Use this homemade natural oven cleaner the next time you need to clean your oven for shiny results without all the harsh chemicals!
This clever homemade natural oven cleaner recipe comes to you courtesy of one of my super smart readers. Someone sent me a message a little while ago saying that they had tried the same method that I use for removing stubborn glue from labels on jars for their oven and I just had to give it a try. It’s a little different from most of the other DIY oven cleaner recipes that I’ve seen out there and it works like a charm. It melts those baked-on oven splatters away just the same way that it melts the glue right off of old jars. Who woulda thunk it? My super smart reader, that’s who! 🙂
I’ve mentioned before that I usually use something called Universal Stone on my oven, which is another safer cleaning product that I get from e-cloth. The effectiveness of this recipe is very similar to the Universal Stone so this is a great alternative since that product is sold out at the moment!
Supplies and Ingredients for the Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe
- Baking soda (always buy the giant pack, you’ll use it!)
- Olive oil
- A little dish
- A microfibre cloth (this is the one I used)
- A non-scratch scouring pad – the blue one (optional) or you can use a reusable one like this one here that’s also non-scratching.
Yes, this is yet another use for baking soda. I’m almost getting annoyed with myself here because I sound like such a broken record, but baking soda really is great stuff!
How to Clean Your Oven Using the Natural Oven Cleaner Recipe
Start out by mixing a bit of baking soda and olive oil together to form a thin paste. You want it to be easily spreadable, closer to a liquid than a solid. How much cleaner you mix at once is totally up to you, but as always I recommend doing cleaning tasks like this one, tasks than can seem overwhelming and frustrating, in smaller bite-size chunks. I like to work on projects like this for about five minutes a day. Before I know it, I have a shiny clean oven (or bathtub, or windows) and I hardly skipped a beat in my regular routines. So when I do this, I like to mix up just a few tablespoons worth and just work on a small section, then come back and do it again the next day.
Once you have your natural oven cleaner mixed up, spread it over the area that you’d like to clean. Just slop it on there. If it runs a little, no worries.
Leave it to sit there and work its magic for about 30 minutes to one hour.
After the hour is up, grab your cloth and dampen it with warm water, then start wiping the paste away.
Gently scrub the baking soda and oil mixture a bit with the cloth if there are a few spots sticking to the oven that need to be loosened up. They should come off without much effort.
I like to use the e-cloth kitchen cleaning cloth for this because it has a little non-scratch scouring corner built right into the cloth, but if you’re using a regular cloth, one of the gentler blue scrubbies might come in handy as well.
Rinse the area you were working on and call it a day!
It won’t take long at all and soon you’ll be on your way to an oven that’s “clean enough” and that you can open in front of guests without feeling embarrassed or stressed out about when you’re going to find the time to give it a good cleaning!
Do you have a similar natural oven cleaner recipe that you use to clean your oven?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.