Homemade Oven Cleaner Recipes

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Oven cleaners can be very noxious and require caution when using. Homemade oven cleaners allow you to decide how caustic the ingredients you use are. This page contains homemade oven cleaner recipes.


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This picture below is of the bottom of "my" grimy oven. You can see the clean spot that I used the folded up paper towels and bottled water on, and you can see the burnt-on areas I've not gotten to yet. I laid bottled water saturated paper towels on the burnt-on stuff in the bottom of the oven for an hour or less (didn't time it) and then used my scrubby to wipe it off.

The bottled water is now being used in place of any kind of oven cleaners, or anything else. I can use a scrubby on the oven. It scrubbed off very easily too, really easy in the oven actually, and I used nothing BUT bottled water in place of any cleaner to loosen up the burnt-on grime.


If you don't want to heat your oven up, you can simply fold up some paper towels, then lay them in the oven. Here's what you do.

Heat up a 1/2 cup of the bottled water in the microwave.

Then carefully pour that hot water on top of the folded paper
towels, and then let that sit for 30 - 60 minutes. That way, you don't haveto heat up the entire oven for "spots" in your oven that you want clean.

And like I mentioned, you can heat up 1/2 cup or so of the bottled water in the microwave and pour that on top of your folded paper towels and let that sit on the icky areas. You don't really even have to heat your oven doing it this way.

And, if you've just got done baking, and you've turned off your oven, when it cools enough (not completely) where saturated paper towels won't steam away because the oven is too hot, then that's a good time to use this method too.

For an oven door (the inside glass) if grease is basically baked on
like an enamel, then heat/warm your oven first, then turn it off, and soak your paper towels with bottled water, and lay that on an area, moving the paper towel pad as you go along, and that too will come right off with a scrubby.

The bottom line is: NO chemicals, nothing, just bottled water to do the job, and it does it just as well as anything with a brand name on it.

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I had been using conventional oven cleaner for years and then discovered the way my granny probably cleaned hers. It's a tip for young people and some old like myself who got stuck into the habit of thinking you have to buy everything. It's the best way to clean out the oven. I think it's a no brainer to use natural ingredients in something you use to cook food. And it works so good on my oven. It even cleans and freshens the washing cloth you use to clean it with so you can reuse that again.



  • 3/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup vinegar, enough to make a paste
  • scrubbing pad
  • cleaning cloth


  1. Make paste and spread on the entire area to clean.
  2. Leave paste on for at least 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Start with the scrubbing pad and it should come off easily; if it doesn't add more baking soda to make more it more abrasive.
  4. Then wash off with clear clean water, wipe with cloth, and finish off with a paper towel, if you like.
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February 7, 2011

I need to remove built up fat on the stove knobs and I need a good recipe for oven cleaner.

By eunice jacobs


February 7, 20110 found this helpful

I mix 3 parts vinegar to 1 part Mr Clean (toxic green color) and spray that on your sponge or rag. Works like a charm for me. '')

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February 7, 20110 found this helpful

Better yet, how about the MrClean magic erasers. When my mixture doesn't work on something that's what I use.

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February 9, 20110 found this helpful

I have not idea, but be careful you don't clean too hard and erase the numbers of the oven knob. I did that, and had to buy a new one, I could have bought a new stove (not really, but close) cheaper.


They wanted $45 dollars for a replacement. I ended up buying an oven thermometer ($15). And used it to mark the 200, 300, 400 etc on the knob. Use an indelible thin marker, and use the thermometer to get to the in between temps. Pain in the butt.

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I am looking for a good homemade oven cleaner for my propane stove. Any ideas?


March 14, 20170 found this helpful

After you have used the oven, place a dish of ammonia in there. A few hours later, wipe off the dirt.

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March 14, 20170 found this helpful

I have a 1941 propane roper, dual ovens and 6 burners. Per the tag and original paperwork, it was made 1 day before Pearl Harbor.


My pilot light is always on, for the ovens and 2 on top for the burners. I clean mine sometimes with comet and warm water, or soft scrub and warm water. Other times, I sprinkle sea salt onto a half lemon and scrub with it.

Commercial oven cleaners and ammonia should never be used in a gas stove. We recently had a kitchen fire in a nearby town due to the woman cleaning her propane oven with a commercial oven cleaner. (there was an explosion as a result) Usually propane stoves have a pilot light and when mixed with the fumes it is not good (ammonia is used in meth labs, along with the propane burners, which is why you hear of many meth labs blowing up). Newer propane and natural gas stoves have shut offs or spark plugs. Older ones do not. There are more stoves in use that do not have shut offs than ones that do (because the old ones were made better and last longer). Even the ones that do have shut offs, don't always shut the gas off 100%. Many of your commercial oven cleaners in the cans will read not for use in gas ovens. A few, can be used, depending on their ingredients and the flashpoints of the ingredients. There are some organic cleaners that are safe. But, you would have to read the labels.

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April 30, 2012

Do you have a recipe for homemade oven cleaner?

By Karen


April 30, 20120 found this helpful

I do not, but when you find out, I would like to know myself.

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May 1, 20121 found this helpful

No one will believe this, till it's tried.

Without going into (past job of selling whole house water systems) and reverse osmosis, I'll tell you one of the secrets of PURE good water - and how well it cleans anything.


Pure water (even bottled water) does not contain any of the minerals or chlorine that our spigot tap water has.

So (use bottled water/any brand, or Reverse Osmosis water for this, and you'll see, it works as well as any oven cleaner no matter how caked on the
grease and food in the oven it may be. Also works for knobs on the outside.

Lay 3-4 paper towels together on the bottom inside of your oven (any where that needs cleaned). You want to use several paper towels together
so they stay saturated longer. One paper towel on a grungy spot in the oven will dry out too fast.

For the sides: tape several paper towels together to the sides where it
needs cleaned.
Then fill a spray bottle with (bottled water) or reverse osmosis water and spray the paper towels till they're completely saturated with your "good water" (bottled), or reverse osmosis water.

Make sure you check every 30 minutes to be sure the paper towels are still saturated. They must stay wet. If they dry out, then it will take longer.

After approx 4 hours, just wipe it out using the paper towels you've sprayed. The baked on grunge and grime will lift and wipe off like you've never seen before, or imagined it could!

That's it. Don't use soap mixed with the bottled water, nothing (just the pure water).

IF you use tap water out of your spigot, this will NOT work at all. You must use either bottled water or reverse osmosis water, because bottled water is so pure, or reverse osmosis water, it will break up *anything* even a baked on mess in the oven, no matter how long it's been baked on or how bad it is.

If the oven is incredibly grungy, you might need to keep saturating the
paper towels longer.

To clean knobs, submerge them into a container filled with bottled
water. No soap.

No soap is needed till all baked on grease is completely cleaned off of
either in the inside of the oven or the knobs. Then if you want to use
soap, use it.

This is such and impressive way to clean an oven, you'll never go back
to using chemicals again for the job.

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March 30, 2015

What's the best thing you can use to clean an oven?

By Janssen G from Gadsden, SC


March 30, 20150 found this helpful

There can be many "bests" to clean something. Need to know if you prefer homemade solution, advertized top brands, store generic., etc.

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January 30, 2017

Ammonia is useful in cleaning the burned on food and grease off of your oven walls and racks. This is a page about using ammonia as an oven cleaner.

A person wearing rubber gloves, cleaning an oven.

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November 10, 2006

Does anyone know of any home remedies to use to clean an oven? I cooked chicken and all the grease ran off the pan to the bottom and smoked the whole house. Needless to say the oven is a mess and I don't have any oven cleaner.

Laura from Orland Hills, IL


Homemade Oven Cleaners

Heat the oven; a relatively low temperature is fine. Switch off! Now put a saucer of ammonia inside and leave overnight. The next morning you should be able to clean the oven with dishwashing liquid in hot water. Also wash the shelves in hot water with ammonia added. Be sure to ventilate well. (08/27/2006)

By Willem

Homemade Oven Cleaners

Sprinkle baking soda inside the oven, then use a spray bottle to spritz some water. You want the baking soda slightly wet, but not too wet. Leave on for a couple of hours. Then you can scrub the oven with a scrubbie, and it will take a lot of it out. (08/30/2006)

By Sharon Baker

Homemade Oven Cleaners

If not too heavy and long baked on, try straight Coke overnight on "warm", like the army used to clean their ovens. This is why Coke is too strong to be drinking, catching up with folks after it's too late. (09/05/2006)

By Lynda

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February 7, 2011

I am looking for a quick and easy homemade oven cleaner.

Begger from Atlanta, GA


Homemade Oven Cleaners

This is for electric ovens only: I've been told to put a cup of ammonia in a cold oven over night and it will wipe clean the next day. Hope it works!


By Debbie

Homemade Oven Cleaners

If you can't find a homemade recipe and you don't have oven cleaner use Scrubbing Bubbles; it's great and doesn't have a strong smell. You can also use this on doors. (02/07/2007)

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