So, we've been in our new house about four months now, and last weekend I decided it was time to give the self-cleaning oven a whirl...meaning, it was time for it to clean itself! After about 5 hours of bad smell and heat, I opened the oven door to a clean oven. I noticed the oven glass (or window) was still horribly messy. I resigned myself to probably buying some oven cleaner.
Then tonight, through the miracle that is Pinterest, I came upon a post from DIY Home Sweet Home that detailed how to clean your oven glass with just baking soda and water. Incredulous, I knew I had to give it a try.
Basically, you take 1/4 cup of baking soda and mix in enough water to make a paste. This took me a few tries, but I finally got it. It was either a matter of adding some more water and then adding more baking soda until I had the consistency described.
The directions didn't say exactly how to smear the paste on the oven glass, so I poured the paste onto my oven window and then tried to smear it around with a paper towel. Big mistake. The paper towel absorbed the water and left the baking soda to be a sticky mess. I finally just smeared it all around with my fingers and hands (something you could NOT do with Easy Off).
I let it sit for 20 minutes...and then I took warm water and a sponge to rinse it off. It's not perfect, but we definitely made progress and I LOVE the fact I didn't have to use stinky, dangerous chemicals to do it.
My oven before:
Here's the baking soda mixture doing its job:
And the final result: