Day 18: How to Clean Your Oven

oven door
Welcome back to 31 Days to Building a Cleaning Routine!

Day 18: How to Clean Your Oven

I have a confession – I have never tried to clean my oven in the 2 years I’ve been married. I mean REALLY clean it. Sure, I’ve scraped stuff off the bottom (when, during the first Thanksgiving some of the turkey dripping spilled), but not a thorough job. AND I’ve let it get pretty bad

REALLY dirty oven


The door is pretty bad too…

dirty door


Once again (like on Tuesday), I found this cleaning tip at Ask Anna – a blog that has a WEALTH of information on cleaning!


You will need:

– baking soda

– water

– cloth

– something to scrub hard with (if your oven is really dirty)

baking soda/water mixture

Step 1: Create Baking Soda/Water Mixture

I start with a cup of baking soda and then added just a little bit of water. You want it to be a thin paste, so it can spread easily without being too runny. Shoot for something that looks like pancake batter.

I had to make up 2 cups to cover all the spots I wanted to hit in my oven.


Step 2: Spread Mixture

Spread the baking soda/water mixture all over the bottom of your oven, and hit any spots you may also have on the sides. I also used this same mixture and covered the glass on the oven door. Let this sit for at least 30 minutes. I let mine sit for 2 hours.


Step 3: Scrub hard

I scrubbed pretty hard, putting a lot of elbow grease into it. I was not seeing the results I was looking for, so I decided to let it continue to soak while I went to work for 5 hours.



Step 4: Wipe up the mess

So, by the time I got home at 6pm, I had to start making pizza (well, my husband made the pizza -except the dough) AND get the oven cleaned up. Unfortunately, even though I was not completely happy with the outcome, I needed to clean it up and move on with scheduled life. 

cleaner oven


I would have liked to spend more time scrubbing…. but, oh well. I read on Ask Anna that I should try using Arm & Hammer toothpaste and a toothbrush to scrub off the drips. I’ll have to try that next week!


The oven door looks better!!



I would say this is a pretty successful attempt at cleaning my oven. I just wish I had more time to work on it, but at least I DID spend some time working on it.

It’s better to tackle something a little at a time than never touch it, thinking you don’t have enough time to finish it.

That’s my experience with cleaning the inside of my oven. What experiences have you had?



  • Deirdre

    That was just what I needed- my oven is getting a bit filthy. I also love that you uses just baking soda. Thank you for linking up on Photo Friday at Ladies Holiday- hope to see you next week :)!

  • jan

    Betsy, Even with the caustic easy off I used a putty knife on an oven or two. I am super glad You did not use anything caustic, and hope to try this soon!

  • Jessi @ Practically Functional

    Thanks so much for the tip! I got a little spoiled because the oven in my parents’ house is a self-cleaning one where it just gets super hot, then you wipe up any grime. But my oven is definitely not, and it needs a cleaning! Thanks for linking this up to The Fun In Functional!
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