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Your oven has seen a lot. Holiday turkeys and hams have been roasted. Weeknight casseroles have bubbled away. Cookies and treats galore have been born in our kitchens and found new homes around our waistlines.
You like to keep your kitchen clean and shining. You take great pains to keep it so. But that oven window…ugh. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, that glass window can get pretty disgusting. So let’s clean it up; no harsh chemicals needed.
Finding the Best Natural Cleaner for Oven Windows
People have many reasons to go all-natural in their cleaning routine. Mine is pets: Our exotic birds are very sensitive to environmental toxins, particularly airborne ones. So for decades now I have learned to happily live without chemical cleaners. My non-toxic cleaning BFFs are various combinations of baking soda, water, vinegar and good, old-fashioned elbow grease.
Finding the ideal cleaning agent for my oven window was a bit of an adventure. I had always used a paste made from baking soda and water, but I wondered, who hasn’t had fun adding vinegar to baking soda and making a volcano for their kids? Plus, the combination is known for extra grime-fighting power.
I decided to settle my internal debate with a quick kitchen experiment. I would give one side of my extremely disgusting greasy glass window a clean using the baking soda/water paste and the other side the same paste with the addition of vinegar.
In a glass bowl I mixed 1 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of water. This forms a paste with a texture similar to thick shaving cream. I spread this with a spoon over the glass in the oven door.
Then, I added 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the same baking soda mixture and spread it across the other half of the glass. Oh, the foaming! I could hear in my heart’s memory the voices of my little ones crying, “Oh look, the volcano’s erupting!”
I scrubbed both sides with a well-used Scotch-Brite scour pad. A new one might have been more effective, but it could have scratched the glass as well.
Which Homemade Cleaner Worked Best?
The results showed that the simple baking soda paste worked better than the baking soda + water + vinegar option. (I’ve heard you can use a straight razor to scrape off remaining bits, but I didn’t have one handy.)
Now you’ve got the tools to keep your oven glass sparkly clean, and you’ll never have to wonder if your oven light is on again.