20 Simple and effective oven cleaning hacks
- By: Ashley Saunders
- August 2020
Cleaning an oven isn’t the nicest task or the easiest. We usually put it off for years until the problem is so bad, the shelves stick and the glass is smeared with grease. Never fear as you’re about to learn some simple yet effective oven cleaning hacks.
Most of our oven cleaning hacks use materials you already have around your home and kitchen, so are easy to try! So there’s no excuse not to have a clean oven. Even the grimmest, dirtiest oven can be cleaned and look nearly as good as new.
Plus once you’ve found a few oven cleaning hacks, it’s simply a matter of rinse and repeat each month to ensure your oven stays looking fresh and in top condition.
#1 Start by vacuuming
It can take forever to remove every burnt crumb with scrubbing. Instead, use your vacuum cleaner to remove the vast majority of them quickly and easily before you attempt a deep clean. Of course, vacuuming won’t remove every last crumb, but it’ll make your task easier.
#2 Remove oil with oil!
This might sound like bad advice, however, you can remove greasy build-up on the hood of your oven with oil. Also, using this technique will make clean-ups in the future far easier.
Simply, place a couple of drops of vegetable oil onto a paper towel and rub it over the greasy area.
The oil helps to remove the grease without needing to use any harsh chemicals. Once clean, spray the areas with all-purpose oven cleaner to ensure that no oil remains.
#3 Attack every nook and cranny with an old toothbrush
Cleaning your bathroom, especially the grout with an old toothbrush is pretty common. But they’re also useful for kitchens.
Simple dip the toothbrush in any cleaning solution and start scrubbing any hard to reach areas and corners. You’ll be amazed at how easy cleaning them can be!
#4 Use some Elbow Grease!
Spray the Elbow Grease on the inside of your oven. After a few minutes, you’ll be able to effortlessly scrape off the grime and grease with the scraper.
#5 Lemon oven steam
Don’t battle tough grease alone! You’ll want to pre-clean your oven by steaming to loosen the dirt and make it easier to cut through.
With a glass bowl filled with boiling water, squeeze two lemons into the water. Next, place the bowl in the oven and leave to sit for around 30 minutes. Let the lemon-infused steam melt the grease and fat.
#6 Natural oven cleaning hacks
Try using a combination of vinegar and baking soda. Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Next, spread the paste all over the bottom of the oven, sides, and the inside of the glass oven door. Avoid touching the heating elements. Leave the mixture for at least two hours.
Then fill a spray bottle with equal parts water white vinegar. Spray it all over the baking soda. The acid in the vinegar will then react with the baking soda, causing it to foam. This action helps to remove the burnt-on food stains from the oven.
After leaving that on for another 30 minutes, use a rag to remove the baking soda mixture. Finish by wiping everything down with a damp cloth.
#7 Cleaning your oven with Cream of Tartar
If you don’t have baking soda, consider using Cream of Tartar. You probably have some in your spice rack. While it great for cooking, it’s also fanatastic for cleaning and polishing your oven!
Make a paste using 2 tablespoons cream of tartar and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a small bowl. Apply the mixture to the inside of your dirty oven and let it sit for three hours. Then, use a wet sponge to wipe the inside of the oven.
#8 Homemade lemon cleaning agent
Here’s another cheap and easy to make a DIY oven cleaning solution that will easily replace pricey cleaning products.
Start by juicing two lemons, then mix the lemon juice with water and put on the stove to boil. Once boiling, mix this with a tablespoon of your regular dishwashing soap. Once the mixture stirs, take it off the heat.
Next, leave to cool before transferring into a sprayable bottle. Spray the solution directly onto areas of dirt and grime. Clean the area with either a scourer or towel. Who knew a lemon could be used in so many oven cleaning hacks!
#9 Use vinegar to steam clean your oven
Many of our oven cleaning hacks involve using household items and this one is no different. You can steam clean your oven using hot water and vinegar. Combining them into a solution will soften any grime, making it much easier to clean away with a cloth.
Fill a pan up to a third with water and place on the stove to boil. Once it starts boiling, add an equal amount of white vinegar. Allow it to boil for another minute or so.
Next, remove the pot from the stove, place it inside the oven on the rack, and close the oven door. Don’t turn the oven on but allow the pot to sit for an hour. Then, wipe the surface down with a soapy cloth. The grime is much easier to remove.
#10 Dishwasher detergent tablets
You can use a dishwasher detergent tablet to clean the inside glass on your oven door. Simply, wet a dishwasher detergent tablet with hot water. Scrub it against the glass door like a sponge or eraser to eliminate built-up grime.
#11 Make your oven glass sparkle
The next of our oven cleaning hacks is to make your oven’s glass sparkle! Firstly create a paste by mixing baking soda and water, then, apply the paste to the inside of your oven window. Leave it for half an hour then, using a cloth, wipe the window clean.
#12 Lemon rub sparkle
Alternatively, if you’re in a rush, you could cut a lemon in half and rub it on the oven glass. This will loosen any dirt and grime, which can then be wiped away with a damp cloth or scrubbing brush.
#13 How to clean oven racks
Typically the hardest part of cleaning an oven is the racks. Well, we can never seem to get them completely clean until we tried this extra-special secret tip!
Pour some washing powder into a bath of very hot water and allow your oven racks to soak overnight. All the grime will be easy to remove after a little scrub in the morning. Magic!
#14 Car wax quickly removes hob grease
Without the right tips and tricks, cleaning your oven can take hours. Thankfully, many of our oven cleaning hacks take just a few minutes of effort.
Some believe that a dirty hob is a telltale sign of a dirty oven. However, you can clean a dirty hob quickly by applying a thin layer of car wax. Leave it to work for a few minutes, then wipe away.
Don’t worry if you still have dirt. For a ceramic hob, sprinkle with baking soda and a few drops of water. Leave for a minute then wipe clean with a soft cloth.
If your oven has steel burners then place them in a resealable bag overnight with a drop of bleach and warm water. The next day, wipe the burners down and wash in warm, soapy water.
#15 Banish bad smells in an instant
No one likes food smell to linger, especially if you’ve cooked something pungent, like fish. Thankfully, you can banish cooking smells with a few drops of vanilla or citrus essence.
Simply add a few drops in an oven-proof bowl and fill with water. Slowly heat the bowl for an hour. You will have successfully rid your kitchen of those awful smells.
#16 The Pink Stuff
As with the baking soda mixture, the job with these chemicals is pretty straightforward. Remove the racks and simply spray the chemical on all the surfaces inside the oven. After 12 hours, you can start wiping all the grime out with a damp cloth. Keep going until the oven is clean.
#17 De-crumb with some crafty DIY
If your oven is filled with crumbs, it’s best to remove the door to reach into tight corners and areas. You’ll need to read in your appliance’s instruction manual how best to unhinge the door. That said, many have hinge locks that you can unlock with a screwdriver.
Remove the door by lifting it up and out. You’ll now have plenty of space to deep clean your oven. Before using any cleaning solutions, use a handheld vacuum to remove crumbs and debris.
#18 Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar
Another very cheap DIY oven cleaning hack is to mix bicarbonate of soda and vinegar. Spread inside the oven and use a nylon scouring pad to scrub the dirt away.
#19 Chemicals but without the smell!
Chemical ovens cleaners often have a strong smell and you might not want to have those odours in your home. Luckily, Astonish Specialist Oven & Grill Cleaner and Sponge does a great job of degreasing without the nasty sniff.
Rather than using caustic chemicals, it employs a slightly abrasive paste to remove burnt-on food, while giving off a lovely orangey scent. It’s safe to use inside the oven and on the door including the glass.
Simply wet the sponge and apply using a circular motion. If it doesn’t quite catch every last speck of dirt, then try it again the next day.
#20 Cheat (Hire a pro!)
You might be lucky enough to have a local cleaning company who offer an oven cleaning service or even a specialist oven cleaner. And while many commercial cleaning companies could clean your oven, it’s unlikely to make finical sense for them to take on such a small job.
If you can’t find a local company or you feel the price is too high, then contact your local window cleaner. They’ll likely handle all types of cleaning jobs and maintain high standards whatever the job. You’ll find they’re far cheaper and can usually fit you in within the next few days.
While this isn’t the most inventive of our oven cleaning hacks, it can be a way to quickly clean your oven with little effort and only a small outlay.