7 Oven Cleaning Hacks That Work Without Harsh Chemicals

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A dirty oven even has a smell to it. Not only does it look terrible, but it makes you want to eat out or grill every night. Although we love a good night cooking on the grill, its time to put on some gloves (or maybe not) and get that oven clean again.

Luckily we have put together some easy oven cleaning hacks that make this project a lot more manageable, and dare we say fun? Ok, we won’t go as far as to call oven cleaning fun, but it’s certainly a pleasant surprise to see your oven look brand new after one of our simple hacks.

Hack #1: Oven Cleaning With Baking Soda and Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar is a hack that will work not just in cooking but in cleaning as well. If you don’t have both of these ingredients in your home at all times, make it a point to add it to your shopping list.

Although there are several ways to do this, we find that one particular way makes things a lot easier and less time-consuming. You will need a spray bottle, vinegar, water, and baking soda to complete this oven cleaning hack.

Fill your spray bottle with half water half vinegar. Open your oven and sprinkle some baking soda in the really ugly greasy and charred areas. The black spots that you know we’re not part of the oven when you bought it.

Once your oven has the dry baking soda sprinkled throughout, take your spray bottle and start spraying the baking soda. As you do this, you will notice that there will be some reactions going on. This is the baking soda and vinegar working together to clean your oven for you!

Let this sit for just a few minutes and then use a rag or a sponge to clean everything up. You can do this every month or so to stay on top of it, and it will only take a few minutes.

Hack #2: Use Salt To Clean The Oven Quickly

If you haven’t used salt as a cleaning product, you may be surprised by its effectiveness. With this trick, it is best to combine 1/3 of a cup of salt with one cup of baking soda. Then take a spray bottle and make sure the areas in the oven that need cleaning are nice and wet.

When you have applied a layer of water, go ahead and pour your salt and baking soda mixture onto those hard to clean areas. You will notice when you start scrubbing that the salt and baking soda work together to pull up all of that grease and food residue stuck in your oven.

Although salt can be a useful hack on the mildly dirty ovens, most people will find that the baking soda and vinegar cleaning methods do a little better job of getting the grease up with less scrubbing. If you don’t have any vinegar on hand (or don’t like the smell!), then the salt is a good alternative and all-natural as well.

Hack #3: Use a Homemade Oven Cleaner

Certainly, you can purchase an oven cleaner off the shelf, but we like to use what we have and come up with some of our methods for improving the cleanliness of our oven. There are so many different oven cleaning homemade recipes out there, but we have one that we have found to work quite well.

Get yourself a nice spray bottle so that you can keep some of this on hand at all times, and you won’t need to mix it each time you need it. Here is the recipe:

  • ¼ cup dish soap
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Tablespoon of vinegar
  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide

Ideally, you would combine all of these ingredients and place them in a spray bottle. Simply spray the entire inside of your oven and then scrub and wipe clean with a sponge and paper towel.

You will notice that by using this homemade oven cleaning recipe, there won’t be all that much scrubbing that you have to do. In fact, you may only have to wipe the solution off the inside of the oven.

Hack #4: Clean The Oven Racks In The Bathtub

Are we the only ones that felt like we were on candid camera trying to clean an oven rack in a kitchen sink properly. The math just doesn’t work. The racks are too big, the sinks are too small, water goes everywhere, and when you put the oven back together, you start questioning yourself as to how to clean anything you have.

We love this hack! If the kids and the dog can get a bath in the bathtub, why can’t the oven racks? There are two options to try when using this method.

First, you can fill the tub with very hot water and add dish soap. Place the oven racks in the tub and let them sit overnight. In the morning, you have to do some rinsing and a little scrubbing, but for the most part, they should be mostly cleaned.

The other option is to lay the oven racks flat in your bathtub and do not add any water. Sprinkle baking soda all over the oven racks. Feel free to coat them with the baking soda as this will not damage the racks in any way.

Once they are covered with baking soda, you can take vinegar and pour it over the baking soda. Let these racks sit for a little while, and then rinse them with water, do any remaining scrubbing (there won’t be much to do), and then dry them and put them back in the oven.

Although both of these methods work well, we like the baking soda vinegar option because it gets done faster and seems to be less work overall.

Hack #5: Dishwasher Detergent Tablets

The dishwasher detergent tablet oven cleaning hack is the newest one on our list. This is not a method that has been passed down from generation to generation. It is simply an outstanding recent discovery that will leave you shocked at how clean it can get your oven door.

We talked about cleaning the inside of the oven and the racks, but we haven’t touched on the door. Oven doors can get covered with grease stains, and sometimes you will even notice that it covers the window looking into the oven.

For this oven cleaning hack, all you need is a dishwasher detergent tablet and some water. Dig the tablet into the water and then use it to scrub the door. The tablet goes to work immediately, taking anything that looks like grease or grime, directly off of your oven door.

We know those dishwasher detergent tablets can be like golf around the house, but it is undoubtedly worth sacrificing one to get your oven door restored to its original quality. As far as what brand or type to use on your oven door, it doesn’t seem to make a difference. The few different types that we tried all seemed to have the same amount of effectiveness.

Hack #6: Clean The Oven Naturally With Water And Lemon

If you are going to purchase store-bought oven cleaning chemicals, you are probably going to end up with something that is far from natural. Luckily most of the oven cleaning hacks on our list have been relatively natural, and we will follow that up with another all-natural option.

Lemon can be a great cleaning tool; in fact, limes can work well to clean as well. Their acidic nature makes them very good at breaking down and clearing up tough messes. For this hack, you will need to take several lemons and cut them in half.

Once the lemons are cut in half, squeeze their contents into an oven-safe baking dish. Once all the lemons have been juiced, then you can place the leftover lemon peel into the baking dish as well. You do want to make sure you don’t skip the juicing step, as this method will not work quite as well when that is not done.

Once you have your lemons and the juice in the baking dish, then you can place the oven on 250 and bake it for about 30 minutes. If for some reason, your oven is a real disaster, you can leave it in for closer to 45 minutes.

When you open your oven, you will be able to use a sponge and rags to quickly remove any dirt or grease that had built up inside the oven. This is a natural and safe way to clean your oven, and it smells good as well.

Suppose you decide that you want to switch the lemons out for some limes that is entirely acceptable as well. In fact, mixing a few lemons and limes leaves a really lovely smell and does just as good a job as the lemons do on their own.

Hack #7: Steam Clean The Oven

Last on our list is the steam clean. Steam cleaning is another natural way to clean, and it uses the power of heat to and water to get your oven looking like new again. Some more modern ovens will actually have a steam clean setting on them. However, if your oven is not this advanced, you can still efficiently complete this process.

For this process, all you need is an oven-safe pot and water. Simply fill a pot with water and place it in your oven at 450 for about 45 minutes to an hour. While the pan is in there, quite a bit of steam and condensation will be developing inside your oven. This is going to loosen the dirt and make things much easier for you to clean.

When your oven cools down, you can take a sponge or wet rag and start wiping down all the wet areas in the oven, when you wipe them the grease and debris are going to come right along with them.

If you are serious about keeping your oven clean, but you don’t want any chemicals and sprays used inside, this is a great option to try. Its quick, effective, and uses materials that you will absolutely have around the house.


Don’t forget to clean the stovetop once you finish the oven. Hopefully, our oven cleaning hacks have made the thought of cleaning your oven a bit more manageable. If you have time left, why not clean the coffee maker too.

We know this is not going to be a task that you can’t wait to get up and complete, but with these hacks, you will save yourself an enormous headache.

Anytime we can spend more time cooking in our oven as opposed to cleaning it, we are thrilled! Let us know which hack worked best for you. Want more ways to save time in the kitchen? Check out this list of cool kitchen hacks.