Natural Cleaners

Oven cleaning is time-consuming and you probably don’t do it very often. Rest assured you’re not alone. This is probably the most overlooked cooking appliance, not only because it takes a long time to clean but the job can be frustrating and challenging.

When it comes to cleaning it, you need to be careful what you’re using. There are tons of products that you can buy from the store. But most of them contain caustic or corrosive ingredients. Sure, they are made to clean your dirty oven from all of the grime and built-up food that has been cooking inside, however, caustic products can corrode materials and human tissue. This can lead to potential burns, scarring, and permanent bodily damage.

More and more people choose to go the chemical-free way of cleaning their ovens. Cleaning an oven using natural ingredients may seem unrealistic but in fact, it’s quite simple and requires nothing more than some eco-friendly products you may already have at home. Combine it with some elbow grease and you will bring back the sparkle of your cooking appliance. Having that in mind, we’ve put together for you a list of the best natural oven cleaners.


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Before you start cleaning, make sure you place any type of protective cover under the oven and the surrounding area (such as a plastic bag, newspaper, etc.). This will prevent any spillage from falling on the ground.

Baking Soda and vinegar

We’ve decided to begin with our favourite (and probably the most recommended) natural oven cleaner, first. Baking soda does magic when it comes to cleaning. When you combine it with vinegar, you will have the perfect oven cleaning solution. Here’s what you will require for this cleaning method:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • A spray bottle
  • Gloves
  • Sponge
  • A Cloth

Make a paste by mixing 1 cup of baking soda and a bit of water. The paste needs to be thick, so make sure you don’t put too much water. Spread it around inside the oven using the sponge, while scrubbing, and let it stay there for about 1 hour. After that, wipe the baking soda using a damp cloth. When done, pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spritz the whole oven. Give it a final wipe, using a clean, dry cloth.

Lemon Juice

Steam cleaning is another great natural way to clean your oven and get rid of some tough grease and dirt that has built-up on the inside. Lemon and other citrus fruits are great natural degreasers. So, here’s how you can easily clean your oven using just two lemons.
You will require:

  • 1 oven-proof bowl
  • Water
  • 2 lemons (limes would work, as well)

Fill ⅓ of the oven-proof bowl with water. Then, cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Put the lemons inside the bowl, too. Close your oven and turn it on to 200 degrees for about 25 minutes. If the grease buildup is really bad, you should leave the bowl in a bit longer. Once the water starts to boil, it will create steam, which will circulate inside and loosen up all the grime, helping you to clean the appliance much more easily. After that, turn the oven off and wait until it cools down. Then, remove the bowl and scrub away what’s left of the grime and grease, using a scouring pad. Remember to use the lemon water to rinse down the inside of the oven. Once you’ve cleaned it all, use a cloth to dry it off.

The oven may emit smoke when this happens. Make sure you turn on the oven fan and open a window.

Cornflour and Vinegar

Another non-toxic oven cleaner can be made with cornflour and white vinegar. The key ingredient here is cornflour. It’s a great replacement if you don’t have baking soda. Keep in mind that it’s not as effective as baking soda, but if bicarb soda is not at hand, cornflour is a good substitute. For this cleaning recipe, you will need:

  • One tablespoon of cornflour
  • One cup of vinegar
  • A sponge

Pour the ingredients into a pan and heat up over a stove until thickened. In the meantime, make sure you stir the mixture well. The solution needs to cool to room temperature before you use it.

Spread the paste around inside the oven and over the oven door using a sponge and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then, take a damp cloth and clean all areas you applied the solution on. Give it a final wipe with a dry cloth.

Cleaning Oven Racks with a Laundry Detergent

To clean your oven racks all you will need is:

  • Laundry detergent or dish detergent
  • A towel (you can use an old one)
  • A sponge

Start by removing the racks from the oven and place them in a bathtub, a sink, or a larger basin filled with hot water.

Then, put one cup of your preferred detergent in a small container and dilute it using water. Pour it on top of the racks and let it stay there for a few hours (or overnight).

After the time has passed, take the racks out of the water and scrub them until all the residue falls off. Give them a final rinse and voalá, your oven racks will be sparkling clean.

And for those of you who are interested in trying other oven rack cleaning methods, make sure you read How to Clean your Oven Racks with Aluminium Foil.


  • Natural oven cleaners are eco-friendly and safer for your health.
  • Making non-toxic, natural oven cleaners at home is very easy.
  • Bicarb soda and vinegar are your best partners in crime when it comes to cleaning your oven with natural cleaners.
  • Oven racks are an important part of the oven, so, make sure you clean them as well

Have you tried any of the cleaning methods stated above? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below!

  • Last update: April 16, 2020

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