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Cleaning the glass on a coal stove is a simple process, requiring just a few basic ingredients that are most likely already in the kitchen pantry. There are a variety of retail options available that will clean effectively, but these high-cost items can be spendy. A much more simple solution is to make your own cleaning product that will eliminate the time and money it takes to find and purchase a commercial cleaner.
When the coal stove is slightly warm, mist a piece of old newspaper with water, then dip into the ashes of the stove. Scrub the ashes over the glass, which will break away any loose residue without scratching the glass.
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Make a cleaner for the glass by combining a cup of water and two spoonfuls of liquid dish detergent in a spray bottle. This will clean the glass effectively without leaving streaks or residue.
Spray the soapy solution onto the glass, and wipe clean with paper towels. Apply pressure to remove any built-up soot that does not easily wipe away.
For tough jobs, mist a paper towel with water, then sprinkle a coating of baking soda onto the paper towel. Scrub this onto the glass, which will remove any hard to remove soot that does not easily remove with the soapy spray.
When the glass has been cleaned to your satisfaction, wipe the glass clean with a damp cloth to remove any remaining residue.
Clean the glass a few hours after the fire has dissipated, which will keep buildup loose any easy to clean.