How to Split Open Your Oven Door to Clean the Window

Hey Mom,

Oven doors are a lot like people. It's easy to clean the surface, to scrub and soak until nary a hint of outward imperfection remains. It's much more difficult to clean between the panes, to wash the windows within, to open superficial barriers and erase the inexplicable smears and splotches marring even the most thoroughly cleansed exterior.

Everyone has a good side, their perfect angle, picturesque and flattering, never forced to face the heat. Extra effort is applied to their bad side, an extra dab of product to treat a nasty blemish, more vigorous scrubbing to remove baked-on grease.

But cleaning the space between isn't so simple. Many choose to ignore it, hoping no one will notice – a toxic neurosis, a mysterious splatter, streaks of unknown origin. Others desire change, yearning to remedy those inner imperfections, but don't know what to do, unaware that internal healing is even a possibility. Perhaps they're too ashamed to acknowledge their emotional shortcomings. Maybe they're hoping to forget, to move past that streak of gravy that leaked inside following an inadvertent stove-top spill three Thanksgivings ago.

Today I'm going to show you how to cleanse from within. It helps to open up. You're going to need a screwdriver.

Many home ovens require the door to be almost completely disassembled to access the interior glass. Luckily, yours was designed by clever neatniks. After removing two screws, the door will split apart effortlessly. It's spring loaded, so make sure to maintain light pressure on top, otherwise it will pop open with gusto.

The inner panes are immediately accessible and can be cleaned with a rag dampened with window cleaner.

Press the door back together, reinsert the screws, and your oven is ready to use again. Easy.

Get out of there, George! You are not a cake!

With a little knowledge and a bit of help, we can all become better, inside and out.


your loving son,

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