Naturally Deep Cleaning your Oven {14 Days to a Clean Home Series}

by GettingFreedom on March 29, 2013

My oven was in bad shape.  I’m often called the messiest cook on Earth, plus I get distracted pretty easily.  That tends to be a deadly mess-ier combination.

The top picture shows my oven before I started to clean it.  Yes, it’s dark–but that’s all the nasty gunk!  To be honest, I didn’t realize it was that dirty until I started inspecting it to take a photo.

Photo 2, while still dirty, is after painting on my natural oven cleaner and letting it sit for 3 hours and wiping it off.  No elbow grease whatsoever.  To better understand my oven situation–the caked on nastiness was thick and chunky.  It was absolutely terrible.  Being able to wipe that much gunk off, after having only let the cleaner sit for 3 hours, was utterly amazing to me.

Photo 3 is the Oven door.  The left shows after I wiped the natural oven cleaner off, while the right is the before.  This was after only one wipe! Note that you can barely even see through the right side of the door!  

The final photo is the {almost} finished product.  With a little elbow grease I was able to get my oven pretty clean–although still not perfect because it was just that bad.  I’m confident that if I were to paint on some more natural oven cleaner and let it sit that the remaining gunk would wipe right off.


A chemical-free naturally clean oven!

Natural Oven Cleaner

2-3 Tablespoons liquid soap–I used Castile, but Dish Soap would also work.
1½ cups Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Salt
¼ cup Vinegar
Water {optional}
Essential Oil {optional}

Combine the soap, baking soda, salt and essential oil {if using} in a medium sized bowl.

Slowly add in the vinegar {it will fizz} until it forms a paste.  If it’s too thick to spread on easily with a pastry brush add in some hot water.

Cover your oven completely with your natural oven cleaner.  I found that a pastry brush made this task pretty easy.

Let it sit overnight for best results.

Wipe off.


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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Miriam March 29, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Oh my goodness! I have to try this! The last time I deep-cleaned my oven I ended up taking the door off and attacking the stuck-on stuff with a razor blade to get it mostly-clean looking. I’m very impressed and can’t wait to try this cleaner. Being natural is great – the commercial cleaners are so chemical-smelling that it bothers my asthma something awful, which tells you what it does to your airways…


Chloe Smith January 21, 2014 at 7:33 am

Just a quick comment to say thanks a lot for your post and also ask (including other commenters) if they have ever had to clean a cooker when moving in to a new house and has that made a difference to how they’ve cleaned it? I don’t know what it is but I just can’t bring myself to cleaning someone else’s grease and grime, especially in the oven! I don’t know if I’m weird but it really makes me cringe haha. I usually get my OH to do it, but I have been known to get the professionals in too I won’t lie! Anyone else?


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