oven has cooled enough to unlock from the self cleaning cycle. An occasional spritz w/ a vinegar/dish liquid/water combo keeps it clean.

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        Careful when cleaning them warm. I have seen some crack the moment something wet has came in contact with the glass. Heat seems to be retained within the innards of the door.

        Avoid the so called 3M scrubbers (even the delicate ones) as they can scratch glass or leave them in such a state they will soil up very quickly.

        If absolutely necessary, I use a spritz of oven cleaner on a damp sponge to clean ours after it has reached room temperature. Then follow up with clear water and a soft towel

        As a general rule it is best to periodicly clean them, after things are fully cool, to avoid the need for any special attention.


        1. SoftScrub mild abrasive cleaner works well.