Monday, March 23, 2015

Through an oven door darkly, then brightly once more

So I started my Spring cleaning a few days ago, and one of the things on the list was to figure out how to clean the drips that are inside the ding-dang oven door.  How, I ask myself, how does this happen???  It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery and stuck between the panes of glass in my oven door.


When I searched for instructions on how to get to the glass to clean it, the first thing every site said was "unlock the hinges and remove the door".*  Ain't nobody got time for that, much less space or energy.  So I skipped ahead to the next instruction:  remove the screws that hold the door together.

Now, I can't speak for every oven in every home, but it turns out that on my oven, if you unscrew just the screws at the top of the door...

It looks like it requires a fancy tool, but I used an ordinary Phillip's head screwdriver.

...the door will magically pop apart and you can clean like a Vocational Homemaker till everything sparkles.

No lie, I nearly wept with joy when this happened.

It's hard to get a good picture of a very clear double layer of glass.

Shining like the top of the Chrysler building, as God intended.

Use whatever cleaning product or tool you like.  I happened to use a heaping helping of Bar Keeper's Friend, which I like because my parents always had a can of it under the kitchen sink in our childhood home so obviously it's the best.  But you should use anything that floats your oven door.

Once you get it all polished up and shiny, put the sections back together and admire your handiwork. If you have friends or loved ones close by, they will no doubt what to admire with you so plan on guests.

*That's not entirely true.  A few of the sites said to tape a piece of cloth to a piece of coat hanger and push it up between the glass from the bottom of the oven door.  NO.  Just NO.