How to Clean an Oven
August 30, 2019

Getting off all that built-up grime can be a tough job, but with the right tools and products, it needn’t be such a chore. With our dirt-busting oven cleaners and know-how, you’ll have appliance gleaming with a lot less effort.

For those wondering how to clean an oven the natural way we’ll also detail which eco-friendly products you need and how to do it.

Toolkit

Cleaning an oven interior

If you’re looking for the best oven cleaner for baked on grease, look no further. Don your gloves and use the Astonish Oven & Grill Cleaner & Sponge, following the simple steps below. This safe oven cleaner is a vegan formula with no harsh chemicals, so it’s great if you want to keep your cleaning regime less toxic.

  • Dampen the applicator provided with clean warm water and use this to apply the paste as needed
  • Rub the surface using a circular motion to lift and remove stains and food residues
  • Rinse clean the applicator and reapply product where necessary
  • Rinse and wipe clean surfaces using the sponge side of the applicator and clean warm water

Cleaning oven racks

The Oven Mate Just for Racks Cleaning Kit is super-easy to use and there’s no need for any scrubbing. Simply:

  • Place the racks in the Oven Mate rack bags

  • Pour over the powerful cleaning gel

  • Rinse off

When used as directed it works first time and there’s enough solution for two cleans.

Cleaning the hob

Take Cif White Cream Cleaner (AKA ‘Cliff’, as used by Mrs Hinch. Check out our blog for more Mrs Hinch products). Then use as below.

  • Apply to your oven hob using a damp cloth

  • Wipe over and gently rinse away

For tough burnt-on stains that need a bit more elbow grease, use the Easy Do Hob Care Hob Scraper. Here’s how to use it:

  • Check that your hob is switched off and that it’s cool

  • Take the scraper and check that the scraping edge is not damaged or bent. Otherwise, replace with a new one.

  • Gently run the scraping edge along the surface, holding it at approximately 30° to the surface of the glass

Making the exterior sparkle

If your oven is made from stainless steel, we highly recommend Method Stainless Steel Cleaner. This safe, non-abrasive spray cleans and polishes surfaces without streaking and even leaves it with a protective layer. It’s a biodegradable formula and comes in a bottle made from recycled plastic, so it’s very eco-friendly. Plus, the apple orchard scent will leave your kitchen smelling lush.

For other materials (minus aluminium) use the Cif White Cream Cleaner mentioned above for cleaning your oven hob.

How to make cleaning an oven easier in future

Instead of spending time scrubbing away burnt-on stains, here are a couple of handy tips:

  • Put a lid on dishes that you put in the oven to avoid food boiling over and prevent grease splatters.
  • Use an oven liner (see 'Toolkit' section above). It’s a great way to save you time and effort – simply put it on the bottom of the oven to prevent burnt-on stains and enjoy your extra free time!

Looking for a natural oven cleaner instead? Here’s how to clean an oven with bicarbonate of soda

If you want to clean your oven the most natural way possible, use bicarbonate of soda. This non toxic, safe oven cleaner is easy to work with and very easy on the wallet too. It’s completely natural and eco-friendly and our Dri Pak Bicarbonate of Soda even comes in a recycled cardboard box.

To use, follow these simple steps: 

  • Mix bicarbonate of soda with a little water to make a spreadable paste 
  • Remove as much of the loose build-up in the oven as you can, along with the racks, and apply the paste all over the inside of the oven (don’t apply it to the heating element). You can use your hands with rubber gloves for this, or a plastic/silcone spatula.
  • Leave it for at least an hour, but preferably overnight
  • Remove with a cloth and warm water
  • If any residue doesn’t come off, spray it with white vinegar. This will react with the bicarb and fizz up. Leave it to fizz for 30 seconds or so and remove with a cloth or scourer.

Cleaning oven racks with bicarbonate of soda:

Sprinkle on some bicarbonate of soda and then spray with white vinegar

  • Once it’s foamed up, submerge it in a sink full of hot water and leave overnight
  • Remove dirt and grime with a warm damp cloth

Got a barbecue to clean too? Read our blog for an easy step-by-step guide on how to clean a barbecue the eco-friendly way.