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Cleaning an Oven

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A baking appliance that can get covered with burned, spilled foods that can be hard to clean. There are a variety of ways to remove it. This guide is about cleaning an oven.
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By 13 found this helpful
March 23, 2011

To clean your oven, spray with oven cleaner at night (I use Easy Off lemon scent). The next day, use a wet sponge to wipe off the oven. Use gloves and a bucket of water, as you'll have to keep washing the sponge. It makes oven cleaning much easier.

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By 1 found this helpful
November 25, 2009

My mom gave me this tip a few years ago on how to clean a oven which will come in handy after all the Thanksgiving cooking we will be doing in a couple of days.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 27, 2011

Any tips on how to make cleaning an oven easier? I normally use Easy Off and rubber gloves and get on my knees and scrub, scrub. Is there a better way? It is not a self cleaning oven.

By Onesummer

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May 27, 20110 found this helpful

In my 71 years I haven't found a better way to do it. I did discover that it is easier if you have the type of oven that you can remove the door, just makes it easier to reach. Six years ago I asked for a new stove in my apartment and got a self cleaning oven. However, I just don't use the oven that often because it is too hard for me to get things out of it. I do a lot of microwave and slow cooker cooking. I even do turkey breast in the slow cooker because a turkey breast is large enough for our holiday meals. I also do meat loaf and baked potatoes in the slow cooker.

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May 27, 20110 found this helpful

I'm a sufferer of bones disease & because of that I've had to learn how to do things without putting to much stress on my body. It was after my spinal fusion that I came up with an idea how to scrub & scour without injuring myself. I use a scrub brush with the plastic bristles that you can attach to a broom stick, used that for scrubbing, then change the scrub brush with a sponge mop. Good Luck.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

I don't have an answer for current easy oven cleaning for you, Onesummer, but once you do get it clean you just make sure to always use a drip/spatter pan (like a large cookie sheet) under what you're baking and wipe down the inside of the oven if there still happens to be oven wall or ceiling spatters before running the oven again. I haven't had to scrub an oven, have only needed to wipe it down with a soap and water rag, for over two decades now because of taking those precautions.

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May 31, 20110 found this helpful

A good way to make cleaing the oven easier on you is to use the Easy Off Blue. This is not as smelly and is just a little safer to breathe if you get a whiff of it. You can spray it on at night and let soak until the next day. That way, you are letting the cleaner do most of the work. I have also used a pancake turner to help scrub off the burnt on mess. Get paper towels and just be prepared to throw about a whole role away so you won't have to wash extremely soiled cloths. I hope this helps!

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By 0 found this helpful
September 26, 2007

How do you clean a greasy oven in a fast, simple way?

Elba from Morgan Hill, CA

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

I have no idea, but howdy from a fellow MH'er!

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

Add 4-5 drops of dawn dish liquid to a quart spray bottle mix well and spray in the oven and wipe out with a soft cloth, if the grease is thick scrape out what you can first.

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September 27, 20070 found this helpful

i used a product called 'Greased Lightening", I bought at Wal Mart. It is strong stuff and you better have a window open. This product works well.

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my mother in law has only part of a lung, due to TB in the 50's. she uses "Scrubbing Bubbles" bath room cleaner. she said it really would clean it. I tried it on my oven door and it did the job. now just have the inside, I detest cleaning ovens. someday I am going to be blessed with a self cleaning over!

Good luck on such a boring and dirty job!

Martha in Tn

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January 27, 20080 found this helpful

There is a new product called Magic Sheets it is all organic, it removes grease & baked on food. It is from a company called Magic Products, LLC

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November 18, 2009

My oven is in need of a good cleaning. Does anyone have ideas for how to get nasty burnt marks off my oven?

By Joyce from Pittsburgh, PA

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

Someone here on Thriftyfun suggested making a paste of dish detergent and baking soda. Put it on the burn crusty parts. Let stand about 15 mins. and wipe off and rinse. Depending on how bad it is it might take a couple tries. It even works great on the burner pans. Worked for me. Good luck.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

Try natural cleaning techniques. You can buy natural cleaners for your oven that aren't so harmful to your skin, or you can try making your own. One alternative that many have found helpful is baking soda. To do this, sprinkle some of the baking soda on the bottom of your oven and spray lightly with water. Repeat this step for a few hours. Later, scrape out the baking soda and wipe the bottom of the oven with a wet washcloth to remove any residue. Good luck.

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November 20, 20090 found this helpful

My mom gave me this tip a few years ago on how to clean a oven. In a cold oven, lay a dish towel size rag on the bottom, then saturate it with ammonia and let it sit for atleast 24 hours. Then wipe clean. I was amazed on how well this worked without have to scrub anything. It does leave an ammonia smell and you would think that when you baked something it would get into the food but I baked the following day and everything was fine. The ammonia smell does go away. Thanks Mom

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By 0 found this helpful
February 7, 2007

What is best method for steam cleaning an oven?

Phil from London, UK

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February 7, 20070 found this helpful

Well I never thought of it, but here is my idea. Get a few 13x9 or roasting pans fill with warm water and vinegar. Let "cook" in your oven, say 350 for a while, till a lot of the liquid is gone. Then turn off the oven and let sit, the vapors will then condense. Take out the pans and wipe down. Vinegar is good for grease and chemical free. Couldn't hurt to try!

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July 22, 2014

I am looking for ways to clean an electric oven; a fast cleaning way for a lazy grandmother.

By Pat

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November 18, 20130 found this helpful

I found some black, burned spots on the bottom of my oven. They were sticky. How can I remove them? I think that it was because of the juice that came out from a chicken when I broiled it.

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July 17, 20120 found this helpful

I would like to know how to safely clean the commercial ovens where I work. Since I must clean the oven during bussiness hours I would like an order free fast and easy, safe method please.

By Char-Lee

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