How to Clean Grease Build-Up from a Glass Oven Door


Bob asked: How do I clean a glass oven door? Our glass oven doors have a film on them that resembles oil or gasoline on water. We have tried everything to clean them without results. The film is on the outside and is not from burnt on food.

As we’re cooking, grease and oil become airborne along with steam rising from our pots and pans. It then lands on the surface of our appliances, and builds up over time into a thick film or residue that can be tough to remove. To release this film, the grease must be broken down and wiped away. Follow these steps to break through the greasy film and remove it for good.

You Will Need:

  • Grease-cutting cleaner (choose one)
  • Hot water
  • Sponges or soft cloths

Steps to Clean Away the Greasy Film:

  1. Clean the area as normal to remove any superficial dirt and dust.
  2. Next, apply the chosen cleaner using a sponge or soft cloth.
  3. Allow it set for a few minutes. (if applicable)
  4. Use the hot water to gently scrub the area and remove the cleaner.
  5. Repeat until the greasy film is removed.
  6. Rinse with clean water.

Additional Tips and Ideas

  • There are many different cleaners that individuals have found helpful in removing this grime from the front of appliances. Cream cleaners, Sheila Shine spray, ammonia (ensure that it is not used with any bleach products) as well as auto-cleaning products have been successful in removing the film.
  • Avoid using any abrasive cleaners or scratch pads on glass doors as it will cause fine scratches across the surface. These scratches are often mistaken for a film, however they cannot be removed with the above cleaners.


  1. Hi, I have exactly the same oven doors – it’s as if they’ve got oil on them, so cleaning them just makes them go ‘rainbowy’ or smeared. It’s not grease and cannot be cleaned off! Polarized, perhaps? Advice is good, but not for these doors!

  2. It worked. Unbelievable! Baking soda is amazing. I used Scotch Brite pads instead of Mr. Clean. They are less expensive and worked as well.

  3. Saw somewhere on-line to use dampened dryer sheets. Works wonderfully! Took maybe 10 minutes, and my oven door looks brand spanking new.

  4. My oven door windows are dirty between the two panes of glass. I don’t know how to describe it. I don’t even know how the grease got in there. I don’t see any separation between them.

  5. CG,
    This article might help: How to Clean Inside Double Glass Oven Doors.

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