Friday, January 10, 2014

Easy Oven Cleaning

This is definitely the most embarrassing post I have written yet. I have to admit something terrible. My oven hasn't been cleaned since we moved into this house.
On top of that, it wasn't clean when we moved in, so who knows that last time it's been done.

GROSS!!!! I know, don't judge me.

I could never get myself to get that nasty cleaner, let it smell up my house and then sit there and scrub the daylights out of my oven. I just didn't want to do that! Chemicals = YUCK!
Well, the other day, I looked in my oven and decided enough was enough. So I searched the world wide web for a solution that wouldn't leave me scrubbing and cleaning for hours.
I found the answer on one of my favorite blogs One Good Thing by Jillee and decided to try my hand at it. I changed and added a few steps to make it easier but all in all, I'm happy with my results.

Step 1) Preheat your oven to 180* and put a pot of water on the stove.

Step 2) When the oven is preheated and the water is boiling rapidly, turn the oven off and put the pot of water on the bottom rack in your oven. Then put 2 Cups of Ammonia in an oven safe bowl and place it on the top rack.

Step 3) Close the oven and let that sit overnight (I did this during the day so I only let it sit for 6 hours, but I recommend letting it go overnight)

Step 4) Open the oven and let it air out for 10 minutes. I am amazed how the ammonia doesn't smell anymore.

Step 5) Split the ammonia into two different bowls. In one bowl, add 1 TBSP of Dawn dish soap (optional) and warm/hot water to scrub down the oven (wear gloves for this part). I just used a regular disposable dish scrub pad. It didn't take much to get all the gunk loosened up. For the really bad burnt spots I used a plastic scraper to get it up.

Step 6) After the initial scrub down, I took the other half of the ammonia and added the warm/hot water to wash everything down.

That's it! Now, if your oven is younger than 15 years and has been cleaned more than twice in it's lifetime, it's going to look A LOT better than mine. For now, I will take my results with this old lady of an oven.

If you have a really stubborn, disgusting oven like mine and want it to be pristine. I advise you to use the triple threat (A miracle on white shirt armpit stains).

Mix Equal parts of Peroxide, Baking Soda and Dawn. Scrub the paste onto your oven. Let it sit and then clean it off.

I didn't go this route because it can be a pain to get it all cleaned up. It takes a while to get it "clean" and the baking soda likes to stick.

Now..... we can't forget the important OVEN RACKS!!

Clean your Oven Racks

This was another new thing I tried. It was easy and simple and did the job I was expecting.

Step 1) Fill up the tub with hot water, put in 5-6 dryer sheets and a couple Tablespoons of dawn (or non-scented castile soap) and put in the oven racks. Let that sit overnight as well.
Step 2) Lightly scrub the oven racks with the dryer sheets. The anti-static of the dryer sheets helps to detach the food from the oven racks. Super easy and a good use for all those dryer sheets I don't use anymore on my clothes ;)
Good luck and happy oven cleaning.


  1. 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! When we last lived in the area I got oven cleaning sutton coldfield to come and do it. Anyone else?

    1. I know exactly where you are coming from. When we moved in, I just couldn't get myself to clean the oven. I ended up putting it off, and then of course had to use the oven, so it just got ignored. Gross!! I never even thought to have someone else come do it, but I like that idea. I must say this was so easy, that I didn't mind all the grime that had been in my oven before.

  2. Just what I needed, a Step-by-Step guide! all i need now is some ammonia, the rest of goods I have. Other than I will be trying a different brand of dish soap. As silly as it may sound, I do have my oven DEEP cleaned by oven cleaning sheffield every 12 months. I can't really afford to have it done twice a year, so your guide is just what I needed so I can do it myself after around 6 months. This will keep it really clean most of the year!

  3. The post is great! Exactly because of the reason that you didn't clean your oven for so long the post is so thorough and helpful. I've been in a situation like yours and my results were not so stunning! Thank you for the post! Greets!