Oven Cleaning The Magic Way

WARNING, WHAT YOU WILL SEE BELOW MAY SCAR YOU FOR LIFE. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! OK you have been warned, and now I have to come clean about my ovens. First, let’s start with what type of cook I am. I HATE, HATE, HATE cooking in a dirty kitchen. If my kitchen is dirty, then I get it all clean before I start cooking. Then, I clean as I cook. That way when I am done, I can sit down to enjoy my meal because I know I don’t have a big mess to clean up when the meal is over. Having the kitchen clean helps my food taste better. Yes, I know, I am weird. Now, at this point you may be thinking, “she is one of those people who keeps everything clean all the time”. Well, the pictures below will tell you otherwise. Yes, this picture is of my filthy, dirty oven window.

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It’s not that I don’t want a clean oven. The funny thing is, when you close the oven door the icky mess is no longer visible. This makes it very easy for me to say to myself “I’ll clean the oven next week”. Well, next week become a month, a month turned into months, months turned into a year, and years turned into………...well…..5 years! I know it’s gross. I’ve made myself feel good about it by saying that instead of cleaning the oven I chose to spend lots of quality time with my kids. As a result, I have GREAT kids. I also have disgusting ovens! I use my top oven the most, so of course it is the worst. Off I went to Pinterest in search of oven cleaning solutions. I found two options, I chose to use option 1 on my top oven. I chose option 1 because I thought there was no way it would not come clean without some scrubbing. The baking soda would be the perfect abrasive.

3 tsp Baking Soda

1/4 cup vinegar
1/8 cup liquid dish soap
2 cups hot water

Baking soda (do not add to mix)

  • Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.
  • Spray mixture generously to cover surface completely.
  • Sprinkle generous amounts of baking soda on top.
  • Spray liquid mixture over the baking soda.
  • Leave overnight.
  • The next morning wipe out the mixture and wash the surface with hot soapy water.

I would say that about 40% was removed with the first pass. Another 10% with the second pass, and then I had some scrubbing to do. It wasn’t that bad, took me about 30 to 40 minutes. Considering the many layers baked on my oven I felt this method worked pretty well.

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After cleaning half of the upper oven, I stopped and went to oven #2 to see how well cleaning option 2 had worked.

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Option 2

Ammonia
Water
Baking soda

  • Preheat to 200° then turn off.
  • In a heat safe glass dish, fill with ammonia and set on middle rack (about 1 to 2 cups of ammonia).
  • In another dish, fill with boiling water and set on bottom rack (2 cups).
  • Leave overnight.
  • The next morning, remove dishes and wipe down the inside with a hot wet sponge first drizzled with baking soda.

Even though I had great success  cleaning my stove burners  and BBQ grills with ammonia, I was still skeptical about the oven because it was in such bad shape. I  couldn’t have been more wrong! The yucky gunk literally wiped right off. I did have to rub over a few places more than once,  there were two small spots that needed some scrubbing. This method won hands down! But the real test came when I decided to try method #2 on the still uncleaned half of my upper oven. I only cleaned half of it so I could have a picture for comparison. Out came the ammonia again, I was excited when I woke up the following morning to see how well it worked. Once again the ammonia came through! 90% of the gunk was removed with one pass! I had a couple spots that needed 3-4 mins of scrubbing and I was DONE!

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I love having two sparkling clean ovens. Now that I know how easy it is, I will definitely clean them at least twice a year! A HUGE thank you to Life 123 and Cleverly Inspired for these great cleaning tips!

I’m just saying, This Pin ROCKS!

Update: Learn how to use this no scrub ammonia cleaning method on your STOVE BURNERS and BBQ GRILL as well!

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Comments

  1. Oh my goodness. I thought my oven was bad. Your oven turned out great though! I just cleaned mine and used baking soda and dish soap.

  2. Angela,

    I wish I could say that I did not clean my ovens on purpose, just so other people wouldn’t feel so bad about their own oven! Now that I know how easy it is, I doubt I will ever let them get this bad again :-) Great to hear you have a clean oven as well. Tracy – The Middle Child

  3. HI, which method did you use on the racks..I have a self cleaning oven but it doesnt get the glass and edges very good, so I will be trying this…I dont clean the racks in the oven because it darkens them on the high heat. Thanks for the help

    • Esther,

      I used the ammonia and water method for the oven racks and it worked great! Mine needed a small amount of scrubbing in some places. I love how easy it was. Tracy – The Middle Child

  4. lol…your glass is worse than mine, but YOU would be scarred if your saw the bottom of my oven! Great post!

  5. I wish I had known about these methods when I had a grease fire in my oven not too long ago! Holy crap, that was definitely a mess and even the popular brand had a hard time getting off the gunk. I will try these methods next time around cleaning. A huge thanks!

  6. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says:

    What a great cleaning tip! I think we all know and have that oven!Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  7. Christie Kasteler says:

    Can’t wait to try option #2 since my self clean didn’t quite cut it.

    Luv ya, miss ya

    Christie

    • Christie,

      So great to hear from you! Can’t believe how all the kids have grown up! Yay to a clean oven! Tracy – The Middle Child

  8. I haven’t tried this yet, but to keep the bottom clean-get an oven liner! Best $10 spent!!!

  9. Please advise anyone who keeps birds not to use the ammonia method. It will kill your birds.

    • Kathy,

      I’ve updated my post advising readers that ammonia is toxic to grass, plants and animals. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Tracy – The Middle Child

  10. Thanks for the great review! I am definitely going to try this tonight as even the icky store bought oven cleaner isn’t getting my oven clean…and it’s only been three years for me! :))) thanks again!

  11. Great info – I’m not a massive fan of those toxic chemicals you can buy – using baking soda and similar seems to be a pretty popular choice these days! I admittedly did resort to professional oven cleaner kent or oven cleaner birmingham based companies to do mine when it got bad until I read posts like this, so thank you! But I actually have a tip that I found really helped: EVERY time you use the cooker, just give it a quick wipe over, inside and out. I found a sponge (just water, nothing else) as the oven was cooling down to remove the spillages and grease from that cook really helped stop the build up and I don’t reach that horrible black, baked on stage any more! Thanks for the advice.

    • Mike,

      So glad this cleaning method worked for you. Wiping the oven down after each use is a great idea, I’ll start doing this from now on! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Tracy – The Middle Sister

  12. HOW DOES THE AMMONIA AFFECT SOMEONE WITH ASTHMA?

    • Laurie,

      I found this statement from the ATSDR “Some people with asthma may be more sensitive to breathing ammonia than others.” (Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/tf.asp?id=10&tid=2)

      One of my daughters has asthma, I do not know if ammonia would set off her asthma or not. My personal opinion is “it is better to be safe than sorry”, I wouldn’t risk using this cleaning method if you know you have any issues with asthma. The good news is I did a post “Magic No Ammonia Way To Clean Your BBQ Grill”. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you :-)

      Thanks for commenting and have a great week! Tracy – The Middle Sister

  13. Would you know if this would work in a gas oven?

    • Lady G,

      I’m sorry, but this method is not recommended for cleaning the inside of gas ovens. You could soak the oven racks in a plastic trash bag with 1/4 cup ammonia overnight. Rinse them clean in the morning. These articles talk about cleaning gas stoves: http://goo.gl/zXhixR,http://goo.gl/UaNvoZ. Best of luck! Tracy – The Middle Sister

  14. I put my racks in a garbage bag and spray a little oven cleaner in and let set a couple hours, then scrub in hot soapy water and they come real clean.

  15. Baking soda worked fine for me, thanks
    ,I didn’t want to risk setting of my asthma so gave the ammonia a miss, and soaked the oven Racks in very hot bio washing powder over night then just a quick rub to knock the black bits off by which time was soft,

    Just in case I diicide to use ammonia if the future where’s the best place to buy it ?

    • Kevin,

      You can buy household ammonia at most grocery stores, Target or Walmart. I’m glad the baking soda worked so well for you. I have a child with asthma, so I understand wanting to be extra cautious with anything that may trigger an attack.

      Have a great week! Tracy (the middle sister)

  16. can you put your stove top drip pans in the oven while doing this method and clean them at the same time or does it work on those pans?

  17. Tried your Option 2. Worked okay, but not at easy as you said. Did have to use an SOS pad to get the grease spots out. Will try your Option 1 next time.

  18. The Shortcake says:

    I tried this method on my oven Monday night to this morning and it didn’t work at all. Even scrubbing as hard as I was wasn’t getting the dirty, grease and grim up at all. extremely disappointed

    • So sorry to hear that this method didn’t work for you, even after all that scrubbing! I hope you find something that works for your oven. Thanks for giving this method a try and leaving your comment. Have a great weekend, Tracy – (the middle sister)

  19. I just use aluminum foil instead of paying for aluminum trays that are oven liners that you have to pay for.

  20. It works on gas stoves too, or just electric??

    • Here is a note from a Reader’s Digest article on this cleaning method – “Do not use this cleaning method with a gas oven unless the pilot lights are out and the main gas lines are shut off.” But better safe than sorry, right? Thanks for this great question, Amber.

  21. Could I use the ammonia and water method with my gas oven?

    • Funny, the person before you asked the same question. Here is what I found: Here is a note from a Reader’s Digest article on this cleaning method – “Do not use this cleaning method with a gas oven unless the pilot lights are out and the main gas lines are shut off.” Happy safe cleaning!

  22. Hi, just wondering how long after you clean it with the ammonia can you safely use the oven again?

    • Melissa,

      After you have wiped everything down with a clean cloth I would let your oven air out for about 2 hours. Thanks for stopping by – Tracy (the middle sister)

  23. Can I use the ammonia method with my convection oven?

    • Erica,

      After doing some research I found several people who have used this method on their convection oven without causing any damage. Just to be safe you can always contact the manufacturer of your oven and check with them. Best of luck! Tracy (the middle sister)

  24. Anneliese says:

    Could you leave the ammonia and water in for longer than just overnight?

    • Annellese,

      Yes I think you could. However I think this would work better, after 24 hours wipe your oven down and then repeat the process again if needed. After 24 hours a good amount of the ammonia will have evaporated and there will not be as much cleaning strength left. I think wiping your oven down and repeating the process will give you the best results. Best of luck! Tracy (the middle sister)

  25. oh no – Came back to read how much to put in, and it is sitting inside waiting – NOW I read the comments where it says not to use on Gas Ovens!!! With the oven OFF, how is this a problem? Dang, I hate to use the self-cleaning oven as it fries the gunk it stinks the whole house up. Will wait and see how awful this is with gas – can’t see the problem as long as the gas oven isn’t on or am I missing something very dangerous? Would take a before photo, but NINE years of build up hehehe Thanks, Love all the tips here!! Just cleaned my shower floor with baking soda and Borax 20 mule team overnight and it’s WHITE again Yeah!

    • Debbie,

      I did some more research and found quite a few people who use ammonia to clean their gas ovens without any problem. I think you should be fine, however I would recommend contacting the manufacturer of your specific oven model and ask them about using ammonia to clean your oven. Leave your oven door open for a few hours after wiping it clean really well, that should take care of all the fumes. Nine years of build up? I wish I lived by you, we would become great friends very quickly! Thanks following us and leaving a comment, we LOVE it! Tracy (- the middle sister)

  26. Read your owners manual before you place foil or a oven-liner in your machine. Some makes warn against such practice. I found out the hard way.

  27. OMG… The ammonia worked the best! My oven is almost 20 years old and it looks brand new. Wiped down and also used SOS pads. I will pass this on to my 6 sisters.

  28. I’m going to try this method. I used the self-cleaning part until about five years ago & then tried a couple of other ways which required a lot of elbow grease. I’ve cleaned the racks for years by pouring two cups of ammonia into a large garbage bag & placing them inside. Tie off & put the bag outside overnight. In the morning the racks are pretty much cleaned. Rinse them off & place back in the oven. For baked on spots that still had stains I used a brillo pad, but usually I don’t need to do more cleaning.

    • Hi Tricia,

      This method should leave you with very little cleaning or scrubbing outside of some serious baked on gunk. Serious gunk will require some scrubbing but not much. We would love to hear your thoughts after you clean your oven with this method! Thanks so much for commenting, Tracy (the middle sister)

  29. I tried this oven cleaning method and found it softened up all the grease making it easy to remove. However, the removal process is very messy. I just spent about 2 hours up to my elbows in grease. The oven is pretty clean and would be cleaner if I was willing to scrub some more. I find it difficult to get on my hands and knees and reach into the back of the oven. I avoided using my automatic oven cleaner which I dislike using. Maybe if I cleaned my oven more often it would be easier. My oven window door is really shining and it is usually hard to get it clean. I may try the ammonia method for our barbecue grills. At least I can do this outside.

  30. I’m so glad this cleaning method worked for you. I was also thrilled with how clean and shiny my oven door is. Your BBQ grills will clean-up just as well as your oven did, and your hose will get most of the gunk off leaving you with little or no scrubbing! Thanks for taking the time to comment, we love hearing from you. Tracy (the middle sister)

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