A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Dirty Oven

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Keeping a kitchen looking sparkling clean requires a lot of effort—and elbow grease. From wiping down countertops to washing dishes, we all know that cleaning duties brought on by common kitchen messes can pile up quickly, which is why it's important to try to be on top of them. But of all your most-used kitchen appliances, how often do you really take a look inside your oven? Even though the oven is one of the biggest kitchen appliances, it often gets overlooked when it comes to deep cleaning, probably because we don't pay much attention to the inside of it. But hear us out: If you've been putting it off, it's time to finally clean the inside of your oven. As shown in the video above, cleaning your dirty oven doesn't have to be an all-day affair. Here is a simple, step-by-step guide for how to clean an oven using natural products you already have in the house. You'll be amazed by the finished result.

The Lemon Method:

You don't always need fancy cleaning supplies to provide your household with a deep and effective clean. As seen in the video, you can get the job done by simply using a few lemons, water, and a baking dish. It works to sort of "steam clean" the oven by producing a vapor that contains acid from the lemon juice. This works to soften up hard, cooked-on messes that otherwise would require heavy scrubbing.

1. Fill an oven-proof glass dish with water.
2. Take two lemons and cut them in half. Then, squeeze the juice into the dish.
3. Place the lemon halves into the dish with the juice.
4. Set the oven to 250° and put the dish inside.
5. Wait 30 minutes.
6. Remove the dish and wait for the oven to cool.
7. Wipe down the inside of the oven with a sponge or abrasive cloth to remove cooked-on messes and stains.

The Baking Soda Method:

Another way you can easily cut down on scrub time is by using baking soda on the inside of your oven. Baking soda neutralizes acids and breaks down grease so you can have an easier time wiping down those caked-on messes.

1. Remove the oven racks and put them in the sink to clean with a sturdy brush or scouring pad.
2. Make a paste using 1/2 cup of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of water. Spread this on the inside of the oven and let it sit for up to 12 hours.
3. Once the paste has hardened, open the oven door and wipe away the paste; along with it, you'll wipe away any residue or stains.
4. If you need to, use a good scrubber sponge to scrub off any remaining caked-on bits.

To prevent a dirty oven, Angela Bell and Georgia Dixon—cleaning experts and Grove Guides at Grove Collaborative —recommend keeping on top of any buildup by wiping down the racks and inside of the oven after any particularly messy bakes. They also suggest placing a baking sheet under any foods that you anticipate spillage from (like a lasagne or pie that might bubble over) to catch any rogue drips that could cake on.

You've got this. Happy cleaning!

- Hey, guys.

My name is Kiara McCarthy, and I live

in Los Angeles, California.

And today, I'm going to clean my oven.

I have never cleaned an oven in my life.

(SINISTER VOICE) In my life.

I'm embarrassed to say that.

Oh, what is that?

Eww! Eww!

It's sticky.

That was disgusting.

It definitely needs to be cleaned,

and I'm not really sure how to do it,

but I'm gonna figure it out.

Wow, there is a lot of ways to clean an oven, apparently.

I think I figured it out.

I'm going to clean it with soap and water.

I don't know what's cooking.

It's not even making a dent.


Looks exactly the same.


All righty.

So, that clearly didn't work.

But I have the best idea in the world.

Let's call my mom.

Because moms know everything.

Hello, mamacita.


[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] I need some help.

What's going on, babe?

[SIGHS] I'm so embarrassed.

Mom, I haven't cleaned my oven since I moved in

and I don't know what to do.

It's disgusting.

You haven't cleaned your oven since you moved in?


And it's a mess!

And I tried to Google it, and there's

a million different ways to clean the oven

and I just don't know what to do.

So, the trick that I used in the pasta

is just gonna take a few lemons.


So, how many lemons do I need?

You're gonna need two. That's it.

Nothing else.

I got two of these.


What's about it?

So now you're gonna need a Pyrex.

That's it.


Now, you're gonna go to your sink

and you're gonna fill it up, like, halfway with water.

Take your lemons, just cut it in half.

Another half.


Just go squeeze that lemon juice

right into that water in that Pyrex, as much as you can.



That's OK.

Hey, you're getting a facial at the same time.

Look at that.

After you've done squeezing all that nice juice out, just--

just dump them into that Pyrex.

So-- now you know, this nice lemonade

you made is really gonna refresh that dirty, gross oven

that you're talking about.

So now you got to set your oven at 250,

and we're gonna to turn that on.


It's like a 100 degrees out.

I just turn my oven on?


Well, you know you're-- you're up and needs

a little refreshment, too.

You know what?

I deserve this, because I waited seven

years to clean my oven, so--

Oh, my gosh!

It's been years?

Once it finally reaches that temperature,

then you got to put your little lemons with the water in there.

How long do I leave it in for once I put it in?

It's gonna be 30 minutes.

All that water vapor is just gonna rise,

and it's gonna make all the rotted stuff that's

in there all nice and soft, for you

to be able to wipe down easily.

That's why this is such a great formula because you know why?

It's organic, number one, right?

It's got antibacterial properties.

Number two, and it's definitely gonna toughen everything up.

Mom, you're so smart.

It's good to have a mom that you can call.

It's true.

All right, here we go, Mom.

I'm putting it in now.

There you go.

I want an oven that cleans itself.

Oh, really?

Well, you know, why?

You need to earn that, honey.


So, it's been seven years since you cleaned that.

It's gonna probably take another seven years to earn that.


Once the oven is soft, you're gonna let that sit there

for about 10 to 15 minutes.

We're gonna take a nice rag or a sponge,

and just wipe that whole entire area down.

It should come up pretty easy.


I have these things.

Will these work?

Yeah, that should work.

Do you know what you can do?

You can take those, you can actually dip those right

into that Pyrex with that.

Lemon juice.

And with that lemon juice, moisten

those towels up, and then just scrub that area,

it should come right off.

That's why I called you, Mom. 'Cause you know everything.

All right, my baby girl.

I love you, good luck.

Let me know how it goes, OK?

Thanks, Mom.

You're welcome.

I love you.

All right.

Here we go.

All right.

Dip it in.

Let's go.

And, here it is.

Wow, Oh my God.

this is working.

It looks so much better.

I mean, I think I need to add a couple

more times, given the seven years,

but it looks really good.

[GASPS] That's amazing.

So, it's Friday.

It was really easy.

It's exactly how you said.

It just fell right off.

Now, from now on, that's exactly what you're gonna

do, at least, twice a month.



OK, I promise.

That went amazing.

I did not expect lemon and water to be able to clean

my oven the way it did.

I learned that you don't need chemicals to clean

your oven, which is a big deal for me

because I love organic stuff.

And the fact that by the end of it,

my entire kitchen smelled like lemons was amazing.

I worked really well with my mom, and she's always helpful.

Call your mom!

[LAUGHS] She knows everything.


Date published: January 15, 2021