How to Clean an Oven


How to Clean an Oven

Utilizing cost-effective ammonia aids in loosening and dissolving stubborn, baked-on residues within your oven. Rather than engaging in hours of scrubbing, you can effectively wipe your oven clean within a matter of minutes. While this homemade oven cleaning solution doesn’t perform the entirety of the task, it significantly simplifies what is otherwise a challenging chore.

For those with a gas oven, it’s imperative to ensure that the pilot light is extinguished and the gas supply is shut off before initiating the cleaning process. Avoid combining ammonia with other potent cleaning agents like bleach or commercial oven cleaners. Working in a well-ventilated space is crucial; at the very least, keep the windows open during the process.

Now, let’s commence the procedure!

Effortless Oven Cleaning Method

Materials Needed:

Baking dish
Pot of water
Dish soap
Scrubbing pad or sponge
Cleaning gloves


Initiate the process by preheating your oven to 150 degrees F. While the oven is warming up, set a pot of water on the stovetop and bring it to a boil.
Once the oven reaches 150 F, turn it off. Pour 1 cup of ammonia into a baking dish and position the dish on the top oven rack.
Finally, place the pot of boiling water on the bottom oven rack and close the oven door.

Waiting Period

Allocate several hours for the ammonia and hot water to effectively work their way through the oven’s interior. The most convenient approach is to prepare it just before bedtime and let it sit overnight.

Emptying the Oven

In the morning, open the oven and remove the ammonia-filled dish and the pot of water (retain the ammonia for later use). Also, remove the oven racks and keep the door open for approximately 15 minutes to facilitate airing out.


With the ammonia having had time to work its effectiveness, it’s time to scrub away the accumulated grime.
Mix 1-2 teaspoons of dish soap into the ammonia-filled dish and a quart of warm water. Don your cleaning gloves and obtain a scrubbing pad.
Dip the scrubbing pad into the ammonia mixture and utilize it to eliminate the softened grease and dirt from the oven’s sides and bottom. (This task should be relatively effortless by now.)
If you’re open to giving it a shot, I assure you that this will likely be the most straightforward method you’ve ever encountered for oven cleaning.

Extra Tip: Removing the Oven Door

If you find reaching your oven’s rear challenging, you can simplify the task by removing the oven door. Despite the initial complexity it may seem to involve, the process is relatively straightforward. A simple online search such as “remove oven door on [your oven make and model]” will undoubtedly provide appropriate instructions!

Learn more apartment appliance cleaning tips in our blog!

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