Is your oven, greasy, grimy, or just plain gross? Cleaning your oven can seem like an intimidating task, especially if you don’t do it often. However, it really isn’t all that bad. Use these oven cleaning tips to get rid of all that baked on stuff. You’ll love your new sparkling clean oven and want to clean it all the time! (Okay, maybe not, but at least these oven cleaning hacks will make it easier.)

Oven Cleaning Tips

General Oven Cleaning Tips

Learning how to clean your oven is not on the top of anyone’s to-do list. However, if you do have some good ways to clean your oven handy, it’ll make things easier in the long run.

  • Clean oven twice per year
  • Avoid using self-clean cycle right before holidays
  • Use natural cleaners when possible

Vinegar & Baking Soda

Vinegar and baking soda are a classic cleaning combo that works well to clean so many things around the house, especially your oven. What’s even better is that it’s a completely non-toxic, natural way to get your oven clean. For this oven cleaning tip, simply spray the vinegar on the baking soda cleaning paste. Your whole oven will fiz, breaking down all that caked on grease. The stains should come out pretty easily when you clean your oven with vinegar and baking soda. An added bonus is that this duo is great at removing smells from your oven as well.

What You’ll Need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Rag

How to Clean Your Oven with Vinegar & Baking Soda:

  • Mix baking soda with a little water to form a paste
  • Cover oven surfaces with paste – including oven racks and door
  • Let sit overnight
  • Spray with distilled white vinegar
  • Close door & let sit 1-2 hours
  • Scrub in circles with rag
  • Rinse rag and wipe out oven

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Ammonia & Boiling Water

Our second oven cleaning tip is super easy. The hot water and ammonia work together to loosen the tuck on grime from oven surfaces. You’ll be able to wipe the gunk out easily, without too much elbow grease. Make sure to use rubber gloves when using ammonia to clean your oven.

What You’ll Need:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • Ammonia
  • Boiling Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Sponge

How to Clean Your Oven with Ammonia & Water:

  • Preheat to 200 degrees
  • Turn oven off
  • Put 1-2 cups ammonia in oven safe dish
  • Place on middle rack
  • Put 2 cups boiling water in oven safe dish
  • Place on bottom rack
  • Let sit overnight
  • Remove dishes
  • Drizzle hot, wet sponge with baking soda
  • Wipe out oven

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Magic Cleaner Spray

Another great oven cleaning tip is to use this all natural, homemade spray. Simply spray the mixture all over the oven surfaces and let it sit overnight to work its magic. You can even use this spray to clean your bathroom. It will leave your oven clean and smelling great.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz. Dish Soap
  • 4 oz. Lemon Juice
  • 8 oz. White Vinegar
  • 10 oz. Water

How to Clean Your Oven with Magic Cleaner Spray:

  • Mix all ingredients in a large spray bottle
  • Spray entire inside of oven with solution
  • Let sit overnight
  • Wipeout residue with wet cloths until clean

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So now you have no excuse not to have a beautifully clean oven! All of these natural oven cleaning tips and tricks are much safer than using store-bought oven cleaner or using the self-clean cycle.

Happy cleaning!