Gathering in front of the fireplace, listening to stories, drinking hot chocolate is among my favorite things to do when the weather gets cold. I personally think the fireplace, opened or with a glass door, is the source of coziness and warmth in my house. However, with all that burning wood, ashes, and fire it can get really messy. Over the time, the glass of your wood stove can look really black and dirty, leaving the impression that your entire home hasn’t been cleaned. Today, we are going to check out some of the best home remedies for cleaning wood stove glass. Let’s get started with some of the best tips and tricks!
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Cleaning wood stove glass: 3 of the best home remedies
You are wondering how does the glass become black so fast? The reason behind this could be that we often use wet wood. To prevent this from happening, I suggest you use wood that has been exposed to open air for at least one year. The glass will get black again, don’t fool yourselves. However, you can keep it fresh for a longer time with this small tip. Let’s see some easy tips and tricks on how to clean wood burner stove glass.
1. Cleaning wood stove glass with ash and paper
This method is very easy and very helpful. It is good to remember that a glass can be scratched as well, so using this gentle method with the newspaper will help you prevent this from happening. Before starting to clean, you should know to never ever clean the wood burner when it’s hot. Some people think that it is good to clean while the glass is warm, however it can be very dangerous. Make sure to not use it for at least 48 hours before cleaning it. The method we are going to check first is cleaning with ashes. To your surprise, ashes have a lot of purposes. Here are the steps to follow:
- Grab an old newspaper and dip it into water really quick.
- Take ashes from your wood burner and dunk your wet newspaper there.
- Start cleaning the glass of the fireplace.
- You will notice that the paper will become black very quickly, switch it with a new one and repeat.
- As a final step, spray the entire glass with some water and wipe using a paper towel or a cloth.
2. Cleaning wood stove glass with vinegar and water
The acidic nature of the vinegar makes it one of the best solutions when it comes to cleaning. It can dissolve pretty much any dirt, grease, or grime. People use it as a strong disinfectant to kill off some of the stubborn bacteria. Now let’s see how to use it for cleaning our wood burner glass!
- First, mix one cup of vinegar with two cups of water. I add more water, because vinegar is very strong and note that it can burn your skin.
- Dip a cloth into the mixture.
- Start cleaning the glass on both sides.
- Repeat the process if necessary.
You should keep in mind that vinegar has a strong smell. Usually, when using this method, my family knows that I have cleaned the fireplace before even seeing it. However, the smells should be gone after 24 hours.
3. Baking soda and water
Baking soda is my ideal product. I have tried whitening my teeth with it, I cleaned my sink with it, and used it for baking, of course. It is so cheap, but you can use it for many things around your house. Just like the vinegar, baking soda can help dissolve dirt and grease very easily. If there are easy home remedies that you can use, why not try them instead of the cleaners filled with chemicals that you will breathe in? Let’s follow the steps now!
- Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water, until you create a paste.
- Grab a damp cloth and dip it into the paste.
- Start cleaning the glass.
- If there are tougher spots, add a little bit of vinegar to the paste and try again.
How to keep it clean for a longer time?
As I already mentioned, the most common reason behind our dirty black fireplace glass is wet wood. My first advice is to use dry wood, as it will keep your wood stove glass looking fresh, clean for a longer period. It is important to clean the chimney regularly, as it can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. You should also burn your fire hot for the first 20 minutes by opening the air damper. Allow more oxygen to vent into your wood burner. If you are thinking to do a smaller fire, always add more wood. In addition, use these home remedies to clean, since you are not going to use any chemicals, but only eco-friendly products. With these tips and tricks, your wood stove glass will look brand new and ready for the family gatherings around the fire.