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All-Natural Oven Cleaner: Skip the Toxic Chemicals

March 5, 2024

All-Natural Oven Cleaner: Skip the Toxic Chemicals

Cleaning your oven doesn’t need to involve harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health and the environment. With some simple kitchen ingredients, you can make an effective all-natural oven cleaner right at home.

Why Make Your Own Oven Cleaner

Commercial oven cleaners often contain powerful chemicals like sodium hydroxide (lye), 2-butoxyethanol, and ammonia that help break down baked-on grease and grime. However, these ingredients can also:

  • Irritate eyes, skin, and lungs: Chemical fumes from oven cleaners can cause coughing, breathing difficulties, and skin and eye irritation.

  • Damage surfaces: The corrosive ingredients in oven cleaners can dull or mark oven surfaces over time.

  • Pollute the environment: Toxic chemicals get washed down drains and end up in waterways.

A homemade oven cleaner avoids these drawbacks. Natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, and lemon work to gently lift dirt without endangering health or the environment.

Choosing the Right Natural Ingredients

Some of the best ingredients for homemade oven cleaner include:

  • Baking soda – Acts as a gentle abrasive to help scrub away grease and burnt-on food.

  • Vinegar – Helps dissolve residue. The acetic acid in vinegar cuts through grease.

  • Lemon juice – Contains citric acid to help break down grime. Also contributes a fresh scent.

  • Salt – Works as a gentle scrubbing agent.

  • Essential oils – Oils like lemon, orange, or eucalyptus add a natural fresh scent.

Avoid abrasive ingredients like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or anything too gritty as these can scratch oven surfaces.

How to Make All-Natural Oven Cleaner

Making your own oven cleaner takes just a few minutes. Here is a simple recipe and method:


  • 1⁄2 cup baking soda
  • 1⁄4 cup liquid dish soap
  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)


  1. Mix the baking soda and dish soap together in a bowl. Stir in the water to form a spreadable paste. Stir in lemon essential oil for scent if desired.

  2. Apply a thick layer of the paste to the oven interior. Avoid getting the mixture on the heating elements.

  3. Let the paste sit for at least 30 minutes. For tough grime let it sit for up to 24 hours.

  4. Scrub with a damp cloth or scrubbing sponge until the grime lifts away. A toothbrush can help scrub small crevices.

  5. Wipe the oven clean with a damp cloth. No need to rinse.

For best results, repeat weekly. The simple ingredients will effectively tackle new grime each time without damaging oven surfaces.

Tips for Getting Your Oven Super Clean

  • For stuck-on grease, let the paste sit for the full 24 hours to lift grime with less scrubbing needed.

  • For glass oven doors, use undiluted white vinegar followed by a wipe down with lemon juice for extra shine.

  • For a strong oven odor, place a bowl of white vinegar inside the oven and heat to 150°F for 30 minutes. The acetic acid will absorb odors.

  • Use a toothbrush or old toothbrush to scrub grime from crevices, around oven knobs and between grates.

  • Avoid getting moisture on the heating elements so they don’t sizzle and pop.

  • Make extra paste ahead of time. Store unused mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Benefits of Homemade Oven Cleaner

Ditching the toxic chemicals and opting for natural cleaners like a homemade oven cleaner recipe offers many advantages:

  • Cost savings – Simple kitchen ingredients are inexpensive compared to commercial cleaners.

  • Healthier home – Avoid breathing in harsh chemical fumes that irritate lungs.

  • Safer for skin – Prevent chemical burns or skin reactions from caustic cleaners.

  • Protects oven surfaces – Gentle ingredients like baking soda won’t damage or dull oven surfaces.

  • Better for the environment – Keep toxic chemicals out of water supplies and landfills.

With minimal effort, you can make an effective all-natural oven cleaner that keeps your oven fresh and clean without endangering you or your family’s health. Going green never felt so good!

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