Fireplace Soot Remover

Get your fireplace ready for Santa with this simple, all-natural formula that removes soot and smoke from the glass in woodstove doors without using harmful solvents. It only calls for one ingredient!

WASHING SODA, found in the laundry section of most supermarkets, is a fabulous heavy-duty cleaner. In fact, it is so powerful that it will peel the wax off floors and paint off anything, so be sure to use only on glass, stone, or unpainted wood to avoid any unwanted stripping action! It is also not recommended for aluminum.

Here is the formula:


1 bucket warm water
1/2 cup washing soda

1. Wear gloves to protect your hands. Wash the surface with the water/soda mixture and then rinse.

2. For seriously grimy jobs, add just enough water to 1/2 cup washing soda to make a paste, and spread it on the soot. Spray with water from a spray bottle every hour or so for 8 hours to keep it damp, then rinse.

By Annie B. Bond


K s Goh
KS Goh7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Jaime Holguin
Jaime Holguin7 years ago

This is a great article! I have a fireplace insert and would never have thought to use such an eco-friendly means of cleaning it! I'm definitely going to give it a go when I need to clean it again!