Asked on Jun 5, 2016

Looking for a homemade oven cleaner for our very dirty oven

Karen ReillyBarbara BuchanDianne


Our oven resembles a coal mine. How can we get it clean without using store bought cleaners? One we saw had baking soda and vinegar,but no recipe.
7 answers
  • Lee Govan
    Lee Govan
    on Jun 5, 2016

    If you can get hold of cuttle fish, try a pet shop, they should have them at pet stores to keep small parrots beaks down. If you remove the hard shell form the outside with a screw driver, rub this on the oven, it will wear down quickly so you may need 4 or 5. This will scour scratch free, the same as baking soda does. Or if you mix a little white vinegar with baking soda into a paste and rug that on it will take longer, but will work with a lot of elbow grease. Take the bulk of it off with a flat scraper blade to remove any loose carbon first. Good luck.

  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on Jun 5, 2016

    Make a paste mixture with baking soda and white vinegar. Apply to the soiled area leaving it on long enough for the stains to lift. Then wipe out and clean as you normally would.

    • Marti
      on Jan 29, 2017

      I even use it on the glass part of door and turns out wonderfully.
  • Joycesom
    on Jun 5, 2016

    I clean all the loose stuff out of the oven first. Then I use a Pyrex cup and fill it with white vinegar. I put the cup of vinegar in a 250 degree oven over night. This loosens most of the baked on grease in the oven. Then I wipe it clean. You might have to do it a second time to get the really thick baked on grease out.

  • Sandra
    on Jun 5, 2016

    Before the days of self-cleaning ovens, I used ammonia. Left it in the oven over night. The white vinegar works fantastic in the microwave too.

  • Dianne
    on Jun 5, 2016

    I also clean out all the loose stuff then make a paste of dawn dish detergent and baking soda. I use a pastry brush and apply lightly to all the grime. Let it sit for a few hours then rinse Thoroughly.

    • 153091
      on Jun 6, 2016

      @Dianne I use this just add a little dawn...only I rag-wipe it on...really works well.

  • Barbara Buchan
    Barbara Buchan
    on Jan 28, 2017

    Ammonia overnight in a baking pan; might work better in a barely warm oven;
    for the racks, put a cup of ammonia in garbage bag with the racks, close tightly and leave outdoors overnight. The baked on gunk wipes off.
  • Karen Reilly
    Karen Reilly
    on Feb 16, 2017

    Go on she has a recipe for kitchen cleaning that uses Dr Bronners Castile soap and baking soda it's great.
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