How Do You Clean Your Oven? (Help!)

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Today I’ve decided to tackle cleaning my oven . . . eek!  The last time it was thoroughly cleaned was when my sweet mother-in-law scrubbed it after I had my Reagan . . . ummmm. . . which was five years ago (I know . . . horrible!)  Because I detest that job more than probably any other in my home, I’m pretty careful and don’t get too many spills in the oven, but today it really is time to get the job done.

 
So, I could really use your tips on getting it clean! I’m going to try to clean the oven door using these ideas, and clean the bottom of the oven this way.  If you have any other suggestions I could definitely use them, so please leave a comment and help a momma out! ;)

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  1. Man oh man I can not wait to read any tips that you get! I am with you I hate cleaning my oven too! Maybe this is just the motivation that I need to get it done!

  2. I used to have an awesome housekeeper. She told me that on the night before she was to come- I was to spray the entire oven with easy off. After dinner, I sprayed the oven and closed it up. And let me say- IT WAS NASTY. In the morning, she came and all the junk just WIPED OFF. I was totally impressed. The housekeeper said that when you use the “oven clean” function, you just bake stuff into the oven wall. I have tried this and it is great. To clean the wire shelves, I put them in a trash bag filled with ammonia in the garage overnight. Hosed them off and like new in the morning!

    Happy cleaning!

  3. Jennifer H says:

    I have used the easy off you can use in a cold oven. It works well. I’m going to try the baking soda though. It’s cheaper and less caustic if it works.

  4. Kristina says:

    Soft Scrub works wonders. You’ll have to scrub, but the stuff is amazing!

  5. I found a great tip on Pinterest about using ammonia in bowl the night before. Here’s the link… http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/03/easy-homemade-oven-cleaner.html and basic instructions…Begin by preheating the oven to 150 degrees F. While the oven is heating, put on a pot of water to boil. Once the oven has reached 150 F, turn it off and pour 1 cup of ammonia into a heat safe bowl or baking dish and place it on the top rack of the oven. Place the pot of boiling water on the bottom rack, close the oven door, and leave them both in the oven overnight. The next morning, open the oven and remove both the bowl of ammonia and the pot of water. Don’t dispose of the ammonia; you’ll want to use it later. Remove the racks and leave the oven door open to air out for 15 minutes. Add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid dish soap to the ammonia, along with a quart of warm water, and using a heavy-duty nylon scrubbing pad dipped in the ammonia mixture, begin to wipe away the softened grease and grime along the sides and bottom of the oven. It should be a fairly easy job at this point. Wear some kitchen gloves, since ammonia can be caustic to skin. However, I found it interesting that the ammonia was WAY LESS powerful smelling after having sat overnight in the oven.

    This worked really well for me. If it’s really bad, you may have to do it twice, but it sure does save a lot of scrubbing! Hope that helps! btw, I LOVE Pinterest! I learn so much there!

  6. I’m soooooooo loving everyone’s tips! I totally planned to get it done today, and then ended up with a migraine and a husband’s to-do list a mile long. My plan is to start tonight though, so hopefully I can show pictures of my cleaned out oven by the end of the week!

    (By the way, I’m addicted to Pinterest too, and http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com is one of my new favorite websites!)

  7. I don’t like to use any chemicals because it seems to cause breathing problems for my daughter with asthma. So what I do is (with cold oven) use a metal spatula and scrape all the burned on gunk from the bottom of the oven so it is loose. I tried wiping it up with a wet rag and that did not work, so now I just vacuum it all up! Works great and I don’t have to crawl into the oven. After than, I just wipe the rest of the surfaces with a wet rag. It may not get every little bit, but it is very clean, quick and easy.

  8. Katherine B says:

    I used Easy Off as well and it worked great! I hadn’t cleaned my oven in six years I think. The smell was pretty rough but considering I don’t have little ones running around and how little time I had to scrub, I’d say it’s worth it.

  9. It depends how dirty it is. I usually vacuum it out first to remove dropped stuff. Ours is a self cleaning oven, so it will just bake off and then wipe out. If it’s a bit tough, I use a little baking soda and vinegar to clean it out.

    I also try not to spill in the oven :) Always use a cookie sheet under the pies!

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