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Natural Oven Cleaner

I am in love with this Natural Oven Cleaner that I was able to make using items I had in my kitchen!  If you need to give your oven a good cleaning before the holidays be sure to try this one. There is no harsh smell or need to turn the oven on and off.

Natural Oven Cleaner

I was having my in-laws over for dinner and needed to clean my oven because something had spilled over in it and was able to use this instead of the traditional self cleaning method. Normally I would get that burning smell whenever I used that setting on my oven.  It also doesn’t hurt that Thanksgiving is coming and I need a shiny clean oven for my turkey.

Natural Oven Cleaner

To make this Natural Oven Cleaner you will need the following items – baking soda, Dawn dish soap, lemon juice and vinegar.

Natural Oven Cleaner

You will want to start by putting 8 Tablespoons of baking soda in a small bowl.

Next add 3-4 drops of Dawn dish soap on top of the baking soda.

Next add in 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice.

Now you are going to pour in 2 Tablespoons of vinegar, but you need to do this slowly so you do not have a mess on your hands.

Mix everything together into a paste. Add more baking soda if necessary.

Now you just to need to slather it in your oven. The bottom, sides and even the glass if you need to.

Now comes the hard part or easy part depending on how you look at it. Leave it on there for a couple of hours or overnight. Using a sponge you may want to scrub on the scorched on areas, then simply wipe out using a damp cloth. If you have some burned on areas that have been there for a long time, you may need to reapply a few times before they are completely gone. Best of all it really works!

Natural Oven Cleaner that you can make with only 4 items! No harsh chemicals or smells.

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20 Comments

  1. I’m very interested in ways to clean my apartment using natural products. I hate having to use chemical type cleaners. I’m glad I found you.

  2. I just made this and it was so runny, not a paste at all. Poured it over my stainless steel sink grate and hoping that something stuck. Not very impressed.

    1. You can always add more baking soda or less vinegar next time. It really works though and it doesn’t make a thick paste.

    2. I agree i had to use almost a small box of baking soda, to make the paste. which i dont really mind except i did this during the coronavirus, because I have a self cleaning oven, but didnt want the smell and toxins around a stay at home emergency, and im not going out almost at all, so now i have no baking soda..

  3. Needs much more baking soda then mentioned…or, change verbiage so it does not say paste. I don’t mind just a suggestion.

      1. After adding the lemon juice I only added 1T of double strength vinegar then I applied it with a large basting brush. After an hour my curiosity got the better of me so I rubbed a spot and wow I can see the colour of the oven again. I hadn’t realized how bad it was. I would much rather use this than any of the chemical sprays available. And yes Dawn is not a natural product but if it can be used to save oil slicked wildlife it’s definitely okay to use in an oven. Just make sure to wipe it really well and change the rinse water a few times. Thank you for the recipe!

        1. Agreed to all of the above! It also clearly states in the OG recipe that you can add more baking soda to paste it up a bit.

          If dawn is good enough for baby ducks, it’s good enough for me! 🦆

    1. If the above recipe is applied to a warm oven yes it does help. The warm oven allows the recipe to stick and harden which is especially useful for the doors and oven side slats. This recipe is also useful in removing unsightly burned on gunk from the bottoms and edges of cook wear. For racks, warm them then rest them in something like a ceramic bathtub or deep sink and use the recipe. Let it work overnight use a sponge with a scrub side and remove the dried recipe, rinse.
      This method has been used for years.

  4. Just tried today- NOT a paste. Was liquid. Seems measurements are off? To make a paste there needs to be MORE dry ingredients than liquid. This is NOT a paste. Now the oven is drippy.

    1. I think yes! I have cleaned mine with the racks before and it didn’t damage them but I am not sure about all ovens.

  5. I have used this natural remedy twice and plan to do it again today. Spilled-over lasagna makes a huge mess. I even used this remedy for a used stove that looked awful.

  6. Hi there! I’m having a hard time getting the residue / paste out. Can I turn on self clean? Or will it burn?

  7. As other commenters noted, very runny and even after several hours, and using a scrubber, my oven was not clean, especially on the glass. Maybe mine was just too far gone for this method *lol*

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