Natural Oven Cleaner

Adapted from Pop Sugar

I have to be honest, I didn’t have a lot of hope for this recipe, but was pleasantly surprised when it actually worked!

It’s embarrassing how gross our oven got, but I’m sharing with you for the sake of science and discovering new ways to clean naturally.

Natural Oven Cleaner

The paste didn’t remove everything 100%, but it got a huge portion all by itself! This is where an oven with a self-cleaning feature comes in handy, but if you don’t have one, I would think you could just repeat the paste again and get the majority up….but you’re probably better than me and didn’t let it get this bad at all.


  • 1/4 cup liquid dish soap
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 15 drops lemon essential oils


  1. Remove the racks and wipe down the inside of the oven with a damp cloth or scrub sponge to remove any solids hanging around.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix until you get a paste.
  3. Using your scrub sponge, coat the entire oven (except elements) with paste. Resist the urge to start scrubbing and close the door.
  4. Wait 4 hours. I started trying to scrub at 3 hours, and came back at 4 hours to finish. It really was easier after 4 hours.
  5. Using a scrub sponge and water, start removing the paste. Rinse out your sponge often as it will become saturated with soap.
  6. Once most of the paste is removed (it’s okay if a little is left behind), run your oven’s self-cleaning cycle.
  7. After your oven is cool, use a damp cloth to remove the soot and replace the racks.
  8. TA DA! You have just cleaned your oven with minimal effort!

Progress shots:

Natural Oven Cleaner

Natural Oven Cleaner


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