I Cleaned My Oven Door with a Dishwasher Tablet—And I Recommend It 100 Percent
I’ve never met a cleaning hack I wasn’t willing to try (yeah, I’m that person who cleaned my oven with a power drill), so when I read that a dishwashing tablet could easily remove baked-on grease from oven doors, I knew I had to try it. All the tutorials I’d seen referenced Finish detergent, so I picked up a small pack of powder tablets (I assume liquid gel packets would be too messy?) and got to work.
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Unfortunately for the sake of a good before and after photo, the little window on my oven wasn’t completely disgusting, but it still had a plenty of visible grease splatters that needed cleaning. Before I started I made sure to put on my gloves — because bleach is an active ingredient in the tablets and I had no interest in having bleach dry out my already-wintery hands. Next, I dipped the unwrapped tablet in a bowl of warm water and started scrubbing.
I started by holding the tablet between my thumb and forefinger (mostly to keep the red power ball from falling out) and moved it in a scraping motion across the glass door. I tried angling it from the blue side first, then the white; not one side seemed better at the job than the other. The results were quick: The baked on grease spots came off within a few scrubs!
I continued cleaning the glass with that tablet, dipping it in warm water when needed, until it crumbled, then popped open another so I could use the fresh crisp edges along the hard-to-get areas where the metal door frames the glass. I quickly learned that the best way to clean with the tablet was to lay it flat and apply a good amount of pressure with the palm of my hand. As for the power ball, it kept falling out so I let it dissolve in the bowl of warm water. I figured that way I was getting some sort of use out of it.
Once I’d scrubbed the entire surface of the glass window with the tablet I wiped the greasy gunk away with a paper towel, then went back over it with a wet towel, wiping away any leftover residue. The glass was absolutely perfect!
Next up: the non-glass part of the oven door. My tablet had absorbed quite a bit of water (because of all the dunking from when I was cleaning the glass) and the grease seemed to come off even faster. I’m guessing this was partly because of the water and because I was using a lot more pressure while scrubbing (no fragile glass!).
After I finished scrubbing and wiped the surface clean, I could still see some small bits of stubborn baked-on grime, so I crumbled what was left of my tablet and scrubbed it around the entire surface of the oven door once more. I let it sit and dry for about 10 minutes, then returned with a wet cloth and wiped it clean. It was almost too easy!
My final thoughts? I 100 percent recommend using this method to clean your oven! There is quite a bit of scrubbing, but it isn’t all that vigorous, and you really don’t need any special tools other than gloves to tackle the job. My key takeaways for next time: I’ll use a spray bottle, in addition to my small bowl of warm water; the tablet should first absorb a good amount of water before you start scrubbing (but not too much water that it completely crumbles); and you need to use a fair amount of pressure when scrubbing (the palm of your hand seems to work best and covers quite a bit of surface area). These tablets are tiny secret weapons and I have a feeling this isn’t the last time you’ll be reading about their magic cleaning powers!
Have you ever tried this? Did you have the same great results?
This post originally ran on Kitchn. See it there: I Cleaned My Oven Door with a Dishwasher Tablet — Here’s How It Went