Can you remember the last time you cleaned your oven? We’re not just talking about a little dusting; we mean really cleaned the thing. You know, using heaping amounts of elbow grease (whatever that is). If you’re like most people, your oven is in dire need of a little TLC and for good reason — food stains, grease and crumbs can consolidate over time to build up a layer of nasty gunk that not only affects the food you’re making, but also the efficiency of your oven. That’s why you should really aim to clean your oven every month, with a spot clean every week or so.
You might be thinking that your oven has a “self clean” function, and you’ll just go turn that on now. One little warning, though — never use that button. The electronics in many ovens aren’t equipped for regular use of the “self clean” function, and therefore using it every month might cause your entire oven to break. It’s a much better idea to put on some gloves and clean it the old fashioned way.
Fortunately, we’ve got just the thing(s). Because your oven deserves a little love, here are 11 products to help keep it clean.
1. Easy-Off Professional Fume-Free Max Oven Cleaner
Sometimes all it takes is a little spray every now and then. If that’s the case, this everyday spray will work wonders. Advanced technology lets this spray get down to eliminating dirt and grime and leaving your oven feeling (and smelling) fresh. Spray it onto your oven surfaces, let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe down with a clean cloth.
2. Astonish Oven & Cookware Cleaner
Great for both ovens and all your pots and pans, this handy cleaning paste is biodegradable and nontoxic. It also comes vegan approved and cruelty-free, so you can rest a little easier knowing your money is going toward an eco-friendly brand. Spread a little on your oven surface, then wipe down.
3. OXO Good Grips Deep Clean Brush Set, Orange
BEST FOR SMALL SPACES
When you need to take a more hands-on approach, this brush set is custom-made for deep cleaning. It features one small brush and one larger one. That way, you can cover both easily accessible spots as well as hard-to-reach areas.
4. Lucy’s Distilled White Vinegar
BEST DIY OPTION
Before there were fancy oven-specific cleaners, there was vinegar and its good friend baking soda. If you’d rather use an inefficient and non-chemical cleaning agent, we’ve got you covered. Simply make a paste with vinegar and baking soda, then scrub it on the walls of your oven. Another simple hack is to boil a pot of water, add a healthy amount of vinegar, place it in your oven and close the door. About 45 minutes later, open the door, remove the pot and begin the cleaning process. You’ll notice the grime is much easier to remove after letting the water and vinegar mixture cool in the oven.
5. FitFabHome Non-Stick Oven Liners
BEST PREVENTATIVE OPTION
Prevent the stuck on food and grease drips before they ever happen with the FitFabHome Non-Stick Oven Liners. These Teflon liners stick to the lowest rack in your oven and catch anything that falls during the cooking process. They can be used at temperatures up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, are dishwasher safe and are completely PFOA and BPA free.
6. Krud Kutter Concentrated Cleaner/Degreaser
Add a little spray to the mix with this handy 32-ounce degreaser and cleaner. Its water-based formula is 100% non-toxic, which means you won’t have to worry about spraying it with children and pets around. It’s also non-flammable, so it works especially well in ovens. This option is great if you have grease build-up or need to remove stubborn stains.
7. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Cream Cleanser
For a more natural answer to your oven cleaning woes turn to Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Cream Cleanser. This bleach-free, scratch-free cleaner is baking soda based and has a lovely lemon verbena scent. To use it, liberally apply the cleaner to the burnt on bits in your oven. Cover it with a damp towel and let it sit for an hour or two. When you come back, the disgusting bits in your oven will simply slide off the bottom and walls.
8. Tub O’ Towels Heavy-Duty
BEST FOR HEAVY DUTY CLEANING
This handy tub comes packed with 90 individual wipes to help keep your oven, counters and countertops in tip-top shape. Able to remove most grime and dirt spots, these towels contain lanolin, aloe vera, and Vitamin E to keep your hands smooth and free of that pesky chemical feel you get from most cleaners. Use these for a heavy duty clean of your oven.
9. Carbona Oven Rack and Grill Cleaner
BEST FOR OVEN RACKS
We talk a lot about cleaning the walls, bottom and door of your oven, but you shouldn’t forget about the oven racks. These grates can build up serious grime in the weeks between cleanings. To remedy that, invest in the Carbona Oven Rack and Grill Cleaner. To use it, place your oven racks in the included bags, pour in the solution, wait a bit and then rinse off your oven racks outside or in the bathtub. This also works great for barbecues.
10. Drill Brush Cleaning Kit
If you hate scrubbing, you need the drill brush cleaning kit. These brushes attach to your power drill to take all the strain out of cleaning your oven. The kit comes with six brushes in varying sizes and stiffness, so you’ll have the best tool for cleaning your oven and every other household job. Plus, these brushes come with a 90-day money back guarantee, so if you don’t like using them, you can always return them.
11. BLACK+DECKER Handheld Vacuum
Before you start any sort of oven cleaning, use a handheld vacuum to suck up all the crumbs in and around your appliance. Trust us, this will make your life so much easier. The BLACK+DECKER Handheld Vacuum is ideal for the job thanks to its strong suction and washable bowl. It’s also quite affordable compared to other handheld vacuums.