The Best Oven Cleaning Products in 2022 (Buyer's Guide)

Best Oven Cleaning Products in 2022 (Buyer’s Guide)


The best oven cleaning products applied, chosen by professional oven cleaners

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We’ve tried and tested every oven cleaning product there is. There are so many different oven cleaning products open to the discerning homeowner that choosing the best one can often feel like a bit of a gamble.

Supermarkets always stock a number of household name brand products which promise to get the job done for you, whereas there’s an even more dizzying array of products available online. The benefit of buying these oven cleaning products is claimed expedience (some promise results in a matter of minutes) and great value, especially for those who would rather spend typically less than £20 to get their oven clean.

Related: The potential dangers of oven cleaning products 

Oven cleaner chemicals

The toxic chemical frequently found in domestic oven cleaning products is sodium hydroxide. This chemical is also commonly referred to as caustic soda and is found in almost all oven cleaning products.

Largest established oven cleaning specialists

The effectiveness of all oven cleaning products is subject to the strength of the chemical formulations, the elbow grease applied to the cleaning, the time spent scrubbing and the amount of accumulated dirt that must be removed. If your oven hasn’t been cleaned properly for years you may find that a £3 bottle of oven cleaner from your local supermarket might well do the job, but you could find yourself soaking, scrubbing, wiping and repeating for days to reach the same result that a professional oven cleaner could achieve in 2 hours.

The following oven cleaning products have made themselves with professional oven cleaners and homeowners alike as they’ll all excellent at removing baked on grease, we’ll leave it up to you to decide which is the best for your needs.

The Best UK Oven Cleaners to buy

1. Oven Mate Oven Cleaning Gel

Oven mate cleaning gel

Oven Mate Gel works in minutes with no scrubbing. Just spread it on, wait a little while and wipe it off with all the dirt – baked-on grease, oil and fat are lifted clean away and there are no nasty acrid smells. Oven Mate Cleaning Gel works superbly on: most oven interiors, trays and glass doors, wire shelves and barbecue racks, grill pans and Pyrex dishes.

Unlike some other oven cleaners which require a lot of elbow grease and have a horrible, acrid smell, Oven Mate’s strong, biodegradable cleaning formula removes even the most stubborn baked-on fat and oil with no need to scrub, and it’s odourless and fume-free too.

Price: £19.99

Active ingredients: potassium hydroxide 10-30%

Time: 1-3 hours

Best for: All oven types with moderate grease and minimal burnt-on residue

2. Astonish Oven & Grill Cleaner Cleaning Paste

Astonish Oven & Grill Cleaner

Astonish has a reputation amongst domestic cleaners for providing the very best polishes and cleaning products for the home, so it comes as no surprise that their branded oven cleaner is popular. The paste comes in a small 250g pot with an applicator provided. Astonish say that this can be used without the use of gloves, and state that an abrasive agent is the key to its cleaning power. With that in mind, extra care is needed to ensure that surfaces are not scratched.

This product comes approved by the Good Housekeeping Institute, which is a good sign but should only be purchased by careful cleaners who are willing to patiently apply, scrub, and wipe away small areas at any one time.

Price: £3 (Available from Amazon & Lakeland)

Active Ingredients: Orange oil, abrasive agent

Time: 1-4 hours

Best for: Small problem patches as opposed to the entire oven

3. Oven Care Cleaning Kit – Wpro Gas Hob &

Wpro Gas Hob & Oven Care Kit

This all-in-one kit comes recommended by Ideal Home and includes three separate products and a micro-fibre cloth. Each product is designed to tackle a different kind of dirt and has been made without abrasive agents, so you can rest easy so that you won’t scratch your oven in the process of cleaning it. There’s a Stainless Steel Spray, for burnt-on residue, an Oven & Grill degreaser for tougher patches of burnt-on grease and a Steel Care Cream for particular trouble spots.

Whilst this product aims to cover all bases, there have been reports that repeated applications are required to achieve the desired results, and wiping away all these products can be tricky at times.

Price: £15-20 (available from Amazon & Curry’s)

Active Ingredients: Chloride-free, non-abrasive

Time: 1-4 hours

Best for: All oven types with moderate grease and minimal burnt-on residue

4. Deep Oven Cleaner – Oven Pride

Oven Pride Deep Cleaner

Oven Pride is one of the best-selling DIY oven cleaning products in the UK. Its main selling point is that it will leave the interior of your oven sparkling clean without any need to scrub – which is a big bonus for anyone adverse to getting their hands dirty. Cleaning racks and grills are taken care of by a convenient bag which allows the fume-free formula to get to work without the need of scrubbing in the sink.

The strength of this product lies in its powerful chemical formula, as such Oven Pride makes sure to strongly recommend the use of long rubber gloves when handling it. Whilst no scrubbing is required, you’ll still need to apply the product by hand and leave to soak overnight if the oven is particularly dirty.

Price: £9 (Available from Amazon & supermarkets)

Active Ingredients: Sodium hydroxide, can stain surfaces

Time: 4-24 hours

Best for: Just the internal oven and racks

5. Vinegar and Baking – Oven Cleaning Paste

Vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda oven cleaning solution

A natural mixture of white vinegar and baking soda is a highly effective oven cleaner for baked-on grease. The vinegar reacts with the baking soda to form a foam which removes dirt and baked-on grease. Rub a cleaning paste of baking soda and water onto your oven, then spray vinegar onto your oven and wipe away with a damp microfibre cloth. You’ll know exactly what you’re dealing with, so you won’t have to worry about bringing unknown chemicals into the home and you’re likely to already have these in your kitchen cupboard!

Your mileage may vary depending on the particular solution that you use, the amount of elbow grease you apply and the tools that you use to scrape away any grease or burnt-on food. This is a good option for anyone willing to take the time to experiment and get their hands dirty, naturally this could also take more time to get the desired results.

Price: £3 (Available from supermarkets)

Active Ingredients: Household items

Time: 2-6 hours

Best for: Experimental cleaner with time on their hands

The Best natural oven Cleaner

As oven cleaning experts, we understand the dangers of chemical cleaning products, and appreciate that some would rather use natural chemicals exclusively. Both non-toxic and safe to use near food surfaces. Vinegar and baking soda (a natural alkali) are excellent cleaning agents when combined to produce a natural oven cleaning paste. This natural oven cleaner is excellent at removing stubborn burnt-on grease and stains from dirty oven glass doors and racks.

Directions: Spread baking soda over the surface until covered, spray a clean mix of white vinegar mixed with baking soda until wet and bubbly. Allow your cleaning mix to sit for 20 minutes and remove the oven cleaning paste by wipping it clean with a damp microfibre cloth. Alternatively, make a vinegar cleaning mixture of baking soda vinegar and dish soap. Apply this to your oven, let it rest for 20 minutes and wipe clean with damp microfribre cloth.

Related: How to Clean an Oven with Baking Soda

6. Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner

Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner

Mr Muscle is another household brand that comes from a long lineage of popular cleaning products. This product comes in its signature orange aerosol can, which is quite unique for DIY oven cleaning products and can make applying it a much easier process than other pastes or liquids. Similar to Oven Pride, this product is only suitable for the interior of the oven (it can also be used on microwaves) and comes with plenty of warnings from the manufacturer regarding the use of gloves.

Worryingly, the website also recommends its customers to seek medical attention if splashed by the product suggesting that some strong chemicals are used which could potentially be dangerous in its aerosolised form. A child-safe cap is included to reduce the risk of children hurting themselves if they happen to get their hands on it. Despite the strength of its products, some reviews suggest that it’s only suitable for moderately soiled ovens.

Price: £4 (Available from Amazon & most supermarkets)

Active Ingredients: Sodium hydroxide can cause skin burns and eye damage

Time: 1-2 hours

Best for: Internal oven only

7. Elbow Grease Cleaner –  All Purpose Degreaser

Elbow Grease All Purpose Degreaser

Whilst the Elbow Grease brand also sells its own all-in-one kit (similar to Oven Pride), some homeowners swear by the strength of its original All Purpose Degreaser. As its name suggests, this spray-gun applied product can be used on a whole range of surfaces, including fabrics, metals and plastics. Whilst this product wasn’t specifically designed for the oven, its degreasing properties make it a perfect tool for working away at grease stains and burnt-on food.

Given this is not an oven-specific cleaning product, you may find that some extra patience and (ironically) elbow grease is required to get your oven clean. Make sure to arm yourself with gloves, plenty of hot water and an array of scrapers, sponges and cloths to do the job properly.

Price: £1

Active Ingredients: 2-Aminoethanol, Sodium tripolyphosphate, irritating to eye

Time: 2-6 hours

Best for: DIY scrubbers tackling the whole oven

8. Oven Cleaning Paste – The Pink Stuff

Pink Stuff Cleaning Paste

Branded as ‘The Miracle Cleaning Paste’ and touted by popular cleaning influencer Mrs Hinch, The Pink Stuff is another all-purpose product that has been tested as an oven cleaner by Good Housekeeping. This cleaning paste is commonly used to combat small patches of stains, however it can be used on larger areas to good effect. Use a sponge to spread the paste across dirty areas and then leave for 10 minutes or longer if possible, to allow the chemicals to get to work. Wipe away the residue with a sponge and repeat as necessary.

Whilst The Pink Stuff has proved to be more than capable of shifting stains in a wide variety of scenarios, one comment that crops up frequently is that the product leaves a thin film on some surfaces. This isn’t ideal for work surfaces but likely won’t be too much of an issue when the inside of your oven is concerned.

Price: £1-4

Active Ingredients: Quartz, Sodium Carbonate, Sodium Solicate

Time: 1-4 hours

Best for: Smaller stains and patches

9. Essential Oven and Hob Cleaner – Essential Waitrose

Waitrose Oven and Hob Cleaner

You might be surprised to see an own-brand supermarket product on this list, but Waitrose’s Essential Oven & Hob Cleaner is repeatedly touted by domestic cleaners who need a powerful product to keep on top of grease buildup. This product can be used on the whole oven, making it a useful addition to any home maker’s arsenal. Applied using a simple spray gun, you may need to wait for the product to do its work before you can clean away the residue.

It’s worth mentioning that most reviewers cite this product as more of a preventative solution, as opposed to a curative treatment for ovens that have not been cleaned properly for a long time. With that in mind, this would be a good item to stock up on if you’ve just got your oven professionally cleaned, or have spent hours scrubbing and want to keep your oven looking its best.

Price: £4 (Available from Waitrose)

Active ingredients: Alcohol, wear eye and glove protection

Time: 30 mins-1 hour

Best for: Light stains or as a preventative, regular cleaner

10. Ovenu Tank Mix Powder Oven Cleaner

Ovenu Tank Mix PowderThe powder that our professional oven cleaners use in their van mounted process tanks is a heavy-duty degreaser and carbon remover. These tanks are heated, so there is no need for any caustic soda ingredients.

We guarantee this fact as we own the formulation. The powder will hold grease and fats in suspension. This means that only fresh cleaning molecules are used on every clean that we perform. When the clean molecules run out, we simply change the mixture.

Price: Not available for purchase

Active ingredients: Free of caustic soda

Time: 1-3 hours

Best for: All removable components of ovens

11. Ovenu Liquid Degreasing

Water-based oven cleaner & degreaserThe de-greasing liquid that our technicians use indoors is water-based.

Our liquid degreaser produces consistent results when degreasing extractor hoods, control buttons and dials.

This product is also mildly scented to leave a fresh smelling environment when we’re finished.

The Ovenu degreasing liquid is also biodegradable and, to be totally green, we supply this product to our network in recyclable containers.

Price: Not available for purchase

Active Ingredients: Water-based degreaser

Time: 1-3 hours

Best for: Fixed oven components

12. Ovenu Carbon Remover Oven Cleaner

Ovenu Carbon RemoverFor the heavily soiled areas within the oven, the oven door and possibly microwave ovens, our oven cleaners use the Ovenu Carbon Remover. This bespoke oven cleaning product produce great results and leaves our clients astounded at the end of the job.

Used with the specialist tools that our Ovenu network members are supplied with, all traces of burned on debris are safely removed.

This product is also totally caustic soda free. Our clients are often surprised that this powerful product smells so good and nothing like the pungent odours you get from using many off the shelf products. Ovenu carbon remover can be safely applied to all coatings, even ‘self-cleaning’ ovens.

Price: Not available for purchase

Active ingredients: Free of caustic soda

Time: 1-3 hours

Best for: Burned on debris

13. Ovenu Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish

Our Stainless Steel cleaner is used to polish up at the end of the process and leave cooking appliances gleaming. We want our customers to be absolutely delighted when we’ve finished the job. So, before we leave, everything that we’ve cleaned and valeted is polished to a shine.

Price: Not available for purchase

Active Ingredients: Free of caustic soda

Time: 1-3 hours

Best for: Burned on debris

Ovenu products are only made for Ovenu. The range of products used by our franchised network of local oven cleaning service professionals isn’t available to the public or any other oven cleaning companies. The exact product formulations are owned by the company so please be wary if another oven cleaner suggests that they are using Ovenu products.

As the UK’s largest established oven cleaning franchise network, we provide professional oven cleaning services and products across the United Kingdom; so whether you’re in Edinburgh or Southampton, we’ll have a proven professional oven cleaning expert in your area. Use our simple Find-a-Rep tool today to find your local professional oven cleaner.

If you’ve decided against trying to clean your oven yourself and would like one of our technicians to tackle the job for you, then give us a call on 0800 140 9800 for a free bespoke quote.