How to Clean your Oven with Common Products from your Cupboards

By on 10th October 2018 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Oven Cleaning

If you are looking for a hands-on way to make your dirty oven look just that little bit more presentable before your guests arrive, you will be surprised at how little you need in terms of oven cleaning products. In most cases, you won’t even need to leave the house in order to achieve the desired effect; common cleaning products and ingredients from your kitchen cupboards can come to your rescue.

We’ve put together some DIY oven cleaning tips using simple products from your cupboards only.

Ovenu is not responsible for potential health risks that might come from mixing household products.

How to Clean Glass Oven Doors

Your oven door is the most visible part of your oven and therefore the most rewarding part to start cleaning. With common household products from your cupboards, you can create a gentle scrub that will leave your glass oven door look shiny.

DIY Method: Baking Soda Scrub

Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with five ounces of water in a bowl from your cupboard, and mix the two ingredients until they have the texture of a loose paste. Open the oven and spread the mixture out onto the inside of the oven door. If you have household gloves at hand, spread the baking soda paste out with your fingers so that it covers every inch of glass. If you don’t have household gloves, a simple sponge will do the trick.

Just let the paste sit on the glass for 20 minutes, until it starts loosening the stuck-on grime, then proceed to scrub the glass with the rough side of a sponge. Rinse the sponge with water before wiping the glass with the soft side of the sponge until all traces of the baking soda have disappeared.

For a flawless finish, give the glass oven window one last spray with a regular window cleaner. Also spray some on a paper towel and wipe the glass from side to side for a shiny effect.

Cleaning Oven Racks

Dirty oven racks can lead to pungent smells once you turn the oven on. In order to avoid the smell of burnt-on grease ruining the aroma of a Sunday Roast, you’ll need to remove the grime as best as you can.

DIY Method: Detergent

A simple mix of dishwashing liquid and hot water is usually enough to remove most of the grime, and if your sink isn’t spacious enough, we recommend you wash the oven racks in the bathtub. Add up to four ounces of dishwashing liquid (or two ounces of laundry detergent) to the water, and leave the racks to soak overnight.

In the morning, use an old dish towel or toothbrush to scrub the debris off gently – use salt as an extra abrasive, if necessary.

Warning: do not use abrasive sponges, as these might damage the metal.

DIY Method: Baking Soda and Vinegar

The combination of baking soda and vinegar is known to be another powerful DIY oven-cleaning method. When these two ingredients are mixed together, they react chemically in an acid-base reaction, followed by a decomposition reaction which causes an eruption of bubbles and foam. When using this cleaning method, make sure to do it either in a spacious sink or the bath tub.

Simply sprinkle the baking soda onto the oven racks, then drench them in vinegar. Once the chemical reaction stops and the foaming is over, submerge the racks in hot water. Leave them overnight, then scrub them clean the next morning with a dish towel or a toothbrush.

How to Clean Your Full Oven

If you want to give your oven a clean inside and out, there are two effective DIY methods that require only basic ingredients from your fridge and cupboards. Although the best way to clean an oven remains to hire a professional, these two methods will get your oven in a very decent shape with a bit of time and effort.

DIY Method: Water and Lemons

If life gives you lemons, clean your oven! The citrus oil in lemons is great at detaching grease, so if you have these yellow fruits lying about in your fridge, you can use them to loosen the grime inside your oven.

First, pre-heat your oven at 250°C. Cut two lemons in half and squeeze their juice into a baking dish; when they have been squeezed dry, you can add the remaining casings too. Now, add water to the dish until it’s one-third’s full. Wait until the oven has reached its temperature, and place the dish inside the oven. Set a timer for 30 minutes, then simply sit back and relax!

After half an hour of baking, remove the oven dish again, switch the oven off and wait until it’s cooled. While the lemon juice was vaporising, it will have attached itself to the grime, unsticking it from the oven walls, floor and ceiling. Wiping the grease away will now be much easier! You can use a spatula to remove any big chunks of debris that are left inside – use the remaining lemon water to scrub the rest of the grime away with a scouring sponge.

Warning: during the cleaning process, your oven will produce a lot of smoke. Turn on the oven fan and open a window to keep the smoke alarm from going off.

DIY Method: Baking Soda and Vinegar

The best way to clean your oven yourself is to use baking soda and vinegar, the two magic ingredients that we have previously encountered in this article. The process for cleaning your oven with this method is pretty elaborate, so we have explained it step by step in a dedicated article.

Learn how to clean your oven with baking soda here.

These DIY oven cleaning methods are great for maintaining your oven – however, every now and then you might want to invest in a professional deep clean. Ovenu’s experienced oven technicians can get your oven back to near-showroom condition, saving you a lot of scrubbing! Give us a call on: 0800 140 9800 to get a quote, and we can be at your doorstep on a day and time that suits you. See you soon!

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.