Most people don't look forward to cleaning their oven but it's an unfortunate necessity if you want to keep your kitchen clean. Even if you regularly clean your kitchen it's easy for the oven to accumulate caked-on mess, from bubbled-over cheese to splattered sauces. By using a specialized product you can complete this chore quicker and with less scrubbing than if you were to use elbow grease alone.
There's quite a few different options available on the market, from sprays to gels. We've tested the most popular and best products available and you can find our results above.
In the following guide we'll run over the best way to clean your oven. In the FAQ section you can see some answers to cleaning questions we encounter on a regular basis.
From tired and dirty to refreshed and clean! Using the right oven cleaner can transform your oven, bringing back the shine and gleam.
Cleaning your oven doesn't have to take a long time. Many products on the market require you to apply them, wait, and then remove them - so there's no need to wait around. As with most cleaning tasks, we recommend that you clean your oven frequently. The more often you do it, the easier it is, as there's less caked on food and less grease.
Ensure the oven is turned off, and is completely cold
Cleaning an oven with chemical products is dangerous is the oven is turned on, or hot. So make sure it's fully off, and that you haven't used it for an hour.
Open your windows
You need to ensure proper ventilation as some oven cleaners contain chemicals that can be toxic when breathed in.
Remove the oven shelves
Take out any removable shelves and of course any baking trays. Set these aside and clean them separately, either in the sink or with specialised cleaner.
Scrape off food residue
Scrape off as much food residue as you can from the interior of the oven. You want to get as much as you can, focusing on the larger, harder, caked on bits.
Apply your oven cleaner product to the interior
Properly applied cleaning product, on the interior of the oven and door.
Spray or apply the cleaner to the oven sides and bottom, and the interior glass on the door. Spread it around with a cloth to make sure all areas are covered. Close the door.
Wait for as long as specified on your cleaner. There's no need to hang around your oven - set a timer and put your feet up, or start on another kitchen cleaning task.
Scrub the oven, taking care to hone in on any particularly dirty or black areas, scrubbing in a circular motion. You may need to pay extra attention to the bottom of the oven, and the sides of the door glass.
Now that you've scrubbed it's time to remove the cleaner. Wipe the cleaner off with a washable cloth or kitchen towels. If you using a cloth, rinse it as needed to make sure you're not spreading dirt around the oven. You're done!
The chemicals used to clean your oven are toxic, and second only in toxicity to the chemicals you'd use to clean your toilet, so it's worth keeping in mind the safety precautions to follow before you start cleaning.
Always wear gloves before cleaning your oven with chemical products. Wash your hands after finishing to make sure no residue is left on them. If you get cleaning product on your hands, immediately rinse them under a running tap. If you get cleaning product in your eyes, you should also rinse and consult a doctor immediately.
Consider wearing a mask
A mask will cover your mouth and nose and stop you from breathing in as much of the product than you would without. If you are cleaning in an area with poor ventilation (only a small window, or no windows), then this is an essential item.
Open the windows in your kitchen so the fumes can escape. Keep them open while the cleaning product is working. After finishing, keep them open for 30 minutes to make sure your kitchen is properly ventilated.
It goes without saying, but children and babies should not be nearby when cleaning your oven.
When it comes to oven glass the best option is to regularly clean it to keep dirt and caked on food from building up. The second best option is use your normal oven cleaner (one of the top rated products above). If there are any particularly stubborn bits of built-up residue, one tip is to use a razor blade and gently scrape the debris away. Do this as a shallow angle so you don't scratch the glass.
We highly recommend cleaning your oven racks separately from your oven. Our favourite products here are gel-based and come with a special bag. You place your racks and the gel into the bag, spread it around, and leave it. After enough time has passed, remove the racks from the bag and they should be completely clean.