How To Clean Oven Glass With Vinegar and Baking Soda

There are a couple of ways to conduct oven cleaning. Using vinegar and baking soda is one great option as you’ll see below.

Read on to learn how along with some other helpful info.

How To Clean Oven Glass With Vinegar and Baking Soda

how to clean oven glass with vinegar and baking soda

What You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Distilled vinegar/distilled white vinegar
  • Mixing bowl or container
  • Clean tap water or distilled water
  • (Optional) spray bottle to create an easy-to-spray cleaning solution.
  • Soft cloth

Steps for Cleaning Your Oven With Baking Soda and Vinegar

Using baking soda and vinegar to clean your oven is easy. It requires a little mixing, a little waiting, and a little scrubbing.

  1. Mix ½ cup of baking soda with three tablespoons of water. Mix until combined in a paste.
  2. Remove the racks from the oven. You can clean the outside of the oven later on.
  3. Smear the paste over the dirty parts of the oven, no matter if it is metal or glass.
  4. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then wipe the paste with wet paper towels. Watch as the paste lifts away dirt and grease!
  5. Wipe the interior with a damp cloth or paper towel dipped in warm water using a 3:1 mixture of water and vinegar for extra punch!

You can clean the outside of your oven with the vinegar mixture as well. Spray it on, then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. That is it! Enjoy your clean oven from top to bottom after this cleaning method.

Will Baking Soda and Vinegar Damage Glass?

Baking soda is a non-toxic and easy-to-use cleaning material. Its slightly abrasive nature makes it a good cleaning product without running the risk of scratching up any glass.

The baking soda neutralizes odors and breaks down grease making it very handy for use in the home.

Vinegar should be used with warm water and diluted. If you use it in too high a concentration it can cause damage. However, most vinegar you can buy at the store is distilled and comes in a 5% solution.

Is Baking Soda the Same as Bicarbonate of Soda for Cleaning

is baking soda the same as bicarbonate of soda for cleaning

Yes, bicarbonate of soda is the same thing as baking soda. Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are both used for cleaning, deodorizing, and cooking.

If your recipe calls for bicarbonate of soda it’s just another term for the same thing.

Does Salt and Vinegar Clean Glass?

does salt and vinegar clean glass

If you don’t have baking soda on hand you can use salt as a replacement. It has similar abrasive qualities as baking soda but it doesn’t neutralize and break down tough messes like grease the same way baking soda does.

To use salt and vinegar, sprinkle salt all over the glass oven door. Then gently wipe everything away. Don’t scrub very hard as it’s not necessary.

After removing the stuck-on food or other debris, spray the door or other oven glass with a vinegar solution. Gently wipe with a cloth saturated with warm water or a microfiber cloth.

You can also heat your oven with vinegar inside at a high temperature for about half an hour. The vinegar and heat help steam the entire oven with a vinegar solution which will make it easier to remove stuck-on food, grease, and other debris.

Can You Use a Magic Eraser on Oven Glass?

can you use a magic eraser on oven glass

Yes, a magic eraser is safe for cleaning glass. Magic erasers have tiny micro scrubbers that go-to work on tough kitchen messes, including oven glass covered with food residue.

Mr. Clean, the company that makes magic erasers, now produces a version meant for kitchen surfaces like glass oven doors. The kitchen-specific version contains Dawn cleaning liquid for the ultimate clean that breaks down oils and grease.

Neither the original magic eraser nor the kitchen-specific magic erasers are abrasive enough to scratch your oven glass. If you’re unsure be sure to first test it on a small and inconspicuous patch before using it all over your appliances.

How Do You Clean Stubborn Oven Glass Without Vinegar

how do you clean stubborn oven glass without vinegar

Cleaning oven glass without vinegar isn’t impossible, but if it’s stubborn, stuck-on food, it will be harder to get off without the help of vinegar. One way to clean your glass oven door without vinegar is to use a grease-busting soap instead.

To make this solution without vinegar:

  • Mix two quarts of water with two quarts of rubbing alcohol.
  • Next, add three drops of liquid dishwashing soap.

The rubbing alcohol and water is a light mixture that’s good for cleaning but won’t leave streaks on your glass surfaces.

James Marshall
About the author

James is a business management professional and consultant with a former background in maintenance, repair, and hands-on projects. He enjoys DIY tasks and maintenance around the home as well as part-time writing. Read more »