Oven Cleaning: Homemade Oven Cleaners

Regularly cleaning your oven is needed in order to remove the grease, splatters and charred carbon. Ever wonder what oven cleaners are best to use on the different parts of your oven? How about natural, homemade oven cleaners?

Cleaning your oven with natural oven cleaners is better for your health.

These oven cleaners do not contain the chemicals you may find in store oven cleaners, which include sodium hydroxide, butane, monoethanolamine, and diethylene glycol monobutyl ether... to name a few. These chemicals are harmful to the human body, so why use them when cleaning a place you cook your food? Natural oven cleaners may require more time to produce, and a little extra scrubbing time, but are well worth it for your health in the end. The following article from Housecleaningcentral.com offer safe oven cleaning tips as well as ways to make your own oven cleaners at home.

Safe Oven Cleaning Tips

It doesn't matter how careful you place dinner in the oven, you will eventually get baked on grease, spills and splatters from cooking your families favorite dishes.

The good news is that you don't have to buy those dangerous and toxic oven cleaners in the grocery store. Do yourself a favor, (and your pocketbook) and make your own homemade oven cleaner from the recipes listed below.

How to Clean Your Oven Safely:

These oven cleaning tips will help you clean your oven safely, quickly, and are better for the environment. It takes a little more elbow grease to clean with natural products, but it's better for you too, and worth the extra effort it takes to clean.

Note: Never mix ammonia with bleach containing products as a poisonous gas will result.

Home Made Oven Cleaner:

    • 1 T Liquid dish soap
    • 1 T Lemon juice
    • 1 T Bleach
    • 1 Quart Warm water

Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl or a bucket.

Apply the oven cleaning solution with a sponge to the inside of the oven. Let it sit for 1 hour. Scrub with a sponge or green scrubby. Rinse well.

Oven Cleaner With Ammonia:

    • 1 Cup Ammonia
    • Put the ammonia in a glass bowl, and place it inside the oven and close the door.

Let the bowl stay in the oven over night. The next day, use a green scrubby and wipe away those stubborn stains.

Chemical Free Natural Oven Cleaning:

    • 5 T Baking Soda 
    • 3 drops Liquid Dish Soap
    • 4 T White vinegar

Mix the above ingredients into a thick paste. Use a sponge to apply the oven cleaner to the inside of the oven and then scrub with green scrubby. make sure to rinse thoroughly and wipe the oven clean.

Lemon Juice Cleaner:
Lemon is a great grease cutter. To make lemon oven cleaner, mix equal parts of lemon juice and salt. Apply the lemon oven cleaner to oven stains and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use a green scrubby and rinse and wipe the oven clean.

Natural Oven Cleaner:

    • 4 T Baking Soda
    • 4 T Hot Water

Baking soda is a great stain remover, and an abrasive.

Mix the ingredients and apply to the inside of your oven with a sponge. Let the oven cleaner sit for 15 minutes. Use a green scrubby. Then rinse and wipe the oven clean.

Tough Oven Stain Remover:

    • 1 Cup Salt
    • 1 Cup Baking Soda
    • 1 Cup Water

Make a paste using these ingredients. Apply the mixture to the inside of the oven. Close the oven door and heat the oven to 500-degrees for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and allow it to cool. Use a damp rag or sponge to wipe any debris. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry.

Commercial Oven Cleaner:

It's easy to clean your oven using commercial oven cleaner spray. Make sure to wear rubber gloves and eye protection if using oven cleaner. Read all product instructions and follow the manufacturers directions.

First heat the to 200° . Turn the oven off, and take the spay and completely spray the soiled areas.

By heating the oven slightly, you give the cleaning product a power boost and it will do a better job at removing the baked on grime. Let the cleaner work over night.

Take a damp rag or sponge and simply wipe the grime out the next morning. Rinse the oven thoroughly then wipe it dry.

Baking soda, a natural oven cleaner, is one of the most common household products to help remove tough oven carbon and grease. As you may have read in the previous article, baking soda is one of the main ingredients in most of the home made oven cleaners. Baking soda acts as a gentle abrasive that also soaks up oily stains and grease.

For burnt-on carbon, sprinkling baking soda over the bottom of the oven and then spraying some water from a spray bottle may work. Let this homemade oven cleaner sit overnight and then go over it with a sponge in the morning; most of the gunk should come off with it. If there are still some carbon and burnt food remaining, apply some more baking soda as well as adding some vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for 30 minutes and then scrub.

If there is ever a time where your natural oven cleaners and elbow grease don’t do the trick, don’t be afraid to turn on the self oven cleaner if you have the function. The self oven cleaner heats your oven to about 900 Fahrenheit to burn off any spoiled foods. This oven cleaning function is good to use every so often, but try to stick to no more than once a year due to the smoky aftermath that it may produce.