It’s one of the tasks we all dread doing on a Sunday afternoon. Nope, it’s not cleaning the bathroom, but close! That’s right, it’s time to clean the oven.

Once you realize that it’s time to clean the oven (or maybe a tad overdue), you’ll probably start wondering how to clean an oven.

Simply staring at a dirty oven and wondering how to clean it can be stressful. Lucky for us, this is usually the most stressful part. The actual cleaning of the oven is much more simple and only requires a few steps and a few ingredients. 

Ovens get dirty pretty quickly. One plate of lasagna overspilling is enough to prompt an oven cleaning. Over time ovens simply get dirty from grease, spills, and food scraps burning away. 

Telltale signs your oven needs a cleaning are grease and grime on the oven door, burnt food scraps, and smoke. It’s especially important to clean your oven when food scraps are present as this could start a fire

Ready to learn how to clean an oven? Read on to learn step-by-step how to get the job done and return to family fun. 

How to Clean an Oven: A Step-By-Step Guide

Cleaning an oven certainly isn’t a glamorous job. But it also isn’t complex. Explore the following ways to get your oven clean so you can get back to cooking up a storm. 

Cleaning the Interior

1. Gather 2 lemons, an oven safe dish, and 1/3 cup of water. Place the water, lemon juice, and lemon casings into the dish. Heat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and place the oven dish and water mixture in the oven for 30 minutes. 

2. After the 30 minutes is complete, remove the dish and allow the oven to cool.

3. Once the oven has cooled, use a scouring pad to remove grime that was loosened. You can also use the rest of the lemon juice to clean the inside of the oven. 

4. Then, dry the oven with a towel. Voila!

Cleaning the Oven Door

1. Baking soda is a great cleaning agent. To clean your oven door, use 1/4 a cup of baking soda and mix it with a small amount of water to create a paste. 

2. With a sponge, spread the baking soda paste all over the glass door. Allow the mixture to sit for 20 minutes and then wipe it off with a damp sponge. You can then use a paper towel to remove any potential water stains. 

Cleaning the Racks

1. Fill a bathtub or sink with hot water and soap. Allow the racks to soak overnight.

2. Then with an old dish towel clean off the racks in the bathtub or sink. 

How to Clean an Oven: From Grimy to Like New 

Knowing how to clean an oven is an essential homeowner skill. Cleaning an oven regularly keeps your food tasting good and your home safe from harm. Clean your oven more regularly if you bake often. 

You should try to wipe it down after each use or give it a good cleaning at least once every one to 6 months depending on how often it gets used. 

Need to find more motivation to clean your home? Check out our blog post to learn just how to get motivated and get the job done.