You’re looking for a way to clean your oven without chemicals? You’ve come to the right place!

We are all guilty of skipping the oven when doing the occasional kitchen cleaning. Maybe the task is often postponed because it’s challenging and time-consuming, especially if you’re trying to avoid using chemicals. Well, we’re here to make sure that you will never skip it again. With the right ingredients, you can create a natural oven cleaner that is even more effective than a store-bought one.

And do you know what the best part is? Cleaning your oven without chemicals makes your food taste much better. So, without further ado, here are some non-toxic oven cleaner recipes that will help you get ready for baking in no time!


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Baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing soap

This is one of the easiest ways to clean an oven without chemicals but unfortunately not the most effective one. However, one thing makes it really preferred and that is the fact that all of the ingredients are already in your kitchen. All you need is 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing soap.

Start by mixing the ingredients in a bowl until they create a paste and use a microfiber cloth to apply the paste to the inside of the oven. After that simply put a large pot of boiling water in the oven and close the door. Let it sit.

After approximately 1 hour remove the pot. Take a clean cloth and wipe the paste away. Grease and grime should be removed easily but for larger spots, you might have to do a little more scrubbing.


Lemon as a natural degreaser

Lemons act as a natural degreaser. They will make the build-up in your oven to loosen up. This method is appropriate if you’re taking regular care of your oven but for really tough stains you might need something stronger.

Start by cutting two lemons in half. Use a baking dish to squeeze the lemon juice in and add the lemon leftovers in it. After that fill one-third of the dish with water and place it in the oven. Turn the heat to around 120°C and leave it like that for 30 minutes.

Before you start scrubbing wait for the oven to cool down. Use a sponge with scrubby sides or steel wool scrubber for tough spots. However, keep in mind that they may scratch the surface. Use a clean cloth to remove any leftover grease and grime. Dip it into the leftover lemon water and gently wash off the inside of the oven. Finally, use a towel to dry off the surface.


Clean up cooking spills with salt

The salt method is appropriate for quick cleaning when you have a spill but it will make the general maintenance a real breeze.

Every time you have a spill just sprinkle a generous amount of salt onto it, so it covers the whole spot. You need to catch the spills before they bake on to the oven. Otherwise, you’ll have much more difficulties cleaning it later. When you’re done with cooking, the stains will be a pile of ash you can simply wipe right out of the oven. Thus, you will not have to deal with either toxic oven cleaners or the very hot clean setting on your oven.


Bowl of hot water and the power of steam

When talking about how to clean your oven without chemicals, we cannot skip the hot water bowl method. After all, what is more non-toxic than simple steam?

Using steam to clean your oven is the easiest but unfortunately, not the most effective way. It is appropriate for a relatively clean oven but if you have a lot of build-ups to clean you might want to move on to the next method.

To clean your oven with simple water all you need to do is to put a bowl of water in your oven and turn the oven on to the highest setting for about 30 minutes. After that, without opening the door allow the oven to cool down. The steam must have loosened up the grime, so the last step is to simply take a damp cloth and wipe it away.

Make sure the bowl you use is oven-proof.


Our favourite – baking soda and vinegar

A completely safe, natural, effective method and our personal favourite! This method for oven cleaning without chemicals may take a little more time and elbow grease but it’s definitely worth it.

  • Step 1: Prepare
    Empty the oven. Take out everything. Remove the oven racks, pizza stone and thermometer. Make sure everything has been removed before you start with the actual cleaning. Use warm soapy water to wash the oven racks and set them aside until you’re finished with the inside of the oven. Before you put them back make sure they are completely dry.
  • Step 2: Baking soda paste
    Create a baking soda paste by mixing a ½ cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water. Usually, 3 tablespoons are enough but you can adjust the ratio and make the paste at thick as you’d like.
  • Step 3: Coat your oven
    Before you start you should remove any loose food particles from your oven. After that simply spread the paste all over the surface. Try to really get in there and cover everything. If the baking soda turns brown, don’t panic. That’s completely normal. Pay extra attention to the dirtiest nooks and crannies. Also, avoid putting the paste on heating elements. Finally, just close the oven and let the paste sit overnight.
  • Step 4: Wipe out the oven
    In the morning, moisten a sponge or use a damp cloth to wipe out the surface. Fill in a bowl with warm water, so you can rinse the sponge when needed. You can also use a spatula to scrape off any stubborn messes but keep in mind that it may scratch the surface, so better choose a plastic or silicone one.
  • Step 5: Spray with vinegar
    Fill a spray bottle with vinegar. Spray down the oven with it and watch it react with the leftover baking soda and create a foam. Use a rag to wipe away the foam and after that, do a final wipe with a damp cloth to remove any remains.
  • Step 6: Assemble back
    Allow the oven to air dry, or use a towel if you’re in a hurry. Once you’ve cleaned the oven racks and they’ve dried put them back in the oven. Also, put everything else back, for example, the thermometer and the pizza stone, if there’s such. There, you have it! Now your oven is shining and you didn’t have to use any harsh chemicals!

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Final tips before you start cleaning your oven in a toxic-free way:

For preventing spills you can put a cookie sheet under the baking tray. Thus, if something spills while you’re cooking it won’t make a stain.

  • For preventing spills you can put a cookie sheet under the baking tray. Thus, if something spills while you’re cooking it won’t make a stain.
  • Even when you’re cleaning the oven without chemicals, don’t forget to put on gloves to avoid skin irritation

If you have any other suggestions for natural oven cleaners, please, share them in the comments!

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  • Last update: April 16, 2020

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