Natural Oven Cleaning Recipe

Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe

Oven cleaning stinks. It is time consuming and the chemicals that are used in most conventional oven cleaners are toxic! I’ve been working on switching all of my cleaning to more natural methods

That is why this particular tip is one of my favorites because it is so easy, cheap and natural!

If you are like me, your oven occasionally (or once a week in my case) gets burnt on food on the bottom, splattered food on the sides, or dried food stuck on the rack. I am not fortunate to have a self-cleaning oven as some do, so I had to find a way to solve this problem. I checked oven cleaners at the store, and definitely did not want those ingredients in my oven around the food I was cooking for my family. I tried a variety of natural treatments before stumbling on the best oven cleaner, natural or not, that I have ever found: baking soda!

Baking Soda Natural Oven Cleaning:

Though it seems like a simple fix, baking soda is really effective and makes the daunting task of oven cleaning a little easier. All I have to do to get a shining oven is spray the whole oven down with a water bottle so that it is damp, and pour on a thick layer or baking soda, especially on the bottom, until there is about 1/4 inch layer of baking soda paste on the bottom. If any of the baking soda is still dry, I mist it with the water bottle.

Then, I walk away, and leave the baking soda there for a few hours (with the oven off, unless you want to see some amateur special effects… I don’t recommend this!) After a few hours I simply wipe up the paste with a cloth and all the grime comes with it. For really baked on grime, this may take a couple applications, but it always works and it is 100% natural!

Another Easier Option

The easiest and fastest way to clean your oven naturally without chemicals or baking soda 280x300I recently found Branch Basics, an amazing natural cleaner that is safe for even chemically sensitive people and that can clean the entire kitchen, gets stains out of clothes, dirt out of grout lines, cleans an oven like magic and is safe to use on skin. In fact, it is tear free and I’ve been using it for baby shampoo! I’m addicted. You can find out more here. I even feel safe letting my kids clean with it! (It has also saved me money!) I talk about how I used it for oven cleaning here.

See some of my other natural cleaning ideas here!

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Reader Comments

  1. Wonderful recipe and tip for oven cleaning.
    I use baking soda paste for cleaning all kinds of stains in my whole kitchen, no only in the oven. I love how it works on baked-on grease. 

  2. I DID THIS!!! It worked wonderfully!  I had a disaster of an oven–literally–thick, burned drippings on the bottom of my oven and now it’s smooth and clean.  I am sooo glad that I could do it without toxic chemicals!! thank you for this!

  3. Trying it right now…It is so bad every time I open the oven door the smoke detector was going off. I tried a fume free oven cleaner and it didn’t solve the problem not to mention smelled awful, so much for the fume free.

  4. I just tried the baking soda and water method of cleaning my oven….perfect!! So happy I found you and your idea on Pinterest. Thanks!

  5. BTW, I have a self cleaning oven and was told every time I use that feature, I shorten the life of the part that lights the oven ! I’ve had it replaced twice now, so I’m definitely using the baking soda !!!!!

  6. This totally worked for our post Thanksgiving oven disaster, ie; turkey grease spilled and a pie made with maple syrup bubbled over, sticky mess and grease both gone.

  7. I know this is a pretty old post, but I just need to say that I had an awful stain on my glass toaster door; A bag of carrots got a little too close to the hot door and left a blue paint/plastic mark. I tried everything- glass cleaner, and even the high powered toxic oven cleaner. It didn’t even fade. I finally tried this and IT’S GONE. It also doesn’t leave that residue that the toxic stuff leaves. Who would’ve thought just simple vinegar and baking soda could do that? Thanks Wellness Mama!

  8. Problem: new pizza stone is refusing to go no-stick no matter how much coconut oil you rub into it.
    Solution: bake a full rasher of bacon on the thing. That’ll teach it!
    Problem: bacon grease has dripped all over the bottom of your oven. Have you ever seen an oven fire due to grease on the floor of the oven? I have. It’s not pretty.
    Solution: layer of baking soda & water, leave to sit for a few hours.
    Problem: well, now the baking soda is turning into bacon grease baking soda paste.
    Solution: squirt of dish soap over the whole thing, then rinse well.
    Yay! It worked!
    So, if you’re having a problem with the baking soda not picking up grease, try a squirt of a good dish soap on top, and just rinse. The dish soap will cut through the grease and you’ll be golden. And the combination of good dish soap + baking soda + grease might leave you with very soft, moisturized hands. Seriously, it’s kinda crazy how nice my hands feel right now.

  9. Hi there! Does this also take the grime off the glass door in the front? Mine is NASTY for the very reason oven cleaners literally take my breath away until I feel like I’m going to die from them, they’re so harsh!

  10. Just tried the baking soda paste and the result on the thick food stains were immediately. It came off just a few minutes ( 2 or 3) after applying it. Let it set for a while to see what it can do about the thin food stains on the bottom part of my oven. Will let you know….

  11. Hi,
    I will try this within the next few days. I just have one question: How do you get the baking soda everywhere? Like on the sides and the oven ceiling?

  12. Hello I was aware of this but am scared to try it as my elec fan oven has grill heaters at the top can these be done… The roof is coated in grease but I can’t get there :(

  13. What about spraying with vinegar first and then using the baking soda? I feel like to two would work better together as they create a fizzy reaction to help lift the gunk up?

  14. I had a spaghetti squash literally explode in the oven and splatter over the floor, wall, countertop, cabinet drawers, refrigerator, and me (the oven door was open and the squash was on a baking sheet with the oven rack pulled out part way). If the colossal mess weren’t enough, I’m still sporting the burns to remind me to NEVER relive that experience again.

    Anyway, I’ve been a little intimidated by the spaghetti squash being EVERYWHERE in the oven…even on the upper side of the broiler element. I haven’t used the oven since it happened for fear of making the problem worse. It is stuck/baked on like stringy glue and I was wondering how to get the baking soda “paste” to all those areas other than the oven floor. Any ideas?

    Many thanks!

    • Patsy,
      I’m pretty sure it can be used on a gas oven. I’ve been afraid to use the nasty chemicals from the store because I have a gas oven. It just didn’t seem to make sense to spray that stuff where a pilot is always lit, not to mention the fumes in the house! I’m trying it tonight and will let you know how it goes.

  15. Hi

    I clean my microwave and oven with water and lemon juice.
    I put a cereal bowl of hot water into the microwave with 1/4- 1/2 cup of lemon juice and set it up for highest setting for 7-10 minutes until it boils and steam. Then wearing oven glove I wipe steam of microwave with paper towel. cleans great.
    The similar technique I use for oven, big bowl of water with lemon juice, set up max degrees and leave it for boiling. it is great to kill smells as well.

  16. Thank you so much for this cleaning tip!!! I used it today on my stove top. It had gotten so nasty around the burners. I thought there was no way to get the disgusting brown/black mess off that had been accumulating for years (gross I know!). Then I found your post. Baking soda, water, and elbow grease got my stove top completely back to all white. Couldn’t believe it! Thank you again!!!

  17. I can’t wait to try this. Im a cleaner and the canned stuff just doesn’t do it properly and is not good for me all the time! My tip:
    An easy way to make your glass and racks spotless….i use a magic eraser!!!

  18. Hi Katie, I’ve been following Wellnessmama for some time now and I’d just like to say thank you for all of the tips!

    I tried cleaning with baking soda but just couldn’t get all that hard stuff off! I’m in the UK and when I looked around for a oven cleaner I noticed that Ovenu say that they are only using natural methods too which I was quite surprised by as I thought they would just be using horrible caustic soda or something.

    I’ve not used them yet but I’d prefer to get someone else to do the scrubbing or am I just being too lazy LOL

    What’s your take on using the pro’s who say they are natural and green or shall I shall just stick it out and persevere?

    Eleanor :)

  19. I’m unsure as to why so many are asking whether this method will work on a gas/electric oven. Heat is heat, no matter the source, and you are not going to be cleaning the surfaces while the oven is on anyway. If you clean the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) well enough (and that’s the point, right?) it won’t matter whether it is gas/electric. Should you NOT clean it well enough, it STILL won’t matter since sodium bicarbonate has been used for years as a fire retardant especially in grease (not Greece) fires. Thanks Wellness Mama…you are the bomb!

  20. Getting ready to try this and after reading all the comments/responses, am left wondering the same thing as many others (unanswered): How to get the baking soda to “stick” to the top, sides, and racks? Having used baking soda as my “abrasive cleaner” in the tub and sink, I know firsthand that no matter how wet I get the tub, I can’t seem to fling baking soda onto the sides thick enough to matter…I end up using my microfiber cloth or sponge and rubbing the excess from the bottom of the tub up onto the sides. That works for the tub, so is that what I have to do with the oven also? Any solutions out there?

    • I made it a paste in a bowl, then applied it to the oven with my hand and a rag. It stuck really well. I had a thick layer over every inch of the inside of my oven.

      I just got through cleaning my oven with this method. It took 3 and a half hours:-( I am 31 weeks pregnant. If not for nesting, I SOOOOOO would have just wiped it off and left it nasty. I’m talking no breaks, scrubbing until my hands are raw for 3 and a half hours. My back is killing me from being bent over scrubbing with steel wool for that long. I left mine overnight instead of just a few hours. Maybe that’s where I messed up?

  21. I use baking (bicarb) soda only – heat the oven, or alternatively, do this after you have used the oven. In a heated oven, (heat turned off) place a dish with water and bicarb soda (Just judge the amount, a couple of spoons of bicarb to a dish of water) – leave in the oven until the oven is cold – you can then wipe out the oven – sometimes elbow grease is required, depending on the spills. The oven racks can then be removed and scrubbed. If you also leave the baking dish in the oven, that can be scrubbed too.

  22. I’m using this now on oven, I also used a little vinegar and a touch of dawn dishwasher liquid as it helps with grease so amazing.also cleaned the pans of the eyes on top of oven.just water on actual plates.but it has been on for 2 hrs and paste was perfect as far as sticking to the oven.I know using dawn may not be “green “exactly but it’s still so much better than oven cleaner.its dry now so I think I will rest for a while and go tackle the clean up! Will post on how it this site.

  23. I just spent 2 hours cleaning my oven with a paste of Comet and water. It hadn’t been cleaned for 10 years. Is that how long this method usually takes, or how long should it take to clean an oven?

  24. I tried this as a paste with baking soda and dawn. It worked wonderfully, but as it looks like I removed everything, and the oven is clean even to the touch, everytime I turn the oven on I have a residue falling from “somewhere” I wipe it clean again, and the next time I turn oven on the residue is back. I’ve been using the lower oven as I only cleaned the top to try it out. Any hints how to finally get the hidden residue gone?

    • Just a thought off the top of my head — maybe wipe down w/white vinegar? Or a combination of vinegar & baking soda? I’d hesitate to use more cleaning ingredients than absolutely necessary, but my guess is that there’s some soap, or soap-and-baking soda mixture, hidden deep in the crevices of your oven, and it’s only coming to the surface when heated. Sooooo, maybe the “bowl of lemon juice” trick w/a heated oven, or just spraying w/vinegar to try to coax out the hidden residue (if there’s baking soda in the residue, vinegar will hopefully react & maximize the effectiveness). Anyway, thank goodness you have another oven to use while this one’s acting up! I’m planning to do the same thing: clean one oven at a time, so I have one to use no matter what! Keep us posted :)

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