The Best Ways to Clean your Oven and Get it Looking Brand New

While you may clean your kitchen every day, it is easy for months to go by without even taking a second look at your oven. It isn’t until you see a crispy crusty residue on the surface, a collection of grease or grime coating in its insides when you open it that you begin to realize how long it’s been since you’ve actually got down on your knees and gave it a good scrubbing. So, chances are it’s time to roll up your sleeves and dive in with a bit of elbow grease.


Get Ready

Before you start, it is best to gather your materials.

A good cleaner: Make sure that you get one that is strong enough to remove the majority of the greasy buildup on the surface. Be careful, these cleaners can be quite harsh, so if you have any sensitivities to caustic chemicals, you might want to try using a mixture of baking soda, water, and vinegar; a more natural cleaning solution. It works well if you have a very crusty oven to clean. Another all-natural solution you can use is lemons and water. Use this solution if you only have a small amount of residue to clean.


In addition to the cleaner, you’ll also need.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Old newspapers or paper towels
  • Damp rags
  • Scouring pumice
  • Large garbage bag


It helps to have a methodic approach to the job.

  1. Remove all removable parts from inside the oven.
  2. Lay old newspapers on the floor beneath the oven to catch any drips or debris.
  3. Put on the gloves and safety glasses.
  4. Spray the cleaner all over the inside of the oven. Make sure you cover the back, sides, bottom, top, door, corner, and all crevices thoroughly. Avoid spraying any heating elements for electric stoves or any gas openings for a gas stove.
  5. Close the oven when finished.
  6. Allow the spray to sit for a minimum of 30 minutes. If it is especially dirty, then wait for several hours.
  7. While waiting, take the oven racks outside and spray them thoroughly with cleaner.
  8. Place them in a large garbage bag and seal it and leave them.
  9. When the time is up, take a damp rag and wipe down all the surfaces.
  10. If there is any debris remaining, scrub them with the wet pumice.
  11. Collect the racks from outside and rinse them thoroughly in hot, soapy water.
  12. Use the pumice to clear any baked on sticky spots.
  13. Put the racks, thermometer, and any other removable parts back.
  14. All done!

For a baking soda and vinegar solution, mix ½ cup of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water, into a spreadable paste. Allow the paste to sit in the oven for 10-12 hours. When the time is up, follow steps 7-14 to finish cleaning.


To Clean With Lemons

  1. Fill a medium-sized ovenproof bowl with water.
  2. Cut two lemons in half and place them in the water
  3. Pre-heat oven to 250F.
  4. Place the bowl on the middle rack inside the oven
  5. Leave for one hour.
  6. After the hour, turn off the oven.
  7. Allow the oven to cool down just enough so you can touch the inside without getting burned.
  8. Put on your gloves and safety glasses.
  9. Wipe down all the interior surfaces with a damp cloth.
  10. If necessary, use a wet pumice to scour tough areas.

Congratulations! You’re all done!


Let’s face it, cleaning the oven is no picnic, but with the right tools and know-how, oven cleaning doesn’t have to be the horrendous chore we think it to be. For those who need more than a deep cleaning, set an appointment up with us for an oven repair. Here at Absolute Appliances Repair, pride ourselves in meeting all of your major appliance repair needs in the San Francisco area. Call us today to book your appointment (415) 831-1259 or email us at