How To Easily Clean Your Oven

How To Clean Your Oven

The holidays have been rough on my oven! Even though we actually purchased a NEW range back in July (we won’t talk about the unfortunate cookie fire that led to the demise of the original one) all the cooking I’ve been doing the last month has taken its toll.

So for today’s “Save My Sanity Saturday” post, I decided to revisit my original post about a super easy way to clean your oven that doesn’t involve buying expensive store-bought cleaners…and doesn’t involve massive amounts of elbow grease.

The “method” is much like the method I use to clean my nasty stove burners (click HERE to see the that post.) It works overnight to loosen and dissolve grease and baked on foods. It’s inexpensive, and it’s much less harsh than typical store-bought products. Although it doesn’t magically clean your oven, this homemade oven cleaner makes a a difficult job much easier than simply rubbing and scrubbing. Trust me on this.

Before we get started….a couple of important warnings:

  • If you have a gas over (like I do!) make sure the pilot light is out and the gas has been turned off.
  • Never mix ammonia with other strong cleaning agents, such as bleach or commercial oven cleaners.

OK….now we can get started.


How To Easily Clean Your Oven:

Begin by preheating the oven to 150 degrees F.

How To Clean Your Oven

While the oven is heating, put on a pot of water to boil.

How To Clean Your Oven

Once the oven has reached 150 F, turn it off and pour 1 cup of ammonia into a heat safe bowl or baking dish and place it on the top rack of the oven.

How To Clean Your Oven

Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack, close the oven door, and leave them both in the oven overnight.


How To Clean Your Oven

Picture from original post.


The next morning, open the oven and remove both the bowl of ammonia and the pot of water. Don’t dispose of the ammonia; you’ll want to use it later. Remove the racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes. Add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap to the ammonia, along with a quart of warm water, and using a heavy-duty nylon scrubbing pad dipped in the ammonia mixture, begin to wipe away the softened grease and grime along the sides and bottom of the oven. It should be a fairly easy job at this point.

Wear some kitchen gloves, since ammonia can be caustic to skin. However, I found it interesting that the ammonia was WAY LESS powerful smelling after having sat overnight in the oven.

How To Clean Your Oven

How To Clean Your Oven 

Because my oven wasn’t as dirty as the first time I posted about this method (thankfully!) the gunk that WAS there cleaned up almost effortlessly! The hardest thing continued to be trying to reach the back wall of the oven. (If I was brave enough I would have taken off the oven door like someone suggested last time I posted about this problem. But I wasn’t.)


If you have the patience (and who doesn’t when it comes to getting around to cleaning the oven?) I promise this will be the easiest way to clean your oven you’ve ever tried!


(For an ALMOST effortless way to clean your oven RACKS……click HERE.)


How do you clean your oven?


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  1. says

    Sounds easy enough but I have a QUESTION? I have a new gas stove but it does not have a pilot light like the older ones do. It has an electronic start. What do I do about that? I would be concerned since it is gas and not sure if that would make a difference.

  2. applemary says

    Good Morning Jillee! I am cleaning my (gas)stove top burners as we speak. Thank You! Now I’m thinking about tackling my glass fireplace doors. talk about soot!!!! Happy New Year, Jillee!

  3. Nadine says

    Also never put anything wet on the glass. I did when cleaning and now I have water streaks between the glass in both my oven doors.Drives me crazy to see these streaks and I cannot get them off without dismantling the entire door which I don’t want to do. Lesson learned.

    • Kim says

      I have a self cleaning oven and I have never used the self-cleaning method. Like my stove top, I wipe my oven out once it has cooled. If a dish is particularly messy I will place a baking sheet pan on the bottom rack to catch the mess or after the meal I might spray it down with Dawn dish soap and water, let sit until the hand washing is done then wipe clean. In my old oven I had to worry about getting water in between the glass window and with my new oven not so much. Ive had this range for three years and there have been no water streaks and my oven looks just about new.

      This is not to say that you have to clean your oven daily. My mother use to clean hers Spring and fall with the occasional clean for big messes such as pies. I just hate cleaning the oven so I started cleaning this way about 16-17 years ago and found it much easier and there has been less procrastination on my part.

  4. Mary says

    This one seems like alot of work and not “easy”. Be sure the pilot light is off and the gas turned off ?? Overnight ? And still have to wipe it in the AM. And I’m with Tamara not sure about the ammonia odor being left. LOVE your site for so many things, but this one I might pass.

  5. Tamara says

    I doubt that ammonia is a very healthy solution for this. In my experience a mix 1/2 baking soda- 1/2 salt is more than enough to clean even the toughest dirt. I preheat the oven to 50-70 *C, scrub with a the mix and let it sit for a while… rinse it and voila’.

  6. Peta says

    Hi, my name is Peta. I HATE cleaning an oven (especially when I always leave a long time because I HATE cleaning an oven). 1st: Be brave. It is so much easier to take off the door. Your owners manual will tell you how to do it. 2nd: My mother worked for many years in a restaurant kitchen & this was how they never had to clean the oven. When the oven was cooling but not cold (if the oven still holds a lot of heat it will just dry the detergent) they made mixture of warm water & dishwashing detergent & sprayed the interiors of all the ovens. The next morning they just wiped them out. Must have worked because I never saw my mother use caustic or spend half a day cleaning the oven like I have because I HATE cleaning ovens. Becasue I HATE cleaning ovens with my new oven I have been doing this & a quick wipe is all it takes.