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How to Clean a Gas and Electric Oven

By on 29th September 2014 (updated: 14th March 2024) in Blog

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If you’re looking to clean your oven on your own, you’ll want to know the best ways to clean different appliances. If you’re working with a gas or electric oven, there are different aspects to think of.

In this guide, we’ll detail how to clean an electric oven and how to clean a gas using techniques, tips and products we’ve mastered throughout our thirty years of experience cleaning gas and electric ovens.
Utilising our unparalleled knowledge and experience as the UK’s largest oven-cleaning franchise, we’ve produced a series of guides on oven cleaning. See our ultimate guide on how to clean your oven for a detailed look at everything you need to know about oven cleaning.

Popular Oven Cleaning Techniques

When you get started with a deep cleaning job, there are a few tools you’ll need. So grab your gloves, sponges and a microfibre cloth because deep cleaning an oven is a big one. Before we get into the specifics of what to do when you’re working with gas or electric ovens, here are some of the most popular oven-cleaning techniques:

  • Auto clean – First up are self-cleaning ovens, where your oven essentially blasts up the heat to its maximum settings and burns everything inside to a cinder. You then simply sweep out the burnt dust and wipe. We’ve written a whole post on self-cleaning ovens vs a professionally cleaned oven for you to dive deep into.
  • Baking Soda Method – This feels like the oldest trick in the book, but do you know why? Because it works! In this method, you’ll want to mix half a cup of baking soda with a tiny bit of water until you have a thick paste. Then you simply scrub the paste all over the inside of your oven and leave it to soak in overnight. Then wipe away with your microfibre cloth the next day. Easy! This method works great when you’re looking at how to clean glass oven doors.
  • Supermarket Oven Cleaner – Now these powerful cleaning agents do get the job done, but you’ll want to be careful not to use harmful chemicals. Always follow the instructions and let the solution soak overnight for the best results. Here are some tips on the best oven cleaners.
  • Washing Up Liquid – For minor cleans only, you can use a sponge and some warm soapy water, leave it to soak into the oven and then wipe clean. But this is not the best tactic when dealing with heavy stains or burned-on carbon.

No matter which method you decide to use, you will need to bear in mind the limitations of your oven. Understanding the type of oven you have, the different elements and the removable parts are all pivotal to a successful deep clean.

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Cleaning a Gas Oven

When it comes to cleaning a gas oven, you’ll first want to make sure your oven has been switched off and for extra peace of mind, turn off your gas supply too. Be careful when cleaning around the heating elements of a gas oven, as under no circumstances should the heating element get wet or you may cause damage.

If your gas heating element is underneath a burner, you can remove the metal cap and clean it separately, before wiping the element itself with a dry cloth. The following is a full breakdown of how to clean a gas oven.

How to Clean a Gas Oven

When you’ve got all your tools ready, you can follow these easy steps:

  1. Remove all your oven racks
  2. Create a cleaning paste by mixing one cup of baking soda with one cup of water until it forms a thick paste
  3. Spread this natural oven cleaner mixture over your gas oven door, inside and out
  4. Let this mixture sit in your oven for at least twelve hours, this is usually easiest overnight
  5. The next day, mix equal parts water and vinegar to create a cleaning solution and pour it into a spray bottle
  6. Spray the interior and exterior of your oven with the cleaning solution, the reaction between the baking soda and vinegar-water solution will create a foam
  7. Wet a microfibre cloth with hot soapy water and clean off all the paste, excess dirt and grime
  8. Dry your gas oven with a paper towel
  9. Use a dry microfibre cloth to buff your oven ensuring no streaks are left

This is the simplest and most effective way to clean a gas oven for an at-home deep clean, without the help of a professional.

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Cleaning an Electric Oven

When it comes to cleaning an electric oven, you don’t have to worry about any major switches apart from the mains. Again, do not try to scrub the heating elements clean, as any leftover cleaning residue can react badly with the heat of the oven, creating unpleasant smells. 

Wear gloves throughout the cleaning, and don’t be afraid to get stuck in. Caustic-free products are the best for your oven as they won’t cause corrosion to the internal structure and will give the perfect shine once you’re done. The following is a full breakdown of how to clean an electric oven.

How to Clean an Electric Oven

Use a similar method when it comes to cleaning an electric oven. The steps are as follows:

  1. Create a cleaning paste with baking soda and equal parts water. If your electric oven is dirty with baked-on grease, then double up to form a thick cleaning paste. 
  2. First, clean your electric oven with a damp microfibre cloth before applying the baking soda cleaning paste. 
  3. Allow this cleaning paste to sit on your electric oven for between one and two hours before cleaning it off with a damp cloth and hot soapy water. 
  4. Dry your electric oven with a paper towel then buff it with a dry microfibre cloth.

Alternatively, learn how to clean an oven with vinegar on our blog. We’ve got tonnes of top tips, best cleaning product reviews and safety hazards to look out for

Professional Cleaning

If you’re worried about how to correctly clean your oven, or you’re simply dreading the task, it’s worth calling in the professionals. A professional oven cleaning team will be equipped to deal with ovens of every size, shape and description, and will leave your oven looking good as new, whilst you sit back and relax. Contact Ovenu today to find out more about our local oven cleaning services or type in your postcode below.

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Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.