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How to Clean in Between the Glass Door of your Maytag Oven

Does your oven have spills inside the front door, between the glass? It seems like there’s no way to get in there to clean it, but I found a way to clean in between the glass!

How do you clean in between glass oven door layers?

Today might not be one of my most artistic and creative posts, but since I’m getting my house ready to sell, you guys will have to bear with me as I drag you through some home maintenance with me.

The good news is if you have a Maytag oven (or similar glass front oven) you can benefit from my messes.

How to clean between oven glass without disassembling the door:

How to clean between the glass of your Maytag oven door without disassembling the door.

Disclaimer: Since posting this hack, I’ve had a few people chastise me in the comments section for doing it wrong. I NEVER want to lead you guys astray, and just because it worked for me may not mean it will work for everyone.

So read on, and if you try this at home, just be sure not to force anything. And for a little chuckle at my expense, as well as some good advice, read the comments for what other people (probably smarter than me) think. Finally, just remember… glass is breakable.

Cleaning Inside your Maytag Oven Door

Some time in the past (I’m ashamed to say how long, so let’s pretend it was last week), something I was cooking on the stove boiled over and spilled, not just down the front of my oven door, but actually inside the vents and between the glass of the oven door. No amount of that oven cleaning itself was going to get that mess out.

Plus, when the sun streamed through the kitchen during the day, it highlighted all the dust that had also accumulated (last week) inside the glass. Something had to be done before showing off my almost spotless kitchen to prospective buyers.

But when I searched online, I couldn’t find any tutorials that talked about how to take apart my particular type of oven, nor was there anything in the Maytag manual. (Maybe they don’t want you doing this yourself, but that never stopped me before.)

So I figured it out myself, and it was so surprisingly easy I had to share it with you.

(Forgive me for not having any “before” pictures and believe me when I say it was bad. I was just on such a tear to get that thing pulled apart that I only started taking pictures once I realized that I should preserve the process for posterity.)

How to Remove Oven Door (at least the front layer):

Apparently some oven doors come in two parts. Mine is actually all one part (more or less), with a large sheet of glass on the front that’s held on by a ledge running along the bottom, and the frame of the door on top.  

When I started unscrewing screws, I got several removed before I realized I didn’t need most of them. So I put them all back in and got on with the actual productive part. Here it is in three easy steps.

1. Open the oven door slightly, to the point where it naturally rests open a few inches. Remove the three screws from the top of the door and set them aside.

Accessing the top screws to remove glass front from oven door.

2. Slightly lift the top frame section of the door. It won’t come off, but it will rock up a little bit, just enough so it’s not holding the glass from the top.

Lift up gently on the top of the oven door frame until it clears the edge of the glass.

(At this point I felt like I was doing it wrong and was about to break something, so I went back to unscrewing things which didn’t help at all. In the end I realized the top only needed to rock back about a quarter of an inch to clear the glass and allow it to swing out.)

Removing front layer of glass from oven door to clean between glass window.

3. Gently grasp the glass on each side and pull up from the bottom ledge. The glass may be difficult to remove because it has a few little adhesive pads along the sides. Just work it gently out and set it aside on a blanket or the carpet.

Cleaning Glass front of oven

How to Clean Between Oven Glass

Whew! That wasn’t so bad. Now all you have to do is take a little glass cleaner to the inside of the glass. (I used Spic and Span first to degrease, then finished with glass cleaner to clear off all the streaks.)

Dusty Inside of maytag oven door

Then do the front of the door that’s still attached to the oven. I also dusted all around the inside of the door. There was a lot of gunk built up in the springs and along the bottom ledge, but that came right off with a paper towel and some Spic and Span.

Exposed Screws on the bottom of the Maytag oven door.

While you’re cleaning the door, make sure you watch out for exposed screws. Those suckers are sharp!

Cleaning Supplies in front of a disassembled oven door.

The dust and grime is gone, thanks to several paper towels, a tooth brush, and a chopstick for those hard-to-reach spots.

Replacing the Glass on your Oven Door:

  1. Once you’ve cleaned both the inside of the door, and the inside of the glass front, you can gently set the glass back in the bottom ledge, center it, and lay it flat against the door.
  2. Lift up the top edge of the door again, tilt the glass in, and let the top clamp down over the glass.
  3. Replace the three screws and screw them in nice and tight, and you’re done!
Cleaned up glass door of a Maytag oven.

Now you know how to clean inside oven glass doors and suddenly your trashy looking oven is all clean and sparkly again, ready to wow your prospective home buyers, or at least your guests. At this point, it’s probably a good idea to run a self-cleaning cycle, so it’s truly clean inside and out.

Now that the kitchen’s ready to go, next week we’re moving on to baseboards! I know you’re hooked now, so plan on coming back for that riveting tutorial…


Sunday 12th of March 2023

This worked beautifully for me! Thank you for the information. The in-between glass windows on my Maytag stove are now clean. And it was much easier to do than I expected it to be. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks for sharing!

Richard Winschel

Monday 6th of February 2023

Thank you very much. This worked well for me, but when I started the self-clean cycle, there was a lot of clicking, then the cycle shut itself off. Now the door is locked shut and I can't open it, I've tried cancelling. I've tried turning the oven on and off. The lock is stuck engaged. Any ideas?


Friday 24th of February 2023

I'm not sure what would cause that, but I'm guessing it has something to do with the the parts not going together right after removing the glass. I apologize that it's been a while since you posted. Were you able to get it resolved?

Mary Ann Joyce

Wednesday 25th of January 2023

I was so happy to find this tutorial. After having my Maytag for 15 years I thought it was about time to clean the oven. (Please no judgement) I got the inside almost clean as new and did a good job on the glass inside the door. But there was so much gunk left between the glass panes the oven still looked dirty. Even with all the YouTube tutorials I could not remove the door. Then I came upon this tutorial. My oven door glass looks as good as the day I bought the oven. I had to gently pry off the front glass a little at a time but it finally popped off without breaking. I was not aware that there was another pane inside of that to be cleaned. That pane came off very easily by removing the two brackets (3 screws each). Everything went back together in a heartbeat. Thank you!


Friday 4th of November 2022

I have tried your same method several times, ending in frustration each time. I even tried cleaning cloth on a hanger reaching up through the holes in the bottom of the door, I got some of that mess but not all of it. I do have to say I agree with the bottom three screws method. I just did it now, it took me about half an hour by the time I cleaned everything and scraped out the gunk from the bottom bracket. It really was quite simple that way. Thank you for encouraging us to read comments, it helps to look at a problem from all sides.


Tuesday 8th of November 2022

I'm glad you got it worked out, and thank you for sharing your story!

Liza Zawadzka

Friday 3rd of December 2021

Woah. I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know you could do this. Just went at my 17 year old Maytag gas stove, and OMG it looks brand new. This is amazing. Thank you soooo much!


Monday 6th of December 2021

I'm so glad! I didn't know either until I got completely fed up and gave it a try!


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