The Best Way to Clean Your Oven (Six Simple Steps)

If you happen to have an oven without a self cleaning feature, you may find yourself looking for the best way to clean your oven and remove dirt and grime. Here are six easy steps to help you out. 

Several months ago I made some muffins, and when I went to put the pan in the oven, it slipped out of my hand and spilled batter everywhere, including inside our stove. I cleaned up as much as I could, and then figured I do a self clean cycle on the oven and we'd be fine. Until I realized that despite our house being built in 2017, the ovens are not self cleaning ovens. I didn't even know they still made ovens that did not self clean at this point in time. 

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At that point I washed my hands of the situation and decided to figure out my problems when we moved out of here. Well we move out in five weeks, so I decided now was as good as any to get this oven situation figured out. If you need tips on how to clean your non-self cleaning oven, let this be your guide.

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The Best Way to Clean Your Oven:

Cleaning Supplies to Clean a Stove:

  • Dish Soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Dish Sponge
  • Scrub Brush
  • Straight Edge Razor
  • Chisel

Step One: Get the Inside of Your Stove Wet

I used a dish sponge loaded with water, and then squeezed the water into the oven and onto the door. I got about 3-4 sponge fulls of water in there before calling it good. 

Step Two: Squirt Dish Soap and Sprinkle Baking Soda Everywhere

I took the bottle of dish soap and squirted it very liberally all over the door and the inside of the oven, and then sprinkled lots of baking soda all over the dish soap. I let is sit an absorb and work it's magic on all the grime for a good 10 minutes. 

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Step Three: Scrub the Oven Down With Your Scrub Brush

I took my scrub brush and worked in a circular motion all over the inside of the oven and the door. I did this for about 5-10 minutes, really working hard to break apart as much of the grime and caked on debris as possible. 

Step Four: Wipe Everything Down With a Wet Rag

I took a rag and got it wet with super hot water, and then wiped out as much of the baking soda and soap as possible. I think I used a total of three rags to get everything wiped out and cleaned. 

Step Five: Bust Out the Razor Blade and Chisel

Scrubbing did remove a lot of the debris, but there was still so much stuff caked onto the door and the bottom of the oven. Derek disassembled a bic razor to remove the blade, and I rubbed that all over the door. It did an amazing job at breaking up all the little specks and didn't leave any scratches on the glass.

The bottom of the oven was basically unphased by the razor blade and we had to use more extreme measured, a chisel. Again, I ran this back and forth on all the black caked on spots until they eventually came off, and again, it left no scratches on the surface. 

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Step Six: Use a Dry Towel to Wipe Out All the Leftover Dust and Debris

When I was done with the chisel and razor blade I wiped everything out with a dry towel, and then swept the floors to get everything actually cleaned. The glass door was looking a little streaky so I wiped that with Windex and then it was done!

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This entire process took me less than an hour and really wasn't that bad at all. It's funny how something I had been dreading for months really wound up being a stress free process once I finally did it!

I do realize that the stove is still not perfect. I could probably get the corners better, and there is stuff trapped between the glass on the door that I'll never be able to get, but it is still 100 time better than what it was!

Do you have a self cleaning oven, or an oven like mine? Do you have any tips or products you love for cleaning the inside of your stove? I'd love to know in the comments below! 

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