Oven Cleaning Methods: Five Tips to Try

10 December, 2019
There are various oven cleaning methods. For example, lemon, vinegar, and baking soda will all help you clean and disinfect your oven easily. The best part is they work any kind of appliance!

There are many oven cleaning methods, and the one you select will depend on the type of appliance you have.

Overall, keeping this appliance spotless is essential. Otherwise, it could become a source of bacteria and microorganisms.

Here are some tricks to clean your oven and leave it spotless.

Oven Cleaning Methods

A woman cleaning a microwave.
Cleaning your oven will keep your meals free of dirt and bacteria.

Keeping your oven clean is essential. Indeed, traces of food or grease are often trapped in their interior walls and glass. It’s for this reason that they burn every time you cook, and this can be dangerous for your health.

Therefore, you must thoroughly clean these appliances from time to time.

However, you must also take into account the type of oven you have to choose the most appropriate cleaning method for it.

For example, there are some self-cleaning ovens in the market. One of their features is a self-cleaning mode and all you need to do is follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual.

However, not everyone has an oven with such characteristics and you may have to manually scrub off any dirt and grease off them.

So, today we’d like to tell you how to clean your ovens, be it electric or gas or a microwave.

However, we won’t just tell you how to clean them. Our tips will also include natural products such as lemon, vinegar, and baking soda. This way, you won’t have to spend your hard-earned money on commercial products. Don’t worry: these natural products are very efficient, and you’ll get excellent results!

Are you ready to take notes?

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How to Clean an Electric or Gas Oven

A person cleaning an oven.
Lemon, vinegar and baking soda are natural degreasers and you’ll get excellent results with them.


Cleaning an oven is never easy. Grease tends to stick everywhere and we don’t have to tell you how hard it is to remove it because you already know it.

However, there’s a great natural ingredient that will do the trick. The best part is it’s also mild on your hands and environmentally friendly. That’s right…we’re talking about lemons!

  • First, cut three lemons and squeeze them into an oven-safe container.
  • Then, close the oven and heat it to 475°F for 30 minutes.
  • The degreasing power of the lemon will then take effect and you’ll just have to wipe the interior walls of your oven with a damp cloth. Be careful here and wait until the oven cools down a little.


Just like lemon, vinegar is also a natural antibacterial and degreaser.

  • Pour vinegar into a clean spraying bottle and spray the inside of the oven with it. Be careful not to spray the heating elements.
  • Then, heat the oven at 250°F for 10 minutes.
  • Finally, remove the grime with a cloth after it cools down a little to avoid burning yourself.

Read also: Four Ways to Disinfect Kitchen Towels

Oven Cleaning with Baking Soda

Baking soda is another great ingredient to clean an oven with, especially if you have to clean a very dirty one.

  • First, mix baking soda with just enough water to make a paste.
  • Then, apply it to the interior walls (keep it away from the heating elements) and leave it on for about two hours. Don’t turn on the oven.
  • Finally, remove the paste and wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Microwave Oven Cleaning

A person closing a microwave.
The microwave is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen, so it easily accumulates grime.

A microwave easily gets dirty. In fact, the splatters from liquids make it one of the household appliances that require the most cleaning.

The good news is that cleaning it properly doesn’t have to be difficult if you follow these tips:

Water, Vinegar, and Salt

  • First, add 1/2 glass of water and 1/2 glass of vinegar along with a tablespoon of salt to a microwave-safe container.
  • Then, cover the container with a lid with holes (it can be microfilm paper that you’ve previously punctured).
  • Place the container in the microwave at maximum power for 5 minutes. The steam from the mixture will loosen the grime off the interior walls.
  • Leave the container inside the microwave with the doors closed for 10 more minutes after the five minutes are up.
  • Finally, remove the container from the oven and wipe off the interior walls with a damp cloth.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

  • First, mix a glass of water with a tablespoon of vinegar in a microwave-safe open container.
  • Then, place it in the oven and run it on high at 30-second intervals until the entire liquid evaporates.
  • Once it evaporates, keep the door closed and allow for the steam to do its cleaning action for 10 minutes.
  • Then, remove the container from the oven. Be careful, as it might still be too hot to handle with your bare hands. Remove it from the oven and apply baking soda with a wet sponge.
  • Finally, wipe off the baking soda from the interior walls with a barely damp cloth.

Go ahead and try these oven cleaning methods to have a clean,  shiny oven. These cleaning methods are easy, natural and don’t require too much effort!

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