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!

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