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The no-fuss guide to cleaning the oven door

Being a cooking enthusiast, you like to use the oven quite a bit. This is the most important appliance concerning contributing to freshly-cooked homemade food. As such, it is also the one that can become quite messy with stains, food residue and splatters that demands some oven cleaning action.

One of the parts that often sees the most stains and splatters is the oven door. Sometimes it can get so dirty that you won’t be able to check on how your meal is doing inside. The glass is often a target of sizzling fat and other nasty substances that accumulate on the glass and obstruct vision.

One thing to note about cleaning the door is that you may mistakenly consider the space between the glass sheets. Under normal circumstances, this area should be sealed and thus be safe from grime and residue. In case it somehow got messy, you will need to take the door apart to clean it. There should be a slot somewhere in the bottom that allows for access of a cleaning wand beneath the glass. In any case, this area is relatively safe from splatters. It is the interior glass surface that gets messy and needs more attention in the form of oven cleaning.

The most popular approach is to use a commercial product on the glass. A walk around the aisle in the supermarket will likely introduce you to many brands of oven cleaners, with most of them featuring potent formulae to eat through the accumulated grease. However, you will be exposing yourself to harmful substances. If that makes you feel uneasy, it is smart to look into alternatives.

Baking soda has long been proven a man’s best friend in terms of oven cleaning. Thanks to this solution, you can also clean the glass. Mix baking soda with water into a paste. Fill water in a cup and add baking soda till the consistency is right. Then, you will only need a steel wool pad to begin.

Take the paste and use your fingers to spread it on the door interior. Ensure you don’t skip any spot and focus on the areas that have accumulated the most grime. Once you are done, leave it like that for about 30 minutes. That is the time it needs to soften the accumulated spoils and make them super easy to remove. After 30 minutes, it is time to scrub the glass. Use the steel pad for the job. Make circular motions and ensure you cover the entire area. You will see the paste become brown, which indicates it is dissolving the grease and splatters on the door. Keep scrubbing till the surface is clean. Then just wipe with a damp cloth to remove the baking soda from the door.

As you can see, cleaning oven glass is, by all means, no difficult task. You need to employ the right solutions and technique to get this oven part perfectly clean.

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