How to Clean Inside Double Glass Oven Doors


Diann asked: How do I clean inside spills on a double glass oven door? Somehow, pancake mix got between the double glass. I cannot clean it by wiping either side or using automatic oven cleaner. The kitchen window is also double paned and cannot be cleaned. I do not know how my husband was able to drip the mixture inside the double pane. It looks awful.

Food, grease, drips and streaks can get in between the glass panes in a variety of ways. Sometimes it drips down through vents in the top of the door. Grease from the oven can travel through steam vapors into the door where they settle leaving spots and streaks. Removing anything from in between the glass pieces will be a challenge. Here are a few methods that have been successful.

Disassembling The Door

*Disassembling the door yourself will void the warranty and may require a service technician to repair any damage or put the door back together. It is recommended that a service technician complete this for you. It is not recommended that you disassemble the door yourself.

You Will Need:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cloths
  • Glass stovetop cleaner

Steps to Remove the Glass:

  1. Make an appointment with a service technician to remove the glass from the door.
  2. Use glass cleaner to remove as much of the debris as possible.
  3. For tougher stains and food debris, use a glass stovetop cleaner to aid with removal.
  4. Once the stains and debris are removed, allow the service technician to reassemble the door.

Cleaning Through the Door Vents

When the glass cannot be removed or is no longer covered by the warranty, there are other, more creative, ways that can be used to clean it.

You Will Need:

  • Long handled cleaner
    • Bottle brush
    • Yardstick/ruler wrapped in cloth
    • Bent hanger wrapped in cloth
    • Dryer vent brush
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cloths/towels/long socks
  • Duct tape (optional)

Steps to Clean Between the Glass:

  1. Some ovens have small vents along the bottom or top of the door. These vents go in between the glass (and are likely part of the problem with other materials getting in there as well). By inserting a towel on a long-handled stick, you can gently clean between the glass without disassembling the door.First, find the vents on the door if you have them.
  2. It may be easier to remove the door from the hinges and lay it flat on the floor. Many oven doors simply lift right off of the hinges, others will require loosening a few screws first. Replacing the door should be easy to do at the end of the cleaning and will not void the warranty.
  3. Start by choosing a long-handled cleaning tool. There are a variety of options available, so be creative.
  4. Secure a towel or soft cloth (long socks work well) to the handle with duct tape or other strong tape. Make sure it’s well fastened so it doesn’t come off and become stuck in the door.
  5. Moisten the towel or soft cloth with the window cleaner or other cleaning product.
  6. Insert the cleaning tool through the vents.
  7. Move the cloth back and forth to remove the debris from between the glass.
  8. Remove the cloth.
  9. Repeat with a clean cloth until all of the debris is gone.
  10. Replace the door on the oven and enjoy the clear, clean view.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Some companies include this disassembly of the door in the warranty, so it will not have to be paid for out of pocket.
  • If the glass can’t be cleaned, it can always be covered up with a decorative dish towel.
  • If normal glass cleaner does not remove the debris, try the cleaning products designed for glass stove tops. They’re stronger than glass cleaner and designed to remove food debris.


  1. WOW! Using the glass stovetop cleaner worked AMAZINGLY well. It cleaned mine to like-new condition. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that. Thank You!

  2. I have found that the slots on the bottom of the door are not wide enough to do any kind of good job cleaning. After trying that (and not being able to get the bottom drawer out), I looked at the door, and found it is five times easier to take the door apart and get a good cleaning job on the glasses. There are three panes in the door so you are just playing around with the ruler/brush and such. A person just needs a little mechanical ability to take the door apart; I did it and got the panes looking good.

  3. Thanks so much for this advice! I took off the oven door, placed it flat on the counter and at the bottom were 3 screws. I figured, the worse that would happen is that I would have to put the 3 screws back. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I could tip the outer stainless shell, prop it with a small can of vegetables and use a metal yardstick with a wet cloth to actually get the stain off that has been inside the glass for months! On my oven, the whole door did not come apart (which is what I worried about), just enough for me to prop it and get inside the double sheets of glass. I put the 3 screws back on the door, put it on the oven and it looks like new! Thanks for the advice. By the way, my oven was way past any warranty, so I would have had to pay a serviceman.

  4. I was worried about not being able to put the door back together once unscrewed, but was pleasantly (and gratefully) surprised that it was super easy. The screwing & unscrewing process didn’t take more than a couple of minutes. My door looks great for the first time in years! Thank you all!

  5. I have a Samsung electric range/oven that is only a month old and had drips on the inside of the door. I was told that it was not covered under warranty and that I would have to pay for a service call. Bad design flaw is what I say!
    Anyway, I was able to get to the glass by removing just the two screws at the top of the inside of the oven door, supported the door so it did not hyperextend toward the floor and with cloths and a ruler, get to the drips inside. Thanks!

  6. I have a Whirlpool gas range that had some drips on the inside of the front glass panel. To clean, I removed the two top screws from the top inside that also attach the front handle of the door. The handle is fitted over the inside and front glass panel, which also wraps over the two side trims. The supporting metal trim at the door bottom has a channel for the glass panel, which can bend. To avoid bending the bottom trim, carefully lift the glass panel up and off rather than forward and out. Take note how the side trims fit to the door; it can be tricky getting all to fit back together. After some difficulty, I found I had to put the door panels and handle back together first, leaving the screws loosened just enough to pop the side trims in.

  7. Any ideas about cleaning the area between inner and outer glass on a Bosch oven? Took the door off quite easily, but cannot get a ruler far enough inside to attach a sock with glass cleaner…What next? Any ideas are welcome as the oven looks dirty although the inside and top are well maintained.

  8. Judy,
    Here are some more ideas:
    Cut a piece of poster board (or several pieces and tape them together for extra stability), wrap the poster board with pieces of newspaper, then apply the glass cleaner to the newspaper. I would not suggest using paper towels, as they can leave the glass streaky or possibly deposit lint onto the glass, which would be difficult to remove.
    If you don’t have a wire hanger that you could use, try twisting pipe cleaners together to the length needed. There are probably a variety of weird objects from a craft supply store that could work, or maybe those soft jumbo fuzzy pipe cleaners from a dollar store (like these). Twist both ends of them together to make a rectangle shape, then tape those onto the end of a ruler – no cloth/sock/newspaper needed; just apply the glass cleaner to the fuzz. Just make sure there are absolutely no wire pieces sticking out that could scratch the glass, or you could still wrap them with newspaper or a sock if preferred. Also, you may want to test them on a mirror first to make sure there is no lint, especially if they are brand new.

  9. My Bosch double oven, which is one month old, has stains between the glass on both ovens and it dripped through to the floor. My husband had used the grill for bacon and the fat dripped through. Should I attempt the cleaning myself or should I get an engineer to complete it? It still is under guarantee.

  10. The Secret for Cleaning The Inside of the Oven Door Glass Surfaces and Glass Range Cooking Surfaces:

    The author of this piece is wise to discourage taking the door apart to clean the glass – in our litigious society. Voided warranties, possible oven failure due to poor reassembly or other hazards.

    Many have problems with such tasks that look complex – but in reality, are simple. Common sense and good mechanical dexterity is all that is needed.

    Most doors can be disassembled with a Phillips head screwdriver. Carefully proceed, being conscious of how it is coming apart (you will need to reverse this process once the glass is clean and you need to re-assemble the door).

    If your memory is short, use your cell phone to take pictures of each stage of the door disassembly process. Use those photos for reference later, if needed.

    Once exposed, use a cleaning agent and then a razor blade (held in a blade handle) and scrape away the stains, with firm pressure and care not to allow the razor blade end edges to scratch the glass. Glass can not be damaged with a razor blade when applied properly – and nothing cleans soiled glass like a blade.

    Razor blades also work well on the glass oven surface ovens. Spray some cleaner on and then repeatedly scrape the glass – you will be amazed how this cleans a surface you already thought was as clean as you could get. As long as you are getting a creamy black residue at the blade edge – you have not finished the job.

    My 7 year old GE glass surface electric oven looks brand new.

    I clean my oven like this twice annually.

  11. I have a candy oven, which you can’t unscrew. Only had it a few months. Any suggestions how to clean it please? It’s got one streak in it that is annoying me.

  12. I have cleaned my Kenmore oven glass as instructed above. But, there is a double pane of glass on the inside of the oven door. Inside those two pieces of glass is dirty. How do I clean that? It looks like a double pane storm window, and I don’t see how I can get it apart.

  13. I also have the same problem as Pat. I have dirt between the two glass panes. My oven has two with a seal between them PLUS the front pane. The front is easy to remove: just two screws that hold the handle, but how to you get to the inner two panes?

  14. My old Fagor oven is long past its guarantee date. I followed the instruction manual to take off the oven door. Upon turning the door upside-down, I noticed three small vents; took the whole door up to the bathtub, and using a hot shower spray and no cleaning products, sprayed through the vents until all the residue washed off. Placed the door right way up on the bathmat until all the water inside had dripped down through the vents, then put the door back onto the oven and turned it on to let the heat finish drying off the oven. 99% clean. Next time I may try a chopstick to get at the one slightly dirty corner.

  15. I have removed the inner door of my Hotpoint HG60, only fixed by two clips which undo easily, but both sides now look the same. Does it matter which way around I put them back?

    Hope someone can help please.

  16. Hmm, I’ve wondered myself about taking the oven door apart. My stove is so old that it isn’t covered by warranty and I doubt GE would want to service it since it’s 37 years old. (It’s harvest gold to give you a hint.) The inside of the glass on the door has been dirty for years. I think I might try the yard stick or hanger trick to see if that will work…

  17. It worked – it really did. And nothing has worked for the last year- divorce, dog died, other dog seizures, major facial rash – not from nerves, but treating for 1 year and I now have to go to NYU for their expertise in NYC – car developed major head gasket problem, uninsured diamond fell out of my engagement ring 2 weeks ago, friends and family who have turned out to be the exact opposite – BUT OMG IT WORKED – so it has brought me a little happiness!!!!!! Let me tell you what I did. I first used pipe cleaners to see if the bottom or top vents gave me the best entry and how entry would work. So I took a clear “flexible” lucitte clear ruler and put doubled-sided sticky tape on both sides of the ruler and then rolled the paper towel around 2-3 times and then secured the layers of paper towels with the double-sided sticky tape so that it is under the layers and does not show. Then, bend the paper towel over the top with double-sided tape also, but under the towels so it dosen’t show. Then with Glass Plus (ammonia free – streak free), spread on the paper towel – went in from bottom and worked around and can use a 12″ wooden skewer stick (get a bag cheap in a grocery store) like a big thick supportive tooth pick to help direct the Glass Plus paper towel on the plyable ruler around and back. Be patient; quite easy (I was prepared to unscrew and take it all apart and that concerd me because it is an oven door. To the lady with the pancake batter, you will just have to be a little more patient since it is a gooey substance – be patient it will work…and then make you smile. And I needed a smile! Good luck and thank you for the person with the info that made it possible for me to do!

  18. I just cleaned the inside window by removing and taking the door apart. I thought I’d post my lesson learned. It was all very easy; I just forgot about the razor sharp metal edges inside the door. Ouch. Be warned!

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