How to Clean Your Oven (Without Oven Cleaner)

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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.


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.

What You’ll Need:

Baking soda

What You Do:

Baking Soda Oven Cleaner

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

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

Spray the Baking Soda Down Again

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

Scoop Up the Baking Soda

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

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

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  1. 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. 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. 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?


    1. 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.

  4. Thank you for saving our Thanksgiving dinner !
    I had goofed and bake pies without a cookie sheet under them so the oven had sugar spills all over the bottom Then I came home to find that my husband had roasted the very large squash (cut side down) on a cooky sheet with no sides. The juice dribbled down all over the other already burnt on spills and the house smelled of burnt food! Needless to say, there was no time to use the self-clean feature (which basically heats up the whole house and stinks!) I didn’t have any oven cleaning spray, nor did I want to add more toxic smell to what we had.

    Googled and found your website. Yay! Box of baking soda, and left over vinegar from pickling cucumbers. And Voila! I was able to clean the oven with minimal effort (good thing as I had a bunch more stuff to do to get the house ready for family guests) and didn’t want to expend a lot of time and elbow grease (and ruin my hands!) cleaning the oven. Thanks you for being a blessing!

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