Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to achieve a sparkling clean oven without relying on those potent and sometimes noxious oven cleaners! We’ve all experienced the misery of having to clean a filthy, grease-covered oven, but stress not—we’ve got you covered with a variety of safe, efficient cleaning techniques.
Say goodbye to harsh chemicals and hello to a more eco-friendly and wallet-friendly approach that will leave your oven looking and smelling fresh. Get ready to learn how to quickly clean your oven’s luster while embracing a cleaner, greener cleaning method! Put our hands in the pockets and let’s go on this oven cleaning expedition!
How to Clean the Oven Without Oven Cleaner
Natural oven cleaning solutions are effective, eco-friendly alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners. They make use of basic home supplies that can remove grease and dirt, leaving your oven sparkling. The following are some popular natural oven cleaning options:
Using baking soda and vinegar
This technique ensures minimal time needed for practical use, and that’s what attracted me from the start. Follow the steps below to clean it without using aggressive chemicals and other abrasives.
- Take your basic baking soda and add some water to make a thick paste. The consistency can be a bit frosty if you like to bake cakes. (Use a 3:1 baking soda: water ratio)
- Remove the racks and coat the oven body with paste. You can use gloves or even your bare hands to coat all areas inside the oven.
- Leave the oven for an hour or overnight. Try for an hour and if it doesn’t work, leave the coating overnight or 12 hours.
- Soak the removable trays in warm soapy water for several hours. A bathtub or a large sink where you can comfortably soak and stay submerged is ideal.
- Fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Spray it nicely on the baking soda before scrubbing it off with a scrub pad.
- You can also leave the vinegar solution on the baking soda for about an hour. If you have less time, you can fill a bowl with water and, after coating the oven with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, leave it in the oven at 100 F for 45 minutes or so.
- The glass surface of the oven may require an additional application of cleaning solution for a brand-new, clean appearance. Dry the glass surface with a clean microfiber cloth.
- Scrub the racks with a brush or a brush, and you will find that it is quite easy to wipe off all the dirt without involving any muscles.
- Wipe off all dirt with a damp cloth.
- I encourage you to try this technique if you have unpleasant odors coming from your oven. Baking soda neutralizes the acid
Use of lemon
There is just one thing needed for this method, which is lemons. The lemon method is particularly useful for loosening grease and grime.
- Take any small or medium-sized baking pan and fill it with one-third full of water.
- Take two to three lemons/oranges or any citrus fruits and squeeze the juice from them into the baking dish.
- Place three lemons on a dish and leave the dish in the oven. Set the temperature correctly at 121.1C or 250F.
- Leave the oven on for an hour or longer, depending on the amount of smudges/grease/dirt.
- Remove the lemon and wait for the oven to cool.
- Take a wire brush to easily remove all the dirt. Pour lemon water on stubborn greasy spots before scrubbing away the grime.
- Fill the spray bottle with a little water to wash everything off.
- Here’s a little tip: if the stain is stubborn, try spraying a water-based cleaning solution on it before scrubbing.
Using salt and vinegar
This technique is super easy, and I would recommend trying it on fresh and light stains and baking residue, etc.
- Sprinkle plenty of salt while the oven is still warm. The heat helps the salt open up further and stick to the dirt.
- If you haven’t used the oven in a while, turn the oven on to 150 F for about two minutes.
- Spread the salt evenly. You don’t have to cover the entire floor area. Aim for a thin spread over the entire floor.
- Spray white vinegar in all the corners of the oven and on the salt using spray bottle. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and has antibacterial properties.
- The trick is to use a scrubber or sponge to remove any spills while the oven is still warm.
- Use a damp cloth to remove any build-up and mud, then dry well with a towel. Allow the oven to dry.
Using dishwashing liquid, lemon, and baking soda
Dishwashing detergent is one of the greatest options for cleaning steel surfaces. Any regular dishwashing liquid will work. Dishwashing liquid contains sulfonic acid, which helps in removing stains easily.
- Make a paste of dishwashing liquid, lemon juice, and baking soda and spread it nicely inside the oven. Let the paste sit for several hours. Next, turn the oven on to 250 F for five minutes.
- Use a scraper or scrub to remove all mud and dirt. Fill a spray bottle with warm water to wash. Finish with a damp cloth and then wipe dry. Allow the surface to dry before further use.
Can I use these methods for a self-cleaning oven?
Yes, you can use these natural cleaning methods for self-cleaning ovens, but avoid using them on the self-cleaning surface.
How often should I clean my oven using these methods?
It’s recommended to clean your oven every few months or as needed, depending on how frequently you use it.
Will these methods remove tough, baked-on stains?
Yes, these methods are effective at removing tough stains with a bit of extra elbow grease.
Is it safe to mix vinegar and baking soda?
While they are safe to use in the same cleaning process, it’s best not to mix them in a closed container due to the potential for a reaction.
Are these methods safe for stainless steel ovens?
Yes, these natural cleaning methods are safe for stainless steel ovens.