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 oven (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.
While the oven is heating, put on a pot of water to boil.
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.
Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack, close the oven door, and leave them both in the oven overnight.
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.
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?