Oven Cleaner

"And environmentally friendly, easy, non-chemical way to clean your oven. No over-powering fumes."
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Ready In:
12hrs 10mins




  • Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white.
  • Sprinkle some more water over the top.
  • Let the mixture set overnight.
  • You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened.
  • When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.
  • If this recipe doesn't work for you it is probably because you didn't use enough baking soda and/or water.

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  1. This is an awesome recipe. I do not clean my oven on purpose because I hate the smell of the purchased spray can cleaners. The smell of wiping the oven clean is bad enough but even after my oven is wiped clean the stench from those products linger in the house and come back out when I cook my food. The baking soda and water worked wonders although I will need to use a 2nd cleaning on parts of my oven due to my own neglect. I used this with Pricilla's Oven Rack Cleaner recipe (soaking the racks in the tub) for an all to easy, smelly free, way to clean my oven and racks. I will be cleaning my oven much more often. Thanks for the recipe.
  2. I'm delighted to have found this "recipe". I cannot be around strong chemical smells so most commercial oven cleaners are out. This one, while not perfect, cleaned up my oven quite nicely. This recipe is only for the oven floor, so after doing it, I made a fairly thick baking soda/water paste and globbed it on the oven walls and door, including the glass window. Left overnight, then picked up as much as possible before wiping everything down. It took awhile to get all the residue up, but all in all, I think it was worth it. On the really tough spots left, I used a soap pad. Anything left I can live with because my oven now looks SO much better than it did before. And I didn't have to put up with fumes and didn't have to be concerned about chemical burns on my hands. I'll definitely use this method again.
  3. It worked amazingly! I used a spray bottle to wet the baking soda after covering the oven bottom. Great tip!
  4. This works surprisingly well and it's how I always clean my oven now. I really can't stand commercial oven cleaners and tended to avoid the chore before I found this recipe.
  5. Thanks for posting this- I hate using chemicals anywhere in the house & I needed to clean my oven for awhile now. This worked like a charm!


Most of my recipes are dairy free since I discovered many years ago that I am lactose intolerant. While I have had to give up some much-loved recipes, we have discovered that most can be modified to accommodate the changes to our diet. Most of my recipes say dairy free but there are a few from my childhood that may have dairy! I also have an intolerance to MSG so we spend a lot of time reading labels. Usually, it is just easier to cook from scratch, so we don't use many pre-made foods from the grocery store.</p> I like recipes I can make with minimal ingredients, real food I have in my kitchen, that are also easy to make!
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