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How to Clean Inside the Glass on an Oven Door

By: Joe Truini
Joe Truini using a coat hanger wire to clean between oven door glass.

Joe Truini using a coat hanger wire to clean between oven door glass.

Cleaning the inside of the double glass panes on an oven door may appear impossible, but it’s not that hard if you know how.

How to clean between the glass panes on an oven door:

  1. Remove the access panel or drawer below the oven door.
  2. Attach a moistened glass cleaning wipe to a piece of coat hanger wire.
  3. Slide the wire and cleaning wipe up through the slots in the bottom of the oven door.
  4. Move the cleaning wipe back and forth between the glass panes, bending the wire as needed, to clean the glass.
  5. Move the wire to each of the slots in the bottom of the oven door to clean all the glass.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Joe Truini: If you’ve cleaned the inside and the outside of your glass oven door and you’re still seeing streaks, it’s because there might be food dripping down on the inside between the panes of glass, as you see here.

This looks like, this streak looks like it’s on the outside, but it’s not. It’s actually on the inner surface of the outer pane, and that other streak is on the inside surface of the inner pane. So, there’s no way to reach it from the outside the door.

So, what do you do? You make a cleaning wand and you go in from below. I removed the access panel from underneath here, and on the edge of the door—the bottom edge of the door—are slots. And you can slip this wand, which is just a bent piece of wire with a moistened glass cleaning wipe on it.

Force it up in there. And there it is. Now, that’s between the glass. So, you have to bend the wire a little bit, but by working it back and forth, there you can see some of that’s already gone after just a minute.

And because there are two or three slots on the bottom edge of this door, you can pull out the cleaning wand, move it over, and clean the entire glass pane from the inside.


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  • Stephanie Clarke Says:
    February 6th, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Brilliant, done! Many thanks

  • Patty Says:
    January 29th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I did this trick and used a wire handled fly swatter for the tool. The wire looped, so I folded a paper towel around the end, stapled it near the top in the loop so it couldn’t slip off. Soaked it with vinegar and voila! I had no idea that the oven door had an opening to get between the glass–thanks so much for posting! It worked great for me.

  • Sheryl Says:
    January 28th, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I just cleaned it without using a hanger. Instead I used a screwdriver and took two screws out inside top of door. The glass pane separated from the metal door and I easily cleaned both. If I had tried the hanger I’m sure I would have damaged the paint on the inside of the glass!

  • Sheryl Says:
    January 28th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Ridiculous!! Wow. Besides, has metal hangers anymore ! Dumb!

  • Joni Dinges Says:
    January 18th, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Response is ridiculous. Should be able to take the glass apart. Bull reason for an appliance that cost over $500. SHAME ON MAYTAG. They are off my purchase list.

  • stacy ebrey Says:
    January 12th, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Ended up taking door apart. Used vinegar to clean. Unfortunately it removed the paint one the inside of the glass! What kind of paint can I use to clean up the edges?

  • Jason Says:
    December 18th, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Not this guys fault, but this is unacceptable. Why are ovens designed so that it is easy to drip stuff into the interior of the door anyway. My old stove never had that issue. The vent was at the rear of the stove I think.

  • Tom Says:
    November 25th, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Mr. Truini, I appreciate you taking the time to document this neat way to clean the inside of an oven door glass! It only took me a few minutes and the end result is excellent. Most important, my wife is happy! ….Thank You!

  • Heather Wagner Says:
    November 22nd, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Are you serious! i have never tried anything so frustrating in my life! My oven door looks worse now! Have control over a hanger and cloth?????

  • Holly stone Says:
    November 21st, 2017 at 8:42 am

    How can we get dust off the ledge on the inside of glass on oven door

  • Opal Says:
    October 26th, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    my husband and I took the panel off of the in side the secret is you have to pull the door up to where it normally stops at when you open it everything goes right in place, then open all the way to tighten screws.

  • Deedee Says:
    October 20th, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    How do you get the glass clean on a microwave door. It seems dirty between the black screen and the glass.

    It’s from microwaving bacon.

  • Libby N. Says:
    August 24th, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    This approach is DAFT! On our Whirlpool model there are two screws that, when taken out allow streak free cleaning!

  • Phyllis Snow Says:
    August 12th, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    My husband took 2 screws out and they came apart and Clean both in minutes!!!
    The way this guy was doing we would still be there!!!

  • shelley Says:
    July 20th, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Is there no device that can help clean it? Anything?

  • S. Swanger Says:
    July 13th, 2017 at 11:50 am

    This worked good at getting the mess from between window but was impossible to really clean it streak free. At least I don’t have to look at the food anymore. Thanks.

  • Viki Says:
    May 26th, 2017 at 9:25 am

    I have a hard enough time cleaning the glass cooktop on my stove with my hands to make sure that it’s clean and shiny and streak-free. How is this going to clean out a wiggly little coat hanger? I’m almost afraid to try it period is there no way to take off part of the door and if I do is it spring loaded so that I can never get it back together again? This sucks.

  • Barb Says:
    March 5th, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks!! Worked Great on my Kenmore Elite. (I used a cloth diaper saved from 25 yrs ago; they work great for household cleaning; never used them for intended purpose Ha!) I was tinking I could retrieve it easier than paper towel if it got stuck . With Windex and a few swipes it now looks brand new. I first clean the glass inside oven trying the baking soda method & it didn’t do that good. (It was not very dirty at all just hazy with a little grease) So I got out the ole handy dandy BarKeepers Friend & made a paste & now it sparkles! (Always check with your Manufacterers recommendations first) I was just willing to risk damage ; but none that I could tell. BKF is used on glass top stoves as well. Happy Cleaning All!!

  • TA Says:
    January 22nd, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    This worked great on my GE oven. I didn’t even need to remove the bottom panel because the slots were wide enough to do it with the oven door open.
    I attached a paper towel to a folded coat hanger and taped the back and ends so I could remove it without it getting stuck between the glass, the soaked it with Windex. Worked great!
    Thanks. Great fix for an annoying problem.

  • Papa Says:
    November 1st, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    So how do we make the cleaning wand?

  • Kevin Johnson Says:
    November 1st, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    There is a way to pull the inside frame out.

  • Virgijnia Weins Says:
    November 1st, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I love the cleaning oven glass article!!! 🙂

  • Janine Gilmartin Says:
    August 24th, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    This worked great thank you!

  • Constance M. Fisher Says:
    July 9th, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    I do not have a panel or drawer. My stove is a double door oven. One on top and one on the bottom.

  • CR Says:
    December 31st, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I thought I would have to live with a streaked oven window since that episode of exploding Pyrex. Thank you! I may now look at my oven again!

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How to Clean Inside the Glass on an Oven Door