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  1. Angela Says
    April 15, 2013

    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.

    • Vicki
      October 27, 2013

      Since the bottom seems to be worse, I buy these aluminum trays that are oven liners for the bottom of the oven. They almost look like a big cookie sheet. There are two in a package. When It gets dirty just throw it away and put in the other one. They are super cheap (under $2) and makes the oven even easier to clean when you only have to clean the sides. You will find them with the disposable aluminum bake ware in Walmart or sometimes in the grocery store.

      • Tracy
        October 29, 2013

        Vicki,

        These sound wonderful, what a great idea! I’m going to get a pack ASAP. Thanks for the great tip! Tracy – (the middle sister)

      • Karen
        April 4, 2014

        Just FYI, I work for an appliance manufacturer and it is recommended that you never put aluminum foil (like our moms used to) on the bottom of your oven. It can ruin both the functionality of an oven as well as burn up your element, These aluminum liners would have the same effect. http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/tools-products/aluminum-foil-dos-donts-10000001154398/ and http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/load/appl/msg0111124020825.html

      • Tracy
        April 4, 2014

        Karen,

        Thanks so much for the great information, I was planning on buying foil pan for my oven. I’ll just have to clean it more often! Have a great weekend, Tracy – (the middle sister)

  2. Tracy
    April 15, 2013

    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. Esther
    April 15, 2013

    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

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      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

    • Anne F
      June 14, 2014

      One method I’ve found that works on the racks is to buy a small sample box of Tide, fill tub to cover with this and hot water…let soak for several hours and baked on grease will wipe right off! Bear in mind I am NOT recommending Tide for laundry as the very ingredients that do this are toxic chemicals that will remain on your clothes and thus your skin!

      • Tracy
        June 20, 2014

        Hey Anne,

        This sounds like another great option for a no scrub way to clean your oven. Perfect for anyone who is sensitive to the fumes from household strength ammonia. Thanks for sharing it with us! Tracy

  4. Lillian Russo (@MyRecipeJourney)
    April 16, 2013

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

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      Lillian,

      I would be thrilled to see any oven that looks worse than mine! Glad you enjoyed the post. Tracy – The Middle Child

  5. Jeni {Bakerette.com}
    April 16, 2013

    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!

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      You will LOVE how easy this makes clean up! Nothing worse than a grease fire, ugh! By the way I have been informed by my family that we are not allowed to have a special dinner without making your Loaded Baked Potatoes! Everyone LOVES them. Tracy – The Middle Child

      • Jeni {Bakerette.com}
        April 30, 2013

        Seriously? Ha-ha. Glad they liked them! I need to try your Lipton potatoes. I hear they are da bomb!

  6. Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen
    April 17, 2013

    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!

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      Chandra,

      Glad you enjoyed the tip. Thanks for the party each week! Tracy – The Middle Child

  7. Christie Kasteler
    April 22, 2013

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

    Luv ya, miss ya

    Christie

    • Tracy
      April 22, 2013

      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. Norma
    May 18, 2013

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

    • Tracy
      May 19, 2013

      Norma,

      I agree, oven liners are wonderful! Worth every penny :-) Tracy – The Middle Child

  9. kathygiles
    May 21, 2013

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

    • Tracy
      May 21, 2013

      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. chicnailstyles
    August 4, 2013

    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!

    • Tracy
      August 8, 2013

      Anna,

      You are welcome, let us know how this cleaning method works for you! Tracy – The Middle Child

  11. Mike Tanner
    August 7, 2013

    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.

    • Tracy
      August 8, 2013

      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. LAURIE
    August 13, 2013

    HOW DOES THE AMMONIA AFFECT SOMEONE WITH ASTHMA?

    • Tracy
      August 14, 2013

      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

      • Tricia
        August 29, 2013

        Just sprayed down my oven , will let you know how it turned out. Thanks

      • Tracy
        August 29, 2013

        Tricia,

        Can’t wait to hear how it works for you! Have a great weekend! Tracy – The Middle Sister

    • CC
      July 7, 2014

      People with Asthma should never be exposed to Ammonia -nor should any animals . I have COPD now I have to be careful with bleach as well. Any chemical bothers me…FYI if you have family members with any breathing problems stay away from things like tide,downy,heavy scented dishsoaps or bath soaps and bounce. Anything heavy scented with make it hard to breathe…I use all natural cleaners for this reason. Vinegar will bother me if I am around it too long so I have to space out my cleaning. Again if you have family members with breathing problems and they are in the house while you are cleaning space out your cleaning with a good 45 minutes in between. Run a fan if you have to -I put a box fan turned around to draw out the smell in the window of each room I clean.[ especially if I am vacumming] Run the range hood fan when cleaning the kitchen. bathroom the same…
      If you don’t have a breathing problem you really can not imagine what it feels like to have your lungs burn and gasp for air! Your pets will feel the same!

      • Tracy
        July 11, 2014

        Hi CC,

        I have 2 daughters with asthma and we are very careful to have the windows open and sometimes use a fan as well to properly ventilate the kitchen to prevent any breathing problems for them. I do not have asthma myself so I cannot speak from experience how frightening it is when your lungs close up. I do know as a mother how it feels when either of my girls have difficulty breathing, you can never be too careful! Thanks for your comments, Tracy

  13. LadyG
    August 28, 2013

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

    • Tracy
      August 29, 2013

      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. Sue Lysle
    September 5, 2013

    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.

    • Tracy
      September 6, 2013

      Sue,

      Sounds like a great way to clean your oven racks. Thanks for commenting! Tracy – The Middle Sister

  15. Kevin
    September 29, 2013

    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 ?

    • Tracy
      October 2, 2013

      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. Sherri W
    October 24, 2013

    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?

    • Tracy
      October 29, 2013

      Sherri,

      I think it should work on those pans just fine! Tracy (the middle sister)

  17. Marlene
    December 6, 2013

    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.

    • Sherri
      December 12, 2013

      Best of luck with Option 1. Thanks for giving us a try!

  18. The Shortcake
    January 7, 2014

    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

    • Tracy
      January 9, 2014

      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. Marge
    January 13, 2014

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

    • Sherri
      January 13, 2014

      Another great tip Marge! Thanks for passing it along.

  20. Amber
    January 14, 2014

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

    • Sherri
      January 23, 2014

      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. Sammy
    January 24, 2014

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

    • Sherri
      January 25, 2014

      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. Melissa
    February 1, 2014

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

    • Tracy
      February 2, 2014

      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. Erica
    March 1, 2014

    Can I use the ammonia method with my convection oven?

    • Tracy
      March 11, 2014

      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
    March 11, 2014

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

    • Tracy
      March 11, 2014

      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. Debbie
    March 16, 2014

    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!

    • Tracy
      March 17, 2014

      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. Dean J
    March 26, 2014

    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.

    • Sherri
      March 26, 2014

      Thanks for the voice of warning, Dean! This is good info to know.

  27. Debb
    April 1, 2014

    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.

    • Sherri
      April 1, 2014

      Congrats on a clean oven! Isn’t that a great feeling?

  28. Tricia
    April 7, 2014

    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.

    • Tracy
      April 9, 2014

      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. Kathryn
    April 30, 2014

    My oven is cleaned from method 2.. I used and SOS pad my racks and oven are beautiful I even took apart the door and cleaned in between the glass. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Debbie
      May 2, 2014

      Kathryn, so glad to hear that this worked for you. Thanks so much for your kind comment!

  30. Mini Clean
    May 3, 2014

    I wasn’t expecting it would turn out that way! Well, I know that baking soda can be very useful in cleaning kitchen stuff, but I was amazed with the before and after pictures that you had. It is indeed an intensive cleaning. I would sure try this one on my kitchen materials and most especially to my oven. This one is a good read!

  31. Nia
    May 27, 2014

    Omg..you are NOT WEIRD!!!! lol I do the same damn thing… * A clean sink is a clean mind* <3 <3

    • Tracy
      May 31, 2014

      Nia,

      Nice to hear that I am normal, whatever normal means! Thanks for commenting, Tracy

  32. Becca Long
    July 1, 2014

    Tried method 2 and it didn’t work that we’ll at all. Disappointed but the big problem now is that I can’t get the smell of ammonia out of the oven. Every time I turn it on it smells horrible and I’m afraid to cook in it. Any suggestions? I’ve tried letting a cup of vinegar soak in oven all night. I’ve washed it down with dawn and hot water and nothing is working.

    • Tracy
      July 11, 2014

      Hi Becca,

      Darn! So sorry method 2 didn’t work for you. Try making a paste with water and baking soda, rub it on the inside of your oven and leave overnight with the door open. Rinse off the baking soda paste the following day and see if this helps minimize the smell of the ammonia. Thanks for giving it a try and letting us know your results, Tracy

  33. Joanita DSouza
    July 16, 2014

    :) method 1 worked great for me, thanks :)

    • Tracy
      July 17, 2014

      Joanita,

      So happy this worked so well for you! Now you have some extra time to spend on yourself :o) Enjoy, Tracy

  34. Casey
    July 18, 2014

    Thanks for the ammonia & water method. My oven tuned out beautiful! I boiled water and left a bowl of ammonia in the oven over night. I used a (new) grill brush, put some palmolive on it, dumped some ammonia onto the grossness and scrubbed away. Took me 45 mins. I wish I could post before/after photos! I dont think I even needed to leave it overnight it probably would have worked just by scubbing. Anyway, just wanted to thank you or your post! I’ll be using this method for the rest of my life!!

    • Tracy
      July 18, 2014

      Casey,

      I’m happy to hear that this cleaning method worked so well on your oven! I love having a clean oven again. Thanks for commenting, Tracy

  35. Mermaid
    April 11, 2014

    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.

  36. Tracy
    April 12, 2014

    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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