How to Perfectly Clean the Inside of an Oven

How to Perfectly Clean the Inside of an Oven

Your oven is probably one of the most used appliances in your home, yet it’s one that we tend to forget about the easiest. While cleaning your oven is as appealing as visiting the dentist, it has to be done. 

The good news is that you don’t actually have to pour hours of effort into the event. You can clean an oven quicker than you think with the right tools, products, and knowledge. 

Want to learn a few simple tricks of the trade for an oven that looks shiny and brand new? This blog is for you. 

How Often Should You Clean an Oven? 

Most of the time, all you have to do is look out for the signs that your oven needs a good cleaning.  

The first giveaway is obviously the general appearance. If your oven has a crust of residue along the bottom or along the door seal, it’s overdue for a clean. The same goes for a door coated in grease and grime. 

The second telltale sign is the odor that comes from your oven when you cook something. If it emits a distinct smell that just doesn’t sit right, you could be cooking food, along with lingering grease and grime. 

Finally, if your oven smokes when you fire it up, it’s high time for a clean. This is especially important if you use your oven on a regular basis for avid cooks and bakers. In summary, you should consider cleaning your oven once every three months.  

What Do I Need for a Thorough Cleaning Job? 

First thing’s first, you’re going to need a good quality cleaning solution. If you’re happy to go with the store-bought route, a good oven cleaner will deliver the quickest results. It’s also the best way to truly get rid of tough grease and grime

Bear in mind that store-bought oven cleaners are quite harsh and caustic. If you have sensitive skin or want to avoid the use of chemicals in your oven, you may want to consider a more natural cleaning solution. 


Here are a few other essentials you’ll need: 

  • Rubber cleaning gloves 
  • Paper towels, old bath towels, or old newspapers 
  • Damp cloths or damp old rags you don’t mind getting dirty 
  • A scourer pumice or a microfiber sponge 
  • Some black plastic garbage bags 

If you’re leaning towards a more natural/DIY approach to oven cleaning, most DIY solutions are just as effective at removing buildup from your oven. But it might take a little longer to work its magic. 

You could opt for a solution of baking soda, vinegar, and a spray bottle. You will need to let the solution sit overnight for at least 10-12 hours. There’s also the option of using lemons and warm water. This solution works best if your oven is mildly dirty and works great on removing dirt from oven racks. 

Steps To Clean Your Oven (With Store-Bought or DIY Products) 

The first thing you need to do is set up your cleaning area. Make sure you have prepped the area around your oven with newspaper, old towels, or paper towels. This is so that you don’t have to fret about cleaning your kitchen floors after you’ve cleaned your oven! 

Step One

Your first official step is to remove everything from the inside of your oven, i.e. racks, oven trays, a pizza stone, etc. Set them aside for cleaning, too. 

Step Two 

This is where you need to protect yourself from the products you’re using — even if they’re natural, homemade solutions. Put on your rubber gloves and safety glasses if you want to be extra careful! There’s nothing more painful than a flick of vinegar solution to the eyeball. 

After this, spray your oven cleaner all over the inside of your oven. Cover the back of the oven, the sides, top, bottom, door, and into any corners and crevices. 

For a simple DIY solution recipe, mix half a cup of baking soda in a bowl with 2-3 tablespoons of water until you have a spreadable paste. Spread the solution throughout the inside of your oven. Or, you could water it down into a liquid form and place it into a spray bottle. 

Make sure to avoid the heating elements if you have an electric oven. You can clean underneath them by lifting them and spraying the solution over the area. The same goes for a gas oven. Don’t spray over the gas coils/holes or compartments. 

Shut the oven door and allow the solution to work away. Look at the label for store-bought products and assess how long you need to leave the solution for. This is generally 20-30 minutes or so.  

If you’re using a natural, DIY solution, you’ll need to leave it overnight for a good 10-12 hours. 

Step Three 

While your oven marinates in its cleaning solution, turn your attention to the inside accessories that need cleaning, too. Take your oven racks, pizza stone, and any other grimey oven pans outside. 

Spray them down with your oven cleaner and place them into your black plastic bags. Tie them up and leave these items to marinate for a while, too. This shouldn’t be longer than 20-30 minutes. 

If you’re going the DIY route, place your oven racks and other accessories into the sink or bathtub for extra-large racks. Sprinkle baking soda over them, then pour vinegar over the top. Wait for the solution to stop foaming, then fill up your sink or bathtub with hot water and allow them to soak for a few hours, too. 

Step Four

Once your oven is done marinating, it’s time to wipe down all the surfaces with your old rags. Use your pumice scourer or microfiber cloth to remove extra tough or sticky bits of grime. 

Wipe the inside of the oven thoroughly. Make sure to go over every surface, crevice, and crack to remove the cleaning solution completely. You can repeat this step a few times if need be, rinsing the rags with water in-between. 

You don’t want to leave any traces of dirt or cleaner behind. 

Step Five

Remove your oven accessories from the black bags and place them in your sink or bathtub and cover with hot, soapy water. Use your scourer or microfiber cloth to scrub off any lingering grease and grime. 

If you’ve used a DIY solution, rinse off your oven accessories well with hot water, too. Allow your racks etc. to air-dry, then place them back inside your oven. 

Save Yourself Time With Professional Cleaning Services 

If you’d rather be doing something other than cleaning, or perhaps you just don’t have the time or means to clean an oven, allow TMC Cleaning Services to get it done for you. 

Our professional home cleaning service offers it all. From general house cleaning to all the small, finicky cracks and crevices, our team has your home covered. Learn more about what we offer, here

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