How to Clean Your Oven (Without Oven Cleaner)

Trying new recipes is fun, but sometimes it leads to unexpected results, like this oven mess that I was left with the other night:

How to Clean Your Oven (Without Oven Cleaner)


Now, I don’t have a self-cleaning oven, and I don’t use oven cleaners, but this mess was actually a lot easier to clean up than you’d probably guess. In face, my oven basically cleaned itself while I was out yardsaling. Want to know my trick? Here it is:

Baking Soda Oven Cleaner

Step 1: Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda over the baked-on mess (your oven needs to be completely cool for this).

Spray Down the Baking Soda

Step 2: Then, spray the baking soda down with water (white vinegar is even better).

Spray the Baking Soda Down Again

Step 3: When the baking soda dries out, spray it down again.

Scoop Up the Baking Soda

Step 4: Come back in a couple hours, and scoop out the baking soda. All of that stuck-on mess should come right out with it (with no scrubbing required).

Clean Oven

Step 5: Wipe down the bottom of the oven to remove any remaining baking soda, and your oven is ready for use again.


  1. ena says

    Thank you for this. Im at a new place and just realized there is no self cleaning oven.! It has been a while since i had to use oven cleaners. Had i know I would have put in an oven liner. I will try this. I didnt want to use chemicals. Due to my health i dont think i would have surrived that anyway lol.

  2. Kelley in NC says

    I heard that even the manufacturers do NOT recommend using the self cleaning option (somehow damages the oven). I am trying this method right now….:::crossing my fingers::: I returned my oven cleaner because I’m moving to only natural cleaners—NO CHEMICALS!

  3. Nina says

    Thanks for this really great tip, Erin. I absolutely HATE using oven cleaner, but needed to clean my really yucky oven for passover, so this is just what I needed. Have one important question, though. I removed as much of the baking soda as I possibly could but there’s still some residue (I’m NOT much of a OCD person) Is it dangerous to leave this residue in terms of using the oven later on– i.e., would the chemical in Sodium Bicarbonate possibly be flammable at high temperatures? I’m worried because I scrapped everything I could do and there is still some baking soda left on the oven walls and floor. Please advise me- soon?


    • Erin Huffstetler says

      Hi Nina,

      No need to worry about flammability. You can wipe the baking soda off with a damp rag, or just leave it, and it’ll bake off the first time you use the oven.

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