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DIY Oven Cleaner

If you don't have a self-cleaning oven (which burns off residue at very high temperatures), try this eco-friendly solution.




  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Plastic gloves
  • Plastic spatula
  • Sponge


  1. Step 1

    Mix a paste of baking soda and water. Coat the oven surfaces with the paste (avoiding bare metal and heating elements), let stand overnight.

  2. Step 2

    While wearing gloves, use a plastic spatula to remove the paste. Wipe away any remaining residue with a clean, wet sponge.

Healthy Home 2008, Spring 2008



Reviews (9)

  • Dilli 3 Apr, 2015

    How do I clean my oven window. It's the stuff in-between the two panes of glass.

  • Seabpa 27 Jan, 2013

    Aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven does not burn or catch on fire. Not sure what this person is talking about unless she is using cheap dollar store aluminum foil or even putting the elements on the foil. I have been using foil as long as I can remember and never have had a problem, it works great for me. Just throw away when something falls on it and replace. It really does save on the hard cleaning that needs to be done if not use. I highly recommend using the foil.

  • 1California 6 Aug, 2011

    Aluminum foil applied to the bottom of the oven melts and ruins your oven. Very painful lesson to learn.

  • TheMark 10 Mar, 2015

    Aluminum melts at 1200 degrees F. What you have is not an oven for food, it's a kiln if it gets that hot...

  • needtips 18 Apr, 2011

    what's the easiest/best way to clean blown up baked potato from oven walls?

  • Sythomas 19 Mar, 2010

    What is the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?

  • Sythomas 19 Mar, 2010

    What is the best way to clean stainless steel appliances?

  • Mshell100 25 Feb, 2009

    Making a paste of baking soda, citrasolve, and water works better than just backing soda and water. You need to rinse very well using baking soda however and it leaves residue.

  • psr1lady 17 Jul, 2008

    I've heard that placing aluminum foil in the bottom of an oven can cause damage to the heating element and uneven heating while cooking. Is this true?