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Cleaning your oven can feel like confronting a monster in your kitchen — it’s scary, messy, and time-consuming. But unfortunately, a dirty oven won’t just disappear on its own. So it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get down to business before you bake again. With some clever oven cleaning hacks and tips, you can banish the grime and restore your oven to its former glory.
We’re trying to get your entire kitchen looking spiffy, so you’ll also want to check out our tips for cleaning things like the microwave, air fryer, and dishwasher.
So let’s get cracking (eggs not included) and make your oven look so good you’ll want to bake a cake just to show it off! Download The Krazy Coupon Lady app to get tons of deals on cleaning supplies delivered to your phone.
For low-lift oven cleaning hacks, remove crumbs with your vacuum cleaner.
It could be the appliance’s new marketing tagline: “Vacuums — not just for carpet.” Start by removing any large debris with a damp cloth. Then attach the crevice tool of your vacuum to the end of its hose and use it to suction up any remaining crumbs or debris from the bottom of the oven. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies, including the corners and edges. Once you’ve vacuumed up all the crumbs, use a damp cloth to wipe down the inside of the oven to remove any remaining dust or dirt. Easy peasy,
To clean your oven’s interior, try a simple mix of baking soda and vinegar first.
Gotham may have Batman and Robin, but cleaning enthusiasts have the dynamic duo of baking soda and vinegar. Proof that some heroes don’t wear capes.
- Start by making a paste with baking soda and a little water. Spread the paste over the interior of the oven, focusing on any areas with built-up grime.
- Let the paste sit for at least 30 minutes or even overnight for tough stains.
- Then spray vinegar onto the paste, causing it to foam up and loosen any remaining grime.
- Use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the paste and vinegar mixture, and rinse with clean water.
Voila! Your oven should be sparkling clean and ready to bake up a storm.
Try a simple lemon wash (a la TikTok).
Not gonna lie, when it comes to oven cleaning hacks, we love a viral sensation.
- Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).
- While the oven is heating up, mix together the juice of one lemon with 2 cups of water in a baking dish or oven-safe bowl.
- Place the dish in the oven and let it bake for about 30 minutes. The lemon steam will help loosen any grime and make it easier to wipe away.
- After 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let it cool down a bit before wiping away any remaining grime with a damp cloth or sponge. The lemon will also leave your oven smelling fresh and clean!
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Use a Magic Eraser to tackle tough spots.
Simply wet the Magic Eraser with water, squeeze out any excess, and gently scrub the stained area of your oven. The microscrubbers in the eraser will help lift away the grime and leave your oven looking clean and shiny. Plus, since the Magic Eraser doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals, it’s a great option if you’re looking for a more natural way to clean your oven.
Dawn dish soap is a great degreaser.
It attacks grease on your dishes, so it should come as no surprise that it also works on oven grease as well.
- Mix a few drops of Dawn Dish Soap with warm water in a spray bottle.
- Spray the mixture onto the interior of your oven, focusing on any areas with built-up grease or grime. Let the solution sit for a few minutes to allow the Dawn to work its magic.
- Use a sponge or cloth to scrub away the grime.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry with a towel. Not only is Dawn Dish Soap a great degreaser, it’s also gentle enough to use on most surfaces without damaging them.
Try a dishwasher tablet to chip away at oven glass grime.
Here’s how to do it:
- Start by wetting the glass and then rubbing a dishwasher tablet over the surface. You can also dissolve the tablet in a small amount of water and then apply the solution to the glass with a sponge.
- Let the solution sit for a few minutes to allow the tablet to break down any grime or stains.
- Wipe the glass clean with a damp cloth or sponge. The powerful cleaning agents in the dishwasher tablet will help to loosen any dirt or grime, making it easy to wipe away and leaving your oven glass sparkling clean.
Tip: Be sure to wear gloves when handling the tablet and to thoroughly rinse the glass after cleaning to avoid any residue.
Sprinkle salt to tackle spills.
Did you know that a sprinkle of salt can be a great tool for tackling oven spills? Table salt works best for this oven cleaning hack, as it isn’t as abrasive as coarse salt. Here’s how to do it: while the oven is still hot, sprinkle salt over any spills or drips on the bottom of the oven. The salt will help to absorb the grease and moisture, making it easier to clean up once the oven has cooled down. Once the oven has cooled, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away the salt and any remaining spills. The salt will have helped to loosen the grime, making it easier to remove without harsh chemicals or excessive scrubbing.
Use your bathtub to clean the oven racks.
It might feel a little weird to clean items you use to cook food in the vessel you bathe in, but hear us out. Cleaning your oven racks in the bathtub can be a great way to get oven racks sparkling clean. Use these steps:
- Lay a towel or old sheet at the bottom of the bathtub to protect it from scratches.
- Next, fill the tub with warm water and add a cup of dish soap and half a cup of baking soda.
- Place the oven racks in the tub, making sure they are fully submerged in the water. Let them soak for a few hours, or even overnight, to allow the soap and baking soda to work their magic.
- After soaking, use a scrub brush or sponge to remove any remaining grime.
- Rinse the racks thoroughly with clean water, and dry them with a towel. It’s important to be careful when handling the racks, as they can be heavy and slippery when wet.
- Thoroughly rinse the bathtub afterwards to avoid any residual grime.
A cheap, basic toothbrush can clean all the crevices.
Using a toothbrush to clean the crevices of your oven can be a game-changer. Dip an old soft-bristle toothbrush into a solution of warm water and dish soap. Gently scrub any hard-to-reach areas or tight spaces, making sure to focus on any built-up grime or grease. The bristles of the toothbrush are perfect for getting into small spaces and crevices that may be hard to clean with a larger brush or sponge.
Once you’ve scrubbed the crevices, wipe them clean with a damp cloth or sponge and dry with a towel.
Tip: Use an old toothbrush that you don’t plan to use again, and avoid using abrasive brushes that could damage the surface of your oven.
Use your oven’s self-clean feature with the addition of steam.
Adding steam to the self-clean feature of your oven can be a great way to help loosen any stubborn grime and get your oven sparkling clean.
- Before starting the self-cleaning cycle, place a baking dish filled with water on the bottom rack of your oven. This will create steam during the cleaning process, which can help to soften any caked-on grime and make it easier to wipe away. Just be sure to use a dish that can withstand high temperatures, and avoid pouring water directly onto the oven floor or walls.
- Once the self-clean cycle is finished, allow the oven to cool down completely before wiping away any remaining ash or debris.
Tip: It’s super important to follow your oven’s instructions carefully when using the self-clean feature.
The Pink Stuff is safe to use inside ovens.
If you haven’t heard all of the hoopla around The Pink Stuff, you’re in for a real treat (at least as far as household miracle workers are concerned). This cleaning aid is worth the hype, and it’s a great use for oven cleaning hacks.
- Make sure your oven is completely cool before you get to work.
- Apply a small amount of The Pink Stuff to a damp sponge or cloth and gently scrub the interior of the oven. Avoid any heating elements or surfaces that should not come into contact with water.
- Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the sponge or cloth with clean water and use it to wipe away any remaining product or grime.
- Finally, use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the oven. The Pink Stuff is a powerful cleaner, so pay close attention to the manufacturer’s instructions. Always avoid using it on surfaces that may be damaged by abrasives.
For stubborn messes, bring in the big guns like Easy-Off.
An age-old fighter in the world of oven cleaning hacks, Easy-Off is an intense but useful approach to getting your appliance clean. Because it’s such an aggressive cleaner, you want to make sure you’re using the product safely.
- Start by putting on gloves and opening the windows in your kitchen for good ventilation.
- Spray Easy-Off onto the interior of your oven, taking care to avoid any heating elements or surfaces that should not come into contact with water.
- Allow the product to sit for the recommended amount of time as indicated on the label, and then wipe away any remaining grime with a damp sponge or cloth.
- Lastly, rinse the sponge or cloth with clean water and wipe down the oven once more to remove any residual product.