When Your Oven is Way Beyond Self-Cleaning (and a $25 VISA Gift Card Giveaway)

Well, at least the glass is.  Actually, as someone old enough to remember pulling half my body into a cavernous oven and proceeding to scrub, scratch and scrape while my eyes watered, head got woozy and I became encrusted in toxic black sludge — self-cleaning ovens are nothing short of miraculous inventions!  I love them.  They save me time AND brain cells.  All the stuff that used to take hours to scrub away and left the skin peeling off my hands from cleaning chemicals, now just ends up as a manageable little pile of gray dust, to be swept away, at the end of the self cleaning cycle.  That being said, it really isn’t terribly effective on the glass.  You know, that little window, that lets you drool and anticipate as things are baking, without opening the oven door?  Yah, that one.  Well, the self cleaning cycle doesn’t clean it.  Splatters and grease bake on, turning hard and brown; and when the cleaning cycle is over — the splatters and grease? — still baked on and brown.  Ummm…fail.


dirty oven glass

Don't judge. Maybe there's a support group?

There is one other issue with oven glass — that vent that runs across the top of the oven door.  Now, if I was in a contest, and to win, I had to splatter something off the top of my range, into the narrow louvered slots of that horizontal vent and allow it to drip down in between the two panes of glass that comprise my oven window — forGET about it!  There is no way I could pull that off.  However, in some mysterious miracle of physics and irony, there is ALWAYS something splattered and dripping between those panes of glass.  It makes me crazy!  How on earth do I do that?


oven vent

How on earth do we manage to drip things inside there?

drips between glass

It's a mystery.

So, every so often, I have to do something to get that glass sparkling, again.  Fortunately, it doesn’t require any awkward sort of stuffing myself into an appliance or asphyxiating with toxic fumes.  It costs only pennies, doesn’t damage the glass and isn’t difficult to do.  You won’t be needing any of that blue stuff in the spray bottle.  It’s no match for this cleaning job.  You need something tough, but that won’t scratch your glass while you’re scrubbing — Arm and Hammer baking soda.  My sister-in-law, Elaine, suggested baking soda to me, years ago, for cleaning the film off of windshields.  It worked like a dream and I have used it for tough glass cleaning jobs, ever since.


cleaning cloth

I love baking soda for cleaning tough glass stains.


It really is as simple as sprinkling some baking soda on a damp cloth and scrubbing the glass.  Use just enough water to keep the wash cloth moist.  You don’t want a lot of dripping and the soda works best when it’s more paste-like on the cloth.  See how quickly it starts to come clean?  Look at the difference in that one small area!


cleaning glass

See the difference in the area I have cleaned?


Rinse your wash cloth, as needed, and apply more baking soda.  Once you have finished scrubbing the glass, rinse it with cool water and wipe away any remaining soda residue.  It really is that easy.


clean glass

Spic and span. Now for those pesky drips between the panes.


Now to tackle the drips between the panes.  You’ll need a screwdriver, because you will take out the two screws at the top inside corners of your oven door.  Yes, that handy-dandy tool bag, as well as the screwdriver, is pink.  My tools used to disappear on a regular basis, never to be seen, again.  I’ve noticed that pink ones are almost always right where I left them.  :)


Loosen the screws at the top inside of your oven door. (They probably are designed not to come all the way out. Just unscrew them and let them hang in the other half of the door until you're finished.)


Here are a couple of “before shots”, once I got the screws out and the door sections separated.  There is usually a pane of glass in each section; and this being the first time I have disassembled my new oven door, I discovered that this model actually has three!  Just check your owner’s manual, if you’re not sure about your specific oven.


oven door

We'll call this the bottom section. Baking soda is perfect in here, too.


dirty oven door

This is the top section and yes, baking soda cleans this right up, as well.


Use the same method, scrubbing both pieces of glass with a damp cloth and baking soda, then rinsing with cool water.  For my oven, the glass in this top section has space behind it, as well.  Leaving no path unexplored, my mystery drips have even gotten on the back side.  I am able to slide it out of the metal track that holds it in place, clean it thoroughly, and slide it back into place.


sliding glass into place

I slid the pane of glass right back into the track.


Replace the two screws that hold your oven door sections together and you will have successfully polished your oven door window to perfection!  See how pretty mine turned out?  You’ve gotta love how easy and budget-friendly that job was, using nothing but a damp cloth and a few pennies-worth of Arm and Hammer baking soda.  Check out these other great tips for cleaning with Arm and Hammer baking soda.

clean glass

Now, I won't miss a minute of watching delicious things baking!


Next thing on the to-do list?  It’s time to make a little pile of gray dust!  Think I’ll enjoy a glass of iced tea and watch a little Food Network while I “work”.  Self-cleaning is an amazing concept!  :)


dirty oven

Soon, this will all be burnt to ashes and just a faint, gray memory in my dust pan! :)


Do you have a self-cleaning oven?  How do you keep the glass clean in yours?  One lucky Busy-at-Home reader will win a $25 Visa gift card for sharing how they tackle their toughest kitchen cleaning challenge!  In a comment below, just share your tip for conquering a tough kitchen cleaning challenge and you’re entered.  It doesn’t get easier than that!


Giveaway Rules:

You must be 18 or over and a US resident to enter.  Winner will be selected in a random drawing using random.org.  Deadline to enter is midnight (CST), Sunday, June 19, 2011.


This is a sponsored post for Church & Dwight Co., Inc, the maker of ARM & HAMMER branded products, who is compensating me to try different products. Save 50¢ off two 2lb or 4lb boxes of ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda. And be sure to visit The Switch & Save Challenge to tap into more resources and enter to win $25,000.



  1. says

    My toughest challenge is keeping the grime and mold off the outer edge of the dishwasher. I really dislike using bleach as the whole house smells and haven’t found any other way to get that off.

  2. Cosibar says

    I’m singing the praises of baking soda! My first and formost “go to” glass and most every surface cleaner. Ya, even the glass in my oven and toaster oven too!
    Thanks for a sweet give away and for posting your pics.

  3. Elaine Lund says

    Holy smokes! My oven looks just like yours did before you got it all sparkling clean. My toughest cleaning job IS my oven. And I had no idea how to get it sparkly looking until I read your post. I’m getting out the baking soda and am going to start scrubbing!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  4. Lynda says

    My grandmother was the one that first showed me to use baking soda for cleaning and now I am a grandmother. I use it for removing stains, cleaning the glass on oven and microwave oven doors, for dirty laundry jobs and I make a paste of it to apply to stains on my formica countertops in my old kitchen. A box of baking soda is always in the fridge to help remove odors and let us not forget its use for baking. And, it is safe for the environment, unlike many of the commercial cleaners. Oh, and you can apply a paste of it on hard water spots, let it sit for a while and then scrub and usually most of them will come off. Also, it is unscented for those of us who have allergies to perfumes.

  5. Debi Hubbard says

    My toughest cleaning challenge would be getting others to clean up after themselves when they cook!! I tackle this challenge by cleaning it up myself. If I could lock up the kitchen I would!

  6. carole says

    WOW! the picture you have up looks just like mine!! I usually try to clean the glass with windex but doesn”t do much good. I will try the baking soda treatment and see if mine gets clean. THANKS!!

  7. andrea says

    Tough kitchen challenge of any kind I try and soak things so I don’t have to scrub things very hard and then it feels great when in one sweep something is clean.

  8. Lisa says

    I don’t have a self cleaning oven, so I have to spray on oven cleaner and let it sit a while. I like to use baking soda to scour the baked on gunk. altern147 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Tia Rasmussen says

    I always used the little nylon scrapers, you know ones from Pampered Chef, to try and scrape my oven windows. I’ll have to try Arm & Hammer now. My toughest challenge is the greasy/dusty stove vent I never really notice until right before company comes over. I bet Arm and Hammer would work great on that too.

  10. LisaMarie says

    I have a self cleaning oven, but I tend not to use it because it gets so hot… like to use good ole vinegar to clean to glass and grease

  11. Heather R says

    Right now I use oven cleaner and just try to make it a habit to clean it once a month or every other month so it won’t build up. I will have to try the baking soda next time!

  12. Deborah in Atlanta says

    I have a self-cleaning oven. Just moved in this place a couple of years ago, and the oven was horrendously dirty – TEN TIMES dirtier than yours. We turned that oven cleaner on, and I thought the house was going to melt. Definitely something I will ever do in the summertime again! I still have the nasty stuff in-between the glass because I didn’t think I should really take those screws out. Now I know better. But I scrubbed and scrubbed the glass on the inside and outside. Wish I had known about the baking soda earlier. I’ve got a gas stove/oven, and I never can seem to keep the stovetop clean where items have boiled over. It’s almost impossible to keep it clean. THAT’s my problem area in the kitchen.

  13. Lauralee Hensley says

    Yes, I have a self-cleaning oven. I’ve had to take the door apart like you did to get the glass clean before. I used the soft-scrub paste that was recommended for the glass stove top on the glass, but I did have to keep rinsing it to get the haze off that it caused.
    So next time I’ll try the Baking Soda.
    My toughest cleaning challenge used to be getting the dusty grease off the top of the hanging cabinets. I finally got smart and started putting foil up there and just taking it down and throwing it away periodically. I like it better than paper because the folds stay, if you need to fold an area to get it to fit. It’s heavier than newspaper or paper towels so if you have a fan on, it doesn’t blow up where it can be seen. Another added feature it helped with our internet connection/TV connection as our DSL/Router signals seem to bounce off the foil and help us get better reception.

  14. Jessica says

    I don’t clean mine, we live in an apartment, and lately I’ve been thinking that that will change when it’s my own! It doesn’t get terribly dirty though

  15. Lesley M. says

    My biggest challenge is the oven — I just tried the baking soda on the glass, which didn’t come clean after the last self-cleaning, and it worked! Thanks for the tip!

  16. Bethany C. says

    My toughest cleaning challenge is getting motivated! I think breaking it up into small tasks accomplished every day/every other day makes cleaning easier instead of doing the whole kitchen as a big task.


  17. Teresa says

    Yes. I have a self cleaning oven and it’s fairly new so I haven’t come across your exact situation. YET. My toughest kitchen job is the underside of the covection/microwave oven that hangs above the stove. I don’t cook with grease but it always looks and feels like it’s splatter with greasey stuff. Getting at it and with a good cleaner is a challenge.

  18. Johanna says

    Baking soda is the best! I clean my oven glass with it too. Baking soda makes the sink super shiny as well! I have a self-cleaning oven too but the smell is horrible that comes with it…

  19. says

    My toughest job is my stove top and oven! I do a lot of cooking with 4 kids and it gets nasty quick! I don’t really have a good tip, I need one..lol! I’m going to try baking soda now!

  20. coupondafna says

    I have no idea how to clean up grease splatters on my stovetop and the walls/cabinets that are nearby. I will give baking soda a try to see if it works like magic on those problems too!

  21. says

    My biggest challenge is the ash and debris left after I run the self clean cycle. I put a freshly cleaned crevice tool on the hose of my vacuum cleaner and vacuum clean.

  22. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore says

    I do not have a self cleaning oven, but I do use a cloth and hot soapy water to clean the glass.

  23. brenda says

    My toughest cleaning challenge is keeping the glass top on the stove clean.
    I use Barkeepers Friend.That liquid stuff they say does the job,has not worked for me.

    • Amber says

      I have a white glass top and understand how hard it can be. I tried countless products and I was amazing by the powder form of bar keepers friend. I just sprinkle a little water on the spots then sprinkle the powder over it let it sit for maybe a min then get a paper towel or washcloth and just rub the stains and it works amazing!!!

  24. Aubrey says

    I have a self cleaning oven. My hardest part is keeping the stovetop clean. I find its easiest to clean it after eachuse!
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  25. Tamara B. says

    I am lucky and have a self cleaning oven but it always doesn’t remove everything so I use Baking Soda wit lemon juice and I am able to cut through the grease with no problem.

  26. Lisa Davis says

    We just got a new oven a couple months ago, I’ve cleaned it once since, and it is due for another cleaning. I’ll need to remember to unscrew the top section of the inside of the oven door to get those mysterious drips! I love using baking soda to clean our kitchen, seems like the only thing that really works.

  27. Caryn S says

    My toughest is cleaning up after 2 dogs and a toddler! It helps to have my husband’s help, and if my daughter helps too, I’m set.

  28. amber says

    my toughest kitchen challenge definately my stovetop, b/c of the removable grates over the burners. . .I wipe them down every day, but once a week I put them in the dishwasher, to get a deep cleaning, and then scrub the burners w/ vinegar based cleaner (i think that works better than more expensive plans)

  29. Margaret Smith says

    I love using baking soda for any tough jobs, that need a little bit of power to scrub and when I don’t want any marks or scratches. I use baking soda to clean the top of our glass top stove, I use a little on tough marks on our corian counter and yes, I also use it on our oven door’s glass.
    Thanks so much

  30. Mami2jcn says

    The stovetop is tough to clean. I had to buy a special cleaning gel and a scraper tool to clean it.

  31. Theron N.Willis says

    I do not have a self-cleaning oven. I clean the glass of my oven’s door with a cotton rag soaked in distilled vinegar. A friend suggested that I can use gin or vodka to clean the glass as well.

    Hope to win!

  32. telitha says

    my oven door looks pretty bad and i never knew what to do about it- thanks!

    i poor a little bleach down the garbage disposal every once in a while when it starts to get a little funky.
    telithahight at yahoo dot com

  33. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I love Arm&Hammer! I sprinkle it on counter tops, then scrub with a lemon peel to remove stubborn stains (at my house, that’d usually be coffee.)

  34. Soha Molina says

    To me, my fridge is he toughest to clean. Sticky messes always find their way in there, plus fruit and juices. I juts tackle it with plain water and wash it down.

  35. Gail Crawford says

    For hard baked on stain in pots and pans, let it soak in hot soapy water and hour, and then clean.

  36. Joyce Mlinek says

    My toughest cleaning job would be my oven also as mine is not self-cleaning. I like to use oven cleaner and let it soak. Brillo pads also help scrape off bad areas. My next stove will be self-cleaning as I’ve had one before and they are really nice.

  37. Beth Warren says

    This isn’t for an oven, but we always have a tough time getting our dishes clean in the dishwasher, and my mom found that the Finish brand gelpacs do a great job of helping to get the dishes sparkling clean.

  38. Robin G says

    I bought a spray a while back that you just spray and leave on for a few hours. Then wipe away! It works alright, have to do some scrubbing though.

  39. Kelly Ann T. says

    I use CLR for tough cleaning challenges, I haven’t found anything that works better. I will have to try the baking soda.

  40. Betty N says

    Help! my toughest cleaning challenge is mold growing on the shower walls and I cannot seem to keep ahead of it…we have tried clorox but the smell gives me a headache, as well as a variety of bathroom cleaners that have not helped. Does anyone have an answer to this one? I would be soooo greatful!

    • says


      Have you tried baking soda? It won’t scratch the surface up and it’s good for hard water stains and such in the bathroom. It might be the answer you need. Check out the resource guide at the Arm and Hammer website, here. http://www.armandhammer.com/solutions/solution-17/Shower-Grime.aspx
      They recommend Arm and Hammer Scrub Free with Bleach, but that may give you the same headache problems. I would really give the plain old baking soda a shot, using a technique similar to what I used for the glass on the oven.

  41. Just Coupons says

    I heat my oven real low and then I actually use a plastic scraper and loosen any spills, splashes and stains on the glass. Then, once the oven cools completely, I get the rest of the gook off with a vinegar and water mixture. It really works.

  42. Cynthia C says

    I do have a self cleaning oven and was always puzzled about how to keep the glass clean. I’ve tried dishwashing detergent, but it didn’t do a good job. I’m ready to try baking soda. You are really brave to take your door apart!

  43. karen M says

    Awesome.. never knew about baking soda to clean my glass on the oven. My oven is a self cleaning oven and I have used a spray oven cleaner for the glass.. thanks soooo much for the tip on cleaning with the baking powder.
    My biggest is cleaning the microwave.. teens seem to forget to put a cover on the food while it heats up.. my tip is place a cup of water in the microwave, heat for around 1 minutes.. let the steam do it’s magic to loosen the food on top. I unplug the microwave, use a damp to help remove the stuck on food and grease.

    I like using baking soda in our laundry.. after scout campouts, gets the boys stinky camping clothes and sleeping bags smelling nice again.

    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  44. Yvonne Butler says

    Baking Soda, Baby! It was good enough for my granny and it has proven to be the best for me. I sometimes use baking soda and a toothbrush. I’ve tryed them ALL but Baking Sody is still the best.
    The older I get the more important it is for me to clean every time I use the Kitchen. Makes sure this kind of job doesn’t come up. You live and learn. Takes a little more time -5 min.

  45. says

    My toughest cleaning challenge is the bakeware in which i like to use baking soda which seems to do the trick on my toughest dishwashing jobs.
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

  46. John Stetson says

    My family always used baking soda so we continue the process today and pass it on to our kids.

  47. Alicia Webster says

    I always got overwhelmed when I cleaned my refrigerator until I learned to do it over two days…on day one, I remove everything that can be removed, shelves, drawers, etc. and clean those and put them on the counter on a towel to dry…on day two, I clean the outside of the refrigerator and the inside… it is really manageable that way, and I take my time and really make it shine (so that I don’t have to do it again for a long time!)

  48. nan says

    i have a porcelin sink that always gets discolored…i love soft scrub with bleach to clean it..i lightly scrub it then let it sit for about 10 minutes..rinse and it’s clean again
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

  49. Barbara M says

    Kitchen cleaning challenge – my stove hood!
    Took care of it with Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
    Thank you.
    barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

  50. Carmen Q. says

    I don’t have a self cleaning oven and really hate cleaning my oven. I am afraid to use harsh oven cleaners that can burn away my nosehairs lol so I rely on more natural solutions such and good old elbow grease. I use scrubbers like baking soda and grainy natural cleaners, as well as cut the grease with vinegar. It’s not perfect but it’s good enough and I don’t breathe in toxic fumes in the process.

  51. Linda says

    Oh my goodness, my oven is my biggest task, I tried the baking soda and I can’t believe it looks just like new!

  52. Crystal F says

    I just did my oven a few weeks away. It was a big pain in the butt. lol I just used the oven cleaner spray without smell. I sprayed it and left it over night which worked well. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  53. Stephanie G says

    I do have a self-cleaning oven, but rarely use that. I prefer to use easy off to get the oven and window clean and I usually use ammonia to get really tough stuff off

  54. Suzanne K says

    I’m not lucky enough to have a self cleaning oven so I do the baking soda for the whole shebang! I’ve also learned that the same baking soda method you described above works great on my glass cooktop stove! Works as well as the VERY expensive cleaners sold in stores, and (I’m sure) a lot less toxic!

  55. lisa kay says

    I Love my SOS pads ..=) I use them on my stove top and inside they work Great! and on my stainless steal sink!

  56. Patricia says

    My biggest challenge is getting some tough stains off my range top. I havent been successful there yet but I am going to try baking soda on those too.

  57. Maria D. says

    My toughest challenge is dealing with my inner germophobe, lol. So I have a spray bottle filled with 50/50 water and rubbing alcohol and use that to sanitize surfaces.

  58. Mari says

    Baking soda and vinegar are staples in my home for cleaning, since my dh has terrible allergies and is sensitive to most OTC cleaners. We do not have a self cleaning oven.

  59. says

    My toughest cleaning job is getting those sliver liners under my stove burners clean. They get so yuck! A&H Baking Soda usually does the job though! :)

  60. Sharon says

    I use barkeeper’s friend cleaning powder on nearly everything ….and i love it! It even took off a years-old rust spot on the eaves of the house. Miracle stuff.

  61. Cindy says

    A favorite tip I read to keep your dish sponge fresh is to put it in your dishwasher periodically. Works beautifully.

  62. Dee says

    My biggest challenge is keeping the stove clean and sparkling — baking soda works fine but I have to make sure I clean it often so it doesn’t become too much of a chore :)

  63. Wanda M says

    I discovered a great mix to tackle tough grease: 1 gallon water, 2 TBL Dawn, 1/2 cup 20 MuleTeam Borax and a capful of Ammonia. Works wonders!!
    wbailey113 at hotmail dot com

  64. Karen D says

    We do not have a selfcleaning oven so I just use baking soda and sometimes a little white vinegar – if my husband wants it clean, he buys something from the store. Honestly, the oven is the last thing in my kitchen that gets cleaned, poor thing. Baking soda really is the best for cleaning just about anything, safe too. Great giveaway!

  65. says

    My best kitchen cleaning tip yet is to invite people in town for the weekend–nothing motivates me to get it all together and to stay up late getting it clean than the threat (ergh I mean JOY) of incoming houseguests.

  66. jennifer horn says

    My toughest challenge is getting the others in the house to clean the stove top after they are finished before it has a chance to dry. Much easier to clean if it’s fresh.

  67. Betsy Hoff says

    I use Vinegar for practically everything in the kitchen! It is a great cleaner! Especially in the fridge or for stove/ovens! It’s also great for the coffeemaker! It works great on any stains and is great for odors!

  68. charline says

    My toughest cleaning challenge in the kitchen is cleaning under the frig and stove, I can’t move them so I take a yard stick and wrap a old terry towel around it to clean out the dust and whateverelse gets under there. Then I take off the dirty towel and wrap another old towel around the yard stick that I have sprayed with vinegar water. Works great!

  69. wcc says

    My toughest cleaning challenge has got to be getting behind the fridge, oven and appliances to sweep and clean. Thanks for the chance! :)

  70. Steph S says

    My toughest kitchen challenge is keeping the glass cooktop on my stove clean. What can I say, I’m a messy cook!

  71. Brittney says

    I use scrubbing bubbles! I love them! Use them in the kitchen and bathroom.
    brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

  72. Connie says

    Our oven used to be a self cleaning one, but it’s so old now we need all the help we can get. I follow on twitter as @ConVo_Info

  73. Kimberly says

    We have really hard water, so dishes are the most difficult kitchen project — in the dishwasher OR in the sink. I have found that adding LemiShine powder to the soap dispenser helps get rid of hard water spots in the dishwasher. As for hand washed dishes — I have to dry them right away!
    kcoud33 at gmail dot com

  74. MK says

    My self-cleaning oven is large enough that I don’t get serious splatter on the glass door. Usually just a wipe down does it, although sometimes I use a pot scrubber for stubborn spots.

  75. Carol Foster says

    The microwave in my house is always hard to keep clean the kids are always spilling things and then it gets cooked onto the sides and top of the microwave. I found that half of a lemon and about 3 cups of water in a bowl,create steam which helps loosen the baked on food and the lemon scent freshens the fan and the inside of the oven .
    carolkfoster at comcast dot net

  76. Tracy Robertson says

    I am lucky that I do have a self cleaning oven. I actually don’t keep the glass clean though, LOL! I am very particular about how I wash dishes (I prewash them, then wash them in the dishwasher and double the rinse cycle). I am also very particular about food-handling, but aside from those two things, I don’t really care if the stovetop gets a little grimy or the oven glass is murky. I try to delegate some of the kitchen cleaning to my boyfriend so that neither one of us has too much work, but he doesn’t always cooperate. So I guess my tip is to not worry to much about the appearance of the kitchen as long as the food handling and eating surfaces are clean.

  77. Katharina says

    When I have a tough kitchen cleaning challenge, I go for the vinegar for everything from cleaning countertops to removing sticky substances cause by labels, etc. It works great for those kitchen windows, too.
    Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

  78. crystal allen says

    i usually use vinegar to clean my oven glass but I will try baking soda next time to see if it works better thanks for the great post, clallen at ntin dot net

  79. Nick says

    I love the “As Seen on TV” Orange Glo works like a wonder product! It really does get rid of the grime in my oven!

  80. Debbie C says

    I love using baking soda also but to give it an extra kick to clean greasy things, I sprinkle the baking soda on the greasy item them squeeze on some Dawn dishwashing liquid. It works great. For stains on Formica counters, I use liquid dishwater detergent. Sometimes I have to work it in, squirt on more and let it sit over night.

    dchrisg3 (at) gmail (dot) com

  81. Pat says

    My toughest cleaning kitchen job is the oven. I just started using Arm&Hammer baking soda a few months ago and it does work great.

  82. terry says

    I do have a self cleaning oven, but still hate to clean it. I try to keep the glass clean with comet. I think cleaning the shower is the worst. Whatever I use to scrub on it, it still looks like it needs more!

  83. says

    I solve my biggest kitchen cleaning challenge (namely the oven) by shutting the door and ignoring it. BUT I must say this post was quite inspirational. I may just have to tackle it. Thanks.

  84. says

    wow great post! I used to have that same issue with an older stove I used to have and never knew how to get rid of that(drove me crazy too!) drippy grime between the glass lol

    Thank you for the tips!!

    My best tip is for cleaning the microwave…I put a bowl of water w/ lemons sliced into it inside..bring it to a boil..let it sit at least about 20 minutes..sometimes longer ha..Then take it out and it’s SO SO easy to wipe AND you have used NO chemicals!

    Thank you for the chance to win!


  85. Carolsue says

    For a self-cleaning oven, I use:
    * 1 T Liquid dish soap
    * 1 T Lemon juice
    * 1 T Bleach
    * 1 Quart Warm water

    Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl.

    Apply the oven cleaning solution with a sponge to the inside of the oven. Let it sit for 1 hour. Scrub with a sponge or green scrubby. Rinse well.

  86. Victoria Russell says

    my tip is simple – clean as soon as the mess happens! (and i am cleaning my oven this morning with your baking soda tips! whoohoo!)

  87. Ellie W says

    I have the exact same problem with my oven. I need to take the front of mine off and clean it the way you did. I thought there was no way to get to it. I have a new cleaning project to do, now.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  88. Marie R says

    I don’t have a self cleaning oven and my trick for cleaning the oven is I always clean it after each use. I don’t use the oven much so its not a hassle.

  89. Dara Nix says

    Unfortunately, I do NOT have a self-cleaning oven! But the best thing I have EVER found to clean it is ….. Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers! Seriously, these things clean EVERYTHING!

  90. Erin E says

    YES! I have the same problem. I usually use oven cleaner on it, which I hate using. I never thought to try Arm & Hammer before, and I’m so glad I read about it on your blog. I’m going to try that next time! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.
    sewmuchstuff at ymail dot com

  91. ewhatley says

    I’ve been using the “blue spray stuff” to clean my oven glass and now will use baking soda instead. By the way, pour a little baking soda in your kitchen sink drain then follow with vinegar. You can hear it working.

  92. says

    I just moved into my condo and it has a self cleaning oven! I am so happy. I always hated cleaning the oven. Now I’m wondering about the glass…..

    Other than that, I’m a fan of cleaning with vinegar.

  93. Kendra says

    Hubby always manages to burn something on our stove top. That’s always tough to clean. I use a scraper and ceramic cleaner. It does the job mostly.

  94. Raven In A Blue Room says

    I wipe it down with a dish soap + water solution

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  95. ky2here says

    I know it’s bad for the environment but I’m a big user of lemon ammonia. Nothing cuts grease better.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  96. Patricia Treskovich says

    no self cleaning oven but my toughest job is keeping the floor clean and I like top job for that

  97. Stephanie R says

    I try to use really hot water as soon as the stains happen so they come out and I didn’t have to use any harsh cleaners in a hot oven :)

  98. Ashley says

    I do have a self-cleaning oven, but for cleaning the glass, I usually use either oven cleaner, or an abrasive cleanser before finishing off with glass cleaner. I’ll have to give the A&H a shot!

    ashaldridge (at) gmail (dot) com

  99. Geoff K says

    My toughest cleaning challenge in the kitchen is keeping the microwave spotless and getting out tough set-in spills and stains. I tackle it by using a trick my mom taught me – before cleaning, I heat up a cup of water and let the steam soften and loosen the crumbs and stains. Then, with baking soda and hot water, cleaning it is so much easier!

  100. Chrysa says

    My toughest challenge is to keep the stovetop clean so now I spray it down after cooking and then when we finish our meal it is easy to wipe up.

  101. Jen Carl says

    I try to prevent it before it happens by putting an oven tray (like aluminum foil but a tray) in the bottom. That’s where the majority of my mess is. So after a month, I chuck it.. I clean the rest with either baking soda and water or use a scrubber:)

    Jen Carl
    jenc2522 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  102. clynsg says

    I do not have a self-cleaning oven, and the door does not have glass, so that is one cleaning job I do not have to do. But I have used baking soda for cleaning for years, because it really does work beautifully.

  103. Kat Emerick says

    OMG!! I am so glad that I came upon your site! I was wondered how to clean in between the glass on the oven door and you showed me..duh.. I never thought of unscrewing the door.Thanks for the tip! And I do have a self cleaning oven .and for the ones who has trouble cleaning the mold and mildews from the tub due to hard water.. Take some paper towels and soak in bleach and lay alone the egdges of the tub .wait a few minutes and it will be white again.

  104. kolpin says

    my biggest challenge is the freezer. mine has little ridges where little crumbs get stuck. i use my dirt devil and a skewer to get them out!

    kolpin4680 at gmail dot com

  105. barbara wright says

    When your sink is dull and nothing else seems to make it shiny, use a little bit of Drano crystals on it. Just DON”T TOUCH IT!!! I leave it for a few minutes and then rinse it away – with the spray nozzle – NOT my hands! It comes out as shiny as when it’s new.

  106. Emma Peel says

    my stove and the burners, they always seem to get gunk in the little nooks and I hate to get cleaner and water into the actual burners where the gas comes out


  107. Diane Baum says

    My toughest job….and I still haven’t cleaned it yet is my stove/oven! Are you sure you didn’t come to my house to take that picture?

  108. Betty Curran says

    I never realized that I could take the oven door apart. I’m going to have to do that.
    I usually use either Magic Eraser or baking soda for tough jobs.

  109. Amy DeLong says

    keeping the stainless steel fridge clean,best is baking soda and water

  110. Selene says

    Never thought about using baking soda…just used cleaner and water. Also never thought about removing one of the panes.

    kg4rmt at arrl dot net

  111. Rachel Newman says

    As my oven is a 1940’s O’Keefe and Merritt, it is certainly not self-cleaning, and what a hassle it is. Perhaps that is why I rarely cook in it? Thankfully, I’m more of a stovetop cooker, not an oven baker. But the last time I’ve done it, I did it old school the way my gramma did, with ammonia!

  112. Charity S says

    Yes, I have self-cleaning oven, but the glass is just impossible to clean. I just try to use glass cleaner to clean it.

  113. Susan Smith says

    Yes. I have a self cleaning oven so I haven’t come across your exact situation but my microwave always seems dirty so my quick trick is after I use it I wipe the splash stains with lemon.

  114. mary gardner says

    my toughest challenge is keeping my fridge clean, and i just try to wipe under everything i take out of the fridge or any time i move things around to try to keep it from becoming dirty

    jagar0047 at yahoo dot com

  115. Veronica Garrett says

    Cleaning the oven of baked on grease is my toughest challenge. I haven’t found any easy solution. I use oven cleaner and lots of elbow grease.

  116. Mandala says

    I use soapy water . .. but for tough stains, I use Easy Off oven cleaner.
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

  117. Christine Owens says

    I like to make a paste of baking soda and windex, sometimes even a little vinegar. I sort of throw the whole kitchen sink at it! :-)

  118. Marcy Strahan says

    My toughest cleaning challenge is the Ice Box! tea & drinks spill down the sides & pool at the bottom under the fruit drawers in a slick gross mix of slim & dried yuck.
    I clean with hot water mixed with baking soda & top that off with wiping it down with Germx hand gel!
    I try to do it once a month right before going grocery shopping & adding more food to the ice box.

  119. R Hicks says

    Tackling a really dirty oven is tough. I use LOTS of elbow grease and something like Easy Off

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  120. brian e. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…our toughest cleaning job is our kitchen cooking area’s ventilation hood / fan; it is a stainless steel commercial unit that we bought at a salvage yard & restored. It looks great but is a bear to clean, takes two people to take out the filters & fan unit (after shutting off the breaker), then scrubbing with plastic pads & Simple Green degreaser !

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

  121. barbara wright says

    Oh good – comments aren’t disabled yet. This isn’t for an entry – I just wanted to let you know that I decided to try what you suggested. OMG – when I took the 2nd screw out, 4 BIG pieces went flying! I tried not to think about how I was going to put it back together again, and just cleaned the glass. Ahhhh!!! You’re right – it looked as good as new when it was done. And it only took me 20 minutes to put the door back together again – I had to use packing tape to hold the side pieces on while I worked on putting the rest of it together.
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


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