This week I had to complete the difficult task of deep cleaning my oven. After living in my apartment for two years and never having done this before, I’m sure you can imagine just how disgusting the inside of our oven looked! We had who know what spilled on the bottom of the oven, and then burnt to a crisp. AND, come to think of it, who knows how long it had been since a previous tenant had deep cleaned the thing. Needless to say, this was going to be a huge task and not an overnight fix.
So I did my research, gathered up my supplies, and went at it. I tried out two separate methods and found that the combination of the two cleaning methods was just what the doctor ordered. Today, I would love to share both methods with you. If your oven is as gross and dirty as mine was, I suggest giving both methods a try. If your oven is not as bad and just needs a good cleaning, skip right over the first method and complete the second on your oven.
Method #1: Ammonia
1 Pot of Water (in an oven safe container), bring to a boil
1 Cup of Ammonia (in an oven safe container)
1 Heavy Duty Nylon Scrubbing Pad
Dawn Dish Soap
BEFORE YOU START: If you have a gas stove, be sure to turn off the pilot light and turn off the gas. Also, NEVER mix ammonia with any other strong cleaning agents (such as bleach or commercial oven cleaners).
- Start by preheating your oven to 150 degrees.
- While your oven is heating up, bring a bowl of water to a boil.
- Once your oven is fully heated, turn the oven off. Pour 1 cup of Ammonia into an oven safe container and place on the top oven rack.
- Put the bowl of boiling water on the lower oven rack. Then shut the door and leave overnight.
- In the morning, remove the bowl of ammonia (but do not discard) as well as the bowl of water from the oven. Remove the oven racks and let the oven set with the door open for 15 minutes.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of Dawn dish soap to the ammonia, as well as a quart of warm water.
- Dip a heavy duty nylon scrubbing pad into the ammonia mixture and use to scrub away the grease and grime on the sides and bottom of the oven as well as the door. (Be sure to use rubber gloves to prevent damage to your skin.)
This method worked for breaking up some of the caked and burnt on food, making it a little easier to scrape the grime off. However, my oven was so bad that I needed to complete this next method as well. If you’re not dealing with as big a mess as I was, you can just do the method of your choice.
Method #2: Baking Soda & Vinegar
3-4 Drops Dawn Dish Soap
4 Tablespoons Baking Soda
5 Tablespoons White Vinegar
1 Lime or Lemon, Juiced
1 Sponge or Cleaning Pad
- Mix Dawn dish soap, baking soda, white vinegar, and juice of lime or lemon into a bowl. Be sure to go slow with the white vinegar, as it will foam up upon touching baking soda. This will create a paste that can be used inside your oven.
- Slather the paste all over your oven, including the sides, back, bottom, door, and window.
- Let the mixture set on your oven for a couple of hours.
- Using a sponge or cleaning pad, scrub over the dirt and grime to eliminate all bad areas.
- Using a clean kitchen towel (and water if necessary), wipe the paste and grime off of your oven until all cleaner is gone and you oven is sparkling clean!
That’s it for this method! This was my preferred way of cleaning my oven. Not only did it seem to work better with breaking up my particularly bad areas, but it also did not use any hard chemicals.
Now you’ve seen the before photo, but I will show it again. Just look at the difference these cleaning methods made on my oven. It looks brand new!!!
So what do you think? Time to get your own oven this clean? Tell me in the comments section which method works the best for you!