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Fumeless Oven Cleaner

Updated on May 5, 2015

No fumes? Yes please!

I am pretty sure that I am like most people out there when I say that I definitely do not clean my oven as much as I should. I always wait way too long and it gets really dirty and then I regret waiting. Then every time I use my oven, all you can smell is whatever has burned to the bottom of it! Yuck! Also, the fumes that most oven cleaners produce are not at all pleasant, so I always used to think "I'll just do it another day". I also do not love the idea of putting harsh chemicals into the place where I make my food. Toxic fumes are not my friend!

Well, one day I talked to a friend who told me about this fumeless cleaning mixture that her mom had always used, and her grandmother too! I figured it was worth a shot since it seemed to be so tried-and-true. I was very surprised at how well this mixture worked! And you know what? Ever since that day I do not dread cleaning my oven.

Also, let's face it: we are all busy! Who has time to spend scrubbing their oven? Not me, I have kids and a life. This method in cleaning your oven takes very minimal time. From start to finish, it takes about 50 minutes, depending on how dirty your oven is!

The best part... that you most likely already have all of the ingredients needed to make this mixture, and even if you don't, each ingredient can be bought for about $1 each. Definitely cheaper than buying a store-bought oven cleaner. And it lasts longer! I can normally can clean my oven two times before having to buy more of the ingredients. Anything that is easy on my wallet makes me happy! All you need is:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • Dish soap
  • Something to spread the mixture onto the oven, like this brush that I use
  • A sponge that is rough on one side
  • Any bowl or container that will hold the mixture

Look how clean the door is after using this mixture!

Fumeless oven cleaner
Fumeless oven cleaner

Convinced? Let's get started!

What you need:

  • 10 TBSP baking soda
  • 8 TBSP vinegar (either white or apple cider vinegar)
  • about 6 drops of dish soap
  • Something to spread the mixture onto the oven
  • a sponge that is rough on one side
  • any container that will hold the mixture

Making the mixture

Now, when you're ready, grab a bowl or any container that will hold all of the ingredients. Also something to spread the mixture onto the oven. I use a silicone brush with bristles because I feel it makes it the easiest to "paint" the mixture on. Then:

  • Add the baking soda to the container first
  • Add the vinegar 1 TBSP at a time, stirring in between each TBSP. This step is very important because if you add too much vinegar at once, you will end up with a bit of a science experiment, and a mess!
  • When a medium-thick paste has formed, add the dish soap, stir again

You want the paste to be thick, but not so thick that you end up having to make more of the mixture because you have run out. It needs to be easily spreadable, but not runny. I have found that when I am scrubbing the oven, the coarse texture from the baking soda really assists in getting up the baked-on grime.

Start spreading

Grab what you're using to spread the mixture and start spreading! Be sure to cover every inch of the area you are cleaning. You can see in this picture just how dirty my oven is! Shamefully, it has been a while since I've cleaned it. Kind of an "out of sight, out of mind" thing.


Ok, once you have covered the entire oven, or the area you intend on cleaning, let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes, but I wouldn't let it sit for longer than 45 minutes because it may become too dry.

After 30 minutes, grab your sponge, and using the rough side, scrub the oven. It really does not take a lot of scrubbing though, since this mixture does a lot of the work itself. It really only takes me about 20 minutes to do the whole oven.

After you are finished, you can start wiping the mixture off. This takes a little bit of time because of how thick the mixture is, but once it is all off, you will see the shine! I grab a big bowl of water and use my sponge to wipe the mixture off, and keep rinsing the sponge until it shines!

You're finished!

So, how did it work for you? I hope that this mixture works as well as it did for me, for you! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Good luck!


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    • Ashley M Olsen profile imageAUTHOR

      Ashley Olsen 

      3 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      Great! I hope that this works for you, as well as it does for me!

    • WiccanSage profile image

      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      I am going to try this. I was told once to use baking soda & water-- because I have a lung disease and can't tolerate chemical fumes well. So I sprayed the oven in with water sprinkled on the baking soda and let it sit overnight. Holy cow! So much of the shmoots & stains came off just from that!

      Turns out, one of the active ingredients in oven cleaning sprays is a natural thing in the baking soda!

      This looks like a way to get MUCh better coverage than the way I did it-- I am so going to do this! Thanks for sharing, great hub.


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