Oven Cleaners


Oven Cleaner with Baking Soda

Mix up a paste consisting of:

Spread on the insides of your oven (avoiding bare metal and being careful not to drop it into any holes your oven has for venting). Let this paste sit overnight. In the morning, wipe off. Read your oven's owner manual to see if you can use steel wool for hard to remove burned on food.

Oven Cleaner with Borax

  • 2 tsp Borax
  • 2 Tbs dishwashing soap
  • 1 quart warm water

Mix this together and put in a spray bottle. Spray on your oven and let it sit 20 minutes or so, then wipe off.

Cleaning with Ammonia

Older homemade recipes involve using ammonia. Do not use this in a self-cleaning oven or you may damage the finish. Also, be careful to never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach, commercial oven cleaners, or much of anything else. Read the label on your bottle of ammonia and treat it with caution. Ammonia has other health concerns as well.

That said, ammonia cuts through grease and grime pretty well. You can dilute it with water for a heavy duty cleaner or use it as on oven cleaner at full strength. Wear gloves while using.

Just set a cup of undiluted ammonia in your oven overnight, with the door closed. It will loose burned-on gunk. In the morning, pour the ammonia into a bucket of warm water and add a few tablespoons of washing soda. Dip crumpled up newspaper into the ammonia mixture and wipe your oven clean. For tough spots, you can use some steel wool.