How simple it is to clean an oven quickly! Let’s kick it off with the fact that the materials for cleaning for your oven are already in your kitchen: a combination of water, baking soda, and vinegar other than a mixing bowl, an old rag, and a sponge, that’s actually all you need to get your oven clean at all times.
Table of Contents
- 1. How to Clean an Oven Quickly With Baking Soda
- Stage 1 – Coating the Oven
- Stage 2 – Wiping Down the Oven
- Stage 3 – Finishing with Vinegar
- 2. How to Clean an Oven With Lemon
- 3. Clean Your Oven Quickly with Citrus
- 4. Clean Your Oven Quickly Using Soap and Water
- Tips to Clean Your Dirty Oven Quickly
- Tips for Stubborn Stains
1. How to Clean an Oven Quickly With Baking Soda
There may be readers wondering how to clean an oven door, how to clean an oven rack, or how to clean an oven window — and we have good news for you: this simple cleaning method works for all of the above. When it comes to what to use to clean an oven, a simple, DIY mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar is safe to use in all areas of your oven and will have your oven sparkling for minimal effort.
There are a variety of methods to clean an oven, but many of those methods involve the use of chemicals. Using baking soda is a great, natural alternative to harsh chemicals. To clean your oven, coat the oven with a baking soda paste, let it sit overnight, and then complete the cleaning with white vinegar.
Stage 1 – Coating the Oven
Take out the oven racks.
You should also remove anything else that is inside the oven, such as pizza stones or oven thermometers. Check to make sure nothing is left inside of the oven before you begin cleaning.
Scrape out the loose build-up.
You may have a lot of burnt food and build-up in your oven. Try to remove as much of the loose build-up as possible before applying the baking soda. Use a plastic or silicone spatula to scrape off the loose matter. You don’t have to remove it all—just remove what is already loose or nearly loose.
Create a paste with baking soda and water.
Mix ½ cup (170 g) of baking soda with 3 tablespoons (14.8 mL) of water in a small bowl. Stir the mixture until it forms a paste that can be easily spread. Adjust the amount of water used if 3 tablespoons do not create a spreadable paste.
Spread the paste inside of the oven.
You can spread the paste by hand if you’re wearing rubber gloves. If that doesn’t work for you, you can also spread the paste with a clean spatula. Coat the interior of the oven with the paste. Do not apply the paste to the heating elements.
It’s okay if the paste turns brown or is chunky in some areas of the oven.
Stage 2 – Wiping Down the Oven
Leave the paste on overnight.
The paste works best if you allow it to sit overnight or for 12 hours. If you don’t have that much time, you can let the paste sit for 40 minutes. You may have to repeat the process for a deep clean if you let it sit for a short amount of time, however.
Wipe off the baking soda.
Use a damp cloth to wipe off the paste after you’ve let it sit. Use warm water to dampen the cloth. You may have to firmly scrub to get most of the paste off.
Scrape off the rest of the paste.
You may have trouble getting all of the paste off with a damp cloth. If that’s the case, use a spatula to get the rest of the paste off of the oven. There may be some leftover residue, but that’s okay because you will use vinegar to remove it.
Stage 3 – Finishing with Vinegar
Spray vinegar inside of the oven.
Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray the vinegar over the areas where residue remains from the paste. The vinegar will cause the baking soda to foam up.
Wipe down the oven again.
Use a damp cloth to wipe off the foamy areas of the oven. If residue remains, use more vinegar and then wipe again. Continue to wipe until your oven is clean.
Clean the oven racks.
Sprinkle baking soda over the oven racks. Then, pour or spray white vinegar onto the racks. The baking soda should begin to foam. When that happens, submerge the racks into a tub or hot water. Allow the racks to sit in the water overnight.
Replace the oven racks.
Once you are finished cleaning, put the oven racks back into the oven. You can also put back in whatever you’ve taken out of the oven. Your oven is now ready for use.
Vinegar and baking soda are both safe to use on glass individually and in combination. In fact, vinegar water in a spray bottle is a really common thing to use as a glass cleaner
Bonus tip: if you’re looking for an even quicker way to clean your oven, just place a pot of boiling water on the bottom rack after cooking dinner. Wait 30 minutes, and then wipe off the leftover residue with a damp cloth.
2. How to Clean an Oven With Lemon
- Cleaning an oven naturally is super easy and effective. And, because lemons and other citrus oils work great on grease, all you’ll need for this trick is two lemons, a little bit of water, a baking dish, and a scouring pad (like Scotch Brite’s Heavy Duty Scouring Pads).
- First, cut your lemons in half and squeeze the juices into a baking dish. Once you’ve squeezed it dry, place the remaining lemon casings in the dish as well. Fill the dish 1/3 full of water and place it in the oven. Bake it at 250 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Then, just sit back and relax! As the water and lemon juice mixture heats up, the vapors will begin clinging to the grime, making it loose enough to wipe away.
- Once your 30 minutes are up, remove the dish and let the oven cool. After the oven has cooled off, use a scouring pad to scrub away whatever is left inside. (Pro tip — use a spatula to remove larger, clumpier chunks.)
- Use the remaining lemon water to rinse away the grime as you scrub. Keep sponging until your oven is clean. Then, dry with a towel.
- Please note, the oven will smoke during this process. Just be cautious — be sure to turn on the oven fan and open a window.
- Wiping down countertops and scrubbing dirty dishes may feel like second nature, but it’s easy to forget to clean your oven. It’s OK; it happens to us, too. (Wondering what else you’re forgetting to clean? Get the list here.) But because a dirty oven takes longer to preheat and can cause dangerous grease fires, it’s important to get into the habit of regularly cleaning yours.
3. Clean Your Oven Quickly with Citrus
When life gives you lemons, use them to clean the oven.
Let us explain. Lemons and other citrus oils are natural degreasers, so they loosen up baked-on food particles. For a quick (and virtually effortless) way to clean your oven, add the juice of two lemons and 1/3 cup water to a baking dish, place it in the oven, and bake at 250º for 30 minutes. When heated, the lemons will emit vapors that can loosen up stubborn food stains. Once the oven has cooled down, remove any additional remnants with a scrub pad or firm spatula.
4. Clean Your Oven Quickly Using Soap and Water
Your oven isn’t filthy, but it’s by no means as spotless as you’d like. To get rid of small splotches and stains, wipe down the interior with a scrub pad soaked in warm water and dish soap. Once you’re done, pat the inside dry with a paper towel. It’ll require some elbow grease, but it’ll be well worth it once you’re chowing down on one of these amazing casseroles.
Tips to Clean Your Dirty Oven Quickly
- Make sure your oven is cool & remove excess dirt
Begin by taking out all your oven racks to get them out of the way. Using a paper towel or old cloth, remove all those pesky little bits of burnt food from the base of your oven, wiping the bits straight into a dustpan pan or bin if possible. The more you remove now, the less you’ll have to get rid of later.
Make sure your oven is completely cool before moving onto step 2.
- Mix baking soda with water
In a bowl, mix up 1/2 a cup of baking soda with water to form a paste. Spread the paste all over the bottom of your oven (avoiding the heating elements). I would advise putting on some gloves and using your fingers to make sure the mixture gets everywhere, including the really stubborn caked-on dirt!
- Washing powder vs Oven racks
This is an extra-special secret tip that will really work. Pour some washing powder into a bath of very hot water and put your oven racks into it overnight. All the grime will be easy to remove after a little scrub in the morning.
- Leave it to rest
Let the baking soda and water mixture do the work overnight while you rest and dream about how lovely and clean your oven will be.
- Clean your oven window
Use the same baking soda and water mixture you used for the inside of the oven and apply the paste to the inside of your oven window. Let it sit for half an hour then, using a cloth, wipe the window clean.
- Sort out the stove top
Whilst you’re at it, you may as well give the stove top a quick once over.
Mix together the following ingredients:
1 tablespoon of salt
A tablespoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon of water
Scrub the top of your stove with the paste and wipe clean – easy!
- The next morning
Time to clean up!
It’s time! Head to your oven and with a damp cloth wipe away the dried paste. Grab a rubber spatula if you need an extra hand to remove the paste.
- Use vinegar & a damp cloth
Finally, pour some vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the areas that still have baking soda on them. Grab your damp cloth again and wipe the excess bits away. After a quick scrub of your oven racks, place them back in the oven.
Oven cleaning is much cleaner when you make an effort to keep it cleaner in the first place. Here are a few things you can do to prevent a mess.
Tips for Stubborn Stains
If you run into some extra stubborn stains as you’re working on your oven, try the following tips:
The reaction between baking soda and vinegar has great cleaning potential. As the chemicals fizz together, they loosen stuck-on grime.
Let the stained area soak in a mixture of baking soda and water. If the stain is greasy, add a little dish soap to the water. Let it soak for several hours.
Use a plastic spatula
Use a plastic spatula to scrape off built-up crud in the oven. This works best after soaking for a while.
If your oven door is stained, apply a baking soda paste and leave it on for several hours. You should leave the door open to do this. Then spray with vinegar and scrub to clean.
Don’t forget the elbow grease.
A scrub brush and some extra cleaning time can go a long way on those stubborn stains, and the abrasive nature of baking soda will help your scrubbing be efficient.