How to Remove and Clean Inside an Oven Door
When it comes to cleaning an oven, everyone knows how to clean inside, but what if grease has managed to get inside the door - what then?
Most everyone knows how to clean a greasy oven, and if you don't, we offer a few tips below on this, but few know that you can also remove an oven door if you need to clean inside it. I remember the days when I used to rent homes, well before we bought our first home, and it was during this time that we moved into the rental property, and it needed cleaning from top to bottom.
One of the first things I noticed was the state of the oven - including the stove top with electric solid plates that had burnt on grease stains - and the oven door where you couldn't even see inside the oven. You can imagine the horror that awaited when opening the oven door.
Cleaning the stove top alone took up an entire weekend and the following few days were spent on my knees trying to remove layer upon layer of baked-on grease. If only we had the oven cleaners, then that we have now, or that my mom had handed down some of her old-timers cleaning solutions.
Avoid Toxic Oven Cleaners
Before we get into the process of cleaning a stovetop, oven, and oven door, I would like to talk about oven cleaners. These products are extremely toxic and anyone with any type of respiratory ailment needs to avoid them like the plague. They will literally take your breath away. And let's not forget that if you don't wear rubber gloves when using these products, you run the risk of skin irritation or even minor burns. These things alone tell you how toxic these cleaners are. But all is not lost, there are plenty of non-toxic and eco-friendly ways to clean a stove top and greasy oven and many of them actually work better than chemicals.
Eco-Friendly Oven Cleaners
With everyone looking for ways to have a greener home and less contact with Volatile Organic Compounds - VOCs - using eco-friendly cleaners that aren't harmful are the way to go. Some all-time favourites are still around because they have been used for ages with successful results. Of course, with the advent of social media as a way to gain attention, there are also more than a few that are downright ridiculous.
The easiest and most effective cleaner for removing grease is to use Bicarbonate of Soda and white spirit vinegar. When these two are combined they are amazing at breaking down grease to make it easier to wipe off. And the good thing is that you probably already have or use these in your kitchen.
Tips for cleaning a stovetop or hob
For stains and burnt foodstuffs, eco-friendly cleaners are safer and far cheaper than chemical cleaners. Use Bicarbonate of Soda (baking powder) and white spirit vinegar for stubborn stains or burnt-on foodstuff. Take a look at this article for more information on cleaning any type of stovetop.
To clean a greasy oven door, liberally sprinkle Bicarbonate of Soda over the surface and then use a spray bottle and white spirit vinegar to wet this. Leave on for about 30-minutes before wiping clean. Heavy grease may require a further treatment.
Tips for cleaning an oven
You don't need toxic oven cleaners for keeping an oven clean, you can use eco-friendly products such as Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Powder) and white spirit vinegar to remove baked-on grease in the oven cavity. There are also citrus-based cleaners that are very effective in removing grease and grime and you can find these online or at select stores around the country.
Before and after using a citrus-based cleaner that is non-toxic and amazing for getting rid of built-up and baked-on grease and grime.
Tips for removing and cleaning inside oven door
Few people are aware of the fact that you can remove the oven door from its frame and also open up the door to be able to clean inside. It often happens that steam in the oven causes greases to drip down inside the door and unless you remove and take the door apart you are not able to clean this away.
There is a video below that explains how to remove a door and then it is a matter of loosening screws to take the door apart. DO have towels or rugs on which you can place the door components while you clean them and put the removed screws in a safe place so that they do not get lost.
Clean the inside of the door with dishwashing detergent and a soft cloth. You don't want to scratch the glass, so I like to soak a cleaning sponge in very hot water and drip this onto the glass to make it easier to clean away any grease.
The video below provides a step-by-step tutorial on removing and cleaning inside an oven door. Not all ovens are the same, but the principle is. Any oven door can be removed, and you just need to determine what needs to be clicked or unscrewed and then hold the door at the right angle to be able to lift it off the hinges.