The Best Homemade Cleaner Your Stove and Oven Will Ever Need

45 Minutes

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I cook a lot at home and if the stove is not working over time to churn out those dishes for my family,

the oven is busy doing its fair share of meal preparation!

I will admit, there are several evenings or afternoons when we’re rushing to get somewhere

or I just don’t have the drive to spend time wiping the stove or oven clean.

The result is dirty, grimy oven surfaces,

and caked stove tops!

The best homemade cleaner your stove and oven will ever need

Thankfully this embarrassing scenario does not last long as my incredibly effective homemade cleaner brings about a very reassuring transformation!

What makes my homemade cleaner work well, is the inclusion of a surprise ingredient…

20 Mule Team® Borax!

True, this all natural product is commonly used in the laundry room but its just as helpful while cleaning a variety of areas around your home.

Click, save or print this infographic, and stick it on your kitchen wall or refrigerator as your cleaning hack reminder.

Borax besides acting as a laundry booster that helps soften water and enhance water performance, also helps clean fine china and silverware among several other uses.

So how do we make this fantastic cleaner?

All that’s needed to make this all-surface cleaner is:

1/2 cup Borax

3 tsps dishwashing liquid

Juice from half a lime and

Enough hot water to make a thick paste.

Once the mixture is made, apply the paste onto the stove and oven’s surface and scrub it into all areas of the surface, using the coarse side of the sponge, a tooth brush or even the lime rind left over after squeezing the juice.

Once applied, leave the mixture on the surface for 5-10 minutes and then wipe clean with a paper towel.

(Optional: You can finish off by wiping the surface down with a paper towel lightly soaked in hot water.)

You will be surprised at how well this cleans!

Excited to make your own homemade cleaner?

Happy cleaning, minus all those strong chemicals!

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Dnj24027158 Dnj24027158 on Nov 25, 2021

    Will this scratch my glass top stove?

  • Merry Straub Merry Straub on Nov 25, 2021

    If you don't use it all will it keep for the next time?

  • Sand357 Sand357 on Dec 02, 2021

    Great idea! Going to try for sure. I wonder if I don't have a lime would a lemon work the same or is lime stronger maybe?


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  • Hai49907024 Hai49907024 on Dec 01, 2021

    You do not show the glass cook top done. They are extremely hard to get all film off. The only product that I found that gets it back to new is goo gone grill and oven and it still takes a lot of time and patience with letting it sit with a wet cloth for a while, and then use fine razors, scrub pad in circular motion, and repeat. For grease on stove fans, cupboards and cupboard soffit Dawn power wash works like a dream. I have been cleaning for over 50 years, home made solutions will do ok, but never get that back to new real quality clean.

    • Marina Marina on Dec 07, 2021

      Thanks for sharing about Go Gone Grill. I agree, it takes a good amount of scrubbing especially if the caked residue on the stove stays for a good while. I prefer using natural cleaners mainly because many store-bought solutions give me a headache and breathing issues. I do LOVE using Dawn for grease. Always works like a charm.

  • Shahanara Shahanara on Dec 30, 2021

    Sure helpful.

    Recently I started to use oven cleaner like easy off or any brand to clean my glass cook top and it worked like magic. Though initially I had to apply it multiple times and needed scrapping ( I used old credit card) to remove all built up gunk. Now I use it at least once a wk and it works great for me.