How to Clean an Oven: 5 Tips for Stress-free Oven Cleaning

May 28, 2019

How to clean an oven

Wondering the best way to clean your oven? Check out these tips for fast and easy cleaning.

It happens to all of us. A sweet potato explodes, a casserole overflows, or that delicious steak dinner got a little too hot and splattered grease all over the inside of the oven. Crumbs get left behind and burnt, and drippings get forgotten about and baked to the bottom.

Messy ovens are just a part of cooking — there's no avoiding it — but they shouldn't be something you simply close the door on and ignore. Over time, residue and leftover food can build up and stick to the interior surfaces of ovens. To keep your oven looking its best, we recommend deep cleaning your oven at least two to three times per year.

5 simple and effective tips for how to clean your oven

1. Wipe down the exterior.

Let's start easy. The exterior of the oven will get a good shine with warm, soapy water and a sponge or washcloth. For a streak-free clean, spray a multi-surface cleaner on the oven top, door, and handle, and wipe it down with a clean microfiber cloth.

2. Pick up loose scraps of food inside.

Using a damp cloth, pick up all those little crumbs and pieces of food that are hanging out on the bottom of the oven. After doing this, if your oven has a self-cleaning option, you may want to turn that on. Some people prefer not to use the self-cleaning feature because, if there's a lot of food buildup, smoke can become an issue since the oven can reach upwards of 900 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also take several hours for the cleaning cycle to complete. If you decide not to do the self-cleaner or don't have one, move on to the next step.

3. Address any cooked-on spills.

Those black, stubborn stains on the bottom of your oven? It's time to say goodbye. There are a few options to treat these. Make sure you remove the racks from the oven before trying either method:

  • First option: Sprinkle baking soda on the oven floor and spray the powder with white vinegar. Let it sit for at least four hours or up to overnight. Wipe the mixture away with a sponge or clean cloth.
  • Second option: Spray the bottom of the oven with a potent multi-surface cleaner. (We recommend using a natural cleaner to avoid spreading inedible or harsh chemicals found in many cleaners all over the space where you cook food.) Again, let it sit for a few hours before wiping it away with a sponge or clean cloth.

4. Wipe down the sides.

The easiest way to get the sides and rear walls clean is to keep the racks out of the oven, then spray the interior walls with a multi-surface cleaner before wiping them down with a clean washcloth. Because most food items fall and stick to the bottom, the side of your oven shouldn't have many stubborn spots.

5. Clean the racks.

These should already be removed from the oven. Simply wash them in warm, soapy water. Use a scrubber on tough grime that won't seem to budge. Dry them thoroughly with a clean microfiber cloth before placing them back in the oven.

Cooking is a fun way to relax and connect with your loved ones. It's a wonderfully simple excuse to spend time together and flex your creativity, and you shouldn't have to stress about how to clean your oven when it's all said and done.

With these tips, your oven will be looking spick and span in no time. For gentle yet powerful products to clean your oven with, try Puracy Natural Dish Soap for your sudsy water and Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner for all the rest of your oven's surfaces.