Oven Cleaning

How to Clean Grease Off an Oven

Ah, baking. There is nothing like the smell of a fresh pie in the oven or the aroma of a baked good. But we all know what comes with any kind of cooking adventure that involves the use of an oven – sticky, nasty, smelly GREASE! Luckily, we answer the age-old question of how to clean grease off an oven, in our handy article!

Besides looking disgusting, grease spots can actually become a major issue for your cooking appliance and anything you cook in it. If your oven begins to form any grease or food bits begin to build up, over time, they will release carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and sulphur dioxide. The accumulated gases will start to leave a funny smell on the food you are cooking. Any leftover residue can be a fire hazard.

In order to eliminate the above-described issues, you must clean your oven on a regular basis.

So, if you happen to be someone who:

  • Has a busy schedule and hasn’t cleaned their oven in a while;
  • Found a very dirty oven in their newly rented property;
  • Has tenants that don’t like cleaning their oven.

Continue reading to find out what is the best way to clean grease in an oven.

Wondering how to clean baked on grease off oven racks naturally? Try these methods!

How to remove grease from your oven

Cleaning grease off the oven can be done in a number of ways, depending on what you have handy. It’s important to keep your oven in tip-top shape, so make sure it’s included in your kitchen cleaning checklist. Here’re 8 methods to remove grease, be it baked-on or fresh. 

How to clean oven naturally

If you happen to be someone who doesn’t fancy the idea of using commercial cleaners, then you can make your own homemade natural oven cleaner with three simple ingredients. You’ll need baking soda, white vinegar and water. Mix half a cup of water with 5-6 tablespoons of baking soda and stir it until it turns into a paste. Then, add half a cup of white vinegar and stir again until you get a frothy mixture. Now, here is how to use it to clean a greasy oven:

  1. Remove everything – the oven racks, thermometers, pizza stone, etc. – the cooking appliance must be completely empty. These you can wash separately. Read on to find out how.
  2. Put on some protective gloves and evenly spread the paste on the interior of your oven, without getting any of the cleaning solution on the heating elements. Rub in the mixture until it turns brown, concentrating on the extra greasy parts. Let the paste sit and do its magic for at least 12 hours.
  3. Remove the baking soda mixture with a damp towel. If you find some parts a bit harder to wipe than others, get a plastic spatula and carefully scrape them off. 
  4. If you spot any greasy residue, pour some white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the areas. Once the liquid makes contact with the baking soda, everything will start to bubble, but don’t worry – that’s a good thing.
  5. Remove all leftover foam with a damp cloth to make your oven shiny again.  Replace everything you have taken out from the oven back inside. That’s it, you have successfully cleaned your oven.
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How to clean an oven with commercial oven cleaner

Sometimes, waiting 12 hours for some baking soda to dissolve the grease stains in your oven is not very practical, especially if you are looking to get your oven clean fast. In situations like this, it’s best to buy a commercial cleaner that is specially created for oven cleaning. Such products are really easy to use and don’t require much time to work. Wait 20 minutes, wipe away the grime and you’re done!. 

Store-bought oven cleaners are chemicals, so you should always handle them with care. Make sure to wear protective gear and wipe the product away properly afterwards. And remember; always read the instructions first! Keep in mind, not cleaning thoroughly the oven chamber can leave a residue that releases dangerous fumes. Leftover residue can also damage parts of the cooker, causing you further headaches and the need to book a professional oven repair service.

Use a window scraper to clean grease from your oven

You might think; ‘hold on, that’ll damage the glass on the door’, but we promise, it works! For thicker layers of grease, just add a little bit of pressure, scrape and hey presto! It’s off. 

For the gunk that’s a bit more resilient, splash some water down on it. Scrape through the grease with the scraper and it should slide right off. Quick, easy and effective, just be careful when adding too much pressure, as you may damage the glass.

Scrub your oven using a toothbrush

How is a toothbrush going to remove grease from your oven? Well, they’re actually great for getting into all the nooks and crannies you can’t scrub with normal utensils. Plus, they work much better than sponges at removing grease, as their bristles are much tougher on it.

Toothbrushes are especially useful for cleaning grease off oven racks. Any harder bits of grease will be removed like plaque on a tooth. You can also use a toothbrush on any small gaps around the oven too!

Cleaning oven racks can be a nightmare, but you can clean them easily with the natural oven cleaner. Just leave the racks in a container with the solution for 5-6 hours, then just wipe away the mess with a microfibre cloth. New sparkly oven racks in no time!

Dishwasher tablets to clean an oven? Does it really work?

While it might sound strange, they’re brilliant for cleaning grime! We trust them for our dishes, cutlery and glasses. So, why wouldn’t we trust them for cleaning grease from an oven?

Take the more abrasive side of the tablet and gently rub the grease. Like the scraper, you shouldn’t need to add too much pressure for the grease to lift, it so easily does it. Tablets won’t usually remove the more stubborn stains, but you can use a toothbrush or sponge to remove these.

Using Enzyme spray to clean an oven

Enzyme sprays are great for those who want to clean their ovens without a tonne of chemicals. Not only are they toxic-free, but they are also fume-free and generally safe for your skin. However, you can still wear gloves if you want to be on the safe side.

Simply spray onto the grease and leave it for around 10 minutes. Then, just wipe it away with a wet cloth and your surfaces should be left sparkling. Keep a bowl of water handy, and keep that cloth wet. Enzyme sprays are great for handling the toughest of grease stains, as they are designed to clean organic stains. So, you should get results regardless of what state the oven is in! 

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How to clean a self-cleaning oven

While an oven might be self-cleaning, it doesn’t mean it won’t acquire some dirt over time. This is especially true when you’ve had them for ages! Generally, the normal self-cleaning process eliminates most dirt, but you may notice some leftover residue on the glass. 

  • Use a mixture of water and baking soda for the glass. It should be enough to get rid of most grease stains. Be careful not to get any water near the barriers of the glass, however! It causes drips which are difficult to get rid of! 
  • Remove any leftover food residue with a wet cloth or sponge. If you regularly wipe down the oven, it actually improves the self-cleaning function. 
  • Some of the best tips are in the pages of your ovens’ manual. Plus, they often give you the manufacturer’s recommendations, which can be helpful in maintaining your oven!

There is a tonne of information on the different types of self-cleaning ovens and their specifications. Luckily, we have an article specifically on them, where you can find out how self-cleaning ovens work and how to clean them.

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Need help cleaning your oven?

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  • If you decide to use the baking soda method, make sure to leave the paste for at least 12 hours for maximum results.
  • Always buy fume-free commercial oven cleaners to avoid any potential health risks. 
  • Simple household items like toothbrushes, dishwasher tablets and window scrapers can also be great for cleaning ovens!


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