Make Your Own Oven Cleaner

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If you’ve been putting off cleaning your oven’s baked-on oil, dirt, and crud because commercial solutions are too harsh, try this all-natural DIY method.

It’s typical to ignore oven spills and splatters until you can’t help but see — or smell — them on the walls, racks, and window glass. However, you do not need to use harsh chemical solvents to restore the shine of your oven. This completely non-toxic, low-cost solution is simple to make and quite effective. It only needs a little pre-treatment and correct application methods. In no time, you’ll be back to baking, braising, and roasting.

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How To Clean Your Oven

Mix Ingredients

Combine two cups baking soda and three-quarters cup water in a glass basin. Add eight to sixteen drops of your chosen essential oil for a fresh but not overwhelming aroma. Lemon, either alone or in combination with lavender, is especially good in the oven. Just be careful not to use metal or plastic bowls, since they may react negatively with essential oils. With a spoon, combine the ingredients until a thick but spreadable paste with the consistency of somewhat gritty cake frosting develops.

Cool Oven

Before you bring in your homemade oven cleaning, make sure the oven is turned off and totally cold. Then, pre-treat the various components to remove accumulated dirt and make them simpler to clean.

Remove the racks and place them in an empty sink as flat as possible. Sprinkle with baking soda to make a one-eighth-inch thick layer on the rack, then spritz with vinegar from a spray bottle. Fill the sink with hot water to immerse the racks overnight after the baking soda has stopped bubbling.

Apply Paste

Using a metal spatula, carefully remove food debris and ash from the oven chamber’s sides and floor. Then, being careful not to touch the heating components (which are generally situated on the ceiling and floor of the oven chamber), apply the homemade oven cleaner to all visible internal surfaces, including the rear wall. Allow the baking soda paste to soak in the oven for six to eight hours.

After the paste has had time to work, open the door flat and evenly apply the leftover homemade oven cleaner across the surface of the window glass. Allow it only 15 minutes to rest.

Spread newspapers all around the oven to protect your kitchen floor from the liquids used in the next procedures. Then, start with the window glass. To remove dirt, wipe it off with a microfiber cloth. Rinse the glass with water and wipe dry to remove any remaining baking soda paste.


Using a damp sponge, wipe the surfaces of the oven chamber. Start with the sides, then move to the back of the chamber, wiping these surfaces from the top down to allow ash chunks to fall to the floor of the chamber. Then, taking care to avoid the upper heating element, wipe the roof of the chamber from back to front. Lastly, tackle the floor of the chamber needing back-to-front motions. Rinse the sponge as needed with clean water and repeat until no baking soda remains.

Clean Oven Racks

To remove dirt, drain the sink and clean the oven racks with a dishrag. Before reinstalling the racks, rinse and dry them. Remove the dirty newspaper and prepare your favorite recipe!

More Oven Cleaner Recipes

Cleaning Ovens with Dawn and Baking Soda

This is one of the simplest ways to clean your oven and is ideal for a quick and easy clean. Baking soda is a great mild abrasive that can remove grime and crud from most metal surfaces without harming them. Furthermore, it absorbs and neutralizes smells for a fresh, clean aroma.

Baking soda, as an oven cleaner, goes a step further by breaking down muck and dirt and dissolving grease with its alkaline pH values. The following paste and recipe are ideal for removing stray splatters and grease marks from ovens.

The first step in cleaning your oven or stovetop is to make a baking soda paste by combining it with warm water. Smear the paste over the interior of the oven or the surface of the stove.

Another alternative is to use a spray bottle and water to It the inside of the oven before sprinkling the baking soda on top. Applying the paste, on the other hand, offers you a little more control over how evenly the baking soda spreads throughout the oven surface.

Allow the mixture to rest in the oven overnight in both situations to break down any build-up. Add some liquid dish detergent to a clean sponge or wet towel the next morning and wipe away the thick mixture from the oven’s inside.

The paste should be able to remove and dissolve the gunk from within the oven. If it doesn’t, a natural degreaser, such as Dawn dish detergent, can assist remove any lingering stragglers in your unclean oven.

A small variant of this recipe, depending mostly on proportions, is also an excellent recipe for how to create glass cleaner and the ideal solution for cleaning your oven door.

Dawn and Vinegar Oven Cleaner Recipe

Using a Dawn and vinegar oven cleaner is a great natural cleaning solution. Vinegar is a strong disinfectant and all-purpose cleaner that may be used for a variety of home tasks. It also makes use of acetic acid to quickly cut through oil and stuck-on meals. To produce a powerful oven cleaning recipe, use a few basic items in the following recipe.

In a big spray bottle, combine the two chemicals and spray the interior of your oven. Allow the recipe to soak for several minutes in the oven before washing and wiping clean. This recipe may also be made with vinegar and dish soap instead of baking soda.

Make the baking soda paste by following the same steps as in the previous example. Add a few sprays of pure vinegar to the stove before washing it with dish soap the next morning. This should produce a reaction with the baking soda, making washing with dish detergent simpler.

This solution is also an excellent homemade degreaser for kitchen countertops, cabinets, and floors. Make a batch and have it on hand for the case you come upon a greasy spill.

Using Coarse Salt and Lemon Essential Oils to Make Homemade Oven Cleaner

Lemon essential oil is another great addition to your DIY oven cleaning needing Dawn. Lemon essential oil, like the other cleaning items mentioned, is an excellent degreaser.

Instead of acetic acid, such as vinegar, use baking soda, which has an alkaline pH level. Citric acid is used in this oil to cut through grease and dirt. Because this acid is found in oranges and other citrus fruits, essential oils derived from these plants will also be effective.

These ingredients combine to form a thick paste that may be applied to the inside of your oven. Make sure to apply a thick coating of the cream before leaving it to sit overnight.

In the morning, remove the coating of the cleaner with moist paper towels or a sponge. Remove any leftover cleaner with a little water and thoroughly dry.

Add Some Borax to the Mix for a New Homemade Recipe

Borax is another useful item to have on hand for cleaning ovens needing Dawn dish soap. Because of its efficacy as a deodorizer and pesticide, borax is frequently used in homemade multi-purpose cleaners. This cleaning solution, which has many of the same characteristics as baking soda, works wonders on your oven by eliminating grease and sludge.

To use this homemade oven cleaning recipe, combine all of the ingredients in a big spray bottle. Allow the oven cleaner to soak the surface of the walls overnight. You may also sprinkle some baking soda on top before letting it soak.

When you’re ready to clean up the solution in the morning, use a towel soaked in warm water to wipe away any leftovers. To avoid water stains, rinse with warm water again and completely dry.

Homemade Oven Cleaner with Dawn and Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another natural oven cleaner that may be used with dishwashing solutions. This excellent cleaning solution is just as effective as vinegar at most cleaning tasks but smells ten times nicer. This final formula is unstoppable when combined with some of the finest cleaners available!

Begin by mixing all of the ingredients, except the vinegar, in a small container. Once fully combined, add the vinegar tablespoon by the spoonful to avoid an explosion of a bubbly mess that no one wants to add to their cleaning list.

This mixture produces a new paste to be applied to the oven’s surface. Allow it to rest and soak overnight, as with the previous combinations, for the greatest effects. Wipe clean with a moist cloth or paper towels the next morning, rinse, and dry.

Precautions To Take When Making Your Own Oven Cleaner

When preparing to clean your oven, whether as part of normal maintenance or a full spring cleaning, make sure you have all of the necessary tools. Wear gloves whenever you work with cleaning solutions, even if they are natural and non-toxic. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves to avoid collecting dirt and muck under your fingernails.

A plastic spatula is another useful tool to keep on hand. This will become your go-to tool for difficult, stuck-on meals in greasy areas that your oven cleaners can’t remove. You can carefully scrape out the food particles with the spatula without harming the surface of your oven.

Can I use these same recipes to clean your oven racks and heating elements?

Oven racks and heating components do not require the same thorough cleaning as the oven’s interior walls. Instead, before cleaning the inside of your oven, remove both items. This will not only allow you to clean both elements thoroughly, but it will also provide you with greater access to the oven’s bottom.

Heating elements are the simplest to clean, especially because they are self-cleaning. This does not imply that you need to own a self-cleaning oven in order to clean your heating components. Instead, the oven’s constant heat burns away most residue and oil marks over time.

To avoid scratching the bottom of your tub, remove the oven racks and set them in your bathtub atop a layer of towels. In a basin of hot water, mix powdered laundry or dishwashing detergent, then pour it into your tub. Alternatively, Dawn is an excellent oven rack cleaning. It easily cuts through stubborn grease.

Make sure the water level is high enough to completely submerge the oven grates. To function as a mild scrape, add a few sprinkles of unblended, powdered detergent.

These cleaning recipes are suitable for every home and provide you with a variety of alternatives for cleaning your oven. If you’re unsure which approach is ideal for you, start with whatever you have in your pantry or beneath your kitchen sink. When you attempt these new steps toward a clean oven, you could find a lifelong cleaning method you can’t live without!

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