How to Clean Creosote Off Fireplace Doors

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As strange as it may sound, it's possible to clean dirty fireplace doors without commercially prepared solutions. This easy method won't cost you a dime, because you already have everything you'll need to eliminate accumulated creosote, dirt and grime from the glass doors. The big bonus is that you won't be using anything that can harm your kids, your pets or the environment.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket or pail
  • Wood ashes
  • Sponge, cleaning rag or paper towels
  • Towels
  • Scoop about a cup or two of clean wood ashes into a bucket or pail. "Clean" ashes don't contain any debris or unburned wood pieces.

  • Add enough hot water to the ashes to form a paste.

  • Dampen a sponge, cleaning rag or paper towels. Dip it into the ash paste. Cover the sooty creosote deposits on the glass with the paste, which will quickly dissolve the accumulation.

  • Rinse the paste from the glass doors with clean, hot water. Use clean, soft towels to wipe your sparkling doors dry.

  • Repeat Steps 3 and 4 if any creosote residue remains.

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